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What is best for a pinched nerve in neck? Heat or ice?

What is best for a pinched nerve in neck? Heat or ice?

New:ice;old:heat: A "pinched nerve in the neck" covers a lot of diagnostic ground.
If you have numbness and/or tingling in your arm or hand this may be a cervical neuropathy caused by a nerve impinged as it exits the cervical (neck) vertebral hole (foramen).
A cheap and often effective treatment is home traction.It consists of an over the door pulley and halter. ...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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I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. Pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps.?

I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. Pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps.?

Further treatment: There are more aggressive treatment options for the spine that are more powerful than using over the counter medications, but they get progressively more involved. From non invasive alternatives such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, to interventional pain procedures which are invasive but non surgical, to even surgical considerations. I would not hesitate to be seen to discuss options. ...Read more

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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve". This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD. ...Read more

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Neuro said I had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Neuro said I had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Insufficient data: Does "neuro" mean neurologist or neurosurgeon? Why did you meekly accept the answer but then post here? Ask doc to explain the neuroanatomy: EXACTLY what cervical levels, roots &/or nerves are affected & which ones involve breathing & which swallowing. Ask to review test results (MRI, CT, myelogram or EMG/NCS). Finally, if no treatment is recommended, I suggest seeking another opinion. ...Read more

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I work outside all day in the heat and I have been feeling lightheaded could it be affecting the pinched nerves in my neck more? Or what could it be?

I work outside all day in the heat and I have been feeling lightheaded could it be affecting the pinched nerves in my neck more? Or what could it be?

Blood pressure?: There could be several reasons as to why you are feeling light-headed--especially out doors. The Florida heat and lack of good hydration may be contributing. Also, if you are anemic (or pregnant). Certain medications can also contribute to feeling light-headed. If it persists, you may want to check with your doctor. Best of luck. ...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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What's better for a pinched nerve, heat or ice?

Pain Treatment: I recommend using the treatment which gives you better pain relief. Usually ice for the first 3-4 days to decrease swelling followed by heat to improve bloodflow and promote healing is prescribed. ...Read more

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Best way to sleep with a neck and back pinched nerve, can't fall asleep.

Best way to sleep with a neck and back pinched nerve, can't fall asleep.

Buckwheat pillow: Can help. Like a bean bag chair it holds its shape better than a chiropractic pillow. Plus moisture cause the buckwheat to deform creating air channels. This keeps the pillow nice and cool. I used one when I hurt my neck playing volley ball. The downside is they are quite heavy. (you'll want to take it on the plane if you travel) I recommend getting a new mattress for the back (firm memory foam) ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve and I am having pain down from my knee down and sharp pains at the bottom of my feet what should I do to to keep the pain down ice and heat is no longer worker and im also on motrin and flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)

I have a pinched nerve and I am having pain down from my knee down and sharp pains at the bottom of my feet what should I do to to keep the pain down ice and heat is no longer worker and im also on motrin and flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)

Evaluation: If you havn't been evaluated for this problem I would see and orthopaedic surgeon. Physical therapy can help as well as oral steroids. Injections in the spine, called esi's or epidural corticosteroid injections can be helpful as well. If several months of conservative management does not work then sometimes surgical management is necessary to resolve the pain. ...Read more

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Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Is ice or heat better for a lower back pinch nerve that effects my right hip?

Likely not a pinched: Is there a ropey muscle and a very tender knot in your butt muscle? If so, find the knot and push on it to make it smaller. If this helps your pain, this is not a pinched nerve. Learn more about myofascial pain www. Blatmanhealthandwellness. Com ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause fainting?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause fainting?

Yes, but it's not: Likely. Before assuming the cause is pinched nerve in the neck, other possible causes must be investigated. You should see a doctor about this. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in neck affecting breathing?

Need more info: If your question is whether a pinched nerve in your neck affect breathing, possibly if there is compession of the 4th cervical nerve root that innervates the diaphragm. ...Read more

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Does a pinched nerve in neck cause sinus like pain?

Does a pinched nerve in neck cause sinus like pain?

Yes: Cervicogenic headaches which are headaches that originate from the cervical spine (the back of the neck) can cause headaches on either one side or both sides of the face. ...Read more

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Will an inversion board help or hurt a pinched nerve in neck?

Temporary: While you are in traction the pressure is better, but will not create long term relief. Active exercising much more effective. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in neck cause serve pain on the side of your head?

Can pinched nerve in neck cause serve pain on the side of your head?

Neck and head pain: Cervical nerve problems and cervical arthritis can cause cervicogenic headaches. Not uncommon. ...Read more

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I've been consulting w you about this all week and am happy 2 inform u I got a diagnosis - pinched nerve in neck. Ortho 2morrow. What are my options?

I've been consulting w you about this all week and am happy 2 inform u I got a diagnosis - pinched nerve in neck. Ortho 2morrow. What are my options?

With Whom Have U Con: Do you mean you've been consulting with HealthTap PHYSICIANS for the past week or a doc in particular? If you're looking for a particular physician then, search them by name to set up an appointment. If just in general then, here is what I'd say for a cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in neck). you can either do therapy/medication or surgery. Depends on severity of pain & if there is weakness. ...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

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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Could a pinched nerve in neck cause chest pain?

Could a pinched nerve in neck cause chest pain?

Yes: Relatively rarely, a lower cervical radiculopathy can present with chest pain. Obviously, one would want to do a thorough workup of the much more common and worrisome cardiopulmonary causes of chest pain first. I do have a few patients that have had multiple cardiac workups that were negative and only got relief after neck surgery. ...Read more

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What do doctors prescribe for pinched nerve in neck?

What do doctors prescribe for pinched nerve in neck?

Multiple things: Medications commonly given include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, as well steroids. Other things that get prescribed include muscle relaxants and narcotics. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dizziness from a pinched nerve in neck?

Is it possible to get dizziness from a pinched nerve in neck?

Not usually: "pinched nerve in neck" is a vague term for cervical nerve root compression. This gives you arm pain, never dizziness. Who diagnosed a "pinched nerve"? Neck pain can be a sign of vertebral artery dissection, which can lead to dizziness and brain stem stroke/come/death. Please make sure you see your family physician for a full workup, may need a vascular study for any history of neck trauma. ...Read more

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What to do for a pinched nerve in neck?

Trickey: If you have a definate diagnosis either by MRI and emg, then ask your pcp to refer you to an interventional pain doctor. Epidural steroid injection may be very helpful. ...Read more

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Might a pinched nerve in neck heal itself?

Might a pinched nerve in neck heal itself?

Pinched nerve: It is certainly possible for a pinched nerve to "heal." in many cases, pinched nerves are caused by herniated discs, and these can heal/resolve with time - once the herniated disc has resolved, the nerve is no longer pinched. ...Read more

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Can a nvc pick up a pinched nerve in neck?

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Can a nvc pick up a pinched nerve in neck?

EMG/NCV: Nerve study (emg/ncv) is a sensitive test to identify pinched nerves in different area. ...Read more

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What does a pinched nerve in neck feel like?

What does a pinched nerve in neck feel like?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve's main symptom is pain. This pain is typically described as shooting or radiating pain. If one particular nerve is pinched or irritated one could typically expect to have radiating pain is a consistent pattern (dermatome). The best things to diagnose this are a good physical exam, MRI and/or emg.
Helpful article:
http://arizonapain. Com/pain-center/pain-treatments/neck-pain. ...Read more

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How can you determine if you have a pinched nerve in neck?

Radicular pain: If you have a significant 'pinching' of a nerve in neck you may get root pain, tingling and numbness along the appropriat nerve to the fingers a neurologist can tell you where the problem is somtimes with the aid of an emg (electro myogram, an electrical study of the nerve and muscles) the symptoms may be due to the peripheral nerves such as the median nerve in carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more