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Have trapped nerve in neck, pain in neck and shoulder, numbness and pins and needles. Suggestion?

I have a trapped nerve in my neck which has been causing considerable pain from my neck to my shoulder through out my left arm to my hand where my thumb is numb , I ve been prescribed pain relief which seems to of made the pain worse in my lower arm and thumb symptoms aching numbness pins needles warmness of skin would a hand brace help these feelings.
Asked On : Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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thank you for your query.
your condition in called nerve entrapment or nerve compression.

the treatment for it includes-

1.In many cases a pinched nerve can be treated with rest and ice. If the pinched nerve is in the arm (carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome) the doctor may recommend a brace for a short period of time.

2.medications-anti-inflammatory medications,can reduce the inflammation around the affected nerve. Other medications used specifically for nerve related pain include gabapentin

3.Physical therapy can assist to stretch and strengthen specific muscles in the body, which helps relieve the pressure on the pinched nerve.

4.if all else is unhelpful,surgery can be done for decompression of the nerve

thank you for your query,
wishing you good health
Answered: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
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