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9/26/12 9:19 A

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can you do acupuncture or chiropractic through your insurance?

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I too have been struggling with a pinched nerve in my neck that has caused pain in my shoulder and numbness and annoying tingling down my right arm. I have been seeing a chiropractor and I am back in alignment, but I still have the symptoms/pain.

I have in the past done the PT thing for shoulder impingement (same shoulder.) I am so frustrated. I have already lost 63 lbs (and gained back 3) due to the “interruption” in my activities.

I don’t know what else to do with “doctors”, but I have gone to see a massage therapist. She had me feeling WONDERFUL after my appointment, but it was a temporary relief. I am looking for something permanent for relief.

I realize the nerve is the last thing to heal (and the numbness/tingling to leave) but I need to see some improvement!!

Any other ideas would really be appreciated!!


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Thanks Ladies. The therapy exercises are making things better; sure takes a long time though. Also had 2 setbacks, on the mend again.

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I had a pinched nerve in my shoulder years ago. I went to a qualified Dr. who did acupuncture (I had 3 treatments) and it hasn't bothered me since.

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3/27/09 7:33 P

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Firt of all, don't do heat. Not with a neck/back injury where you know by xrays that it's herniated or ruptered. You'll only make it worse. Ice will work better. Heat relaxes the muscles, then you tend to stretch them out, and then the disc placement gets worse.
My husband had this injury(I think he was either 1 or 2 up from that). If therapy is working for you then good, but when you start to have numbness and your hand clenches up during the night and you have to pull your fingers out of the clench, and you can't hold anything with that hand, then it is time for surgery. You will have great and immediate relief and be able to come off pain pills (due to just pain from surgery) in about 1 or 2 months depending on how well you tolerate pain.
This is really not something to try to self-medicate, it should be monitored by a specialist.

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Pinched nerve in my neck would be fine in a few days. That's what the Dr in Emerge said last Oct, and gave me some pain killers.

Pain killers didn't work and got to see my Dr about 2 weeks later.

Someone put a tourniquet on my upper left arm (high up) and kept tightening it, NO relief. Then all the other muscles, large and small, go into spasms that don't stop.

Baby finger and ring finger go numb and my thumb, forefinger and middle finger have pins and needles.

At times the pain shoots down my arm right to the finger tips.

I'm refereed to MRI. I have a herniated disc C6 C7 just above T1. I am refereed to a neurosurgeon; put on muscle relaxants and better pain relievers. That was Dec 23/08.

I have seen my Dr 3 times since then; no news from the Neurosurgeon's office.

It has been over 4 1/2 months. I have been doing exercises I've learned from previous therapies for whip-lash, small nerve trouble, and back problems.

I'm down to 2 muscle relaxants and my other pain management Med's. It is surprising what the body can do in trying to heal itself.

I understand about burning pain, shooting pain, tingles in the finger that hurts so bad, that it hurts more if anything touches them. The fire type pain that nothing can relieve.

I found that Myoflex helped.

Right now if I saw the surgeon, I wouldn't have it done. The numbness is minimal, the spasms all but gone, the tingling is 24/7 but also minimal// easily tolerated. If it wasn't for the fact; if I move the wrong way the pain is not the least bit tolerant in letting me know,,, that also goes for the tingling that involves the whole hand (left shoulder, shoulder blade, upper arm, under the arm at the side. This is all on the left side.

My right leg decided that it needed attention too. Bad pain (not sciatic). Could have been from protecting the left side so guardedly.

Relaxing is about the best thing to do, tensing up only makes it worse( try telling muscles in spasm to relax).

Wow looking back at this, I really spilled out all over the place.

I didn't know there are so many people with pain and symptoms so closely like mine.

I'm very fortunate that my therapy is working to control the situation. Pain management... in working with my body, and getting to a lower dose of medication..................I really don't want to have surgery..........I'm hopeful that the therapy will be enough.

Best wishes for all of us to become more comfortable and have less pain. That we can get back to a more active life style. Di.

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2/22/09 7:38 A

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I'm dealing with one right now. I went to the Chiropractor about 5 visits but it didn't help. And because I have a high deductible I can't afford to keep going (I'm self employed in this crazy economy). I found a Yoga video on Netflix that I could watch on my laptop for chronic pain and feel better than any doctor visit I had! If I have an achy day, I find that total rest helps. Then I get to catch up on magazines or read a book that I never allow myself time for!

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1/17/09 10:50 A

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I've always found heat works best... Try a rice sock... fill a sock with ... well rice. Stick it in the microwave for about a minute or two and tada! (I think you can freeze them too, if you like cold better) It curves around things like shoulders and necks really nicely. And I'm not sure but I think you're supposed to use regular rice, not the minute rice.
(I have a slipped disk in my neck... usually shows up as an annoying shoulder pain...)

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I haven't seen the doctor for this time around. As I said orginally, I had the first injury about 2 months ago.

I'll make the appt. this week, though. I really can't put it off any longer...the loss in range of motion in addition to the tingles in my fingers and pain down my arms is driving me bananas!

My dad is a massage therapist and he's given me small things to do, but I really think I need to see a doctor at this point. My job as a paralegal requires LOTS of typing, filing, and carrying heavy files to and from court, etc. So, although I've stopped the exercises that aggravate my arms, I still have to work...

Thanks so much everyone!

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GET A PROFESSIONAL SPORT MASSAGE!

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1/15/09 10:34 P

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ice, heat and see a chiropractor and stop with the weights until you see the doctor. Do the movements w/o weights

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i'm joining the club, i'm in the same boat just now.

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1/15/09 6:28 P

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me too!
I get a professional massage (ordered by doctor) when needed. When the pain comes I make my call. Very relaxing and after half `n hour it so much better.

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There are 6 small muscles that connect the shoulder. A Physical Therapist could show you exercises to strengthen (not damage) each of those muscles separately. There is also a technique that can be effective for 'flossing' a pinched nerve so it can move around the restriction.

I have a pinched nerve in my neck and one that gets restricted at my shoulder. Some mornings the pain is almost unbearable. But I do the bootcamp exercises with modification. Good luck with this!
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I would use a cream like Capsacian HP or Ben Gay....something with the above ingredient or menthol.....and see a chiropractor.....I am seeing one for my herniated disc.....they work wonders!!!!!

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Ice and anti-inflammatories, like Motrin for starters but you definitely need to see an Orthopedic Surgeon - sports medicine doctors are the best for dealing with injuries to active people. I have pinched nerves in my neck and Yoga has all but eliminated the problem. If it didn't, I have an Rx from my General Practitioner that is for a Chiropractor.

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I understand this, I too have the shoulder problems, It is my left shoulder, neck and arm. I have 5 pinched nerves going from my neck to my shoulder and down into my arm. It hurts like hell. I have chronic pain and arthritis is setting in more each day.

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My left brachial plexus was pinched when I was born so I have partial paralysis on the left side. In 1997, that shoulder had to be replaced and my limited motion is really diminished. Worst of all, I have had continuous nerve pain in my neck and arm and now also on the right side due to thoracic outlet syndrome. The syndrome pinches the nerves under the top rib and the only way to help would be a dangerous surgery to remove that rib. A thoracic surgeon won't due it as my right arm could turn out like my left. I have to endure this pain when trying to sleep, lift anything or get too fatigued.

I work out in the pool and it does help better then working on land.

You should see a doctor for sure so you do not end up in chronic pain. If he tells you not to work your arms, listen. In time, you may be able to work your arms. You don't want this for the rest of your life like I have.

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I had shoulder surgery 2 years ago and still have pain the best thing is dr visit but if thats not an option
you can Ice and heat it Ice one day heat the next also I use a bunch of exercises
with smaller weights start small half lb to 1 lb you have to build back up slowly or you can keep re injuring your nerves and have long term damage that I have
that why a dr is so helpful or therapist I do understand thou its not always possible I now use a stimulator at home when my arm pain is out of control
lucky I don't pay for it its expensive depending on where you go hope this helps some if you want to know more exercises I can send explanations

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Are you sure its a pinched nerve in your shoulders and not your neck? I work for a chiropractor (I am not an expert, nor a doctor) so I see this all the time. Have you visited your doctor?


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see a chiropractor & physical therapist.

A lot of times, this is a problem that won't go away without some type of structural change. Pain killers will do just that - kill the pain. Whatever if causing it is still there.

Most chiro's will have a deal on the initial exam and it's usally covered under major medical.

Good luck!

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I have to ask, and I apologize if you have already, but have you been to a doctor? They may be able to give you options to do while your shoulders are healing.
Good luck! I hope you get better soon! I know how frustrating it is to be injured.

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I pinched the nerves in my shoulders about a month and a half ago. I took the 6 weeks off from anything involving my shoulders and arms. After 6 weeks of a break, my arms were feeling back to normal. No tingling in my arms, no numbness, no pain, etc.

I just found this team on Tuesday, and did the ab workout last night. With the very first exercise, I felt all of the pain/numbness/tingling etc. immediately upon putting weight onto my forearms while on the stability ball. I did stop and only did the ab work that didn't involve me putting weight on my arms.

I'm just wondering if there are any alternatives or if anybody has suggestions for modified exercises. I really want to tone my arms as well as the rest of my body, but I can't stand the pain involved with the pinched nerve, not to mention my concern over lasting damage.

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