Stabbing, pricking, jabbing, shooting, electric shock-like pain along with paresthesia, weakness, tingling, and numbness are characteristic of nerve or neuropathic pain. Nerve pain can result from disk herniation and compression, ankylosing spondylitis, nerve pinching, shingles, carpal tunnel syndrome, trauma, multiple sclerosis, narrowing of the spine canal, etc. Physiotherapy and pain medications can help relieve pain.
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I have pain behind my breast that radiates to the underarm. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have undiagnosed chest or back pain which over the last 4 to 5 months has been getting increasingly worse. Full spinal MRI performed, have not seen the report but was told by the doctor that there was nothing there that would account for the pain. I would really appreciate a fresh p... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following is the reply after viewing your images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Review of cervical spine MRI. In C2-C3 disc level, there is a mild left neural foraminal compromise. In C3-C4 and C4-C5 disc levels, there is minimal right and mild left ne... Read Full »
How can I treat my lower back pain and nerve pain?
Query: Hi doctor, Three weeks ago, I was doing a heavyweight deadlift in my gym. After that, I suffered lower back pain for two days, and from then, I am having nerve pain in my lower back through my thigh to my left knee. And now I have so much problem in sitting, walking, and normal day-to-day activitie... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Deadlifts are safe unless you do them incorrectly. And the most common of all the mistakes is to pull with the lower back bent, which causes uneven pressure on the spinal disks and results in bulged disks, pinching of nerves, and spraining of the surrounding tissues. Th... Read Full »
Why do I get sharp pain on left hamstring stretch even after hip adjustment?
Query: Hi doctor, I had my hips adjusted about a year ago and the trainer who did it yanked my right leg to align my hips. It felt good at that time but the next day I had nerve pain down my left leg and into my lower back on the right side. Every time I stretch my left hamstring or sit in an L shape I g... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In my opinion, you might have your sacroiliac (SI) joint strained and the same is causing you pain in the back and the leg. You just need a good mobilization of the SI joint and lower spine. Along with some soft tissue work to relieve the pain and spasm. Nothing to w... Read Full »
What could be the reason for weak arms, tingling in fingers with neck and back stiffness?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old male and I weigh about 85 kg. I have neck pain especially at the sides and arm for the last one year. My left arm feels weaker. Sometimes I feel tingling in random fingers. I have morning neck and back stiffness also. Please guide to a set of exercises that I can ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query. As you mentioned, you are suffering from neck pain which shows as nerve pain as per your experience. As your complaints are left arm feels weaker, sometimes tingling in random fingers with morning neck and back stiffness, I feel it is com... Read Full »
I had a minor herniated disc L4 or L5 but the sciatica is heavy. What is the underlying cause?
Query: Hello, I had a minor herniated disc L4 or L5 last year. (MRI confirmed nerve pinch, but no broken disc or liquid leaks) With heavy pain, I was hospitalized, but recovered within two weeks. With Ibuprofen and muscle relaxants, I was able to walk and function pretty normally. Sciatica (leg nerve pain... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As it is a year old injury now I will suggest doing some physical test like McKenzie maneuver to see if the radiating symptoms stops and the pain gets centralize to the lower back. The McKenzie maneuver is simple, and you can read about it and practice it. Now I thin... Read Full »