Most of us have, in some parts of our life, experienced waking up with a terrible numb pain in the neck or the back, lasting for either a short period or even bothering us for several days. This pain is most likely caused by a pinched nerve somewhere in our body most likely in those troublesome spots.
Since nerves are means of communication between our body and our brain any dysfunctions in this system cause disfunctions in our everyday functions.
How can a nerve be pinched and how does it feel
Quite easily, by getting trapped by various tissues near it. Ligaments, cartilage, muscles and tendons can all press a nerve causing this condition. Since nerves are spread throughout our body sometimes most often in our neck or back area they get trapped and cause us pain.
As far as symptoms are concerned, most of us already know them from previous encounters. Numb or even sharp pain in the neck or any other spot, often followed by a lack of sensation it that area causing us to feel week and unable to function properly. Visible stiffness of the person suffering from this condition as well as uneasiness while doing everyday activities only add on to the list of symptoms of a pinched nerve. Since, in our body, everything is connected, a pinched nerve in the neck often causes the above mentioned symptoms in our arms and shoulders. Equally a pinched nerve in our back causes uneasiness in our legs and lower abdomen area.
Symptoms with other body parts
Since a pinched nerve is not restricted only to the back and neck area of our body there are numerous other parts of it where our nerve can get stuck. For example, a pinched nerve in our shoulders can cause symptoms all along our arms and even in our fingertips. “Pins and needles” sensation may occur if the blood flow to this area is blocked by a pinched nerve pressing onto the vein. Along with this sensation, a noticeable lack of flexibility in our arms is also present. As an addition to the previously mentioned pinched nerve in the spine area some symptoms of it stretch all the way to our feet. Same sensation as with fingertips is present along with the numbness while walking.
Is there a cure?
Most often the pinched nerve is released by itself or the changed positions in our body. Massage, relaxation and resting are often known to be helpful since straining the pinched nerve can only make things worse. Finally, is all else fails and symptoms remain persistent throughout a longer period of time one should consult with his or her doctor and get examined.