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Pinched Nerve And Agonizing Pain Please, Help

CinnamongirlCCinnamongirl Posts: 51
edited 04/28/2014 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I'm in terrible, excruciating pain. Six days ago I had a knot in my back in the area of my right shoulder blade. I used a heating pad off and on. The next morning I woke up in excruciating pain. The back of my right arm felt like it was simply on fire. The pain was starting at what I thought was the knot in my back. It radiated down to my elbow and my forearm was aching. And my pinky felt numbish and tingly. I couldn't straighten my arm without the pain which was easily a 9 intensifying. I couldn't close my arm without the same pain.

As I went through the day I noticed the pain was coming down from my neck... out to what I thought was a knot in my shoulder, going to my shoulder itself.. down the back of my arm and forearm to my pinky.

I got in touch with a friend of mine who is a nurse. She said it sounded like a pinched nerve. Problem is I just moved and I don't yet have a doctor and am just setting up some kind of insurance.

For five days I've been in bed with debilitating pain. Using a heating pad and alternating to an ice pack and taking ibuprofen. I can't sleep for much more than 4-5 hours at night. The pain wakes me up in the middle of the night. The pain wakes me up early early in the morning.

I talked to a doctor's office and the earliest possible appointments aren't until the end of October or the beginning of November. I can't wait that long.

I'm having muscle weakness in my right arm, tingling now on my forearm as well and muscle spasms. I also, experience a tightening feeling in my arm. And when it spasms sometimes the pain becomes unbearable. Even though it's excruciating as it is.

I'm not able to use my right hand. Not for any kind of lifting, pushing, or pulling. I can hardly put pressure any where on my right shoulder, elbow, arm or hand. I struggle dressing myself and eating. It also, seems to get worse when I'm upright. Even typing this out is causing pain. I'm also, having a lot of pain turning my head.. especially, to the right. I'm not sure if one of the already injured discs in my neck is finally pressing on a nerve or if this is something completely different.

I've read that pinched nerves can't begin to heal until the pressure is removed. This makes sense to me but, I still have the question how long does something like this last IF it can heal itself?



  • If you can't wait that long, I would try the ER. Maybe they can give you some medication that would help you with the nerve pain and help with sleeping at night. Good luck!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • A whole month for a general/primary care doctor? Time to try to get a new doctor.

    You should go to the ER or an urgent care. They will probably order some tests and give you some nerve pain medication. They may refer you to a Physical Medicine and Rehab doctor or a pain pain management doctor.

    I see you already know you have a bulging c4-5 and a herniated 6-7. The shoulder pain sounds like what I had from 4-5, and the arm pain sounds like what people get from 6-7.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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  • Sadly it can take awhile to get into a Dr as new patient.

    I agree go to the ER or to a local walk in "clinic". Maybe call your ER and ask if there are any in your area since you just moved.

    My husband GP does walk ins on Thursday's and will see anyone on that day.

    Please keep us updated :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • That's too long a wait to see the Dr. Is it the Surgeon you're waiting to see? Di you take Lyrica a nerve pain med or anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant? You need to see a Dr. and get some help. Is there a University teaching hospital in your area where you get health care for free or ER? I couldn't wait so long to see a Dr. Hope you get seen soon. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I really appreciate all of your responses. The doc I'm waiting to get an appointment with is a general practitioner. Before I moved I had an orthopaedic surgeon ..he'd sent me to a pain specialist when I wasn't responding to the treatments for my L5 S1 injuries the way he wanted me to. I need a fusion of L5 S1 but, he encouraged me to wait for surgery. Usually you hear the opposite from surgeons.

    Anyway, I'm not taking anything for pain except ibuprofen. I take what's here in the house which is 200mg tablets. And I take two of them at a time. The most relief I get is from staying in bed and propping myself on pillows at a certain angle. If my head is tilted too far in any direction it adds to the pain in my neck and shoulder, elbow and arm.

    I'm noticing muscle weakness in my hand and arm. And even just making a fist and opening it can cause pain to ache throughout my arm. What's wild is when the muscles twitch. It's really intense. Usually, either just before they twitch or just after I get a tight feeling in my arm and pains kind of shoot in my elbow and arm.

    I'm worried because, I don't know how long it takes before any of this would become permanent nerve damage. Does anyone know?
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  • You need to get in right away. I agree a walk in clinic but I have a thought that they will send you to ER (probably with an Ambulance). It sounds like you have something more serious.

    Keep us informed on what happens. Where are you newly located at?

  • Hey Cinnamon girl - I do understand your pain. I had been in a horrible accident in 1990. Did chiro and pain meds. 4 month ago had that knife in the back behind left shoulder blade pain, and completely numb left arm. only thing that helped was gel ice packs from walgreens. I used them non stop and literally had my skin peel from too much ice! for me it was 3 bone spurs completely grown into nerve root in 3 areas - from c4 to c7 - completely compressed. phys therapy did nothing. TENS unit did help to relieve pain, i bought a home version - LG elite. fantastic.. steroids just made me loopy. had 3 epidurals and they did help but wore off very quickly. i had 4 estimates on surgery - 2 were completely wrong. check the dermatome chart to help explain where damage is vs where pain is.


    definitely call around to get a different doc, he'll likely send you to pain management doc, and then finally a neurosurgeon. it took 4 months to go thru all those docs and epidurals. i had my 3 level fusion on 8-29-11 do not regret it but still healing.

    I wish you well - just keep calling you'll find someone to help..

  • Hi Cinnamon,

    I also understand some of your pain. The end of May-June I had such terrible right radiculopathy I was at a 9 pain level. I had to wait almost a month to get in to see a neuro but did see my PD within the week. Do what you can to see somebody soon. My pain is a little better on meds but still way to far UP there. I fractured my neck in the 90's and had done fairly well until 2007. I had this intense pain back then but it came on one day and almost 3 months later it just left. No problem til now again. Uh. I know what you are going through. Find someone to help.

    Gentle hugs,
  • Hi everyone. I have severe degenerative disk disease at every level of my neck. The pain is far more than I can stand. I can't take narcotics and the ND,naturepathic doc has made my neck worse.. He pulled at my neck, pushed on trigger points, and had two minutes of acupuncture. The pain is now worse. I an desperate for some kind of help or advice.. Anyone have any information about this condition.. Thanks,,Darlene
  • Tomorrow I have an appointment with a nurse practitioner. I'm still dealing with pain. And now my index finger pretty much just stays numb. At times it gets intense and my thumb and forearm start tingling too. The weird thing is my index finger feels cold. But, it's not cold to the touch. It just feels cold to me. I'll let you guys know what happens. Thanks again for all of the input.
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