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Doctor insights on: Pinched Nerve Or Ms

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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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What could possibly be causing me to be numb all over? If neg for ms, no pinched nerve. I'm desperate! Really?! psychiatric if tests are neg?! c'mon!

What could possibly be causing me to be numb all over? If neg for ms, no pinched nerve. I'm desperate! Really?! psychiatric if tests are neg?! c'mon!

Numbness: There are many reasons to feel numb. It could be a vitamin b and Folic Acid deficiency, a generalized polyneuropathy caused by diabetes, herpetic or other viral infection, or any other reason. The most important step is reaching accurate diagnosis, ruling out degenerative or nutritional diseases, infectious, or neurological damage. Psychiatric disorders (ptsd) could be a reason for such symptoms. ...Read more

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My primary and chiro say my lhermitte's isn't ms. Brain MRI and neuro normal. They're not worried, thinking pinched nerve. Should I be, or get 3rd op?

My primary and chiro say my lhermitte's isn't ms. Brain MRI and neuro normal. They're not worried, thinking pinched nerve. Should I be, or get 3rd op?

Lhermittes w nl mri: With those two tests being ok, consider this a 3d opinion. A nerve can be pinched or irritated and look alright on these scans. When these scans are normal, the problem can't be severe. Give it some time, the outcome should be good. ...Read more

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Is it possible for MS to be misdiagnosed as pinched nerve and arthritis?

Can occur: In my experience, misdiagnosis of MS has been encountered in 15-20% of pts referred to my office for initial visit. If you possess an equivocal diagnosis, find a neurologist and get this clarified. ...Read more

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I have lhermitte's that gets worse with exercise. Neuro says its not MS (clear mris/eval). Can other nerve problems get worse with exercise?

L'hermitte's: Sounds neurogenic by your use of the term. Cervical radiculopathies, brachial plexus problems, chiari malformation, syrinx, can all cause similar complaints. I assume they were also ruled out by neurologist. Muscles that attach to occipital for thoracic origin or scapular origin can cause this "lightning" like symptom with movement. ...Read more

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Do you need nerve biopsy for ms?

Do you need nerve biopsy for ms?

Almost never: However, problem comes when ms plus another peripheral nerve problem coexist. Biopsy for ms would usually involve brain procedure in order to clarify a difficult presentation, such as tumefactive type of lesion, but this is unique. In short, almost never even get testing of peripheral nerves in ms pts. ...Read more

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Can you please describe MS and how can you get nerve damage?

BIG QUESTION: Ms is an autoimmune mediated disorder in patients with genetic susceptibility, who acquire the disease after several environmental events. The white cells of the body attack the myelin nerve coverings in the brain and spinal cord, destroying critical connections, resulting in problems with strength, sensation, balance, coordination, vision, energy, thinking, etc. ...Read more

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Which tests can let us know how much damage is done to nerves in MS patients other than mri?

MRI best: The MRI is the best imaging test for ms. It allows doctors to see which parts of the brain are affected and to what extent. If dye is used, it will also tell whether any of these lesions are active. Other tests can provide information regarding specific areas; for example a visual evoked potential can tell whether the vision pathways have been affected but is not a real substitute for an mri. ...Read more

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Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?

Is lupus attacking the nerves the same as ms? I know they’re different diseases, but when lupus affects the nervous system, does it do it the same way as ms? Are the symptoms the same?

One kind of lupus: Lupus has many ways of hurting and destroying organs, one kind of lupus of the nervous system is similar and may coincide with ms
numbness poor function disconections of short circuits in electric system (nerves are like cables, with ms you loose the insulation, myelin). ...Read more

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I had a disc operation and have permanent. Nerve damage. Could this cause ms?

I had a disc operation and have permanent. Nerve damage. Could this cause ms?

NO: Do you have a diagnosis of ms? The surgery and nerve complications have nothing to do with ms, and would be an unfortunate co-morbidity. If you have ms, find a neurologist who concentrates in this area, and get onto a potent medicine. ...Read more

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What other diseases can give you diabetic nerve pain throughout your body, besides diabetes? That and MS are ruled out so far.

What other diseases can give you diabetic nerve pain throughout your body, besides diabetes? That and MS are ruled out so far.

Let's assess: Let's assume your total body pain is not due to fibromyalgia. It maybe that one explanation is a peripheral nerve problem, such as a small fibre neuropathy. Diabetes is but one cause, there are 8 others. ...Read more

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I need help finding a neurologist for MS in belleville, illinois or st louis, mo that can help me control my nerve and chronic pains everyday.?

I need help finding a neurologist for MS in belleville, illinois or st louis, mo that can help me control my nerve and chronic pains everyday.?

Why not Wash U?: I would want to go to Wash University's MS clinic if I was there. Otherwise, consider using the American Academy of Neurology or MS Society physician finder. ...Read more

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57 yr f that lives a healthy active life with just MS & slight raynaud's that which has turned to severe nerve pain now 1.5 yrs. What could be?

57 yr f that lives a healthy active life with just MS & slight raynaud's that which has turned to severe nerve pain now 1.5 yrs. What could be?

Multiple sclerosis?: If by ms you mean multiple sclerosis then that may be the cause but we would need to know a lot more about the details because there are many ways this disease is expressed. Having said that there is often autonomic nerve dysfunction that can cause severe unremitting pain. Ms can cause something called secondary raynaud's which can progress along with the ms. See neurology ;/or pain specialist. ...Read more

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I see in MS & gbs the immune system only seems to attack the mylein sheath. What stops the immune system going further & directly attacking the nerves?

I see in MS & gbs the immune system only seems to attack the mylein sheath. What stops the immune system going further & directly attacking the nerves?

Variable: Yes, in many cases, the myelin sheath alone is involved, and the underlying axon is spared, BUT immune systems are variable, and the more aggressive forms of MS and GBS can result in axonal damage. It is the body's ability to turn off the immune attack which quells the ultimate damage. ...Read more

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Can vagus nerve damage be a symptom of ms?

Can vagus nerve damage be a symptom of ms?

UNUSUAL: Lesions in the lower brainstem, medulla oblongata are rather rare, but if they do occur, one might encounter problems with speech, such as a dysphonia, or a strained speech pattern. If there is widespread inflammation, also involving glossopharyngeal nerve, might see dysphagia, or swallowing problems. Likely the internal organs such as heart, lungs, GI tract would not be involved. ...Read more

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Any different symptoms of MS and nerve damage in the back?

Some differences: Normally nerve problems in the lower back (where they are most common) cause pain, numbness, weakness or decreased reflexes in the legs. They are often asymmetrical. The symptoms last a long time.

MS often causes numbness or weakness on one side of the body, double vision, or impaired vision in one eye. These symptoms may only last a few days. ...Read more

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Are there similar symptoms of MS and nerve damage in the back?

I suppose: I suppose you could say that but nerve pain from a specific spinal nerve is usually more well defined and produce more acute pain than ms. ...Read more

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Is MS Contin (morphine) a good med for chronic nerve pain?

Is MS Contin (morphine) a good med for chronic nerve pain?

Sometimes: MSContin is far better for most types of chronic pain than any of its shorter-acting relatives.Nerve modulators like Lyrica (pregabalin) & Neurontin can also be helpful. All work on the theory that pain is primarily in the brain. In my practice, pain almost always has an actual mechanical or inflamm. Cause which is treatable w/ osteopathic manip., neuroprolo, Vit D/glucose creams, etc. This is 'cure' v 'control'. ...Read more

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