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Dallas, TX
A 24-year-old female asked:

What causes a pinched nerve? and what would drs have to do to stop the pain

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Dr. Bogdan Popa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
Many causes and aids: When you say a "pinched nerve" I have to ask "where"? If you mean a nerve root coming from the spinal cord, then many things can cause the pinch such a bulging vertebral disc, bonny overgrowth, spinal stenosis, etc.. It's important to get an exam and an MRI. Depending on the severity you may get medications like NSAIDS (advil), steroids, gabapentin or antidepressants. You could also need surgery.
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Urgent Care 19 years experience
Many causes: An accident, pregnancy, arthritis, a fracture can cause nerves to be pinched. The doctors can give steroids, pain medicines, muscle relaxants , physical therapy and referral to Orthopedic doctors if indicated. Good luck.

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Schenectady, NY
A 45-year-old female asked:

Does a pinched nerve always cause pain or can it present as a dull ache ?

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
Strong word "ALWAYS": Always ; never- 2 terms which should always be avoided and never be used in medicine. "pinched nerves" often cause painful, stinging, burning sensations but they can also cause dull, gnawing, aching feelings. There are instances where pinched nerves cause absolutely no pain at all. Ergo, diagnosing a "pinched" nerve by symptoms alone can leave even the best of us with egg on the face.

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