Pinched Nerve Symptoms

When you experience an irritated nerve root or a compressed nerve root you are actually experiencing symptoms of a pinched nerve. This problem occurs either in your spine or in a more peripheral location like the neck. The latter can be considered as pinched nerve in the neck symptoms. Other symptoms of a pinched nerve could be numbness, a burning sensation or what you could describe as “pins and needles”. One of the symptoms of pinched nerve in the neck would be pain radiating outward from the injured area.

Numbness or a loss of feeling or sensation, often arises from damaged or diseased nerves. Numbness usually comes with or preceded by abnormal pain-like sensations. They can be described as “pins-and-needles” or a “ prickling or burning sensation”. Medically, these are diagnosed as parenthesizes. Parenthesizes usually results from nerve damage due to pressure (such as a pinched nerve), nerve entrapment, or diseases. Continued nerve damage leads to numbness. Parenthesizes can affect various parts of your body. While your neck, hands, fingers, and feet are common sites, all are possibilities. Afflictions of specific nerves or spinal nerves can also cause paresthesias in specific skin areas of your body.

Don’t worry if parethesias with simple causes including pressing on a nerve are present,They are usually reversible. Other nerve conditions causing this condition would include peripheral neuropathy common among diabetics. Lupus complications, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or multiple sclerosis can also cause parethesias.

Consider pain as one of the symptoms of pinched nerve. Pain is one type in a spectrum of sensations that involve both your nerves and the brain. Sudden severe pain ( acute pain), ongoing persistent pain ( chronic pain) indicate pain variations in intensity and level. The spectrum runs from agonizing pain to numbness. Your pinched nerves in your neck symptoms are tingling, numbness, or numb pain radiating from your shoulder into your hand. Pain also radiates up the back of your head or at times into the upper back or chest. Feeling a weakness in the arm would be common. You may think you have a pinched nerve in shoulder, when in reality it is coming from the neck. A cervical pillow can help with this symptom.

There are as many types of pain as there are areas to feel the pain. Your body’s protective system uses pain to tell the brain that something is wrong. Never ignore pain. Pain due to a pinched nerve in your low back causes Sciatica, a severe pain that radiates down the posterior leg into the buttock and down the back of the leg. The pain may radiate to the foot. Weakness in the leg may also occur. Pain due to a pinched nerve in the thoracic spine may result in pain in your mid back, shoulder blade, and chest.

Peripheral nerve entrapment carpal tunnel syndrome in your hand or tarsal tunnel syndrome in your foot may lead to tingling, numbness, and pain. ??Give any type of pain symptom your prompt attention by getting professional medical advice . Find out the underlying cause of your pain.

Some people ask, “What’s the difference between numbness and paralysis?” With numbness, you lose sensation. Paralysis is more serious. It usually involves not only the loss of mobility in the affected area but you also lose sensation there. Any numbness or abnormal sensation symptom signals you to seek professional help as soon as possible.