Pinched Nerve - In Back

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Pinched Nerve Symptoms

The symptoms of a pinched nerve depend on what nerve is affected. Each nerve is responsible for sending information to or from specific parts of the body.

The most common symptoms of a pinched nerve are:

  • pain,
  • numbness,
  • tingling (pins and needles), or
  • weakness of the muscles along the path of the nerve.

A pinched nerve sensation may feel like, for example, the sensation when a part of your body has "fallen asleep." A pinched nerve can cause symptoms at the site of damage, or any location further down the path from the affected nerve.

  • A pinched nerve in the neck can cause neck pain or stiffness, along with symptoms down the arm.
  • A pinched nerve in the lower back causesback pain and stiffness with symptoms down the leg. A doctor can often identify which nerve is pinched in the neck or lower back based on what portion of the patient's arm or leg is affected.
  • A pinched nerve in the wrist from carpal tunnel syndrome typically affects the thumb, index, and middle fingers. It can also cause a weakness in the patient's grip strength, and atrophy of the muscle of the palm near the thumb. A pinched nerve in the elbow from cubital tunnel syndrome affects the forearm, the ring (fourth finger), and the small fingers of the hand.
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Comment from: Mybodyhatesme, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I get numbness in my legs and feet after I've been sitting for more than 20 minutes. I get a sharp pain at the bottom of my spine when I move certain ways.

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Comment from: Sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

Pain on right side rear end to ankle. Burning sensation in right ankle. Radiating over to left side, mildly. Been to DO 2x's for shots no help. Been to chiropractor 8 x's no help. Take aleve and ice it and rest it helps a little bit. Does not hurt to sit too much. Pain when standing or walking over 10 minutes. Have had this for 2 months and ready to pull my hair out. Any ideas???

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