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Could this be a pinched nerve?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 23, 2007
  • 11:53 PM

I was in a very bad car crash 3 years back and suffered severe whiplash, which my physiotherapist told me would take several years to heal. I have been suffering nasty pains in my back ever since, most often in my shoulders and neck, especially when I'm stressed.

Just recently I've noticed that whenever the pain gets particularly bad in my neck and shoulders (it feels like a burning pain rather than a muscle type pain) there is a small area about half way down on the left of my back that goes slightly numb, not completely numb but just a loss of sensation. In addition, the very top of my left thigh and just onto the left side of my groin also loses sensation. At times it is just a slight loss of sensation, other times it is more of a tingly pins and needles feeling.

I've tried speaking to my doctor about this but he just dimisses it as "regular back pain." Although it isn't causing any problems it is pretty scary to have numb patches on my left hand side, could this be something like a trapped nerve? I mentioned this to the doctor but he wasn't at all sympathetic and said it is just because I work in an office and it's just normal back pain.

Any information that anyone has on what might be causing this would be very gratefully received. I've considered seeing a chiropracter but don't want to spend the money if it isn't related to the whiplash in any way.

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