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Possibly Pinched Nerve Relief

Jul 10, 2017 12:04 AM

I am in agonizing pain in my right shoulder/neck. It gets way worse when I lay down and I can't sleep through the pain. I've tried massage therapy, chiropractor, heat, ice, and now tens unit. It's a really deep pain and it sends burning sensations down my arm.
My primary Dr took an X-ray of my upper spine and said it's not a pinched nerve.

I've been to urgent care several times and been giving muscle relaxers and told to take those with ibuprofen.
Nothing is helping!

Does anyone have any ideas for relief or what to do next? I see a new primary this Wednesday.

Jul 10, 2017 2:18 AM

Mri is the next step unfortunately. Im not sure a primary will order it for you. You might look for a spine specialist. And when they schedule the mri call the insurance company they have a department that actually shops for the best price for you. Cause i a brain mri last year after insurance i owed 650 and i just had a full back mri and only owe 120 on that one. Kicking myself that i did take the insurance companies help. But back to the mri it will show the nerves and structures a simple xray does. Good luck i hope it end up something simple and that can be fixec.

Jul 10, 2017 2:49 AM


Unfortunately, I think you may have discarded the punch nerve thought too early. I am not saying that that is what it is but burning especially if it is a sudden burning and not a burning feeling that gradually increases, can often be a sign of nerve pain.

If it is nerve pain, ibuprofen will not help that. You either got to elevate what is pinching it or treat the symptoms for pain which is not curing the problem. A T.E.N.S unit is a wonderful device for relief from nerve pain but many people do not know how to use it properly. They do not know what they are trying to accomplish. Many think they are simply putting the electrodes over the pain site, turn it on and shortly you should get relief. Sadly, that is not the case. I personally think if someone is having a nerve problem and this is how it is being treated, the doctor should set up at least one visit to a physical therapist. I will tell you why.

Why you are using a TENS unit, you are trying to put up a wall or block between the pain site and your brain. Many times this is a very simple thing to do. We have nerves going up and down. If we have nerve pain on our back. If we can put the electrode before the pain site. Usually there is two sets. So you will have four electrodes on each side. Let us say the pain site is the back on the tail bone. We would want to space the electrodes a little distance a part and make a wall or gal moon around it. Then we would want to take the opposite leads and put them somewhere and I don't know the exact location, but before the neck. But enough to block the neck.

The science behind it is we can only have so many signals pass through are brain through nerves at any individual time. So the machine is creating its own signals to block the pain signals from getting through.

This has been a wonderful tool for me and I truly believe in them once you know what you are trying to accomplish.

Another thing is that ibuprofen is a good anti-inflammatory for muscle and other tissue but it doesn't work on nerves. They have other drugs for those. You may have heard of them. One is called Neurontin or Gabapentin. There is Lyrica. There is also Amitriptilin. Both that and Gabapentin, if you don't have insurance can get a month supply for under $20 I think with the GoodRx App.

Also a lot of nerve problems don't show up on a regular X-ray. I just had to have an MRI to see all the Nerve problems my neck had been giving my arms.

Hope this helps. I don't think I told you anything new but best wishes to you.

Jul 11, 2017 2:29 PM

@profiler, thank you so much for the advice. I started using my TENS unit again a couple days ago and it's been helping a lot. I still have the pain but it takes it from an 8 to a 4. That I can handle! I see a new primary tomorrow so I'm going to request either an MRI or a referral to someone who can order one. I'm so tired of being told that it's muscle when I know it's not.

Jul 12, 2017 5:27 AM

Possibly gut issue, I know it sounds weird. No cold drinks, try eating fermented food like saurkraut or kimchi. If you do some googling or pinterest you will see the relationship between the intestines and the shoulder. You may want to find a traditional chinese medicine practioner there is a spleen chi medicine that you can try. Good luck.

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