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What Does It Mean If You Have A Pinched Nerve In Your Butt
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
If you have a pinched nerve in the neck is it possible to have arm pain then the arm pain would go away and move to pressure like pain to the head?
Yes: Nerves from neck go to arms, shoulders, up the neck and to scalp ...Read more
Not likeky: Some folks just have that issue with no known cause...idiopathic ...Read more
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
If you have a pinched nerve in your bicep area can it make your shoulder, underarm and breast hurt?
Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve is caused by disc herniation or bulge in most cases, but can be caused by arthritis and stenosis in older people. There will be radiation of pain/tingling in the finders or toes. You may also have numbness in specific areas of the limb and in severe cases weakness in the limbs as well. A non-radiating pain is usually not a nerve. It may feel like pressure, tingling, shooting etc. ...Read more
Yes: A lot of us have pinching of the nerves in the neck with no symptoms. ...Read more
Was told yesterday that I have the symptoms of a pinched nerve but don't have a pinched nerve. What is going? My back feels like it is out
I think I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder. It gives me pain for 15 minutes to a few hours than stops.?
Have it looked at: Depending on the exact location, spread and exacerbating factors your doctor should be able to figure out if the problem is due to an issue with the shoulder or referred pain from the neck, pancreas, lung pleura, heart or lymph nodes. ...Read more
I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder that has hurt for 3 months and I have no health insurance until january. Is there something I can do at home?
See yr gp: There is no way a forum like this can sort this out. Talk to your gp. Nerves don't get pinched in lips. He/she will take a full history, do an exam, order appropriate tests and refer you to a specialist if needed. ...Read more
Cubital tunnel: Avoid sleeping with the arms bent at night. Your last thought before falling asleep should be keeping with your arms down by your side. Use a headset or a blue tooth device when talking on the phone. Avoid resting the elbow on a hard surface and drive with your left hand at 7 o'clock on the steering wheel instead of 10 or 12 o'clock. ...Read more
Exam: What nerve is pinched in your greater trochanter? Who provided you with this diagnosis? Recommend a good exam to see what exact structure causes the pain. It may be the bursa or tendon insertions. You may have flat feet and changing footwear or placing insoles may help. If you are obese, losing weight may get rid of the pain but all depends on the exact diagnosis of the pain generator. ...Read more
Unlikely as 90% are: Treated nonoperatively.Get a more detailed answer ›
Pinche nerve: You could have needle and pin sensation in your arm and also weakness. ...Read more
I have a pinched nerve in my elbow and it's pretty bad. I was wondering if anyone know how much longer i'll have it?
Pinched Nerve: I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate where and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. Generally nerve injuries take a long time to heal. Hydro-dissection procedures may be helpful in relieving entrapments. ...Read more
You need evaluation: You can try heat or ice. If it hurts to move your shoulder it could be a problem there. If it's bad enough, see your pcp or a spine physiatrist. There are a number of treatments short of surgery, such as physical therapy, chiropractic manipulations, and injections. If these fail, surgery may be indicated in which case seek the care of a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more
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