(Closed) Pinched Nerve?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I pinched a nerve in my back, and the only thing that really helped stop the pain was my chiropractor physically moving my joints apart to reduce the pressure. There were a few stretches that I could do to help the swelling and temporarily reduce the pain. I’ve also found icy hot helps the pain for a bit, long enough to fall asleep.

When I was little my mom had pinched nerves in her elbows a bunch of times. Usually she had to wear an immobilizing brace, but for one particularly bad one they put her in a cast so it could heal.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My SO had pinched nerve(s) in his shoulder area due to shoulder tension. He went to a couple different specialists (xrays, emg, etc) and no one was able to help him- what did help was sleeping on his back (no pressure on the shoulders like sleeping on the side) correcting his posture, and acupuncture and massage therapy.  He did two courses of steroids which helped for the time being but they didn’t correct the tension problem so it came back worse after the medication was done.  

We avoid chiropracty because generally speaking it pushes everything back into place but doesn’t correct the muscle tension problems that brought things out of place to start with- so things will snap back out fairly quickly.  The massages relaxed the muscles, keeping them from pinching the nerves, and increased blood circulation to the area.  It has been about a year and a half and he’s about 90% better, but it was a long journey for us.  He also takes magnesium citrate to relax his muscles.

I hope your situation is not as bad!  If you find the problem/tension areas, try external patches like icyhot or salonpas- they bring up the circulation in the area.  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I hope you start feeling better!  It can happen to anyone.. I’ve been stressed a lot lately and I noticed that tension is starting to build up in my shoulders so that my arms ache now and then.  For me, focusing on sitting up straight at work and relaxing my shoulders (I’m always cold so they’re always hunched up) has made a difference so far.  

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@pecanpie:  One thing you might want to do for your posture is get your bra size checked. I got mine measured last weekend by a pro and I was 3 cup sizes off, though the right band size (I haven’t actually checked it since high school and my weight has been fluctuating lately which partially explains it). When I started wearing my new bra I immeadiately noticed that I was standing up straight and then realized that I have been hunching for quite awhile because without my boobs being properly supported my back wasn’t strong enough to hold my chest up. I was hunching so that my ribs took part of the weight.

This might not be much of an issue if you’re smaller chested, but if you’re larger it’s a pretty quick posture improvement and worth looking into.

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