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PostPosted: August 8th, 2008, 4:17 pm
by annebazemore
If you are suffering from a pinched nerve, signs of it are important to note. If you feel the pain in your arm or back, the most common areas for pinched nerves, it's important to talk to your doctor about them. Understanding what the symptoms of pinched nerves are can help you to realize the importance of working through the problem and stopping the pain.

When nerves are pinched, they become lodged between muscles, bones or joints to the point which causes pain. Generally, this pain can be very mild or it can be very extreme depending on where you have the nerve pinched as well as the extent of the pinch. Do you have a pinched nerve? Signs of it include these:

" Numbness in the area in which the nerve is located.

" Decreased sensation in the area in which the pinched nerve is located.

" A sharp, sometimes sudden pain which moves out. For example, a pinched arm nerve will radiate outward, away from the nerve, down through the arm or into the shoulder.

" If the spinal cord is the location of the pinched nerve, coughing or sneezing may cause a sudden, intense pain.

" The feeling that your arm or your leg has fallen asleep.

" A tingling sensation in the area of the pinched nerve.

" Muscle weakness or a muscle twitching in a specific area of the body where the pinched nerve is located.

If you have any of these signs of a pinched nerve, talk to your doctor. Medications and treatments can alleviate the pain and improve your condition considerably. If you don't seek help, you can cause damage to your nerves as well as the location that's affected such as your back, your shoulder, your knees or other locations due to the pinched nerve. Signs of pinched nerves can change from one person or the next.