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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 inflammation in a pinched nerve mean your body is attacking it's self.

Can inflammation in a pinched nerve mean your body is attacking it's self.

Not really: The pinching & chemical reactions that take place in & around a pinched nerve generally cause inflamm.Besides that, nerve inflamm, even w/out pinching, is a much more common entity than previously thought. Many, many people have inflamed nerves assoc'd w/pain, itching, weird sensations (paresthesias), etc. I would not be concerned about an autoimmune disease just because you have nerve inflamm. ...Read more

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I have had a pinched nerve in neck which caused Pain in fingers/hands but now just my neck. Does this mean it is getting better? My neck is worse now

I have had a pinched nerve in neck which caused Pain in fingers/hands but now just my neck. Does this mean it is getting better? My neck is worse now

Possibly: It is possible you are getting better. A 'pinched' nerve may be due to disc herniation or bony spur, and it can 'settle down' after the initial inflammation resulting in resolution of the pain/numbness in the arm/hand. This is ideal, allowing conservative management. If there is ever any associated weakness in the arm, it is important to see neurologist/neurosurgeon as surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean when i get a weird pain in thumb that travels up my arm it is a weird sensation.. Pinched nerve maybe? I fell on back multiple times

What does it mean when i get a weird pain in thumb that travels up my arm it is a weird sensation.. Pinched nerve maybe? I fell on back multiple times

Cervical disk?: Pain that extends up or down the arm might be due to a cervical disk with compression. The history of falls is also consistent with this. I would get an MRI and start with conservative treatment. Physiotherapy and nsaids work well and often alleviate the discomfort. If ther is any weakness in the arm a consultation with a spine surgeon is recommended. ...Read more

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If I am feeling pain in lower back & pain radiates around hip to hernia repair site, does that mean I have pinched nerve or could hernia be back ?

If I am feeling pain in lower back & pain radiates around hip to hernia repair site, does that mean I have pinched nerve or could hernia be back ?

Could be the back: Pain starting at the back and radiating sounds like a pinched nerve from the spine. Could be disc disease. See you doctor to find out if you need an MRI if its bad enough. ...Read more

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Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves? 1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level. 2.. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana

Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves?
1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level.
2.. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana

No but can't tell: Spinal canal stenosis can cause spinal cord compression. In order to know if a nerve is pinched in the cervical spine you want to know if there is lateral spinal canal stenosis ore more specifically foraminal stenosis. The foramen is where the nerve comes out of the spine and can be pinched. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a pinched nerve?

Nerve symptoms: Patterned numbness, tingling, potentially weakness, pain along a specific territory is suggestive but a thorough evaluation is necessary to clarify. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a pinched nerve in your back?

Pinched nerve: Pain is the most common sign with pain in the back and then sometimes radiating down the leg. In more severe cases there can be weakness and numbness in the legs. ...Read more

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Is it ok to do yoga when you have a pinched nerve?

Is it ok to do yoga when you have a pinched nerve?

Yoga and nerves: Yes, yoga can actually help you to relax and can assist you as a bio feedback mechanism. ...Read more

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How can you determine if you have a pinched nerve in neck?

How can you determine if you have a pinched nerve in neck?

Radicular pain: If you have a significant 'pinching' of a nerve in neck you may get root pain, tingling and numbness along the appropriat nerve to the fingers a neurologist can tell you where the problem is somtimes with the aid of an emg(electro myogram, an electrical study of the nerve and muscles) the symptoms may be due to the peripheral nerves such as the median nerve in carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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If you have a pinched nerve in your neck do you sleep on that side?

If you have a pinched nerve in your neck do you sleep on that side?

Pinched nerve: It is best to find out which positions aggravate the neck pain and avoid those. ...Read more

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If you have a pinched nerve in the upper spine and it causes permanent paralysis, is the paralysis only in the location the nerve attaches to?

If you have a pinched nerve in the upper 
spine and it causes permanent paralysis, is the paralysis only in the location the nerve attaches to?

Yes: That is correct. The muscles connected to the damaged nerves will not work correctly, or will not work at all. Other nerves that are undamaged will continue to send signals to their muscles, and keep them moving properly. However, muscles work together as groups of muscles. That means weakness or paralysis in a few muscles can make a limb malfunction even if other muscles in the limb are working. ...Read more

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Can you have a pinched nerve but pass the neurological tests? Nothing is showing up on xray or mri

Can you have a pinched nerve but pass the neurological tests? Nothing is showing up on xray or mri

The answer is YES: It's interesting the way you phrased your question "passing neurological tests". Nice. Anyways, a description of your symptoms as to why you or someone thinks you have compression of a nerve or nerve root would be helpful to start with. Such compressions often occur without anything showing up on MRI. X-ray would be the worst imaging modality to use if one were looking for such a thing. ...Read more

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Can you have a pinched nerve without having any herniated disks in back but mild spondylitic change in L4-L5 (some facet degenerative change)?

Can you have a pinched nerve without having any herniated disks in back but mild spondylitic change in L4-L5 (some facet degenerative change)?

Yes: The facet joint outlines the neuroforamen in which the spinal nerve exits out of the spine. So if you have spondylitic change you may be compressing the nerve that exits out, hence pain. That said, it doesn't take much for a disc to bulge (it doesn't have to herniate) and the facet joint arthritis to cause such an event. ...Read more

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How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

It varies: Pain arising from a "pinched" or irritated nerve in the spine usually goes away within a few weeks to a few months depending on the cause. However in a minority of cases the pain can persist for months or even years. Scoliosis is rotation/curvature of the spine most often in the middle back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). This can cause added stress to the discs in your spine. ...Read more

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If you have a pinched nerve in your bicep area can it make your shoulder, underarm and breast hurt?

If you have a pinched nerve in your bicep area can it make your shoulder, underarm and breast hurt?

Not likely: It is more likely that a nerve is being pinched as it comes out of the neck. Alternatively, damage to the tendons in the shoulder girdle (rotator cuff tear) could also cause that type of pain. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a pinched nerve?

How to know if I have a pinched nerve?

Need MRI: If you are concerned, i would consider asking your physician to order you an MRI to evaluate your spine. ...Read more