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#1 of 12 Old 05-30-2004, 03:36 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So as a result of my labor, ended up with one beautiful and one pinched nerve.



Couldn't hold my baby with my left arm. Couldn't sleep on my left side without paying for it dearly. Can't even change a diaper without my arm/hand turning numb and my shoulder burning and and and and ...

Suggestions of massage have only been sorta helpful.

Went to a chiropractor for the first time in my life this week. It helped a little, but I was kind of hoping for a "magic bullet" to make it all go away ... but hey, then again, I can type this with two hands now, and last week was pecking away with one finger ... but have to let my left hand rest every other line ...

Any other advice? Please? Or experience? Anyone have this and have it go away eventually? Or are you stuck with it forever?
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Well, last year I developed severe pinched nerve in the neck/shoulder, and it took about 2 weeks of chiropractic visits to make the pain completely gone. But what a relief it was!
And after that I saw the chiro 1/week for about 8 months and haven't had that kind of pain since.
So, I don't know whether it was the adjustments, tissue massage that truly helped, or just time itself, but either way, it's gone for now!
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Chiro, chiro chiro - and in between make sure you have constant, adequate pain relief, whether you favor, natural remedies, tylenol, advil, or asprin, use something to keep the pain down to the minimum between visits & you'll be better in two weeks - tops. I have this happen to me for some reason 2-3 times a year & the best advice I have is start immediate pain relief & don't stop till it's better and get to the chiro, asap.

If I get the pain relief going right away & keep up with it, I've found I can cut recovery time down to a week or less. For me immediate pain relief is key to quick recovery.
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Chrio!!!!!!!!!!! and ask if they have a brace to help with support and to remind you to not over due it.

Make really good use of pillows to.
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So have been going to a chiro with really great references (he's the chiropractor that the chiropractors I know go to) and it was getting better, and then the last 5 days couldn't go (not easy when you have to shlep the kids with you & you're immediately post-partum) so it seems to be backsliding.



Hopefully will make it tomorrow ...

Thanks for the suggestions, ladies ...

Admittedly, I was skeptical about anything to do with chiropractic care, because the folks I know who use them are virtually married to them, having to go multiple times a week for years on end ... that makes me nervous (and makes my insurance company stop paying) ...

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Just remember there are good chiro's and bad ones. As there are with any Dr.
Good luck in healing however works for you. (you may want to try ice/heat)
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... you may want to try ice/heat ...


Could you clarify which one you're recommending, the ice or the heat? Or are you saying to use both? How?

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It depends on exactly whats going on with you. Cold is for swelling. Sometimes with pregnancy you get swelling inside that isn't obvious from the outside and ice is good. But if its muscular, heat will help relax. I've even heard of heat and ice being used in turn. From my experience I try both and see what feels best. 9 times out of 10 what felt best is what the DR. ends up reccomending anyway.

If hot showers/baths feel good, you probably have your answer.

I hope this was of some help.
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I had a painful pinched nerve in my neck about 15 months ago, and some nerve damage (I still feel numbness/tingling at times). It was truly horrible, but here's how I got through it.

--I think my chiropractor saved my life. It wasn't a magic cure - I went 2-3 times a week for about two months, then once a week, then every two weeks, then once a month. Now I haven't been in about nine months. I could use an adjustment, but it isn't crucial at this point. So seeing a chiro doesn't mean you will be tied to one forever. I've since moved across the country and it has been hard to find a new chiro - they really, really vary, so I'd recommend getting a referral from a friend, or even your doctor (although a lot of docs hate chiros).

--The chiro also used physical therapy techniques such as ultrasound and high volt therapy - very, very helpful.

--I had some heavy painkillers at first - I ended up in th hospital in excruciating pain, and they gave me morphine through an IV and sent me home with Percocet. I was on the Percocet for about a week and then I moved on to something milder (and less habit-forming).

--Ice and heat - there's always debate about whether ice or heat is best, because it's hard to tell if you have swelling or if you're healing. I would say go with what feels good to you. I couldn't stand ice - it tensed me up, so I didn't use it. I used a heating pad a lot. I also had heated seats in my car, which really helped on car trips.

I received terrible, terrible care from the general practitioner at the health center I had to go to as a student. I also received terrible care from their physical therapist and orthopedic specialist. The best care I received was from the emergency room (very surprising, but they were wonderful and took my pain very seriously) and from the chiro. I had to pay for the chiro out of pocket, and it cost over $1000 by the time I started to be well again. So it was disappointing that the doctors covered by my health insurance were so callous and useless. They started out saying nothing was wrong, take Advil, go away. When I convinced them that something really was wrong, they ordered x-rays, looked at the x-rays and immediately recommended surgery. So my initial visit to the chiro was because I wanted to exhaust all my options before choosing surgery, and I am very, very glad I went.

Whew. Sorry for the novel, but I feel for you. I hope you can find some relief.

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Yeouch. The whole thing sounds scary. Novel's are okay, they give me details, which is what I'm looking for.

Am wishing I could get better drugs than Motrin, though. Will post on the BFg boards to see if I should stop that soon, too, since I am nursing a newborn ...

Am going to go back to my acupuncturist for the first time in years next week (wishing insurance would pay for him, too, but ...) for this. Hopefully that will help it along, too ...



Thanks for the experience & support, ladies ...

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nak
st. john's wort is good for repairing nerve damage.
i won't unpinch the nerve but it helps with the radiating pain.
the oil is very effective and gives immediate relief.
If you can't find the oil-pm me with your addy and I will send you some.
i've had this too-from waitressing and carrying heavy trays. It hurts!
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I had the exact same thing and chiro wasn't doing it. About 4 visits to the acupuncturist (2 years ago) and it hasn't come back.

Good luck!
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