A pinched nerve is a condition where you have a nerve root irritation or a nerve root compression causing you to experience pains and some inability to move certain body parts. It can come about either in your spine or in a more minor area. Some of the symptoms of having a pinched nerve are the feeling of burning sensations or pins and needles sort of pain, numbness, and outward pain coming from an internal injured location. It could either be caused by a disease, trauma, or strain. Treatments for this may be ice for the swelling area, rest and some anti-inflammatory drugs. Some cases may require physical therapy or even surgery.
Here are the symptoms of having a pinched nerve.
- The most recognizable and notable symptom is experiencing a shooting pain and a burning sensation that accompanies it. Pain can be in different intensities and level. Sudden and extreme pain is referred to as acute pain while a continual one is called a chronic pain. Experiencing pain on your lower back area may cause sciatica. Sciatica is an extreme pain that goes down to the subsequent leg into the gluteal area and up to the back of your leg. Moreover, pain inflicted by a pinched nerve in the thoracic spine may also result to pain in the mid back section, shoulder blades, and the chest.
- You may also experience a tingling sensation and numbness. Numbness, which is defined as the loss of sensation or a feeling. It is usually caused by a damaged nerve or one with an abnormality. It is then followed by tingling sensations feel like that pins and needles or cramps when any limb falls asleep or has been pressured for too long. These are also called "paresthesias." If you experience this symptom, immediately seek professional medical care. Keep in mind that paresthesias is capable of affecting different parts of your body. It could affect your hands, fingers, and feet. Afflicted nerves or spinal nerves could cause this, too, and reflect on the skin on different parts of the body. Some of the potential causes of paresthesias are lupus complications, peripheral neurotherapy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or multiple sclerosis. Due to the many potential causes, you must right away consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Other symptoms of a pinched nerve are the loss of movement or decreasing muscle strength and function, feebleness and muscle spasms.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a doctor or a physical therapist as soon as possible. They can help you with treatments to lessen the pain. However, if you think that your situation is not that severe, just take the time to rest. You may also want to put an ice pack over the swelling or painful area. If you usually experience minor nerve pinches especially on the feet, relax that part of your body, and soon enough the pain will fade away. It will usually only last for a couple of seconds or maybe a minute or so.