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Doctor insights on: Trapped Nerve In The Neck

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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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Can a trapped nerve in shoulder or neck cause pain behind the ear and in face?

Can a trapped nerve in shoulder or neck cause pain behind the ear and in face?

Yes it could.: The nerves which give sensation to the back of the scalp come from the upper three nerve roots of your neck area. If one of these are "trapped" it could cause pain. There are a number of other causes to consider if you're having pain in that area. You should consult your physician for a full examination/evaluation. ...Read more

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Cam a pinched nerve cause numbness in the back of the head and behind the ear?

Cam a pinched nerve cause numbness in the back of the head and behind the ear?

Yeppers: That would be a C2 pinch & maybe a DASH of C3! Put them together & whaddya have? Numbness in the back of the head & behind the ear! So now my question to you. How did it happen and what is being recommended? Can't cut the head or the ear off...not a good idea. It may resolve on the spot or be a "pain in the neck!" LOL! How about a SOOTHEAWAY device? www.sootheaway.com. Check it out. ...Read more

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Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Yes: Either referred from the trigger of cervical spondylosis, or secondary to a more direct mechanism, irritation of the Greater Occipital Nerve. Both mechanisms can be readily treated effectively. Have your doctor sort this out and provide a treatment plan. ...Read more

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In WHIPLASH INJURY the nerves originating from spine inside vertebral column, CAN NERVES SNAP OUT? Due to rapid movement of neck.

In WHIPLASH INJURY the nerves originating from spine inside vertebral column, CAN NERVES SNAP OUT?  Due to rapid movement of neck.

No: Short of a traumatic displaced fracture or dislocation of the spine, the nerves do not "snap out" of their normal position. They are protected by strong ligaments and the bone architecture of the vertebral column that would have to be disrupted for them to move into an abnormal position. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Can a pinched nerve somewhere in the lumbar spine cause localized swelling in the leg?

Not at all: Localized swelling in a limb implies that there is a local inflammatory reaction going on or possibly a vascular block a pinched nerve, however, will cause pain, numbness, and tingling. Some people describe a feeling as if they were swollen but swelling does not actually occur in a localized area as you are describing. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in a neck cause numbness in the body and face?

Could a pinched nerve in a neck cause numbness in the body and face?

No: Pinched nerve in neck causes numbness and tingling in one or both arms depending on the side of pinching. The numbness on face and body suggests problem on the opposite side of brain. ...Read more

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Can a stiff neck or pinched nerve in neck lead to tingling in the back of your head and skull?

Can a stiff neck or pinched nerve in neck lead to tingling in the back of your head and skull?

Yes: Often a pinched nerve in the neck or other cause of neck muscle stiffness can cause the "greater occipital nerve" to get irritated and produce sensations of numbness/ tingling/ "ants under the skin" in the region of the back of the scalp, the skin above the ears and even into the forehead. This is called greater occipital neuralgia and is a side effect of the primary issue. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?

Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?

Yes: Pinched nerves can cause so much actual and referred pain. So, if you've had the pain for more than a week or few days, call your PCP, and have it examined, and see what is going on. If it's musculoskeletal, it's easily fixed or remedied with meds, PT, or osteopathic manipulation by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).If it's more than that, you'll be visiting a neurologists. So, start w/UR PCP! ...Read more

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Does the ilioinguinal nerve and the iliohypogastric nerve have some connection in the scrotum?

Does the ilioinguinal nerve and the iliohypogastric nerve have some connection in the scrotum?

Yes : These nerves (usually the ilioinguinal) provide sensory nerve supply to the upper part of the scrotum. Damage, injury, entrapment, compression of these nerves can cause a aharp, burning, lancinating and radiating pain into the scrotum. ...Read more

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Which nerve from the spine innervates the colon?

Which nerve from the spine innervates the colon?

You asked for it: Sympathetic fibers from the spinal cord lead to the celiac ganglion (foregut) and superior (midgut) and inferior (hindgut) mesenteric ganglia. Parasympathetic fibers arise from the vagus (innervate the foregut and midgut (through transverse colon)) and the hindgut (pelvic nerves which innervate the descending colon, sigmoid, and rectum). Does that answer your question? ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Potentially: The usual causes of a pinched nerve in the neck are disc herniation, bone spurs or collapsed disc space. Most patients have arm pain, numbness or weakness in the area served by the irritated nerve. Occasionally, patients will also complain of headaches, jaw pain. Check with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck give pressure to the front of the head and eye?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck give pressure to the front of the head and eye?

Nerve face pain: In a round about way the answer is yes. If nerve compression in the cervical region causes spasm of the the muscles in the neck and upper back, there can be reduced blood flow regionally which can cause pain/pressure and 'traction' headaches. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause pain when air is on your neck? I have extreme pain in the neck that goes to the shoulder blade.

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause pain when air is on your neck? I have extreme pain in the neck that goes to the shoulder blade.

Neuropathic pain: That is neuropathic pain you describe and minor insults like air or water flowing over the nerve can cause a burning pain. Did you recently have zoster in the area? Any trauma? If this continues see yor MD or a neurologist they can work up why the nerve is "pinched" and having sensitivity ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause body tremors?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause body tremors?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve in the neck normally causes pain localized to the neck and the arm, body tremors would be extremely unusual - if tremors are present then a neurological examination would be recommended. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in the neck cause burning across shoulders and tingling in both arms?

Could a pinched nerve in the neck cause burning across shoulders and tingling in both arms?

Cervical Spine: Yes. Have you suffered any trauma? Specifically any neck injury? HYou show long have you had symptoms? You need to see a neurologist who will probably order an MRI of your cervical spine if further information suggests cervical disc pathology. ...Read more

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What causes nerve entrapment in the spine/neck?

What causes nerve entrapment in the spine/neck?

Pinched nerve: The two most common causes of nerve entrapment in the neck are a herniated disc or bony spurs called osteophytes, the last most common occurs later in life, 6th and 7th decades. ...Read more