How Long Does A Pinched Nerve Last?

Have you ever faced a case in your lifetime, when you have felt too much pressure on any of your nerve that is surrounded by the tissues, for example bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons. If your answer is yes and if you do not know what this is called, it is known as the pinched nerve. This can be a bit dangerous, because when the pressure is applied on your nerves, then you can have the intense feeling of pain, tingles, numbness or even weakness. Moreover, it also disrupts the nerve’s functioning because of which the aforementioned things are being felt. There might be one question that will be going in your mind is that how long does a pinched nerve last. What is the treatment of it and how to get relief from it? The answer of all these questions are given in this article. Just read on and acquaint yourself about the same.

How Long Does A Pinched Nerve Last?
It depends on the person and how severe the pain is. For some it lasts somewhere from 4 to 5 hours while for others it takes days.

How Long Does A Pinched Nerve LastSymptoms

Let’s look at the few of the symptoms that you can see while you have the pinched nerve and those symptoms include:

  • Frequent feeling that a foot or hand has fallen asleep
  • Tingling, pins and needles sensations, also known as pareshtesia
  • Muscle weakness in the affected areas
  • Sharp, burning or aching pain that may get radiated outward
  • Numbness or decreased sensation in the area supplied by the nerve

There may be times, when you are sleeping, the problems that are related to the pinched nerve may get worse as compared to when you are awake. If you see all of the above signs and symptoms for numerous days and do not give any response to the self-care measures, for example, rest and also to the pain relievers that you can easily find over the counters. In all of these cases, immediately contact your doctor and get your pinched nerve checked. Take proper medications after that whatever the doctor has prescribed to you. Because delaying the treatments may cause severe damage to your nerves that can be dangerous to you and your body also.

Causes

There are several different conditions because of which you can get this injury of pinched nerve. Let’s look on some of those conditions and after reading it, just try to be more careful and also try to avoid these conditions. As we already know that pinched nerve occurs when any of our nerve goes through the excess pressure and especially when the nerve is surrounded by the tissues. There are numerous times when this nerve that is surrounded by the tissue is not only the tissue but the bones or the smaller part of cartilages, for example, you may feel in the case of spinal disk that can easily compress the root of any of the nerve. In some other cases, even muscles or tendons may cause these types of conditions.

If there is the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, there can be variety of tissues that are responsible for the compression of the carpal tunnel’s median nerve, that also include the swollen tendon sheaths that are present inside the tunnel, enlarged bone that can narrow the tunnels or even the degenerated and thickened ligaments. Along with the above conditions, there are numerous conditions that can cause the tissues to compress your nerve or even the nerve endings. Some of these conditions include:

  • Injury
  • Poor posture
  • Rheumatoid or wrist arthritis
  • Stress from repetitive work
  • Hobbies or sports activities
  • Obesity

All of these pressure can cause inflammation of the nerve and also can disrupt the nerve’s function. If a nerve has got pinched only for the shorter duration of time, then there are fair chances that there will be no permanent damage to your nerve. Because, once the pressure from your nerve is relieved, then your nerve will start functioning normal. But, if, in case, the pressure on your nerve continues for the longer period of time, then there are high chances that your nerve can face the condition of chronic pain or even your nerve can face the permanent damage.

Risk Factors

There are numerous risk factors that are associated with pinched nerve and can also increase the risk of having you pinched nerve, if you do not have.  Let’s look at all these factors one by one.

Posture

Posture is very important not only it prevents you from getting the pinched nerve but also helps in the prevention from getting your bones damaged. Therefore, if you will sit in wrong postures there are high chances that it may add the pressure to your spine and the nerves. So, keep in mind that you make all of your postures right and do not damage your nerves and the bones.

Bone Spurs

These are the conditions where the bone thickening may occur, for example, osteoarthritis. All these bone spurs conditions can badly stiffen the spinal cord as well as the space where your nerves travel and can cause the pinching of the nerves.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you are patient of the Rheumatoid Arthritis, then there are fair chances that this can apply a high pressure to your nerves, especially in your body joints.

Thyroid Disease

If you or any of your loved ones has the thyroid disease then beware, you are at the greater risk of getting the carpal tunnel syndrome that can lead to the pinching of the nerves.

Diabetes

This is one of the most common diseases from which people are getting ill all over the world. And hence, the diabetic people are at the greater risk of getting the pinched nerve or the nerve compression.

Overuse

There are few people who have some hobbies or jobs that requires the repetitive use of your hand, wrist or even the shoulder movement. Some of these works include the assembly line work, therefore, in such cases, you highly have the chances of having the pinched nerve or the nerve compression.

Obesity

 If you are an obese, then due to the excess body weight, your bones and nerves can get an unusually high pressure, because of which there can be the cases of the pinched nerve or the nerve compression.

Pregnancy

If any woman who is pregnant, then in such case, she gains the weight and the water inside her body. These gained water and weight inside her body can apply the unusually high pressure on the nerves that are inside the body. Therefore, if you are pregnant, then it is highly recommended that you sit in the proper postures, take proper diets and be extremely careful during the performing the tasks.

Heredity

If you are unlucky enough then you can get this pinched nerve problem genetically also. You can have some of the predisposed conditions inside your body that can come inside your body through heredity.

If Visiting Doctor

If your symptoms of the pinched nerve are not getting cured automatically, then it is the time to visit the doctor. While visiting doctor, it is always advisable that you visit your family or a general practitioner first, because there are a lot of things to discuss, and your family doctor knows a lot about you. Apart from this, there are a few things that you can do before you visit the doc’s clinic:

Look For Any Pre-Appointment Restrictions

There may be times that you need to take care of certain things before going to the clinic, therefore, consult with your doctor and ask if there is anything you need to do in advance. For example, restrict your diet or wear loose fitting clothes.

Note Symptoms

If there is any kind of unique symptom that you are facing, then it is better that you write it down, also including that you may feel is not related to the problem and take it with you when you visit your doctor. So, that every aspect of the problem can be checked and proper treatment can be given to you.

List Down All Medications

It is very important that if in the beginning you have tried to cure the pinched nerve by yourself, then you write down all the medications, vitamin supplements etc. in the notebook and take it with yourself when you visit the doctor’s clinic.

Get Yourself Accompanied With A Friend or A Family Member

If possible, take any of your friend or family member with you because there may be times when it can be difficult for you to remember all of the information about the treatment which doctor has given to you. Therefore, in case, if you miss anything then the family member who has accompanied you may help you in reminding those things to you again.

Note The Questions

If you want to ask some specific questions related to the problem, then it is always advisable that you write them down in a notebook so that you do not forget about them when you reach the doctor’s clinic.

Your time of appointment with the doctor may be extremely limited, therefore, preparing the list of questions, unique symptoms or any other thing may help you in using your most of the time of appointment.

Tests & Diagnosis For The Pinched Nerve

Before starting with the tests and diagnosis, your doctor can ask about the various symptoms you are facing of the pinched nerve and according to that he will start his physical examination.

Some of the tests and diagnosis for checking the pinch nerve are as follows.

1. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

It is a test in which powerful magnetic field and radio waves are used to produce so that the detailed views of your body can be seen in the multiple planes. If the doctor suspects that there are chances that you have the nerve root compression, then only he suggests to go for this test.

2. Electromyography

It is also known as EMG, the abbreviated form of the Electromyography. In this, the doctor inserts a needle electrode through your skin into numerous muscles. This test is used to evaluate your muscles’ electrical activity, for example, when they contract and when they’re at the rest.

3. Nerve Conduction Study

It is a test to measure the electrical nerve impulses and functioning inside our nerves and the muscles. This is done by placing the electrodes on your skins. Doing so, measures the electrical impulses that are present in your nerve signals whenever the small current passes through the nerve.

Treatment of The Pinched Nerve

The most effective treatment for the pinched nerve is give rest to the affected area. Your doctors may ask you to stop using or doing any activity that can cause the stress or aggravate the compression on the affected area.

Everything depends on the location of the pinched nerve, therefore, there are chances that you may require to splint or brace the affected or immobilize the area. If, in case, you have the carpal tunnel syndrome, then your family doctor or a general physician may advice you to wear a splint during the day and also in the night. The reason behind this is because of the wrists flex and extend frequently during sleep.

1. Physical Therapy

There are numerous exercises that a physical therapist can explain you to cure your pinched nerve. For example, the strengthening and stretching of the muscles in the affected areas will relieve the pressure in the nerves and also cure the pinched nerve conditions. There may be times when he can recommend modifications in some of your activities that aggravate your nerves.

2. Medications

There are some NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, for example, ibuprofen, naproxen etc. that can help in the relieving of the pain that you can get from the pinched nerve. Apart from this, there are corticosteroid injections that are given from the mouth or also by injections that also can help in reducing the pain and inflammation that has occurred due to the pinched nerve.

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