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Doctor insights on: How Long Does A Pinched Nerve In The Neck Last

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Hi, do you know how long pinch nerve can last? It's been 16 days and my neck got better but left arm pain still there

Hi, do you know how long pinch nerve can last? It's been 16 days and my neck got better but left arm pain still there

Suggest: Have your doctor check it out, as you may have a discogenic compression affecting a nerve rootlet in your spinal area, and the arm pain is a referred symptom. If so, physical therapy using motorized cervical traction could be very helpful. ...Read more

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


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Can nerve irritation like sciatica or pinched nerve in the neck lead to stroke, if pinch is long lasting?

Can nerve irritation like sciatica or pinched nerve in the neck lead to stroke, if pinch is long lasting?

No: Stroke occurs as a result of an insult to the brain. Typically due to lack of blood supply to a portion of the brain, which occurs following a bleed or following a blockage of arterial flow to the brain tissue. It does not occur due to nerve irritation from a "pinched" nerve. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a pinched nerve in neck?

How long does it take to recover from a pinched nerve in neck?

Variable: It depends on the cause of the pain. When inflammation and swelling in the spinal canal decreases, the symptoms improve. If it has been there for over 3 months, it becomes chronic pain so you should consult a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I am 42 male. I was diagnosed with pinched nerve in neck 3 weeks ago. Still getting pain & numbness. How long till it gets better? I'm in agony. Thxx

I am 42 male. I was diagnosed with pinched nerve in neck 3 weeks ago. Still getting pain & numbness. How long till it gets better? I'm in agony. Thxx

Variable: There are very degrees of nerve involvement ranging from mild and self-limiting to severe, which may require surgical decompression. As such, an accurate diagnosis should be determined. This can be accomplished by a neurologic examination, MRI and/or EMG/nerve conduction studies that will localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy. Once this is done then treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pinched nerve in neck, last 2 days have had lightheadedness and dizzy. Is this normal?

Diagnosed with pinched nerve in neck, last 2 days have had lightheadedness and dizzy. Is this normal?

Neck dizziness: Because of nerve pathways between brain and neck that have to do with position sense, abnormal nerve activity in the neck is often associated with dizziness. ...Read more

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Have two pinched nerve in neck, vicodin is no longer helping. What should I do? I am scheduled for a cervical epidural in a month.

Timing: Vicodin's ineffectiveness may be due to worsening of your condition, but more likely due to tolerance to opiates. There is a sense of urgency with the latter possibility and the epidural will ideally be performed sooner than a month. ...Read more

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Since last month I've had a sharp pain in my neck, shoulder, & arm all on the right side. Wondering if it could possibly be a tear or pinched nerve?

Since last month I've had a sharp pain in my neck, shoulder, & arm all on the right side. Wondering if it could possibly be a tear or pinched nerve?

Neck, arm pain: This question is not appropriate as it is patient specific. Having stated that, yes cervical nerves do travel to the neck and upper extremity and can get "pinched". There can be many other causes of sharp pain, some of which need looking into. The exact distribution of pain is very important to direct further diagnostic tests such as MRI. ...Read more

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In the last couple of months I have had discogenic pinched nerve in my neck that is not healing and started biting tongue and stutterin g?

In the last couple of months I have had discogenic pinched nerve in my neck that is not healing and started biting tongue and stutterin g?

See pain management: Nerve impingement can be caused by nerve being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain and burning pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in my Trapezius. What can I do to? And how long would it take to heal? The pain spreads to my Neck, upper & lower back & arms.

Depends: It is a little unusual to have a "pinched nerve in my trapezius" as you put it. Pinched nerves in the neck are fairly common, or muscular injuries to the trapezius also. I would encourage you to be seen if it does not get better soon. ...Read more

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..Been nursing a pinched nerve in my neck for 6 weeks, massage, pt, antiiflammatory, recently a dose of steroids (8day prednisone).How long till bette?

..Been nursing a pinched nerve in my neck for 6 weeks, massage, pt, antiiflammatory, recently a dose of steroids (8day prednisone).How long till bette?

Time and cause: Unfortunately, the duration of the problem and the cause of the pinched nerve will determine the duration of suffering and whether it can resolve on the treatment that you are undergoing right now. Knowledge of the source of the problem is imperative. Neck problems may also have a tmj/tmd componet and should not be ignored. ...Read more

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Pain in my neck, and upper back. I get a tingly sensation in my neck/hand. Last night I had a brief but mild throb by my armpit. Pinched nerve? Thanks

Pain in my neck, and upper back. I get a tingly sensation in my neck/hand. Last night I had a brief but mild throb by my armpit. Pinched nerve? Thanks

Can be: Sometimes the C8 root will give symptoms like this. Just need to see specialist to get a more detailed question and answer session and exam. ...Read more

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What is usually done for a pinched nerve in the neck?

What is usually done for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Pain in the neck: Ouch! neck pain can be tricky. Managment depends on mechanism and symptoms. In the setting of normal xrays/CTs/MRIs, patients are usually given any of the following: NSAIDS, muscle relaxer, steroids, and sometimes narcotic pain meds. See your doctor should you develop numbness/weakness/tingling in your arms or legs. ...Read more

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What's the best thing to take for a pinched nerve in the neck?

What's the best thing to take for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Not medication: The best treatments are always those that get at the root cause of the problem. The nerve needs to get "un-pinched." often physical therapy or traction will help but sometimes surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for a pinched nerve in the neck?

I guess not: I am not quite certain what you refer to natural cure. If it is some sort of manipulation, then I doubt, since all the manipulations can only be as deep as muscles and the problem is deeper in the nerves. There may be some non-surgical options of treatment, but that's a different story. Acupuncture may help relieve some symptoms, but won't cure it completely. ...Read more

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How do I deal with a pinched nerve in the neck?

Evaluation: If otc nsaids (aleve, motrin), and tylenol (acetaminophen) are not helping and the radiating arm pain is progressing, then you need a medical evaluation with xrays and possibly MRI if the exam reveals an abnormality. ...Read more

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What does a pinched nerve in the neck feel like?

Pins and needles: The pain can many times feel like electric shocks going down your upper extremity, in some it can feel like pins and needles. And some people it can be a burning discomfort. ...Read more

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Can there be anything that can be done for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Can there be anything that can be done for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Cerv Radiculopathy: Radiating pain into the arm/hand may be associated with numbness or weakness—radiculopathy. If due to a disc herniation, 80% likely to heal with time. No hurry if not worsening, but, should be seen if not getting better. Nonsurgical usually helps—mckenzie pt, nerve root injections, nsaid's. Surgery with disc fusion or replacement if all else fails. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause a stroke?

No: Strokes are caused by decreased blood flow to the brain or bleeding in the brain. A pinched nerve in the neck does not affect the brain. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Potentially: The usual causes of a pinched nerve in the neck are disc herniation, bone spurs or collapsed disc space. Most patients have arm pain, numbness or weakness in the area served by the irritated nerve. Occasionally, patients will also complain of headaches, jaw pain.

Check with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Yes: The nerves of the higher cervical junctions also innervate the muscles of the neck. As the neck hurts the body tries to immobilize the neck to decrease the pain. This can then cause the muscles in your neck and head to spasm causing a muscular headache. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a pinched nerve in the neck?

How do you get rid of a pinched nerve in the neck?

Neck pain pinched: There are mant reasons for a pinched nerve in the neck; there is good evidence for treatment with physical therapy; stretching and gentle neck-traction... Esepcially if the pain is only on one side. Work with a trusted therapist and then maybe a trainer in the gym to keep neck position- and muscles optimized, to keep feeling better. Surgery is last option if else fails... Need MRI to determine. ...Read more

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Is a pinched nerve in the neck life threatening if action is not taken quickly.?

No: A "pinched nerve" can be many things. It can be diagnosed by symptoms and examination alone, but an imaging study such as a MRI can tell the degree of nerve root compression if it is from a disc herniation. A pinched nerve is never fatal but can be painful and result in a motor or sensory problem if serious. There are many basic rx including antiinflammatories and oral steroids if indicated. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a pinched nerve in the neck to continue hurting after I've been to the chiro twice? Some days I can't feel a thing and the next I do.

Is it normal for a pinched nerve in the neck to continue hurting after I've been to the chiro twice? Some days I can't feel a thing and the next I do.

YES: Especially if you have had your neck manipulated or turned. I would advise a medical examination, PT, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication (Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve), if not allergic to these products. BioFreeze is an excellent sports cream for muscle pain. ...Read more

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What can be done for nerve impingement in the neck? Is that the same as a pinched nerve in the neck? What are the symptoms of nerve infringement? Help

Nerve impingement?: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management.
It is the same as a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause body tremors?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve in the neck normally causes pain localized to the neck and the arm, body tremors would be extremely unusual - if tremors are present then a neurological examination would be recommended. ...Read more