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Pinched Nerve in Neck

From: jckweb - on 01/20/2010 9:09am

Maybe someone can help - I get pinched nerves in my neck quite often (6-10 times a year). Usually, they last for about a week... and then disappear. I rarely take pain meds for them - sometimes I'll have Advil - but it rarely works.

I either get them from sleeping (as in I wake up with a pinched nerve), or I get it after doing pull-ups. I weight about 200 lbs, so doing pull-ups isn't a light feat... therefore I'm probably straining trying to pick my weight up. I'm not sure if the two are aligned.

Recently, I purchased a Select Comfort Sleep Number bed... which I love. I've had it for about 3 months, and I actually haven't had a pinched nerve yet. I'm not sure if it's the bed or maybe I'm doing a better job with my pull-ups. But, I'm sure it's going to happen soon... and would love to prevent it.

Does anyone experience pinched nerves this regularly? If so, are you getting them from exercise, sleep, or straining your neck in a certain direction? Lastly, what do you do to relieve the pain? Thanks for your help.

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on 01/21/2010 8:18am

My understanding about pinched nerves is its related to the way you are sleeping at night. The bed should help. I am actually looking to get one of those sleep number beds. Do you like it?

I pulled this from a pinched nerve article on the site:

* alternate between heat and ice on the affected area: switch between them every 20 minutes, and remember to wrap the heat and ice packs in a towel before putting them on your skin.
* takiea hot shower
* lay down with a rolled up towel under your neck
* use a handheld massager
* get a massage
* do general range of motion stretches and movements: if your neck has the pinched nerve, you can do some simple neck rolls. As you stretch the affected area, your body will release endorphins in response to the movement. Endorphins relieve pain.

Try Aleve or Advil.

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on 01/26/2010 4:38pm

Pinched nerves in the neck are not caused by the way you sleep. If you have a pinched nerve (see below) the way you sleep and or exercise may aggravate it, it does in no way cause it.

Definition of a pinched Nerve:
Nerves extend from the brain into the arms and legs to send messages to the muscles or skin. A nerve that leaves the spine to go into the arms or legs is called a peripheral nerve. Peripheral nerves are bundles of millions of nerve fibers that leave the spinal cord and branch outward to other parts of the body such as muscles and skin. For example, these nerves make muscles move and enable skin sensation (feeling).

Causes:
A nerve can be pinched as it leaves the spine by a herniated disc or bone spurs that form from spinal arthritis. Another common place for pinched nerves is the carpal tunnel. This is a bottleneck area, through which all the finger flexor tendons and the median nerve must pass to the hand. Regardless of where the nerve is pinched, in the neck or carpal tunnel, the patient often will feel similar symptoms of numbness in the hand, because the brain does not know how to tell the difference between the beginning, middle, or end of a nerve. It only knows that it is not receiving signals from the hand, and so numbness begins

. Treatments for a Pinched Nerve
If you just woke up with something that feels like a pinched nerve—or if you seem to have developed that pain over the course of the day—you do have some self-care options.
The pain may be coming from a muscle spasm or strain that's putting pressure on the nerve, so you can try relaxing your muscles. Try, for example:
· alternating between heat and ice on the affected area: switch between them every 20 minutes, and remember to wrap the heat and ice packs in a towel before putting them on your skin.
· taking a hot shower
· laying down with a rolled up towel under your neck
· using a handheld massager
· getting a massage
Although you may not feel like it, you may want to try simply keeping your body and joints moving to find relief from a pinched nerve pain. You can:
· do general range of motion stretches and movements: if your neck has the pinched nerve, you can do some simple neck rolls. If you need to work on your low back (lumbar spine), refer to this article for exercises and stretches. As you stretch the affected area, your body will release endorphins in response to the movement. Those endorphins can give pain relief.
· take a light stroll: this is especially good if your low back is hurting you.
· lay on a bed/couch and pull your knees up towards your chest: this is especially good if your low back is hurting you.
Another self-care option is to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, such as Aleve or Advil.

Malli

Note:***The above is taken from an excerpt on this site listed under conditions***

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on 02/22/2010 1:13pm

I had pinched nerves / stiff neck come and go for almost 20 years. I was seeing a chiropractor regularly for pain that was radiating down my right arm periodically, as regular doctors could not / would not take it seriously. It was not until I was having numbness in hands & feet that my PCP sent me to specialist, to check for carpal tunnel, it was during the course of this test and talking with the neurologist while he was administering the test I said something that caused him to have me sent to an orthopedic spine specialist who determined that I needed surgery. It turn out there was a problem at C5. I had a corpectomy of C5 and bone graft (spacer) inserted at C5 and plates installed C4-C6. After I healed up from the surgery all my stiff neck / pinched nerve problems were gone.
Unfortunately seven years later I am having issues again.
But my point is, try to see a cervical spine specialist as it might be more than a simple pinched nerve, as it seems to be reoccurring.

Good Luck
Cliff

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on 02/23/2010 2:10am

Sounds more like muscle strain than pinched nerve. Pinched nerve produces pain that radiates down your arm. Muscle strain is more like the stiff neck syndrome. I used to get them alot. I thoroughly believe that proper hydration is key to preventing these muscle strains. It seems to have worked for me in the past. Once you have one, the exercises and treatments indicated by the other comments are great.

Unfortunately, I now have bulging discs at c5 c7 that are irritating the nerve. This is a totally different kind of pain. Terrible radiating pain from my neck down my arm into my hand and fingers. I am awaiting disc replacement surgery. In the meantime, I have gotten good results from swimming. Not sure why but I guess it helps to relieve some of the compression of my spine. Also using a neck traction device that seems to help as well.

Good Luck and drink lots of fluids. It helped me.

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on 02/23/2010 5:09am

Hi!

One advice. Be aware of the tension in your neck and tissues around when you do your work out. Even things when you work with your hands. If you get tensed. Try to relax your neck more.

Yours Patrick.
www.ryggakuten.com

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on 03/17/2010 9:09am

Thank you everyone for your comments and feedback. I believe you're right in that it's just a muscle strain... but wow do they hurt when they're at the peak! I'm going to take the advice of the hydration, as well - I think that may be an interesting remedy.

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on 09/13/2011 6:19am

Take massage therapy two times in a week and do 30 minutes exercise everyday.

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