Question by johnpnj: Is there an easy and natural cure for a pinched nerve in the neck?
I’ve had several serious injuries. A motorcycle accident, separated left shoulder playing Hockey, separated right shoulder playing Football.
Anyway, now I get pains in my neck/shoulder/back fairly often, and it appears to be a nerve, as I can almost trace the line of pain.
What is the best thing to do without resorting to medication?
Answer by Sheena
Honestly, you need to get it x-rayed, an MRI if you can.
Try ice packs, and if that doesn’t work, try a heating pad.
Ask your doctor if a traction unit would be a good idea for you to use. It’s basically a neck collar with cord connected and a bag of water at the other end, you throw it over a door, and it pulls your head up, gently stretching your neck. I would get an x-ray first.
All these injuries during sports….a sign mebbe??
You’ll prolly have to give in and take some ibuprofin or tylenol.
Trust me, it’s totally pointless to suffer through pain just because you don’t want to resort to medication.
If you’re hurt, fix it!
I always HATED taking meds, but when I found out that I have pain, that won’t go away, I realized “Hey, this is stupid!”
You’re probably concerned that you’ll become addicted or dependant.
Let me assure you, there is NOTHING wrong with taking a medicine that allows you to function properly.
I am dependant on my pain medications because if I don’t control my pain, I cannot function like a normal human being!
My mother is dependant on seizure meds, my father on his heart meds, what’s the difference?
(btw, physical addiction to any medicine is EXTREMELY rare. Mental addiction, just because you like the feeling, is much more common, and just stupid! :-D)
LOTS of hot baths, and try acupuncture. I think I’m going to trust the opinions of a couple BILLION chinese dudes over the few americans that say it’s BS. 😛
DO NOT go to a chiropractor!!!
Not untill you know EXACTLY what is wrong and, if need be, get it fixed.
You need to be checked for Thorasic Outlet Syndrome, it’s a dangerous condition where the place in your collar/shoulder area where some nerves and your jugular vein go through can be impenging on those nerves and vein.
You would eventually need to see a thorasic surgeon or a cardiologist to check for that
Also get checked for Arm, Shoulder, Hand syndrome. It’s where your arm shoulder hand and sometimes neck are hurting and might have other seemingly random symptoms, but it’s because or a pinched nerve in either your neck or shoulder.
An ElectroMyloGram (EMG) should pinpoint that.
If it’s a pinched nerve, you may need to be put on something like prednisone, it’s a steroidal anti-inflammatory. (as opposed to Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs-NSAIDS- such as Advil or Asprin.)
With all these injuries, you should really be getting to a specialist if you’re still having pain. All sorts of things could be going wrong.
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