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What is phantom limb syndrome or pain caused by damaged nerves?

What is phantom limb syndrome or pain caused by damaged nerves?

See below: Phantom limb pain is a phenomenon that can occur after a person has an amputation of a limb or part of a limb. The person will often feel an intense painful sensation in the part of the extremity that is no longer there. This can also happen in people with spinal cord injury who feel pain in a part of their body that is paralyzed. It can be difficult to treat not impossible to treat. ...Read more

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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What pain pill stops the pain caused by sciatic and femoral nerve damage?

What pain pill stops the pain caused by sciatic and femoral nerve damage?

Few 'stop' the pain: It depends on what you mean by 'damage': crushed nerve?Inflamed nerve?Torn/cut nerve?Narcotics are often first-line for severe pain.If pain is due to inflammation, many drs may try steroids or NSAIDS, nerve stabilizers & anti-depressants.If the nerve is actually intact, but causes neuropathic pain, I'd recommend neuroprolotherapy to quiet the nerve.If effective, it actually DOES stop the pain. ...Read more

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What pain pill stops the pain caused by sciatic and femoral nerve damage?

What pain pill stops the pain caused by sciatic and femoral nerve damage?

Few 'stop' the pain: It depends on what you mean by 'damage': crushed nerve?Inflamed nerve?Torn/cut nerve?Narcotics are often first-line for severe pain.If pain is due to inflammation, many drs may try steroids or NSAIDS, nerve stabilizers & anti-depressants.If the nerve is actually intact, but causes neuropathic pain, I'd recommend neuroprolotherapy to quiet the nerve.If effective, it actually DOES stop the pain. ...Read more

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Can piriformis syndrome cause muscle twitches in leg? If it's bothering the sciatic nerve or nerve?

Can piriformis syndrome cause muscle twitches in leg? If it's bothering the sciatic nerve or nerve?

Not seen that but...: I am not aware of leg twitches as being part of the complaints seen in patients with true piriformis syndrome. Pain, numbness, tingling, difficulties with ambulaton are the predominant symptoms reported as well as weakness in the leg. In women pain on sexual relations can also be seen. However, I've seen leg muscle spasms so I could believe twitches if you've been correclty diagnosed. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve damage? Can it be treated?

What are symptoms of neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve damage? Can it be treated?

Nerve damage: Weakness of the thenar muscles leads to weakness in grip, opening jars, and difficulty with daily hygiene. Occupational therapy can rebuild strength in the hand. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation of the weakness. ...Read more

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Can diabetes M2 be associated with sciatic neuropathy as a cause for damaged nerve endings?

Can diabetes M2 be associated with sciatic neuropathy as a cause for damaged nerve endings?

Sciatic Neuropathy: Hello. Diabetes isn't usually associated with true sciatic neuropathy. It can result from nerve compression (tumor, hematoma, etc.) and injury in the gluteal region or thigh. In the gluteal region, it is most often caused by trauma (posterior hip dis;ocation, pelvic fracture). Nerve can be directly injured during an intramuscular injection into the buttocks. ...Read more

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Does a pinched nerve have to be accompanied by symptoms of numbness and tingly ? For example lets say the nerve the innervates the shoulder muscle.

Does a pinched nerve have to be accompanied by symptoms of numbness and tingly ? For example lets say the nerve the innervates the shoulder muscle.

Not always...: Although most nerves have both motor and sensory fibers, neural inflammation may selectively involve motor fibers, in which the symptoms would be weakness of the affected muscle. On the other hand, if only sensory fibers are involved, then the symptoms would be a combination of numbness, tingling, and pain in the region served by the fibers. ...Read more

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Hello! I have pain in the medial side of both upper limbs joint ( ulnar nerve region ). Is it a nerve complication or just a myalgia?

Hello! I have pain in the medial side of both upper limbs joint ( ulnar nerve region ). Is it a nerve complication or just a myalgia?

I am not sure: It may be muscular in both arms, as less likely for nerve problems bilaterally, but without an exam and possible testing like a nerve conduction study (emg), it would be difficult to tell you for sure. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes chronic burning neck pain? Could this be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck? Please help

What causes chronic burning neck pain? Could this be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck? Please help

Yes: As always, a proper evaluation by a spine specialist (pm;r physician, ortho spine, or neurosurgeon for example) is needed. Chronic burning in the back of the neck can be nerve root irritation, but can also sometimes be referred from the cervical facet joints. ...Read more

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Could epilepsy cause a mild constant numbness in my pinky/ ring finger and foot, or is this caused by something else? No muscle weakness.

Could epilepsy cause a mild constant numbness in my pinky/ ring finger and foot, or is this caused by something else?  No muscle weakness.

Epilepsy: Is a paroxysmal disorder. positive symptoms lasting seconds to minutes may be followed by negative ( postictal ) symptoms ( tingling followed by numbness as an example. Persistent numbness of the 4th and 5th finger is more likely due to ulnar neuropathy and the base of the hand, or at the elbow or. Pinched nerve in the lower neck (C8-T1) The foot issue similarly may be due to nerve entrapment ...Read more

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How can I know if the pain or sensation in my upper right thigh is caused by a pinched nerve or arthritis?

Good question: Probably not arthritis at your age but you need your hip and leg examined. May need a MRI of the lumbar spine. And hip. It can often be very confusing since there is a lot of overlap of hip and spine symptoms. ...Read more

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What condition is characterized by tendons tearing away from a bone?

What condition is characterized by tendons tearing away from a bone?

Tendon avulsion: Tendon avulsion from a bony insertion can occur around any joint in the body. Generally speaking, most complete avulsions need surgical repair. Common avulsions of this nature include: achilles tendon rupture, pectoralis tendon avulsion, finger flexor/extensor tendon avulsios, biceps tendon avulsion, hamstring tendon avulsions, and the list goes on... ...Read more

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Can being bit by a tarantula cause muscle weakness or nerve pain?

Can being bit by a tarantula cause muscle weakness or nerve pain?

Depends of type: of tarantula. Many species of tarantulas are not harmful to humans. If a tarantula bites it might be a “dry” bite – injecting little to no venom. However, the bite of some tarantulas can cause pain & swelling at the site, muscle cramping, fever, difficulty breathing and exhaustion. The Chinese Bird Spider (a type of tarantula) has been blamed for one death in China. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of widespread neural tension (nerves do not glide properly causing nerve pain/symptoms)?

What are the possible causes of widespread neural tension (nerves do not glide properly causing nerve pain/symptoms)?

Nerve pain: Not entirely sure what you mean. Where are the nerves not gliding normally? In your spine, or in the soft tissues due to tension in the muscles? Some people have lower threshold for nerves to start transmitting pain (fibromyalgia symptoms can stem from that) and maybe there is a start to help you with treatment. Neurontin (gabapentin) medication might help you, or a muscle relaxer other than flexeril. Goodluck. ...Read more

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My doctor told me that "trigeminal neuralgia is a severe spastic, lancinating facial pain due to a disorder of the 5th cranial nerve." What does this mean?

It's dictionary time: Clearly you haven't bothered to look up the meanings of the terms used. "Trigeminal" refers to the 5th cranial nerve; "neur + algia" = nerve + pain; lancinating = stabbing. You can figure this out. Look up trigeminal neuralgia. Definitely look at pictures. This is not beyond your comprehension. You're not doing yourself any favors by wanting it spoon-fed to you. Self-education is empowering. ...Read more

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Can tingling of feet, hands, sore back be a neurology problem like damaged nerves? Or an underlaying disease?

Can tingling of feet, hands, sore back be a neurology problem like damaged nerves? Or an underlaying disease?

Yes: tingling of hands and feet means that there is irritation of the peripheral nerves, we call this a neuropathy. Most neuropathies that are acquired are due to an immune attack on ther peripheral nerves. Conditons like lupus, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis make one more prone to neuropathy.and are treatable. ...Read more

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Have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, if the cause is nerve damage in legs somehow, can these heal over time if nerve cell is alive?

Have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, if the cause is nerve damage in legs somehow, can these heal over time if nerve cell is alive?

Hard to say: The many causes of pots makes for difficulty in pin-pointing the cause. If yours was after a viral illness, then there is better likelihood of recovery. ...Read more

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Pain caused from carpel tunnel syndrome and what is the medicine to relieve it?

First make sure the : Pain is due to cts. But if it is, nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen) and other mediation that relieve inflammation can help someone who has cts pain. A wrist splint not to tight can helo too. Sometimes diuretics, thyroid medication if deficient, proper treatment of diabetes can help. Steroids either oral or injections can help to. Mediations such as Neurontin work differently reducing nerve pain but not the "cause.". ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture that caused explosive pain in the thigh cause nerve damage and muscle weakness in the same area? Is that damage permanent?

Could : Whether there is damage (let alone whether it is permanent) can be best determined by a good neurologic exam and may require an emg. ...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


Dr. Reid Abrams
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Phantom Limb (Definition)

Phantom limb = sensation that missing/ amputated limb is still present. It may occur in up ...Read more