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Trapped nerve

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  1. alli

    alli New Member

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    Hi, was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on what to do with a trapped nerve in my neck, this is absolute agony, I can't move my head and with christmans and everything coming up it's the last thing I could do with, been to the docs and he gave me loads of painkillers and muscle relaxants, but I don't really want to take these as I end up feeling like a zombie, had some reiki and reflex, although helped at the time it's still agony, also I have got hubby massaging area, (he's actually quite good)
    Any advice appreciated
    Alli
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  2. Soar

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    So sorry you are in pain, as it gave you some relief I think regular reiki every day for a few days might help
    will send you reiki healing if you like
     
  3. tigress

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    You could try hypericum 30c , a homeopathic remedy available from High st chemists and health shops

    I am not a homeopath, but an experienced/qualified homeopath friend was recently sugggesting this after I mentioned a similar condition a Reiki client of mine is dealing with

    You only need to take one.

    in light

    tigress
     
  4. candie

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    Get a massage quick before Christmas. It will probably take two or three sessions but if you find somebody good then they can help you. Good luck coz it's horrible innit?[:mad:]
     
  5. alli

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    Thank's for all your replies, it is slightly easing a bit, I decided to take one of the muscle relaxers the doc gave me other day as pain was unbearable, my god! never again, I felt as if i'd had about a dozen vodkas in me,[8D] even the kids were laughing at me, going to get one of my friends to give me a full body massage, lovely!
    Alli
     
  6. candie

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    wasn't amitriptyline by any chance was it?[:'(]
     
  7. alli

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    No Candie, heard of that one though, it was Robaxin, so beware!
    Alli
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    RE: Trapped nerve

    my doctor prescribed amitriptyline for me a few years back for depression. Terribly strong drug..........had massive problems getting up in the morning. It didn't seem to work so he doubled my dosage. Looking back I don't really know how I survived them.

    I still have a huge supply...........I expect they will be useful in the event that I need a good night's sleep during an earthquake or whirlwind.

    Not to be taken lightly!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Anahata

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    You have to admire the inventiveness of drug companies - Amitrip, is I believe on it's 4th outing. Initially developed for for TB a very long time ago & since then it's been reivented as a sleeping tablet, antidepressant and it's most recent reinvention as a muscle relaxant. Impressive, hey?

    Less impressed are those that have taken it & the different problems are reliant on the prescriber getting the dosage right ( best person to ask about that is the pharmacist). [&:]

    With regard to your actual problem, bearing in mind you only mentioned a problem with your neck, then I think I can safely say that it's not a trapped nerve!

    The 'Trapped Nerve' is a dust bin diagnosis & one of those medical misnomers, such as 'Slipped Disk' or Sciatica. They hail from a time when we didn't know any better & it seems some medics still don't.

    Historically your problem may also have been called a 'Wry or Hysterical Neck' (NB hysteria was a diagnosis strictly reserved for women) - I hope you catch my drift about the level of understanding here. [:eek:]

    What we know now, from the little info given, is that the most likely cause of your problem is general known as a facet joint irritation or 'lock'.

    By now the pain will have probably eased, as the inflammation & muscle spasm will hopefully have eased. It is, however unlikely that the offending joint will have released, but the rest of your neck is learning to work around the problem. Ideally, if you want to avoid re-occurance or further neck probelms, then one should see someone to release the joint for you.

    Those qualified to do it are orthopaedic consultants ( although they usually use a general anthaesthetic to do it - I'll let you figure that one out yourself), very few senior physio's, chiropractors & osteopaths. :eek:

    As an osteopath myself, then I would recommend the latter, but thought I aught to point out the alternatives. I should also point out that it's not unusual that the 'pain causing joint' not to be the primary problem - it's fairly common to have several stiff in the neck that you may be oblivious to & what's happened is the proverbial - final straw that broke the camels do da. [:mad:]
     
  10. R Jones

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    [&o] Dear Alli

    In the early 90s I suddenly found myself with a trapped nerve in my neck (between vertebrae 5 & 6). I shall never forget having a holiday in the States wearing a collar and visiting a friend there in Virginia, who was a physiotherapist coincidentally and had just left Britain. She'd only been there five minutes when Christopher Reeve - Superman - had his awful riding accident and broke his neck, so he was literally one of her first patients at Charlottesville hospital. I recall her saying to me at the time - you've got nothing to worry about. And she was right.

    I had three months' physiotherapy and kept away from a keyboard and mouse for that period of time. The hospital physiotherapist gave me traction, a TENS machine to ease the pain at home, Ultrasound treatment for the pain during my sessions with her and, most effective of all, massage aroung my spine. She also advised me to chuck away the neck collar (interesting, because that had been provided as necessary by an eminent neck consultant at the beginning of the problem). After each visit the symptoms would go away for an increasing length of time until one day they simply didn't return. Since then I have always used a correct typing chair and I admit I do think about my neck when I'm about to do something like turn a mattress or get stuck into the gardening. By the by, apart from sore pain in the area, my most frustrating symptoms were sensations of ice-cold rivulets whenever I tried to move my right arm forward and also an inability to turn the neck, which made driving another no-no for a while.

    Do hope that helps. Trust you'll be better very soon. My main word of warning to you would be to make sure that whoever does any massage on your spine should be absolutely qualified to deal with trapped nerves. I wouldn't go near anyone too "general".

    x
     
  11. Mountain Lion

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    Hi Alli,

    Sandalwood is the best essential oil for a trapped nerve.
    It's a tonic for your nerves, it works everytime.

    Hope it's much better now.
    Take care
    Mountain Lion x
     
  12. Arms

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    Hi, newbie member here! :)

    Can anyone tell me where I can get Sandalwood to treat a trapped nerve in my neck/shoulder. This is causing me to have loss of feeling in my arm and is not very nice at all. I have been on pain killers (co-codamol) and anti-inflammatory pills) Declofenac 50 for a week now and it doesnt seem to be getting better.

    Any other tips?

    Thanks in advance

    ARMS #14
     
  13. penelope

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    Hi, my daughter has just had her neck go into spasm - dagnosed by the medical profession as 'wry neck' or torticollis. advised ibruprofen and to mobilise it. The nurse was quite amazed at how relaxed the actual muscles involved were, considering it happened yesterday morning - BUT I am a Bowen practioner and had done my stuff pretty swiftly!!!! Had to take her to see someon for her own peace of mind - she didint belive her mums 'diagnosis'!
    I have since found that I missed one of the most major muscles involved, apart from the trapezius, and that is the sternocleidiomastoid - the scm for short. Look up where it is and gently massage the muscle, there will be some spots which are very tender, and probably some trigger points there to.
    Naturally, I would advise you to find a Bowen therapist asap and get it treated - you jyust might be surprised !! also, arms, find a bowen therapist.
    I have also had No Hands massage for my own neck and shoulder pains - thats very interesting, and it gets rid of a load of tension, but doesnt last long enough! Bowen seems to last, and even does the trick completely, depending on the origin of the problem.
    Muscles need movement, stretch like a cat, keep the old lymphatics moving to get rid of debris and waste, or it builds uplike and old unused drain, and can cause alsorts of muscluar problems.
    Penny
     
  14. Cherish

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    i also have a trapped nerve, i have never felt anything like it and it is pulling me right down, i have been back to the drs twice i have been given strong pain killers by one and amitriptyline by another, these tablets are to be taken at night and they make me hyper before i sleep and still not getting much sleep and then by the afternoon i feel my eyes are really tired, but by the afternoon the pain is so bad the last thing i can do is sleep. so i will I think i shall look at other ways at treating it

    lynda x x x
     
  15. penelope

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    well, my daughters neck is improoving by the day - and I do put tgis down to bthe bowen treatments!
    and I would say, Cherish, yes definately try some 'other' stuff, like massage or bowen, or even an osteopath. If you are a reiki person, use that to help as well.
    penny
     
  16. Moonfeather

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    RE: Trapped nerve

    My cures for a trapped nerve are: Shiatsu massage on the trapped points from hubby - bloomin' sore but it gets it unkinked right away!

    A trip to my chiropractor or to a cranio-sacral therapist.

    Find out where it's actually coming from and apply hot and cold compresses every 20 minutes or so to bring down the inflamation. Cold is expecially good.

    Cherish, your problem sounds like something I had years back - trapped nerve around the collar bone area which travelled all the way down the arm if left as is. Go find yourself a good chiroprator and they'll sort you out.

    BB
    Lorraine
     
  17. cocks101

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    looking to add to peoples experiences. I found out there are 2 varieties of this. which i found here:

    http://chirocentre.co.uk/trapped-nerve-neck-pain-relief/comment-page-1/#comment-46

    that website was really good for some other hints and tips and just bit of confirmation so i think alot of people will benefit by having a look at it.

    From looking at that site I now know I have synovial meniscoid entrapment on the left side of my neck and have found from a little feel around and applying mild pressure to certain areas that once i find the spot to the left of my spinal chord on my neck and apply mild pressure i get around 25% more movement from my neck with little or no pain. So if i need to get around the house i apply mild pressure whilst i move around. This is accompanied by deep heat spray or cream as well.

    Hoping this will go soon. I hear roughly a week to self right its-self. Any other hints and tips would be great.
     
  18. manulike

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    Trapped Nerve massage therapy

    Cocks101 gave some decent advice there.
    I can also add the beneficial use of Hot Stones therapy together with anti inflammatory essential oils (for sciatica, or lower body trapped nerves). You might want to consider Hopi Ear candling for neck or shoulder trapped nerve - see much more detailed info here
     

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