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Is this nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october, when I got back in my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Is this nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october, when I got back in my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can only raise my arm a little from my side, and raise my arm a little streach out in front of me. My hand and fingers is n

Hello.: Hello. It is very important to advise your neurosurgeon about this. It is quite common to have symptoms after surgery as often nerve roots become irritated by being handled. However your surgery was about five months ago. Your symptoms could be impacted by obstructed nerve flow or obstructed blood circulation (as well impeded lymphatic flow). This needs to be evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

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


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Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Nerves: Nerves can get pinched by sleeping in funny positions, and this can result in temporary (and sometimes longer-lasting) numbness and weakness. A google search for the term "saturday night palsy" will reveal a "textbook example" of a not-so-common, but very well-recognized, nerve compression syndrome (in this case, of the radial nerve). Also, one of the contributing factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (pinching of the median nerve) may be hand position during sleep.

Other things can also cause numbness of the hands. Determining the cause involves a careful physical examination (which most doctors should be able to perform, but many cannot or do not), and sometimes requires special tests (including electrodiagnostic testing -- see my health guide at the link below) which probably get done more often than necessary.

Left undiagnosed and untreated, hand numbness can get worse, can become associated with weakness, and eventually cause inability to use the hands.

Indications that a doctor is qualified to diagnose the causes of hand numbness include board certification (such as by the american board of psychiatry and neurology and the american board of electrodiagnostic medicine). It is also a good idea to ensure that the board certified physician is the one who actually performs the examination, rather than a physician extender (pa or other) who is merely supervised by the physician. A thorough examination for hand numbness includes checking the strength of the major movements at each joint in the affected limb (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, in this case), checking sensation in the entire affected limb up to and including the neck, checking reflexes at several points (forearms and both sides of the elbows at least), and checking coordination. This should be in addition to a general examination of the other limbs and major organs.

For more information, check:

http://patients. Aan. Com/disorders/

http://www. Aanem. Org/education/patient-resources/common-disorders. Aspx. ...Read more

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Why do my arms, hands and feet always fall asleep. I know I have nerve damage?

Why do my arms, hands and feet always fall asleep. I know I have nerve damage?

Possible nerve injur: You may have some early carpal tunnel syndrome
when you sleep sometimes the nerve gets
pinched and causes some numbness and
tingling in your fingers.
The foot numbness may be another story. ...Read more

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Is this normal or is it nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october. When I got to my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Is this normal or is it nerve damage I had neck sergery this past october. When I got to my room I had no use for my right arm and hand. Now I can raise my arm a little from my side and in front of me. My right hand amd fingers is swollen now my left hand

Lasting: Lasting numbness and weakness of part or all of a limb is usually caused by damage to the brain or spinal cord, or to a nerve or nerves. A surgeon or physician (doctor) can evaluate new or worse problems and help answer questions about progression or recovery. Limbs that are weak or numb can also become swollen. Sometimes this is because they are not being used, but there are other causes that are more serious. Swelling that is new is a reason to see a doctor quickly. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a ncv to miss nerve damage done in arms by gbs if main problem are my legs but do have marked numbness in hands and face? My ins. Only covered my arms to be done.

Is it possible for a ncv to miss nerve damage done in arms by gbs if main problem are my legs but do have marked numbness in hands and face? My ins. Only covered my arms to be done.

Rephrase but I think: You are asking about nerveconductiontests? I don't understand gbs. Nctests only measure damage to the large nerves in the nerve bundles. Those nerves handle touch, pressure. Thin nerves (pain) don't show up in these tests. Only a biopsy shows thin nerve damage &this is rarely done. ...Read more

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Nerve damage, what should he do? My husband had the main nerve in his right arm removed because he suffered a near fatal gun shot wound to his chest. He has limited mobility in his right hand, as he can not write, tie his shoes, button a shirt and anythin

Nerve damage, what should he do? My husband had the main nerve in his right arm removed because he suffered a near fatal gun shot wound to his chest. He has limited mobility in his right hand, as he can not write, tie his shoes, button a shirt and anythin

Nerve Repair: Your discription indicates an injury to the lower trunk of the brachial plexus which contributes to the ulnar nerve that controls the hand. The timing from the injury is key as the optimal time for nerve repair is within the first 4 months. Grafts can be placed across the nerve resection site. If it has been longer than 6 months, the potential for nerve regeneration with any technique is bleak. ...Read more

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What would 12 white spots on brain and nerve damage in both arms and both hands and wrists and facial numbness in a 44 year old femal indicate?

What would 12 white spots on brain and nerve damage in both arms and both hands and wrists and facial numbness in a 44 year old femal indicate?

Possibly MS: These are possible signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Especially in a female of this age. It depends what the "spits" look like. Vision changes are also common in this situation. ...Read more

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Slept on my arm on a flight 15 hours ago and the right two fingers and side of Palm on my right hand are still numb. Nerve damage or blood clot?

Slept on my arm on a flight 15 hours ago and the right two fingers and side of Palm on my right hand are still numb. Nerve damage or blood clot?

Nerve compression: Compressing the median nerve will cause this on the palm side, compressing the radial nerve will cause his on the back of the hand. It's doubtful there is significant damage. Give it is day or so, it should return to normal.

A blood clot often causes pain and swelling, it is rare for it to cause numbness. Blood clots also tend not to form in arms during sleep. ...Read more

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Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

Had nerve entrapment in cervical spine with repair surgery in 2010. Have nerve damage in the medial side of the arm to thumb. I get sporadic spasms in the arm that locks my hand and fingers. Cause?

As above: What is the question? If u want treatment ask u physician. But. U need to remember some times pain can be chronic and medication r to nake it more tolerable and not to cure it. In addition physical therapy may be helpfull. ...Read more

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Headaches lumps in creases of arms behind the ear pain and possibly clogged neck pain and stiffening green discharge from breasts lump under armpit excessive thirst and nerve damage in hands and feet What's wrong with me?

Headaches lumps in creases of arms behind the ear pain and possibly clogged neck pain and stiffening green discharge from breasts lump under armpit excessive thirst and nerve damage in hands and feet What's wrong with me?

Maybe viral...: I don't know what that constellation of symptoms is... could be something like a viral infection or could be more serious. Recommend going to get evaluated. ...Read more

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I have tennis and golfer's elbow in my right one, which caused ulnar nerve damage. I've now been having awful tendon pain in my right hand. Help?

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I have tennis and golfer's elbow in my right one, which caused ulnar nerve damage. I've now been having awful tendon pain in my right hand. Help?

Tennis elbow: Orthopedic consult to determine extent & type of treatment, from Anti-inflammatory drugs to local injections to surgery. ...Read more

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Weakness + shooting pain in arm, wrist, clawing of 3rd and little figure. Clear nerve conduction test, what else could it be other than nerve damage?

See hand surgeon: You may possess a rheumatological condition affecting tendons in wrist and hand, but if nerve testing was done within 3-4 weeks of onset, an emerging nerve problem could be missed. Sounds like a significant problem. See a hand specialist, and get expert advice. ...Read more

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I have nerve damage in my neck, it affects my right arm, first two fingers and thumb along with my tongue. Which nerves are affected?

I have nerve damage in my neck, it affects my right arm, first two fingers and thumb along with my tongue. Which nerves are affected?

C6 nerve root: The tongue is the hard part. There may be two things going on. An MRI of the neck including the spine would be appropriate. ...Read more

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With fall on outstretched hand, had wrist sprain in er. Now have tingling little finger and sharp pain from elbow to hand. Is this ulnar nerve damage?

With fall on outstretched hand, had wrist sprain in er. Now have tingling little finger and sharp pain from elbow to hand. Is this ulnar nerve damage?

Ulnar n irritation: Yor ulnar nerve is bruised or irritated. You might have a hook of the hamate fracture causing the ulnar nerve problem. You need to see a hand surgeon and if appropriate they will order a ct of the wrist. ...Read more

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That ‘funny bone’ area became sore from resting my elbow on a desk and now my pinky finger is somewhat numb. Will this go away? Is it nerve damage?

Perhaps.: This condition sounds like "cubital tunnel syndrome" which is a nerve irritation and possible compression of the ulnar nerve as it courses along the inner elbow. Continually working with a bent elbow, compression on arm rests and a few other factors are often associated with this condition. You should receive a nerve conduction study and be seen by a specialist to help this condition. ...Read more

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Left forearm pain radiating between wrist and elbow. No relief with pt, naproxen and celebrax. Pt trainer puzzled. No nerve damage. Very painful.

Left forearm pain radiating between wrist and elbow. No relief with pt, naproxen and celebrax. Pt trainer puzzled. No nerve damage. Very painful.

May be several thing: There are many possible causes although it sounds like possible tendinitis or bursitis of the elbow. It depends on whether the pain is present at rest or with activity and if there are particular activities that cause the pain. With no history of trauma best to see an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can ulnar neuropathy in one arm/hand somehow be responsible for beginning symptoms in the other one? My left is useless and I can't lose the right one

Can ulnar neuropathy in one arm/hand somehow be responsible for beginning symptoms in the other one? My left is useless and I can't lose the right one

Overuse syndrome: Not uncommon to acquire bilateral ulnar neuropathies, especially in diabetic patients. Occasionally, starts on one arm, and there is compensated overuse in other with mirror emergence of nerve compression at elbow, especially if one leans on elbows frequently. See hand specialist to get this treated. ...Read more

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Could occasionally feeling a sensation of burning drops falling on my hand when I put pressure on my arm by laying on it be a symptom of neuropathy?

Maybe: It depends on how long the pressure is on the arm before you have the sensation. If it occurs rapidly then there could be a problem. If it takes a while then it may be a normal reaction due to decreased blood flow from the pressure on the arm.
The other possibility is it could stem from your depression, as many sensory symptoms can be due to significant depression. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have 2 children and I am type 1 diabetic for 21 yrs and I have severe nerve pain in my arms n hands for past 5 yrs isit neuropathy or carpal tunnel?

I have 2 children and I am type 1 diabetic for 21 yrs and I have severe nerve pain in my arms n hands for past 5 yrs isit neuropathy or carpal tunnel?

Could be either: Diabetic neuropathy usually affects the feet before it affects the hands and arms. However, your symptoms could be coming either from carpal tunnel or from peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms from carpal tunnel are usually most intense in the thumb, index and middle fingers and are worsened by repetitive motion. Clumsiness, and weakness in the hands also occurs commonly in cts. An EMG is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

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


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