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Pinched nerve in neck; wondering is my recovery is normal.

ZztopZZztop Posts: 2
edited 01/18/2016 - 8:46 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
About 3 months ago I went to the chiropractor due to some numbness in my arm, it was slight nerve pain from bad computer posture. He healed it quickly and for 2 months I basically forgot about it. I got negligent because I shrugged it off and one day the pain from computer became too much and pain was just radiating down my arm. I've seen my chiro twice in the span of 12 days and some days I don't feel it at all (I am taking Ibuprofen some days) and the others it hurts like hell, sometimes I'll wake up at 3 am with pain shooting down my arm. Happened last night.

I've been taking hot showers to relax to muscles, sleeping on my back with a contour pillow, using an ice pad several times a day, neck stretches, using a personal TENS machine for an hour a day, taking pills, getting massages, laying down often, getting a good amount of water/nutrients and the pain seems to be there one day and gone the next. My doctor said my recovery could take 4 to 6 weeks provided I don't mess it up badly again.

Is this a normal rate of recovery for a man my age(22)? I was kind of expecting for each day to be progressively better until it disappeared. Will some days just be a little worse than others? 80% of the major pain went away after the first visit to the chiropractor, but recently my mind has been going in a loop worrying about if it's stuck this way forever. I'm quite worried since my vacation is almost over and in 3 days I'll be in school again sitting in a desk for hours at a time in lectures and the library.

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