Patient Comments: Pinched Nerve - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a pinched nerve.

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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Comment from: Bobby Back, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

When I wake up in the morning after 7 hrs of sleep I have a solid sharp pain that starts on the lower right side of back that goes to hip bone area and from there extends to my shin. It takes approximately 20 minutes to get rid of but during that time I can hardly walk. Actually I don't walk; I barely move and have to push on my right buttock if I have to sit on a toilet. I cannot bend over, but eventually it all calms down to being invisible. I broke my right femur 27 years ago and it wound up one and a half inches shorter, all of my right shoes are elevated for compensation. This pain happened one other time, approximately 3 years after the accident. The chiropractor cured me at the time as I was carried into his office (I could not walk) after spinal manipulation, I was pain free! Now some years later it has returned. I am a business owner so no heavy manual labor is involved. I do however get exercise and only 5 lbs. over my ideal weight. What's happening here I would like to know. I also am on Percocet 10/325 (2 every am as soon as I awake along with one 800 mg of Ibuprofen. The pill thing has gotten old but I cannot function without it!

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Comment from: wreckskarz, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 08

About 6 months ago I started noticing little things that going wrong. Then the tingling started, and I was dropping things. This was getting me worried, when I went to the chiropractor with cold hands and instability he told me to see a neurologist. Three days latter an MRI and the day after that he called to inform me that he set up a time for surgery in two days. I thought he was a cut happy doctor, then I saw my MRI and had no problem with it. For the first time I was scared. He kept asking about the trauma that had caused the problem, but there was none. That was three weeks ago, now after removing a compressed and herniated disc and fusing my C5 and C6 with a graft and rod most of my symptoms have returned. At 44 years old I guess that is as good as it gets.

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Comment from: marc, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

With pinched nerve my hands are getting so bad I can barely hold on to steering wheel without my hand going numb, and burning bad. It also wakes me up burning.

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Comment from: vishnu, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I am having pain on my right upper back sometimes on my right shoulder down my right hand with numb feeling to my index finger; sometimes pain on lower back I am about to get treatment for the pinched nerve but worried.

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Comment from: Painleader, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I have got a pinched nerve in my lower back. At first it felt like a muscle that was torn, but it is steadily getting worse. It used to be just my hip, then my upper thigh, now its all the way down to just above my ankle. I can't sit properly. I just wish i knew what to do.

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