Patient Comments: Pinched Nerve - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a pinched nerve.

Comment from: Eli, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have a pinched nerve in the neck, with severe pain behind ear. I was not diagnosed until 16 months later and 3 MRIs, the initial diagnosis was possible mastoiditis. I now have partial deafness and ringing in my ear. I have another appointment next Wednesday with the ENT doctor. I wish the nerve could be freed.

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Comment from: carmen jones, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 08

l was a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home and I was helping pull a patient up in bed (using the proper body mechanics) and I heard a loud pop in my back but it didn't hurt at all. The next morning l felt like l had a crook in my neck and pain all the way down my left arm. The doctor said I pulled a muscle, gave me muscle relaxers, and told me to alternate heat and cold packs. Two days later I had pain in my left buttock all the way down my leg to my foot. It was sciatic nerve damage. I got steroids and a shot. A week later my neck and back were hurting so bad it was almost unbearable. It hurt to lie down, sit up, and stand up. I had a pinched nerve in my neck and back. After 3 months at the chiropractor and a set of expensive mattresses and pain pills and ibuprofen l began to get some relief.

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Comment from: grammalinnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I have had chronic back, neck and hip pain since I had a car accident when I was around 20. I have had no success with doctors and tend to feel defeated easily. I had cortisone injections recently in my left sciatic joint just so I could walk like a human and not a duck but I still have pain and pinching in the left groin area. I have a bulging C4-5 disc and burning pain from that area, right across my shoulder and down my arm. It is very painful. It seems everything else in between my neck and low back is a mess and makes my life miserable. I have a terrible time trying to sleep and wake up with headaches. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia and hearing loss mostly on the left, where all the neck trouble is. I have bouts lasting as long as 6 months of severe tingling and agitation in the entire left side of my body that acts like a stroke or MS. I have been through many painful tests. And now my feet cramp painfully even when I am walking. I have had lots of P.T. in the past and nothing helps for long. I want to be active and not just stagnate in my chair because of pain.

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Comment from: bobber, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 10

Five years ago, I fell in the front yard and sat down hard on my rear end. After a time, my hip felt locked-up when I walked. Because of the pain, I didn't walk right. I protected my right hip so it would not hurt. I have had MRIs, cortisone shots, X-rays, etc., and they seem to think I have a pinched nerve. Today, I was given a cortisone shot, but so far, it is not feeling any better. The doctor suggests physical therapy, which I have had before. I have seen a chiropractor, and while he helped me immensely in other areas, nothing is helping my hip. Surgery is not suggested as I have a severe case of scoliosis since birth.

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Comment from: kansaspossum, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had a pinched nerve a few years ago, and it was mild. I had some treatments for it: epidural injections. They seemed to help but not for long. Now I have another pinched nerve, and it's worse than before. It's on my right side from the bottom of my foot to under my arm and sometimes my middle finger. Sometimes my feet go numb, and I feel as if I'm walking on sponges.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

For 5 weeks now I've been enduring some pain in my lower back. As well as, extreme numbness on my right leg from the knee down to the tips of my toes. The pain in my calf muscle is tingly, sore, and the muscle is very weak. I have a hard time walking. The numbness is also on the outside of the right leg. What hurts the most is my right big toe and the two toes next to it. There is a burning, tingling, sharp pain when I go to move my toes even the slightest. And if anything even touches it, it is extremely sensitive and hurts. My P.J's or even a sheet from the bed can't even touch it. I know that this is coming from a pinched nerve from my back by what can I do to help the nerve that is pinched?

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Comment from: deb-T-123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have had severe neck pain for 7 months now. I had it before but nothing like this. I went to doctor and found out I had degenerative disks disease and 3 bulging disks and a pinched nerve. I had 4 different doctors diagnose this. I was sent to 2 orthopedics doctors. One said it was a crick in my neck, the other said that I did have a pinched nerve and 3 bulging disks. He could not understand why the left side hurt worse when the right side was in worse shape. The pain in my neck, head, and down my left arm is worse. I now feel like someone has a steel pipe piercing in the back of my head. The pain is also in my jaw and in my throat. All he wanted to do was the injections. I have no insurance and each injection is 1599.00 to 5000.00 each. What am I suppose to do. Doctors sure are not what they use to be if you have no insurance you are pretty much screwed and have to suffer.

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