Nerve Compression

When a nerve is squeezed or compacted, it causes pain, numbness, and muscle weakness at the site of the nerve. The common syndromes seen due to nerve compression are carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and suprascapular nerve compression syndrome. Medical conditions that can cause nerve compressions are diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, tumors, etc.

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My partner had an electric shock a year ago and still has a shock-like feeling and pain. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner got an electric shock to his right arm a year ago. Ever since then, he has felt like he is constantly shocked, and he has been unable to move his arm properly. He is on 750 mg of Lyrica a day to control the shock-like feeling and pain. However, the hand movement has not retu...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Cases of motor neuron disease are seen after electric shocks. Most likely, your partner is experiencing wasting of muscles due to motor neuron disease post the electric shock. A motor neuron (or motoneuron) is a nerve cell, which directly or indirectly controls the...  Read Full »

I have sharp burning pain in the lower back, right calf, and rotator muscles. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have sharp burning pain in the lower back, right calf, and rotator muscles. I injured my right knee with a slight meniscus tear. I am also suffering from degenerative arthritis. I am not able to bend properly. I am taking tablet Advair for asthma and Proventil and Celecoxib for knee pai...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I have understood your concerns. I had gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). After reviewing the camera images of your x-ray, there is no bony fracture or joint dislocation in the lumbar spine, that...  Read Full »

Is nerve compression seen on my MRI or was it assumed because of pain?

Query: Hello doctor, Ten months after hemilaminectomy at the L4-5 level, I suffered from severe pain in the lower back, which started radiating to the left leg. I have a diagnosis of arachnoiditis, arthritis, and low lying conus with fattening of filum terminale. Due to increasing pain and neuropsychologis...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I observed your scan (attachments removed to protect patient identity), and I agree that the conus is low lying at L2-L3 level (normally, it should end at L1 level). Facetal joint arthropathy is seen at multiple levels in the lumbar spine. Post-contrast images show a...  Read Full »

What tests are done to diagnose sciatica?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sciatica five years ago. Most of the doctors I consulted suspected my issue to be a problem on the spine and hip. But, only one doctor identified it as sciatica and gave me an injection for the pain. Now, I am starting to feel the pain again. Would you please tell me what tes...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your reports carefully and would explain that a spine MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is necessary to determine if you have sciatica or not (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). If this pain is similar to before the injection, you like...  Read Full »

I have weakness and pain in the arm. Should I anticipate surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had an MRI on my neck. I have a 75 % weakness and pain in the left arm (tricep). I have taken Methylprednisolone for six days. Should I anticipate surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. Chandan Mohanty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear this. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report shows pressure on the nerves in the cervical spine (neck). These nerves eventually go to your upper limbs. Hence the...  Read Full »

What is the exact problem with my mother's back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother, who is 60 years old, was having back pain for approximately 5 to 6 years. Now, she is having severe back pain while standing and the pain is not receding. We went for an MRI scan and I have attached the report with this query. I want to know the exact problem and the possible ...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for your query. You have mentioned that your mother has low back pain since 5 to 6 years for which she has been managed conservatively till now. I have also gone through the MRI reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which have been attach...  Read Full »

What is the cause of lower back pain despite taking medications?

Query: Hi doctor,I have seen many doctors regarding lower back problems since the past two years. I have had two courses of physiotherapy with no real improvement and cortisone injections, which also did not help. I have also had two CT scans and an MRI, and I have attached the reports. I am also prescrib...  Read Full »

Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking at your symptoms and all the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it makes me think that you need to be investigated by a rheumatologist or an immunologist for possible rheumatoid or other arthropathies. There is no evidence of ...  Read Full »

Why do I have numbness on the right side of my neck and right arm since three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had numbness on the right side of my neck and right arm for three weeks. During sleep, I get a spider-like feeling all over my head and neck that I cannot control. Also, my right arm was numb when I woke up this morning. I have taken the tablet Paracetamol. However, the pain is...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest a bulging disc in the cervical vertebral column causing radicular nerve pain in the arm and shoulder. I suggest you consult a neurologist for a physical examination and to perform a cervical spine X-ray study. A cervic...  Read Full »

Is my uncomfortable pain-like feeling in the left arm be due to heart problem?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing numbness and an uncomfortable pain-like feeling in my left arm for more than one month or so. It used to happen very rarely before but is more regular now. The pain is present almost daily. The feeling is from the top of the arm to the elbow. Sometimes it is acu...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to know some details of your symptoms. For example- 1. what type of pain do you feel in your left arm? 2. Do you feel heaviness, stretching, current-like or tearing-type pain, or something else (please describe)? 3.What do you feel in numbness: decreased ...  Read Full »

Is my back and neck pain due to some heavy lifting done by me four months back?

Query: Hi doctor, Before four months, I did a couple of heavy things, about a week later, when I put my head down or looked down, I noticed a twinge in my back, on the left side of my right shoulder blade. As weeks went on, it became awful and more painful. I also had spasms on the right side and under my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your description, it could be a problem with your neck or upper back. The neck pain can be due to a simple muscle sprain, or it could be a manifestation of a disc irritation on the nerves (more likely). In the upper back, there could be a trigger spot which beha...  Read Full »

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