When you suffer from the pain of a pinched nerve, your first wish is that it will resolve itself quickly. A pinched nerve can result in severe pain that makes you want to immobilize yourself immediately. If you have experienced the pain of a pinched nerve before, you may even have a routine of rest and recovery that works for you.
A pinched nerve, however, can have serious consequences if left untreated. The pain may go away with rest, but it will come back. Each bout of pinched nerve pain could become more severe. If you experience any of these conditions with your pinched nerve pain, it is time to take action:
- Persistent pain: Your pinched nerve pain should resolve on its own with home remedies. This does not mean the problem is resolved, however — it just means you can move again. If the pain persists for more than a couple days, you need to seek medical attention. A persistent pain could be the sign of a more complicated situation. Plus, long-term pain can lead to other health issues, including depression.
- Sudden weakness: The pain from your pinched nerve may make it uncomfortable to stand, walk, move your head or swing your arms. If you are suddenly unable to do any of those movements due to a lack of strength, however, you should see your doctor. When nerve pain makes it impossible, even momentarily, for you to stand or move one of your limbs, it is time to take action.
- Worsening pain: As you apply home remedies, your nerve pain should slowly improve. If it does not or it gets worse, it is time to see a doctor. Worsening pain could indicate further damage and may need further evaluation and treatment.
- Loss of bladder control: If you lose control of your bowels or bladder, it is time to take action on that pinched nerve.
- Numbness: Pinched or damaged nerves are extremely painful, but a lack of sensation could indicate a more profound nerve injury. Anytime pain is combined with a loss of sensation or numbness, you should seek medical attention right away.
If you have a pinched nerve and experience any of the above conditions, it is time to take action. Call NJ Spine & Orthopedic at 855-586-2615 to schedule a consultation immediately. Let them know the condition you are experiencing so they can fit you in right away. Dr. Katzman and his team will apply over 50 years of experience toward resolving your back pain.