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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

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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What to take for a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder?

What to take for a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder?

Exercise and aspirin: Of course the answer may be different if the nerve is truly pinched & is either in the shoulder or in the neck. The best treatments for mechanical problems, like pinched nerve, are mechanical. Symptomatic relief with anti-inflammatories may reduce pain but more importantly allow corrective exercise to be used to lessen symptoms. Find out what caused your trouble, then do something about it. ...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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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

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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 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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I take Xanax for anxiety, I have pinched nerve in neck, what muscle relaxers are safe to take w/xanax and buspar (buspirone)?

I take Xanax for anxiety, I have pinched nerve in neck, what muscle relaxers are safe to take w/xanax and buspar (buspirone)?

Try a Neck Pro: Neck pro is an ingenious cerivical traction device developed by an er doc for his neck pain (usually the result of cervical disk disease or osteoarthritis). You can purchase this on amazon. Com for ~$60. Have used it myself and on multiple patients with excellent results. Don't use if you have osteoporosis or neurological symptoms. Works best on chronic pain. Sometimes on acute symptoms. ...Read more

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I have some neck pain and tingling in right arm, could it be a pinched nerve? Does a chiropractor take care of this or should I see my doctor?

I have some neck pain and tingling in right arm, could it be a pinched nerve? Does a chiropractor take care of this or should I see my doctor?

Absolutely: A pinched nerve can cause neck pain headaches, and pain or numbness running into the arm. There are other potential causes, however, and so it would be food to just get a regular check up to make sure it is nothing else. Physical therapy, chiropractic, and interventional pain management are the non operative treatments for it if it doesn't get better. Thank you. ...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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Are epidural injection and traction the only thing used for a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 c6? Please help if you can

Are epidural injection and traction the only thing used for a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 c6? Please help if you can

See a specialist: See a spine specialist. An MRI of the cervical spine can be useful. Conservative care includes pt, chiropractic, cervical traction, epidural injections and non steroidal anti-inflammatory meds. If these fail, surgery is often successful in relieving the pain. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Felt twitch near my forehead. Above brows. I haven't gotten sleep lately due. To pinched nerve in my neck? What's the twitch thing about?

Felt twitch near my forehead. Above brows. I haven't gotten sleep lately due. To pinched nerve in my neck? What's the twitch thing about?

Facial Twitch: Dear Sydney: a pinched nerve in the neck usually presents with neck pain and occipital headache (pain in back of head), not a facial twitch. Since you are also complaining of insomnia and a facial twitch, I wonder if it is related to medications or drugs, or even too much caffeine. If this does not resolve, talk with your physician. All the best! Nisha ...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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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?

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.?

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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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

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Can there be an easy and natural cure for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Can there be an easy and natural cure for a pinched nerve in the neck?

Rest and NSAIDS: Often rest, otc medications and massage can help treat the symptoms of a stiff neck. My patient's have also had good result with acupuncture. Only if symptoms get worse, or you lose muscle or feeling should you go to a surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause tightness in the throat?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause tightness in the throat?

It should not: It is not typical for pinched nerve in neck to cause throat tightness. Go see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Yes: Either referred from the trigger of cervical spondylosis, or secondary to a more direct mechanism, irritation of the Greater Occipital Nerve. Both mechanisms can be readily treated effectively. Have your doctor sort this out and provide a treatment plan. ...Read more