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What Can I Do To Help Repair And Alleviate Pain From A Damaged Nerve In My Hand
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
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?
Talk with surgeon: In all likelihood your surgeon has splinted the finger to minimize damage. Depending on the type of work you do it might be safe to go back to work. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Any nerve in the hand can be damaged, but i presume you refer to the median nerve, which is often pinched in the wrist (carpal tunnel). If decompressed in time, full recovery is possible. If the nerve has been severely entrapped, with loss 90% or more of nerve function, then the loss can be irreversible. Persistent pain, numbness/tingling, & weakness in the pattern of the involved nerve results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Feeling/strength: Signs of nerve healing: return of sensation/feeling or strength in your hand/fingers even hypersensitivity can be a sign. Nerve recovery takes place first in the arm, then wrist, progressing outward to the fingers. You may be able to tell where the leading edge of recovery is since the nerve may elicit a zinger or tinel's sign when tapped-- the site of the zinger may migrate outward as it heals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but EMG is betr: It is wise to see a hand specialist or Sports medicine doctor to figure out what your diagnosis is. A MRI can provide alot of soft tissue and nerve information. However, EMGs are the most objective tests to provide data about nerves and their function. Be prepared to explain your symptoms to your physician and any relationship to repetitive trauma via work or hobbies or computer use. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can I be a surgical tech if I have nerve damage in one hand? (slight loss of sensation and grip in my non dominant hand)
Roughly 1mm/day: Peripheral nerves, if cut of severely bruised/crushed, can regrow/regenerate but the rate depends greatly on the age of the patient and the presence of other medical problems. Young, healthy patients typically regenerate ~1mm/day but there is a lot of variability. A lot also depends on the severity of the injury itself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can diabetic nerve damage cause tremors in your hands when trying to articulate or manipulate objects?
Probably not: What you have sounds like what is called an intention tremor. This occurs in many people without diabetes as well as diabetics. It is usually something that is difficult to treat but does not mean anything serious is wrong. The only way to tell is have a full examination with a neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a damaged nerve in my arm and have started to get weakness in my right hand when griping things what should I do?
See a neurologist: If you have suffered from damage to the median nerve, then you may not be able to grab objects with your hand. See a neurologist to discuss the injury that led to nerve damage and to undergo a neurological exam. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000691.htm ...Read more
Can neurophathy emg test in lower back tell you if you have upper body or hand nerve damage as well?
No: Emg of muscles in your low back and legs looks only at the lumbar roots, while nerve conduction studies (ncs) check nerves in your legs & feet. To check the cervical nerve roots in your neck you would need EMG of the muscles in your arms and hands, and possibly muscles in your neck. To check nerves in your arms and hands (carpal tunnel), you would need ncs of the arms and hands. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a spinal fusion years ago. Now I have pain and cannot grip with my right hand. I also get right side numbness. Could it be nerve damage?
Grip weakness: If the fusion was done years ago, and everything was ok for a while, there is probable no damage... A new problem could be coming from the levels above- or below the past surgery area, so it would be best to go back to your surgeon, or find a new doctor if the past physician is not available. New images with possibly a ct or MRI might be needed to find the cause; maybe a neurologist needs to help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Was the thumb numb immidiately after you cut it? Where on your thumb is it numb? Usually nerve damage causes only part of the thumb to be numb. For example a cut on the palm side of the thumb will make the tip of the thumb on one or both sides of the thumb feel numb but usually not the back of the thumb. If the whole thumb is numb it may be due to swelling. I would consult a hand surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do I have nerve damage? I was cutting open a package earlier and the knife slipped and went into my index finger. My finger bled quite a bit, and ever since the incident my whole hand has been experiencing a cold and somewhat numb sensation. It has been c
In : In all likelihood you do. The digital nerves run up the sides of the fingers and are closer to the skin than the digital arteries. So if you cut an artery you would have had to cut the nerve. My guess from your description is that the injury is on the side of the index finger next to the long finger or maybe in the webspace between the fingers. Nerve repairs have the best results if they are done within 3 weeks of the injury. If you see a hand surgeon, he/she can easily diagnose whether you have cut a nerve. ...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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