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An MRI last week showed bulging at C4 to C7 with radial nerve pinch issues. I have ddd of thoracic & lumbar throughout, can disk bulge be related?

An MRI last week showed bulging at C4 to C7 with radial nerve pinch issues.  I have ddd of thoracic & lumbar throughout, can disk bulge be related?

Sometimes disc : Changes such as degeneration with bulging can lead to narrowing of the spinal nerve exiting holes in the neck or cervical spine known as neuroforamina leading to foraminal stenosis which is the term for this narrowing leading to nerve compression or irritation along with the nerve being pinched or compressed in the arm by other issues & this is termed a double crush syndrome or pinching in 2 sites. ...Read more

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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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Radial nerve drop what i should do now?

Radial nerve drop what i should do now?

Need eval: If you are saying you have a radial nerve injury that is causing weakness in the affected arm or hand, then this needs to be evaluated ASAP. If I have this wrong or am misunderstanding, please repost. Dr R ...Read more

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What is a good way to test the integrity of the radial nerve?

What is a good way to test the integrity of the radial nerve?

Exam: A neurological examination can check both sensation and strength in the distribution of the radial nerve. A more objective approach is to do EMG testing and measure nerve functions directly. ...Read more

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What's radial nerve's palsy?

What's radial nerve's palsy?

Radial nerve palsy: Is a condition inwhich the radial nerve ceases to function. It can be temposary if the nerve was just bruised, or it can be permanent if the nerve was irreversably damaged. The radial nerve is responsible for several of the muscles that control the hand and wrist as well as the triceps muscle. The effect of the palsy depends on where the nerve was injured. Everything downstrem will be affected. ...Read more

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What causes a radial nerve palsy?

What causes a radial nerve palsy?

Wrist drop: Radial nerve can be compressed against the upper arm bone (the humerus) , e.g. By falling sleep with arm hanging over a chair (saturday night palsy!) or by crutches in the armpit or by traction in the operating theater etc and cause wrist drop. An EMG can diagnose the site. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of radial nerve palsy?

What are symptoms of radial nerve palsy?

Wrist drop: Radial nerve can be compressed against the upper arm bone (the humerus) , e.g. By falling sleep with arm hanging over a chair (saturday night palsy!) or by crutches in the armpit or by traction in the operating theater etc and cause wrist drop. An EMG can diagnose the site. ...Read more

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Is radial nerve palsy considered disabled?

Is radial nerve palsy considered disabled?

Yes: Radial nerve palsy is disabling as it prevents you from extending your wrist and fingers due to lose of nerve supply to the muscles in the forearm responsible for extension. ...Read more

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Would 70-90% sensory loss(radial nerve in wrist) be considered a diability?

Would 70-90% sensory loss(radial nerve in wrist) be considered a diability?

Radial Neuropathy: Sensory loss from the radial nerve is considered an impairment. It is only a disability if it prevents you from being able to do a job or participate in society. Numbness by itself is almost never a disability as it rarely effects function. ...Read more

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Would 70-90% sensory loss(radial nerve in wrist) be considered having a disability?

Would 70-90% sensory loss(radial nerve in wrist) be considered having a disability?

Probably not: Unless this sensory loss is somehow rendering you disabled, it's not likely. Results of tests, such as nerve conduction studies, do not determine disability. ...Read more

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I have fluid on my radial nerve in my forearm will an emg pick that up and show what's going on?

Unlikely: Emg/ncv studies are diagnostic for nerve pathology or problems but if the nerve is healthy the test will be normal. If the test shows a problem of the radial nerve where the fluid or swelling is you'll only have signs of a radial neuropathy but not know what's causing the swelling, e.g. An x-ray might show pneumonia but not tell you the bug causing it. ...Read more