So, what is a pinched nerve ….. really? We’ve all used the expression to describe sharp pain. That said, a “pinched nerve” actually doesn’t exist. The term is used to describe a condition in which a nerve has been irritated or damaged. That can be by injury, arthritis, joint narrowing or other trauma to the system.
For the sake of this article the term will remain for discussion. A pinched nerve is quite common, and is more likely in some areas of the body than others. In our neck, back, wrists (Carpal Tunnel) nerves become irritated, causing sharp radiating pain of some degree.
Common causes of severe pinched nerve pain are auto accidents, heavy lifting, injuries at work. A person gets a pinched nerve in the shoulder blade and they can feel the pain radiate through their upper back sometimes into their shoulders.
There is always a defined source of nerve pain, even though it may be elusive.
You may have a damaged nerve in your arm, your leg, or you may have sciatica which is one of the most common and stressful pinched nerve conditions. The important thing to remember is that in every case there is a source where the nerve is actually irritated even though you may feel the pain throughout a limb or body area.
Keep in mind that pinched nerve symptoms are pain that radiates, refers, and travels from a defined source of irritation or damage.
While dealing with the source of a pinched nerve, you do not necessarily have to suffer endlessly with it. You can get safe, natural relief while dealing with the injury.
Here are some common pinched nerve locations and their usual marked path of pain.
A pinched nerve in the neck may cause pain just in the immediate area. Commonly though, it radiates down through the shoulder, into the arm as far as the fingertips. What is not often realized is that this type nerve injury pain may radiate upwards into your head and eyes. It may also result in numbness throughout the area.
A pinched or otherwise damaged nerve in the forearm or wrist can cause debilitating pain, numbness and immobility with carpal tunnel type symptoms. Read how my wife replaced Celebrex with natural, effective inflammation relief.
Low back pain, which is one of the most common complaints always involves pinched nerve symptoms. A pinched nerve in the low back often radiates through the hip and down the leg. It can travel through the buttocks, thighs, calf, even into the ankles and feet. With a pinched nerve actually being an irritated nerve, the pain can take various forms and various conditions.
It can be constant or sharp and prohibitive during movement. This type pain source may affect our organs, causing varying degrees of loss of bowel or bladder control.
A pinched nerve in the upper back is not as common, but certainly happens. It can travel into our chest and affect the heart and lungs. People with this condition commonly mistake it for a heart attack or other serious condition.
A pinched nerve or irritated nerve in people of general good health, though painful, is most often resolved with some basic treatment. It commonly does not cause further problems past the immediate discomfort.
Pay attention to the warning signal that is “pinched” nerve pain.
In spite of the usual ability to resolve pinched nerve pain it is important to not minimize this condition. Our nervous system is what notifies us when something is wrong in the body. It is never just the irritated nerve that is causing the pain.
So, what is a pinched nerve? It is a nerve notifying us that something has or is happening to cause irritation or damage to the nerve.
These conditions can be anything from sleeping in a bad position to the development of osteo or rheumatoid arthritis.
Pinched nerve symptoms are signals. Don’t panic but don’t ignore the source of pain that is causing the signal. That’s your clue to full healing rather than just immediately dealing with what hurts.