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Trapped nerve

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What is it like to have a trapped nerve?
I fell down some steps 3 weeks ago, at the time I didnt think it was a big deal. Not sure if I had pains in my arm before, but since the fall, where my weight landed on my elbows, as I was carrying a cup.
My should hurts and I get pins/needles in my right arm/hand. Not sure if the pain in my shoulder has the same cause as my pins/needles in my arm.
I went to the dentst a couple of days ago, lying on the hard couch for a prolonged period was painfull for my shoulder.
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  • Torry_QuineTorry_Quine Forumite
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    We can't give medical advice. You need to come your GP.
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    For me - it was wanting to commit suicide.  We were on holiday in the Lake District.  I couldn't envisage a life with that amount of pain. After 2 days I begged my husband to take me home so I could get a chiropractor appointment.  Now all sorted, but both I and my husband are very aware of any change in our skeletal pain levels.
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  • ElephantBoy57ElephantBoy57 Forumite
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    We can't give medical advice. You need to come your GP.
    On the NHS web site it says to wait several weeks before seeing a GP, only if the pain persists.
  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    We can't give medical advice. You need to come your GP.
    On the NHS web site it says to wait several weeks before seeing a GP, only if the pain persists.

    What does your own GP website say?
    Mine had been updated so all patients effectively self-diagnose, follow the advice for however long it says and then contact them if no improvement.

    If it's been 3 weeks, no change for the better whatsoever, then contact your surgery or pop to the chemist and have a chat with them.
  • Torry_QuineTorry_Quine Forumite
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    We can't give medical advice. You need to come your GP.
    On the NHS web site it says to wait several weeks before seeing a GP, only if the pain persists.

    What does your own GP website say?
    Mine had been updated so all patients effectively self-diagnose, follow the advice for however long it says and then contact them if no improvement.

    If it's been 3 weeks, no change for the better whatsoever, then contact your surgery or pop to the chemist and have a chat with them.
    I agree. Three weeks is long enough. If the OP can't see a GP then speak to a pharmacist re pain relief.
    Lost my soulmate so life is empty.

    I can bear pain myself, he said softly, but I couldna bear yours. That would take more strength than I have -
    Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
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  • ElephantBoy57ElephantBoy57 Forumite
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    I agree. Three weeks is long enough. If the OP can't see a GP then speak to a pharmacist re pain relief.
    I dont generally take painkillers, I was thinking about ringing the NHS 111

  • ToxicWombleToxicWomble Forumite
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    Don’t - they have better things to do.

    You have been given advice on what to do - follow it

    You are in pain - “I don’t take pain killers”

    Well there’s your choice - be in pain or take some pain killers - dont waste valuable NHS time and resources needlessly 
  • AranyaniAranyani Forumite
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    We can't give medical advice. You need to come your GP.
    On the NHS web site it says to wait several weeks before seeing a GP, only if the pain persists.
    Its been 3 weeks since your fall.  Get an appointment.
  • wazza99wazza99 Forumite
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    I can only say from current experience nerve pain (trapped or pinched) can reduce a man to tears, i have a trapped nerve in my lower back and from day 2 the pain can only be described as hell on earth. No way would any OTC pain killer touch it. I've had two weeks on Amtitriptyline, co-codamal and Diazepan none of which helped, i'm now on Pregabalin and Tramadol again which barely touch it. To live a life in this pain would be unthinkable. So there you have what a trapped nerve can feel like.
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    my suggestion would be to see if there is an osteopath or chiropractor in your area - phone them up- ask their advice. ( and no, good practioners don't automatically say they can help- if they can't!) It may well be that hands on manipulation would sort the problem- but it will cost you
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