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Is this a pinched nerve? Anyone had one?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 22, 2007
  • 11:49 PM

I woke up 2 weeks ago with a sharp pain below my shoulder blade. After 3 days, I went to a massage therapist..first time ever, but man..this hurt. Now my shoulder is kind of tired, but not much pain. But now my forearm and triceps are really sore, and I have a numbness in my thumb,index, and middle finger. Will a chiropractor fix this? I went to the gym to try to work it out, but it didn't and I also noted that side was really weak. I go to the gym regularily and I had dropped 40 lbs lifting ability on that side.

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  • I have 6(on either side of 3 vertebrae- 1 neck & 2 upper back). The pain from the ones in my back can be traced from my back, around to the front of my rib cage- meaning, I can trace w/ my finger the path that the nerve takes from where it's "pinched", all the way around. The pinched nerves cause severe muscle spasms that are triggered when physical activity causes trauma to them. I went to physical therapy for awhile & ended up doing the epidural injections over a period of weeks, and that helped(about 8 weeks after the 1st injection), but for only about 6 mos. I don't have a job that's as physically demanding as I did then, so it's not as much of an issue, but it did cause me to have numbness & tingling in my fingers, as well as headaches & pain down my arms because of them. Chiropractic has helped my brother with the same problem too. Either option is generally not a permanent fix, but the breaks are a great relief.
    FixMEdoc 53 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 00:16 AM
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  • Yup - I am a chiropractor and it is almost a classic presentation of a nerve from your lower neck. Find a good chiropractor by asking a lot of friends and relatives and coworkers who they would recommend.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 03:51 AM
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  • Chiropractic manipulation has its place in medicine but I believe it should not be the first choice in seeking treatment. I'd suggest seeing a medical doctor for an initial diagnosis and then, if there is no serious medical condition, I might consult a chiropractor. I developed this attitude when a chiropractor I consulted recommended taping a copper "BB" to my wrist as a form of treatment to draw out contaminants in my body. Go figure......
    Numbguy 4 Replies
    • September 25, 2007
    • 05:58 PM
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  • Chiropractic manipulation has its place in medicine but I believe it should not be the first choice in seeking treatment. I'd suggest seeing a medical doctor for an initial diagnosis and then, if there is no serious medical condition, I might consult a chiropractor. I developed this attitude when a chiropractor I consulted recommended taping a copper "BB" to my wrist as a form of treatment to draw out contaminants in my body. Go figure...... Sorry, I completely disagree. There are good docs, and bad docs, and the same is true for complimentary medicine. Please don't make broad generalisations based on one bad experience with a chiropractor... When I had severe sciatica pain over 12 years ago, my doctor just gave me drugs for the pain, which just made me sick and didn't help the pain. Two treatments from an acupuncturist and my pain was GONE. This episode was the beginning of my journey to become a DOM. I have now been able to help hundreds of people with pain disorders. Sure, if you want, get an MRI or xray done. But please consider finding a GOOD chiro or acupuncturist to help with your shoulder problem. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • September 25, 2007
    • 06:50 PM
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  • I've had back problems since I was a freshman in high school (I'm now 43). I've been to both doctors and chiropractors many times. I've learned to know what symptoms of mine are best handled by each doc. Chiropractors have been responsible for resolving many back issues in just days that doctors were unable to take care of in weeks with meds, physical therapy, etc.. However for major issues requiring surgery, Chiropractors as not able to assist.For pinched nerves, strained backs, general back pain I head to the chiropractor first and typically never have to see a back specialist or my family doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 02:01 PM
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