How can I get untrap a trapped nerve and stop it getting trapped again?
January 27, 2011 1:45 PM Subscribe
So googling my symptoms tells me that I have a trapped / pinched nerve in my neck. Ouch!
I know, YANM doctor / chiropractor / physio / osteopath, but I'm hoping you can give me some advice anyway...
posted by finding.perdita to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I woke up with neck pain 3 days ago, it radiated down to the top and back of my shoulder during the day, I also have (very slight) numbness in my arm. I have very limited neck movement due to the pain. Same symptoms each day. It's not getting worse but equally it's not getting better.
I've had this happen on a few occasions in the last couple of years, but not nearly as painful, and it didn't last as long. I got a memory foam pillow a year ago as a result, which I love - this is the first time I've experienced the problem since.
Most of my working day is spent working at a computer. Our office started hotdesking about 4 months ago, and I've not been particularly good at adjusting my chair each day. I drive a fair bit for work as well, which I'm guessing also doesn't help.
- in the short term, what can I do to reduce the pain and allow me to get on with my life? I'm taking ibuprofen, and using biofreeze (like Deep Heat but smells vaguely minty so my co-workers still talk to me)
- what kind of practitioner should I be seeing? GP? Physio? Osteopath? Chiropractor? Massage therapist? Or is it likely to just go away by itself (soon)?
- what (if anything) can I do long term to stop this happening again?
Not sure if this is relevant, but in case it is: In the last year, I've been seeing an osteopath for back problems, and he's been great, and identified and worked on a few issues in my lower / middle back. I now just see him every few months for maintenance sessions. But he's not identified any neck related problems. I also grind my teeth when I sleep and got a night guard about 6 months ago which has really helped with that.