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Pinched Nerve

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Comment from: Bruce, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 01

I have pain in my shoulder, back and neck, arm numbness and throbbing pain in my right arm constantly. I had MRI, have seen a specialist and been told pinched nerve. It is 2 months now and I am reduced to tears often. I feel so helpless, don't know what to do, desperate.

Comment from: Louis, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I woke up one morning with pins and needles in right foot, and dull but quite painful calf, and thigh pain. Friend of ours visiting for Christmas happens to be an orthopedic surgeon and partner of the guy who did my hip replacement. I said I think your mate's implant is failing. He said it was impossible. I told him I had pins and needles in the foot, and he said it sounded like pinched nerve(s) and that a good physiotherapist can help. I had two sessions of that with some, but minimal relief. Doing a few stretches which seem to help temporarily.

Comment from: holderre, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in my lower back. The pain goes down my leg and ends in my feet. The pain is unbearable. My doctor prescribed me a pain medication called carbamazepine, it helps but I am wondering if there are other methods out there that can help me with this problem.

Comment from: AK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I am suffering with a pinched nerve in my lower back. I initially thought this was arthritis but after 3 x-rays my doctor confirmed it is definitely a pinched nerve. Sometimes the pain goes down my hips and knees, and sometimes leaves a numbness in my hips. I get some relief from painkillers, and not sure what other treatments may be successful.

Comment from: Pianoman, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

I have been noticing my legs losing muscle for a while now. My primary care physician has sent me to many specialists, like rheumatologist, urologist etc. Finally he sent me to an orthopedic specialist to acupuncture my legs. He found by accident that I have a pinched nerve in my lower back but told me not to worry too much about it and see him in six months. I cannot believe his response. My lower body has been hurting me for months. I must get a second opinion. I am hoping I don't have permanent damage.

Comment from: JK41, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 14

I'm not sure if it is pinched nerve. It is random, but my hip down my leg gets numbness and it burns. I have to sit for it to help, as long as I stand it gets worse. Some days no problem but it happens a lot. I don’t know what it is.

Comment from: geneva , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

About 2 weeks and 4 days back I fell on my right side. My doctor did an x-ray but he says he didn’t see any pinched nerve. So he just gave me some injection to ease the pain, and some tablets. But I still cannot walk or sit down. I need help. I am getting pain in my lower back, down to my hip and my leg. I also have a burning sensation and it feels like pins and needles and like electric shock.

Comment from: Ladytray, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I have had 3 surgeries. After the second one I have pain in the leg had another back surgery, they did a fusion removal. Pain is still there, they said nothing was compressing the nerve, but I still have pain in my leg. I had an electromyogram. The specialist says it's a pinched nerve but how I have nothing to compress the nerve back there anymore.

Comment from: Fabiano, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I am not very active. I sit a lot in my job at a desk. I play golf twice a week in the summer and always walk pulling a golf cart. I have been doing this for 25 years. I have suffered from frozen shoulder in both my shoulders (twice in the right shoulder). I woke up in the morning with agonizing pain and went to emergency who postulated it was a pinched nerve somewhere in the right side of my neck. I can only sleep on my back with my right arm behind my neck. Any other position is painful. Sitting also causes pain and I also lift my right arm behind my head to relieve pain. Typing, using a mouse, or writing is very painful too. I am trying physiotherapy and massage. The anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers do not seem to touch the pain, but an off the shelf muscle relaxant does help to stop stiffening up.

Comment from: linde, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

About 10 years ago the doctor had said the sheath around the nerve had collapsed and would probably get worse in time. I have pain in my left hip. It is a sharp stabbing pain. I had an MRI and the discs in my lower back are very thin. My right arm and leg go numb. I have problems sleeping, walking and sitting. I have had 3 bad falls in 3 months. I see a neurologist who says weight loss and pain medications will help, but it is getting worse.

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Comment from: unhappy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I have pain on my lower back right side, pain below my calf and throbbing on my toes on the right leg, because of pinched nerve. The pain on my lower calf is like I have a nail and someone is hitting it with a hammer. It also feels like it burns inside my leg. I have been taking Norco/acetaminophen and nabumetone. It helps very little. I cry and pray a lot. My back is starting to worsen, the pain is more consistent now. I can hardly walk anymore.

Comment from: janufrespect, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I"m a 42 year old female. I"ve been having pinched nerve for so long, I can recall around 35 years. I was on a trip and tried to get up but couldn"t move right away. The pain across my back was excruciating. I now feel pain mostly on my left side along the back of my leg, sometimes the pain is in my neck and goes down my left arm. I"m feeling pain in my pelvis and if I hold my stomach in, the pain is intense. I try stretching and it helped somewhat but the pain wouldn"t go.

Comment from: Sana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

Couple of weeks back I woke up one morning and found that I could not lift a glass of water with my left hand, there was no gripping power ever since then. There is a dull throbbing pain on the side of my elbow, burning pain in my upper arm (humerus) shoulder blade and underarm, especially at night I cannot sleep because of the burning in the subdeltoid bursa.

Comment from: Chuck, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I had had a heart surgery two years ago. During rehabilitation I was doing a lot of walking on a treadmill. After a month, a rehab nurse asked me why I always held on to the rail and I told her that I would wander if I didn't. It was then that I started concentrating on my ability to balance on my left foot. Also my foot arches would ache. Eventually I diagnosed myself with pinched nerves. I went to see a spinal surgeon who determined that I had spinal stenosis pinching all the nerves between L2 and S1. I had weakness in both legs. I have since had four level of laminectomy and some of the feeling and strength is returning to both of my legs although my left is still barely functional after six months. My surgeon believes all nerves will be back to near normal within three years. We shall see. I wish I had figured it out sooner before all of the damage and atrophy.

Comment from: Dar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I had L5 S1 fusion surgery in November 2012. The surgery went great, a few months to get back to normal, and I felt no pain. In February 2014 I was in a car wreck. A few days after the wreck I started having lower back pain and sciatica pain down my right leg and in my toes. I have had MRI, CT scans, x-rays, physiotherapy, and so many pain and nerve medications. I can’t walk more than 10 minutes, can't sit, or drive a car. I can't sleep or lie down, my life consists of pain 24/7 for the last 6 months. I am at the lowest point in my life. Yes, I have been to doctors the problem is I can't get any answers on what they can do for me.

Comment from: afuqua6, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I am a healthy 51 years young lady that very rarely gets sick (i.e. colds and flu are the only thing, and I have been hospitalized for three C-sections.) I don"t have to take any daily medications. I think the last time I went to the hospital it was in 2007, and that was for my sciatica. But this is a different type of pain. In one arm I have pins and needles going off periodically all day long but then in my right arm it feels like I have a lump in the neck that feels like it moves sometimes from the front to the back but now I am losing my motor skills in the right arm and I can barely raise it horizontally with my body. And it seems to be getting harder to lift it up really quickly. I haven"t had an MRI yet but I’m thinking next week I should be scheduled for one.

Comment from: trychiro, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I injured my back last summer and had difficulty walking. The pain went down my right leg and was excruciating. I heard of a chiropractor in the city, booked an appointment, and am now pain free. I did have a pinched nerve and the chiropractor was worth every penny. Besides, he had proper equipment and listened to my concerns.

Comment from: merle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

As a child I had many ear problems. At age 40 I had taken malaria pills to prevent getting it. I woke totally deaf in left ear after 2 weeks of taking the pills. I have lived with buzzing now for 13years which drives me mad. I have had to operations the last a T Piece fitted inside my ear to help with pressure and drainage. I have permanent nerve damage to the left side of my face and back of my head. I get such pain from the front to the back of my head and pins and needles and pain behind my ear.

Comment from: rocky2304, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

The pain stars in the upper back and radiates down the right arm. It hurts to lift my head to look up. There is tingling and weakness in the arm.

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Comment from: Eli, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have a pinched nerve in the neck, with severe pain behind ear. I was not diagnosed until 16 months later and 3 MRIs, the initial diagnosis was possible mastoiditis. I now have partial deafness and ringing in my ear. I have another appointment next Wednesday with the ENT doctor. I wish the nerve could be freed.

Comment from: carmen jones, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 08

l was a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home and I was helping pull a patient up in bed (using the proper body mechanics) and I heard a loud pop in my back but it didn't hurt at all. The next morning l felt like l had a crook in my neck and pain all the way down my left arm. The doctor said I pulled a muscle, gave me muscle relaxers, and told me to alternate heat and cold packs. Two days later I had pain in my left buttock all the way down my leg to my foot. It was sciatic nerve damage. I got steroids and a shot. A week later my neck and back were hurting so bad it was almost unbearable. It hurt to lie down, sit up, and stand up. I had a pinched nerve in my neck and back. After 3 months at the chiropractor and a set of expensive mattresses and pain pills and ibuprofen l began to get some relief.

Comment from: grammalinnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I have had chronic back, neck and hip pain since I had a car accident when I was around 20. I have had no success with doctors and tend to feel defeated easily. I had cortisone injections recently in my left sciatic joint just so I could walk like a human and not a duck but I still have pain and pinching in the left groin area. I have a bulging C4-5 disc and burning pain from that area, right across my shoulder and down my arm. It is very painful. It seems everything else in between my neck and low back is a mess and makes my life miserable. I have a terrible time trying to sleep and wake up with headaches. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and hearing loss mostly on the left, where all the neck trouble is. I have bouts lasting as long as 6 months of severe tingling and agitation in the entire left side of my body that acts like a stroke or MS. I have been through many painful tests. And now my feet cramp painfully even when I am walking. I have had lots of P.T. in the past and nothing helps for long. I want to be active and not just stagnate in my chair because of pain.

Comment from: bobber, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 10

Five years ago, I fell in the front yard and sat down hard on my rear end. After a time, my hip felt locked-up when I walked. Because of the pain, I didn't walk right. I protected my right hip so it would not hurt. I have had MRIs, cortisone shots, X-rays, etc., and they seem to think I have a pinched nerve. Today, I was given a cortisone shot, but so far, it is not feeling any better. The doctor suggests physical therapy, which I have had before. I have seen a chiropractor, and while he helped me immensely in other areas, nothing is helping my hip. Surgery is not suggested as I have a severe case of scoliosis since birth.

Comment from: kansaspossum, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had a pinched nerve a few years ago, and it was mild. I had some treatments for it: epidural injections. They seemed to help but not for long. Now I have another pinched nerve, and it’s worse than before. It’s on my right side from the bottom of my foot to under my arm and sometimes my middle finger. Sometimes my feet go numb, and I feel as if I’m walking on sponges.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

For 5 weeks now I've been enduring some pain in my lower back. As well as, extreme numbness on my right leg from the knee down to the tips of my toes. The pain in my calf muscle is tingly, sore, and the muscle is very weak. I have a hard time walking. The numbness is also on the outside of the right leg. What hurts the most is my right big toe and the two toes next to it. There is a burning, tingling, sharp pain when I go to move my toes even the slightest. And if anything even touches it, it is extremely sensitive and hurts. My P.J’s or even a sheet from the bed can't even touch it. I know that this is coming from a pinched nerve from my back by what can I do to help the nerve that is pinched?

Comment from: deb-T-123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have had severe neck pain for 7 months now. I had it before but nothing like this. I went to doctor and found out I had degenerative disks disease and 3 bulging disks and a pinched nerve. I had 4 different doctors diagnose this. I was sent to 2 orthopedics doctors. One said it was a crick in my neck, the other said that I did have a pinched nerve and 3 bulging disks. He could not understand why the left side hurt worse when the right side was in worse shape. The pain in my neck, head, and down my left arm is worse. I now feel like someone has a steel pipe piercing in the back of my head. The pain is also in my jaw and in my throat. All he wanted to do was the injections. I have no insurance and each injection is 1599.00 to 5000.00 each. What am I suppose to do. Doctors sure are not what they use to be if you have no insurance you are pretty much screwed and have to suffer.

Comment from: Bobby Back, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

When I wake up in the morning after 7 hrs of sleep I have a solid sharp pain that starts on the lower right side of back that goes to hip bone area and from there extends to my shin. It takes approximately 20 minutes to get rid of but during that time I can hardly walk. Actually I don't walk; I barely move and have to push on my right buttock if I have to sit on a toilet. I cannot bend over, but eventually it all calms down to being invisible. I broke my right femur 27 years ago and it wound up one and a half inches shorter, all of my right shoes are elevated for compensation. This pain happened one other time, approximately 3 years after the accident. The chiropractor cured me at the time as I was carried into his office (I could not walk) after spinal manipulation, I was pain free! Now some years later it has returned. I am a business owner so no heavy manual labor is involved. I do however get exercise and only 5 lbs. over my ideal weight. What's happening here I would like to know. I also am on Percocet 10/325 (2 every am as soon as I awake along with one 800 mg of Ibuprofen. The pill thing has gotten old but I cannot function without it!

Comment from: wreckskarz, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 08

About 6 months ago I started noticing little things that going wrong. Then the tingling started, and I was dropping things. This was getting me worried, when I went to the chiropractor with cold hands and instability he told me to see a neurologist. Three days latter an MRI and the day after that he called to inform me that he set up a time for surgery in two days. I thought he was a cut happy doctor, then I saw my MRI and had no problem with it. For the first time I was scared. He kept asking about the trauma that had caused the problem, but there was none. That was three weeks ago, now after removing a compressed and herniated disc and fusing my C5 and C6 with a graft and rod most of my symptoms have returned. At 44 years old I guess that is as good as it gets.

Comment from: santiago, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I have been taking OTC medicine as I believe I have a sciatica. The pain from pinched nerve reverberates to the right side of my leg. It has been longer than 3 months now. I need help.

Comment from: marc, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

With pinched nerve my hands are getting so bad I can barely hold on to steering wheel without my hand going numb, and burning bad. It also wakes me up burning.

Comment from: vishnu, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I am having pain on my right upper back sometimes on my right shoulder down my right hand with numb feeling to my index finger; sometimes pain on lower back I am about to get treatment for the pinched nerve but worried.

Comment from: Painleader, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I have got a pinched nerve in my lower back. At first it felt like a muscle that was torn, but it is steadily getting worse. It used to be just my hip, then my upper thigh, now its all the way down to just above my ankle. I can't sit properly. I just wish i knew what to do.

Comment from: toro, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I was rearended by a truck many years ago. Recently I started having tingling in my finger on my left hand. The tingling then went up to my neck and I went for physical therapy. It stopped the tingling but now I am in severe pain. It doesn't happen all the time but when it does it lasts for several days.

Comment from: jackie4263, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I have had sciatica on my left side two times. I went to the chiropractor both times and it worked.

Comment from: Patrice, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I am a type 2 diabetic. Recently, I went to the ER with occasional abrupt weakness on my left side, slight nausea, burning in the lower part of my stomach and back, elevated blood pressure, and slight pain in my hip. I was also experiencing fluttering in my left leg, which could have signaled a blood clot. My doctor sent me to the hospital with suspected TIAs (mini strokes). All sorts of test, including blood tests, were conducted and all came out good, including strength tests for stroke. During the time I spent at the hospital, I lay on my back instead of lying on the affected side. There was no nausea or weakness the entire time until I lay on my side again. I was asked if I had ever been in an auto wreck at some time or hurt my back at some point, and my answer was yes, about 15 years ago. The ER doctor told me to have my personal physician refer me to a back doctor to get an MRI, in which he is in the process of doing. I believe that pinched nerves can also mimic mini strokes.

Comment from: Andrew, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

I've had pain in my lower back that would have a pinching feeling on and off. I've noticed that when I bend my neck I'll feel sharp pain in my lower left back. The pain would also affect my left leg, mostly around the muscle called the "iliobial tract". It would start to get better and then I would end up bending wrong in karate or baseball and pinching the nerve in it again. This pain has been going on for around 2 months. I saw a doctor about and she said to just rest it with ice.

Comment from: suzieq, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I slammed on my brakes to avoid a peacock in the road (wearing my seat belt), and the trauma to my neck has resulted in a pinched nerve. My right arm throbs constantly, and my pointer finger tingles too. My shoulder blade aches continually. I have received six physical therapy treatments and am continuing those. It does seem to help a little, but I am surprised at what a slow process this is. I have been sitting in the hot tub a lot and using heat.

Comment from: rose, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

Had surgery I had surgery for disk in neck L4 L5 metal cage bone graph. Never been the same since. Terrible neck pain from a few years ago finally 6 months ago it left. Now my arms to my fingers are numb and burning and I can't sleep. Muscle ache and cramping in my arms are a daily thing. I wear braces on wrists when I sleep. I have been to a pain clinic and had shots in my neck. I don't like to be drugged up all the time. I have been on most of the drugs that they have for this, but now I take nothing. I would rather know what's causing it. I have had shingles 3 times on my side arm and face.

Comment from: ab, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 08

My husband had a pinched nerve from a ruptured disc in his lower back. The doctors had him on so much pain medication we had to literally baby sit him. He had hallucinations and everything, it went on for months! This would be his 3rd surgery if we went that route again. All three different discs once the area is weak it often happens again and did. Finally we took a leap of faith on this machine we'd heard about that a chiropractor in the next town used. Believe it or not it worked! It’s been 2 years. It is called drx9000. His chiropractor didn't take insurance and it cost us $3000 but he'd already been out of work 3 months dealing with the neurologist. Between that, our share of the doctor bills and facing another surgery and those bills, we went for it. I’d recommend it to anyone w/ these issues or at least look into it.

Comment from: bsherrill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

This is a very difficult problem to get help with. I have made it known of the effects it is having to my bowels and bladder, yet it keeps getting denied that there is any such possibility. Maybe because I have insurance through the government? Maybe because doctors, who had been caring for me, are afraid that if it is something serious they will be responsible. It has been going on for almost 3 months. I am exhausted, although I am fighting to remain active, but I get very tired. I am having nerve testing next week, but I am not thrilled about it. I am glad that I have finally had a moment to look this up on the Internet. I already do the exercises or stretches recommended. I am going to start doing the cold packs. I was using heat, and hot showers feel very good. I would also like to get a massage as recommended. I wonder if my insurance would pay for it. If it helps it certainly would save them money. It begins to hurt if sitting very long, and I have terrible pain in my groin area. I am a female.

Comment from: showtime, Male (Patient) Published: May 18

I was in 3 helicopter crashes in Vietnam and had 5 fractures in my spine, being young and sucking it up I didn't mention the pain I was in. Throughout the years I have had debilitating pain off and on where it feels like someone has hit me with a baseball bat in the middle of my back to where I can take a breath w/o a lot of pain and deep pain at that. The spine is tender when someone rubs a thumb along it. I also have I guess sciatica with pain in my left buttock down the back of my leg to my foot. I am diabetic and have loss of feeling in my leg below the knee to where I can stick a needle in it and not feel it. For the past 6 years I have been almost bedridden, unable to stand or walk for any length or distance to the point of being in a wheelchair. The doctors have wanted to operate, but I am in such a dreaded fear as I have spoken with a number of others who have had back surgery and all have come out worse than before. So yes I am afraid of losing the use of my legs permanently, but as of now I at least have some hope. I have been on pain meds and muscle relaxers along with gabapentin. The pain meds "methadone" and muscle relaxer "soma" help rid the pain but addiction is the side effect. I take the lesser of two evils when evaluating whether to continue and for how long. I know 6 years is a long time and I am getting tired of having to depend on others, but now I am experiencing loss of bladder control because I can't feel the need to go and before I know it well you know the rest of the story. I know the VA would love to run me through a series of operations, but they won't give me a success figure or a percentage and without that it would be like a flip of the coin. I did have some spurs removed from the back of my neck with nothing invasive and I was awake the whole time except a very bad burning feeling and sharp pain. I still have some pain there so I ask what did it accomplish?

Comment from: triumphant lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

The right side of my right leg below the knee is numb, then it pinches inside sometimes or hurts in a certain spot. Sometimes it hurts just below the knee or pinches.

Comment from: IMReading, 45-54 (Patient) Published: May 14

I have had a pinched nerve in my neck for more than a month and have been going to physical therapy for about two weeks. Neck traction seems to help a little, but it's got a long way to go. What I learned today while walking on my treadmill was somewhat of a revelation; hopefully it could help others have less pain. If I looked straight ahead (OK, I was watching TV), I had the tingles in my left arm (and by putting my left arm over my right shoulder it has always lessened the pain). However, when I was looking down reading a book, my tingles disappeared! I learned it was how the position of my neck was that could turn it on or off at will! I guess it's better to read than to watch TV.

Comment from: blue, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 05

My husband had surgery for a pinched nerve in the elbow. More than six months later, there has been no improvement. Now the surgeon wants to do more surgery on his neck.

Comment from: CA WP, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

Diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Ortho wanted to fuse. Neurosurgeon wanted to remove back of vertebrae. Sounded scary. Neurosurgeon was right. Down time only 3 weeks from surgery to drive again. No painful movement. Procedure is called cervical laminectomy. It's okay to get second opinions!

Comment from: samdamann1, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 16

Mild swelling, constant shooting pain from hand to shoulder, mild bruising in the wrist area and non of the conventional pain meds seem too work (aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and etc.).

Comment from: Jak, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I have a growth on my collar bone it swells up at different times and I have headaches and my jugular vein on the left side hurts. For the past two years and two doctors I have problems with discs C3, 4,5,6,7. I have severe pain on my left side to include my shoulder, arm, shoulder blade, sciatica and now numbness from shoulder to fingers on left side. Doctors tried physical therapy. It did not help. They want to send me to pain management and shots. Has anyone had this? I have gone back to my chiropractor to see if I can get relief. I found that my eye doctor's wife is just starting to get the same lump on her collar bone also, but she does not have the pain yet. Other wise no one can figure out what is going on with me.

Comment from: ER RN, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have problems with Sciatica at times. I have found that sitting on an ice pack for about 45 minutes to and hour and taking some ibuprofen (anti inflammatory) literally takes all the pain away. Nothing else seemed to help, including prescriptions. Just ice and Motrin did the trick for me. Stretches help give more instant relief, but the ice and ibuprofen takes the pain away completely.

Comment from: bob6364, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

I have a bone in my neck that is pinching a nerve that radiates down into my wrist. It's a very sharp pain. My arm and shoulder go numb. I have a stiff neck. I don't get very much sleep. I have been going to a Chiropractor since beginning of April. It doesn't seem to be helping. I am looking into getting a pain block.

Comment from: Frustrated, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I have arthritis in my jaw. Two years ago they said bells palsy then they retracted that then they say just arthritis. For more than a year now my tongue feels like I've had freezing at the dentist from morning to night! My right side of my face is affected. A neurosurgeon is finally doing more extensive tests but only at my insistence. He doesn't think its nerve damage. Now for over a month I get swelling and burning in my veins in both arms. Relief is far but I have hope!

Comment from: sportsman, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

Several days, about 5, after radical prostate surgery I awoke during the night with severe stabbing pain in the right thigh. Burning sensation, stabbing feeling and numbness all occurring at the same time; I thought I possibly was having a stroke. Eight months ago the hospital diagnosed it as a superficial blood clot. Recent diagnosis, by my MD, is that I have nerve damage called Neuralgia Paresthetica.

Comment from: unhappy in Ohio, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I started with a pinched sciatic nerve 3 years ago. Had the MRI and the entire doctor said was when do you want to have surgery? I think he just wanted the money because I was only 41 at the time and didn’t want back surgery. Now I am 44 and they are telling me I had a stroke even though the MRI showed nothing. I am to the point I don't know where to go next. I have pain down my right leg with no feeling of hot or cold in my whole right side. Life like this is not worth living at my age.

Comment from: tammy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I have extreme pain and burning at times in the left and right legs but in my right legs I have a less pain and burning all the time. The pain and burning runs down the top and side of my upper leg in the thigh area and my right hip mainly will give extreme pain but my left is not as bad. Is this a pinched nerve?

Comment from: dnmurrey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I am scheduled for surgery to have a bulging disc removed from my nerve in my lower lumbar area. The experience I am having is pain radiating down my left leg to my ankle then I have tingling and numbness in the foot area along with a pinching feeling in my thoracic area. This is not a good feeling.

Comment from: Jay1234, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I have suffered with severe pain in my lower back/left hip and left thigh for the last 8 months and the doctors are still trying to diagnose it. When I bend/ kneel/ stretch or lift I get a lot of pain in the 3 areas I previously described. I have been sent for physio, MRI, x-ray, and many medicals and examinations. I am being prescribed with tramadol. The pain I receive is always there and never lets up and it is always a sharp, burning, throbbing, or pinching pain.

Comment from: Roger, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I have numbness and tingling in the third finger which came immediately after lifting a heavy and awkward box using the underside of my forearm instead of my hand. The edge of the box pressed on my forearm to cause this condition. I am wondering if the numbness will go away or will I likely require medical attention.

Comment from: kathybaby1982, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

My pinched nerve made me feel like my hip was dislocated and my back was broken. I couldn’t pick up my daughter or get in and out of the car. It was a nightmare. I am almost healed. There is 99% less pain. I sleep with a pillow under my knees as high as I can get them and when I sleep on my side, I have a pillow between my legs. I have gone from using Percocet and Robax 8, to just Tylenol for the inflammation. I went to the chiropractor 3 times and that helped, but the muscles have become so weak. So I started to do side leg lifts and sit-ups, and stretches and that has improved it immensely. I do a lot of squatting and that makes all the difference in the world. Good luck to you all. I don’t recommend these to my worst enemy.

Comment from: Maximus, 55-64 Male Published: June 03

I have numbness in fingers of my right hand. It hasn't had an effect on any activities, such as golf. My grip seems to be fine. My finger tips just feel numb. Other than that I'm okay.

Comment from: Terry, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 03

I experience neuropathy in my hands, primarily the 4th and 5th fingers, whenever I have my elbows bent for more than a few minutes. Straightening my elbows provides quick relief.

Comment from: roadglide, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

My left hand and forearm tingle at night when asleep. I realize it when I wake up. I don't think I am sleeping on it, but it feels like my hand and arm fall asleep.

Comment from: macastro, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have had tingling and numbness in my hands for more than a year. Mostly the pinky and ring fingers, then sometimes the whole hand. This happens only when I'm sleeping. It took a long time for me to figure out the pinched nerve is at my elbows. I usually have pain above and below my elbows. I'm now wearing tennis elbow bands when I type (I've typed for many years). And I go to massage therapy weekly, which makes me scream. Recently I started getting spasms on one arm, so I'm currently taking anti-inflammatory pills. My arms feel very weak, especially if I drive on a long trip. I've been told if it doesn't get better, I might need physical therapy.

Comment from: Pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have a pinched nerve in my upper back on the right side. My doctors describe it as arthritis. It feels like I have a crook in my neck that never goes away. Sometime it is hard for me to use my right arm. It is getting harder and harder for me to work.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I have a pinched nerve in my neck; this causes stiffness in my neck and numbness on my right hand and fingers. I go to my therapist 2 or 3 times a week and after a session of therapy I feel relieved, but it lasts only for a short time. Is there a cure for it or a specific medication I can take?

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