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Reversing Nerve Damage Taxol
Not really: Abraxane is a derivative of Taxol. It is employed after recurrent or metastatic pancreas cancers have failed Gemzar (gemcitabine) adding about 8 wks to the overall survival in these patients. The drug,protein-bound paclitaxel is an injectable formulation of paclitaxel, It has almost the same extent of neuropathy. ...Read more
A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more
My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?
Variable: Generically, if only the coverings of a nerve are involved (myelin), and healing begins, it will take about 4 weeks. If the central portion of the nerve fibre is involved (axon), recovery is the speed of finger nail growth (.1 mm daily). Depends on location, causation, and whether successful treatment is available. ...Read more
Is wearing away of myelin sheath what causes nerve damage? Can myelin sheath grow back to reverse damage? I have heard yes and no from doctors.
It's one cause: Demyelenating disease is just one cause of nerve damage that can occur over the course of a lifetime. Some scientists have found that the body can recruit the cells that make myelin to start making it again, but this process is very slow and incomplete.Researchers are working on finding ways to stimulate the repair of myelin and ways to protect myelin and the cells that make it from further damage ...Read more
Yes and no: A severed or ruptured nerve theoretically can be repaired surgically, but that does not guarantee complete healing and normal function. Nerves do have the ability to regenerate. New connection can be made to bridge the area of injury. This takes time and most healing will occur within the first year after injury. Ultimately, your body will do the best it can to heal the injury. ...Read more
Not usually: Am amgiogram should not usually cause any nerve damage. Since to perform an angiogram, one must access an a rtery there can be temporary discomfort while this is accessed. Rarely, while numbing or accessing the artery, the nerve can injured. This is usually transient and very rarely causes permanent discomfort. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Etiology: First find out why it is happening. There could be many reasons such as secondary to a disease like diabetes, a lack of a specific protein, a herniated disc in your back, a nutitional deficiency, an injury. First you need to find out why you got it and then you can move on from there. ...Read more
Rare but possible: Lidocaine is one type of local anesthetic or "numbing medicine". It is used for numbing skin, in nerve blocks, and in epidurals. It should not be directly injected into a large nerve because the nerve could be damaged. This is why ultrasound is often used to place nerve blocks, so that the local anesthetic is injected near, not in, the nerve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more
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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