What Does It Feel Like to Have a Pinched Nerve?
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What Does It Feel Like to Have a Pinched Nerve?

Pinched nerves are most often seen in the neck and in the lower spinal column. Symptoms of a pinched nerve can cause pain, weakness and numbness that radiates down the arms and legs. If not properly treated, pinched or compressed spinal nerves can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.

Most pinched nerves occur when a spinal disc gets compressed due to changes in the spinal column. Sometimes the changes in the spinal column are due to degenerative disc disease, which is usually due to arthritic changes in the spine. Sometimes compressed spinal nerves are due to being the victim of a bad accident. No matter what causes them, pinched nerves can be very painful and life altering if not treated properly.

I have arthritis that runs up and down my spine. As a result of that arthritis, I have also developed spurs in my neck. I have a pinched nerve in my neck that causes severe pain and numbness in my arms and hands. My husband bought me a Lazy Boy recliner to help my neck stay in proper alignment. It does help more than anything to relieve my pain.

As we age, some of the spinal discs lose their fluid and become flat. The spinal discs are like little cushions between the vertebrae to keep them in alignment.  Spinal discs can rupture due to injuries, and when they rupture they will flatten. The medical term for dry, flattened spinal discs is desiccation. Desiccated discs are dry and flat, which causes the spinal column to fall out of alignment. This imbalance can put pressure on other discs which can cause pain farther down the back and down the legs to the feet and ankles.

Many people are treated with medicine for nerve pain and for the generalized pain of arthritis. If you have significant pain that is chronic, your doctor may refer you to a spine specialist. Without medication, the pain from pinched nerves can truly reduce your quality of life, because it hurts too much to move around. I’m familiar with this kind of pain, because I have severe pain that radiates from my shoulders to my arms and hands. It’s hard to describe the feeling, but it kind of feels like electric shocks when I have the nerve pain. Even with medication I have good days and I have not so good days. I can do more on days that I feel well, and I rest in my recliner on days when I’m not having such a good day.

Everyone that lives with the chronic pain of pinched nerves has to find their own way to cope. Even though it hurts, it’s good to try and move around more. Your doctor may send you to a physical therapist to help you learn exercises that will help improve mobility. Exercise does help. I found that moving around more helps me to some degree. It’s also important to feed your body properly. Many fresh fruits like strawberries and blueberries have great natural anti-inflammatory properties.  

If you suffer from the pain of a pinched nerve, be sure to follow your doctor’s advice. Also try to eat foods that will help you recover or manage your pain; I learned at a Weight Watcher meeting that strawberries, and many other fruits and vegetables are great for pain relief because they act as an anti-inflammatory.  Ask your doctor or nutritionist how important fruits and vegetables are to your general health, wellness and pain relief.


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Great job on this Kimberly! I'll vote when I get to my laptop.