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Pinched Nerve Paralysis
...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more
If you have a pinched nerve in the upper
spine and it causes permanent paralysis, is the paralysis only in the location the nerve attaches to?
Yes: That is correct. The muscles connected to the damaged nerves will not work correctly, or will not work at all. Other nerves that are undamaged will continue to send signals to their muscles, and keep them moving properly. However, muscles work together as groups of muscles. That means weakness or paralysis in a few muscles can make a limb malfunction even if other muscles in the limb are working. ...Read more
Can cervical spine root damage cause permanent paralysis in your entire body? From c1-c8? Can a pinched nerve in this area cause full body paralysis?
Not really.: Spinal CORD runs from brain down spine encased in column of vertebral bones. Spinal NERVE exits between bones providing movement and sensation to a very specific body area. Damage to NERVE can produce loss of function and sensation only in a local area. Damage to CORD can produce loss of function and sensation below the level of the injury. Injury above C4 paralyses respiration - often fatal ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes bell's palsy? I know its caused by a pinched nerve, im asking what causes the nerve to become pinched?
Bell's palsy...: ...usually is not due to a "pinched" nerve at all. The usual cause of Bell's palsy is a herpes infection (herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1) involving the facial nerve. Presumably you are under a doctor's care for the problem? If not, see a doctor right away. If you are, keep in touch with that doctor's office. Good luck! ...Read more
Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks
There is always that: chance that nerve compression can led to permanent changes -that can occur with a. Acute or sudden onset or in a chronic setting but it is not the usual scenario with most resolving non operatively. If there are significant findings immediately or progressing findings of weakness especially one should consult with an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon for an opinion. ...Read more
Pinched nerve in the spine can cause temp face paralysis Bell Palsy? Started sleeping on right side and started moving left face.Inflammation? Chiro?
Facial nerve: bells palsy is caused by compression or inflammation of the facial nerve. The nerve starts in the brain stem and exists skull away from the spine. In my opinion a cervical spine problem would be an unusual cause of Bell's palsy. Don't think cervical manipulation with a chiropractor would be very beneficial for this condition. ...Read more
Sometimes when I sit just right all the feeling goes away in my arms, legs, back, hands, and feet. Can this be a pinched nerve?
Depends on the cause: A pinched nerve causes symptoms of numbness, tingling and sometimes burning. When out hand or foot "falls asleep", that is a pinched nerve. It recovers in minutes. When a nerve is injured, such as a nerve in the neck, it may not recover for days, weeks, or months, depending on whether the cause is corrected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None to multiple: This is typically a layman's term for a disc herniation. Most have no symptoms and are seen fairly frequently on imaging studies. Symptoms can range from pain in the spine , in the extremities, numbness, tingling, weakness & bowel/bladder problems . If at a thoracic or cervical level maybe gait, balance or spasticity issues as well as dexterity problems. This is known as a myleopathy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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