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Doctor insights on: Will Muscle Weakness From A Pinched Nerve Reverse Itself Over Time

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Will muscle weakness from a pinched nerve reverse itself over time?

Will muscle weakness from a pinched nerve reverse itself over time?

Sometimes: It depends on the degree of the compression and the duration of the compression. Often when a nerve is first pinched, there will be a lot of pain associated with that. Then the pain is replaced by numbness. Even though the patient feels better with decreased pain, this means that the nerve is much sicker because it can no longer transmit signals. Relief of the compression at may or may not help. ...Read more

Dr. Marcel Hungs
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Muscle Weakness (Definition)

Muscle weakness is either a subjective or objective symptom based on history or formalized testing. As a result, any complaint of weakness needs to be correlated with testing that can bring out that weakness, which sometimes involves putting that muscle in an isolated and 'disadvantaged' scenario to assess adequately. Such weakness can have multiple etiologies from ...Read more


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I have a pinched nerve that has lead to muscle weakness/atrophy. Will i regain my strength and muscle mass?

I have a pinched nerve that has lead to muscle weakness/atrophy.  Will i regain my strength and muscle mass?

Weakness & Atrophy: Significant weakness may be a sign of permanent nerve injury. Continued nerve pain with weakness would indicate an "active" nerve compression and a clear indication for surgery. Strength can improve but muscle atrophy may not change if the process is chronic, greater than 6 months. ...Read more

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Can a compressed nerve in the back cause you to have muscle weakness and wasting in your upper body and lower body. Arms and legs muscle.

Can a compressed nerve in the back cause you to have muscle weakness and wasting in your upper body and lower body. Arms and legs muscle.

Nerve Compression: Nerve compression can cause weakness and muscle wasting in the extremities. The nerves coming out of your neck go down the arm. The nerves coming out of the back go down your legs. If there is wasting in both the arms and the legs, their is likely a problem with both back and neck. See your chiropractor, for spine manipulation and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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When a nerve in the face is damaged (not severed) does muscle weakness slowly get better or spontaneously work as the nerve heals?

When a nerve in the face is damaged (not severed) does  muscle weakness slowly get better or spontaneously work as the nerve heals?

Expect this: If the nerve coverings are the source of damage, it will take about 4 weeks, but if the central axonal core is affected, recovery speed is similar to fingernail growth, about 0.1 mm per day. Your surgeon can help explain this process. ...Read more

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1. What percentage of the time does cidp or gb present without significant associated muscle weakness. 2. How can cidp or gb effect smooth muscle. ?

1. What percentage of the time does cidp or gb present without significant associated muscle weakness.
2. How can cidp or gb effect smooth muscle. ?

See below: Commonly gbs starts with numbness and tingling that is bilateral and starting at the toes (variants of the disease differ in symptoms). Weakness has to be present for it to be gbs. Cidp is less predictable: weakness may not be present for a couple years. In these diseases peripheral nerves are stripped of myelin (the coating that allows for nerve transmission). Smooth muscle is not affected. ...Read more

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What nerve causes facial muscle weakness?

What nerve causes facial muscle weakness?

Cranial Nerves: Facial expression and movement are controlled by several of the cranial nerves (cn). Ocular motion by cn3, 4, 6. Eyebrow lift by cn3, eyelid closing by cn7, muscles of chewing by cn5 and the rest of the face by cn7. ...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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All of a sudden had muscle weakness in leg and can't walk/run/drive(6mnths) for long time.CPK is 184IU/L and sr cr which used to be 0.9 is now 1.2.

All of a sudden had muscle weakness in leg and can't walk/run/drive(6mnths) for long time.CPK is 184IU/L and sr cr which used to be 0.9 is now 1.2.

You need and exam: Clearly, something has changed in you at least with respect with the strength in one limb and since it hasn't gotten any better over a long period of time you should have it looked it by a doctor. I am also concerned about the increased serum creatinine....but have you tried drinking water in generous amounts? Sometimes, a person gets a bit dehyrated and those numbers bump a bit. ...Read more

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Can nerve entrapment cause weight loss, muscle wasting and muscle weakness.

Can nerve entrapment cause weight loss,  muscle wasting and muscle weakness.

No and Yes: Motor nerve entrapment can definitely cause muscle wasting & weakness - but only of a particular muscle or muscle group innervated by that nerve. It's unlikely to cause weight loss except if you lose a large amount of muscle mass.If generalized weight loss &/or generalized muscle weakness is occurring, you need a proper medical evaluation to determine cause; it's unlikely to be nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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Neuro suspects remnants of mild gbs after nerve study. What can I do to help recover and reduce muscle weakness in legs that has mostly stabilized.

Neuro suspects remnants of mild gbs after nerve study. What can I do to help recover and reduce muscle weakness in legs that has mostly stabilized.

Physical therapy: Usage of motor systems through physical therapy and exercise is the best known way to recover nerve function. Keep up the patience and hard work. Nerves can grow back at a rate of 1mm per month. ...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?

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

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Can a pinched spinal cord in the neck cause muscle weakness and astrophy on your whole arm and leg muscle. Can a pinch back spinal cause same.

Can a pinched spinal cord in the neck cause muscle weakness and astrophy on your whole arm and leg muscle.    Can a pinch back spinal cause same.

To involve the leg: there would have to be spinal cord involvement or a second lesion below the cervical level. If you develop increased tone and reflexes to go along with weakness and atrophy the problem may be further upstream (eg stroke). If the issue is "where is the lesion ?" the answer may need to come from a neurologist. That's a big part of what we do. ...Read more

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Can an untreated swollen spinal cord cause same symptoms as multiple sclerosis and if so can the nerve damage and muscle weakness be made better?

Can an untreated swollen spinal cord cause same symptoms as multiple sclerosis and if so can the nerve damage and muscle weakness be made better?

Perhaps: Spinal cord swelling can be secondary to variety of causes, such as neuromyelitis optica, trauma, MS, tumors, and could cause localized symptoms indistinguishable from your MS. (Have you had an anti-aquaporin 4 test?) Typically might treat with steroids, but this would make your diabetes temporarily worse. Acthar might create a lesser complication. Check for NMO prior to starting MS med. ...Read more

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Can serotonin syndrome (3 times) cause long term muscle weakness, tachycardia, twitching and cognitive impairment? Would it be permanent?

Can serotonin syndrome (3 times) cause long term muscle weakness, tachycardia, twitching and cognitive impairment? Would it be permanent?

See a doctor: you need to see a doctor serotonin syndrome patient should be under the care of a specialist with medication it will not be permanent should be controlled my medication stay with your physician and follow their instructions ...Read more

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Can health anxiety/depression (severe) cause vision/hearing problems, headaches, muscle weakness at the same time? eyes/ears are constant for weeks.

Can health anxiety/depression (severe)  cause vision/hearing problems, headaches, muscle weakness at the same time? eyes/ears are constant for weeks.

Yes: Depression and anxiety are both linked to somatic symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, weakness, headaches, etc. There are multiple ways to target these symptoms. Talking with your doctor, a counselor or psychologist will give you the best start at identifying changes that need to be made to help relieve these symptoms. ...Read more

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I was told I have ms, but I have a lot of pain , can that happen after several mris, and lab work i was told I have several markers for ms, ie: blurry vision, dizzy, increasing muscle weakness, mental confusion, MRI showed nerve white matter under attack,

I was told I have ms, but I have a lot of pain , can that happen after several mris, and lab work i was told I have several markers for ms, ie: blurry vision, dizzy, increasing muscle weakness, mental confusion, MRI showed nerve white matter under attack,

Pain and MS: People with MS can experience pain symptoms directly related to their disease, or from muscle spasm/tightness, or to orthopedic problems related to weakness. Pain is not normally a hallmark of MS, many people with MS have no pain. Perhaps it is time to have a face to face visit with the doctor and review your treatment options. ...Read more

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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


Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more