Most of us have experienced the feeling of numbness of a limb when we realize that we have been lying on it the wrong way. The numbness will eventually give way to a tingling sensation known as ‘pins and needles’ in the affected area. Any pressure that is applied to a nerve by the surrounding tissue will produce this discomfort and will interrupt the nerve’s functioning. A pinched nerve can occur for a number of reasons - pregnancy, an injury, lying on the area, repetitive motions or joint disease etc. Nerves that pass over bones are especially vulnerable. The most common pinched nerves are the ones which extend down the arms and legs, the nerves between your spinal discs and the nerve that that travels from your spine to your foot and the nerves in your feet. A pinched nerve usually heals within a few days to a week with treatment, however more chronic cases can leave permanent problems. Some the symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
Tenderness, tingling or numbness in one part of your body, often a limb
Burning, pins and needles or a tearing pain where the nerve is being irritated
Any pressure on a peripheral nerve from the surrounding tissue can cause an inflammation of the nerve. A damaged spinal disc, also known as a ‘slipped disc’ is another common cause. Obesity, heavy lifting and contact sports can also contribute to the problem.
Calcium chelate may help nerve impulse conduction and taking lecithin with meals may help regenerate nerves.
Try to avoid doing anything that you know will aggravate the condition. If it has to be done try to do the motions for short periods of time and take breaks in between.
When to seek further professional advice
If the pain persists for several days and does not respond to over-the-counter analgesics; or if the pain is so severe you that you unable to move or perform the most basic of tasks.
Try a herbal tea that combines equal parts of skullcap, St. John’s worth and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus setaceous). Some homeopathic remedies include taking Arnica when your back pain follows an injury, as it may lessen the symptoms. For low-back pain that feels better when warmth is applied, try Rhus Toxicodendron. A professional is needed for advice on the correct dosage.
Stopping or reorganizing the activity that may be causing your uncomfortable condition will definitely prevent you from suffering from a pinched nerve. Your doctor might recommend that you wear a brace, splint or some other support and that you see a physical therapist to help you reinforce the muscles in the affected area.
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