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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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My left arm hurts. It started on upper arm, then below elbow, now lower elbow. It hurts more at night. Er doctor said my ECG is ok. Compressed nerve?

My left arm hurts. It started on upper arm, then below elbow, now lower elbow. It hurts more at night. Er doctor said my ECG is ok. Compressed nerve?

Probably: Nerve compression in the arm at any site can cause pain the entire length of the nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression at the wrist and causes numbness in certain fingers, but can cause pain in the entire arm. A nerve conduction study can help assess your symptoms. ...Read more

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Possibly pinched nerve in upper left shoulder area. Radiates up neck and down left arm. Very painfully. Only relief when i lay flat on back.

Possibly pinched nerve in upper left shoulder area. Radiates up neck and down left arm.  Very painfully. Only relief when i lay flat on back.

I PAIN: You need ct scan/mri of cervical spine to see disc, vertebra, nerve compression, osteoarthritis, fasciae and muscles. The appropriate management depends on correct diagnosis. Please see your doctor. Thanks. ...Read more

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What works best for a pinched nerve in arm ?

Depends: Depending on the severity of the "pinching" the therapy may involve anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, possible surgical intervention, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What surgery do i need for pinched nerve in my arm?

What surgery do i need for pinched nerve in my arm?

It depends on nerve: The most common arm compressions are carpal tunnel ( median N at wrist) cubital tunnel (ulnar N at elbow) and less commonly guyon canal (ulnar N at wrist). Each requires a decompression surgery. Carpal tunnel involves opening the flexor retinaculm, and can often be done by scope. Cubital tunnel requires open surgery and often replacing the N in its canal. Steroids and PT may prevent surgery. ...Read more

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I have a minor pain in my left arm that is transiet. It feels like a pinched nerve. Should I be concerned ?

Pulled muscle?: There are a lot of things, many of them minor, that can lead to such a complaint. If it's really bothering you, it needs to be evaluated by your doc to rule out anything bad. Osteopathic manipulation can be very helpful for minor pain complaints such as this that aren't caused by more ominous problems. ...Read more

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With pinched nerve in neck , could you get zaps in arm & back? After those zaps it's like my nerves went bad or loss of sensation ...should I see someone?

With pinched nerve in neck , could you get zaps in arm & back? After those zaps it's like my nerves went bad or loss of sensation ...should I see someone?

The short answer yes: You can start with a primary care physician who will refer you to the appropriate specialist if indicated. When a spinal nerve is pinched, regardless of the location, pain and numbness can travel along the entire length of the nerve's pathway. While there are several treatment options, the pressure on the nerve must be relieved to prevent permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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I have a heavy weak arm, could this be a pinched nerve?

I have a heavy weak arm, could this be a pinched nerve?

Possible.: I would need to know more about your symptoms and do a physical exam. Any weakness should be evaluated by your physician without delay. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in my back cause pain in my arms?

Could a pinched nerve in my back cause pain in my arms?

In neck, yes: Lower in back, it will not normally cause pain in your arms. The nerves running into the arms go down to your upper thoracic, or t1 range. Any nerves that are pinched below t1 near the spine will usually cause pain or irritation in ribs or back. Some peripheral nerves, such as the suprascapular nerve, could be pinched coming off scapula with referred pain into your arms. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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