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How can you tell if you have a trapped nerve?

While running and walking I have no pain at all but when in bed and sitting down the pain hits. Down my right hip area. When I get up I sometimes have to stand still for some time before I can move off and even that is painful but once I get going I am fine.

My dad had similar and it was a trapped nerve he had.

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This sounds similar to something T.T. suffers with. She will be able to give you more info when she's next online I'm sure.
 

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I'd imagine it's pretty hard to diagnose yourself unless you specifically know what a trapped nerve feels like, or if you know how to identify one... Could it be a muscle that you don't really use while walking/running but is put under load when getting out of a chair?

Have to say I've not got a clue really! :embarrassed:
 

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Hi all

How can you tell if you have a trapped nerve?

While running and walking I have no pain at all but when in bed and sitting down the pain hits. Down my right hip area. When I get up I sometimes have to stand still for some time before I can move off and even that is painful but once I get going I am fine.

My dad had similar and it was a trapped nerve he had.

Cheers

Gary
Hi Gary

I get a pain which occurrs when I try to sit, pull on trousers or socks etc. It shoots straight into my right buttock, but does leave as quickly as it arrived, I am not sure the problem you have is the same as mine, but I did get it checked out, so it might be worth you doing the same.

I have to do strenghthening exercises permanently to keep my spine supported as I have discovered that I have a prolapsed disc, the pain will eventually subside I have been told but I have currently had it for about 18 months to my knowledge and there is no sign of it going at the moment, curses.

I am not suggesting for a moment that you have the problems I have, but it does sound similar.

I hope you only have a trapped nerve go to the Docs and have it checked.

TT :d
 

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Hi TT

Yes, seems to be the same as me, even same side of buttock :d

Not too bad today. A little painful when turning over in bed early this morning but pain definately less than yesterday. Got some Ibuprofen this morning so that has helped so far. Might go and get it checked out by the doctor. Not seem him in many many years so a little scared to go :rolleyes:

Have to mention that I pump iron twice a week and it's possible I may have pulled something while doing squats. I have a belt but not wore it for some months now. May have to start again.

Will update you. Thanks for replying TT :)

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This all sounds a bit like my sciatica, (which BTW still prevents me from fulfilling my training regime for my next race)

Back strengthening exercises are the key to putting this right, but it's one hell of a slow process!
 

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Yes, think it could be a bit of sciatica.

I know I shouldn't have so don't tell me but I took some painkillers late this afternoon knowing I was running this evening. Started off OK but during the last 15 minutes I felt the pain. Did stop for a few mins and that's when I found it hard to get going again. Think I walked for the last 10 mins.

I HATE the thought of not getting out to run but think I may need to take a week off to rest.

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Got some Ibuprofen this morning so that has helped so far.
ibuprofen is for inflammatory pain - it does not work in nerve pain - so i really don't know why you are taking it... i agree it does sound a bit like sciatica - 'sitting down the pain hits' but you would be better off going to your GP to double-check... if it is sciatcia i think paracetamol or co-codamol (paracetamol with codeine) would be better... taking pain killer to run isn't the best practice so dont do it unless you have to !!...

as to what caused the injury... i think it is much more likely you get this after heavy weight lifting (such as deadlifts and squats) than due to running... i would be extremely wary about doing these sorts of heavy weights with any sort of nerve pain... the macho attitude of guys doing weights often makes them do extremely heavy weights they cannot handle with poor technique and these sorts are practically wearing badges asking for injuries... the reason to be cautious is that there is precious little that medics can do if you have something severe such as prolapsed disc... i wouldn't 'rest' until you are better - i do not agree with this phillosophy - most physios get people doing simple exercises such as the plank to stabilise the core and will strengthen the surrounding muscles... this would get rid of the pain faster in the long term with no chance it it getting worse... so it would be a good idea to do that... good luck with it !
 

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Revenged, thanks for your posting.

A friend who has a friend who is a doctor has told me it is probably sciatica. I should go see my own doctor so will think about that next week. I never go to the doctor unless I have to. Had this pain before and a mix of ibuprofen and paracetamol worked.

Everything seems to be wrong with me at the moment, have sinus pain too reaching into the jaw. Everything down the right side of my body!

I do squats twice a week, not really heavy at all. Haven't done them for a week now so laying off for a couple of weeks.

I'll do some spine excercises.

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I was prescribed Ibuprofen for sciatica by the hospital a few years back. It did help and I was told it was because it was an anti-inflamitary.
but sciatica it isn't inflammatory pain - it is nerve pain (neuropathic pain)...

you get a sudden shooting pain down the leg in sciatica that is nothing like the dull throbbing pain you get due to inflammation...

neuropathic pain is the same sort of pain you get when you bash your funny bone agains the wall a shooting pain that hurts like hell causing a pins and needle sensation down the arm...

i don't think ibuprofen or paracetamol are any good for neuropathic pain i wouldn't bother taking either...

if i had such a pain i would probably go and buy heat pads from a pharmacy so many try that...
 

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.........Everything seems to be wrong with me at the moment, have sinus pain too reaching into the jaw. Everything down the right side of my body!.....
Gary,
Wow, you seem to be suffering exactly the same symptoms as me!

My sciatic pains seems (at last, now nearly 6 weeks) to be subsiding and I've recently returned to running daily (hoorah!). BUT, when I started out on my run this evening I had quite a pain in my jaw as my feet hit the floor, in fact it felt like tooth ache.

My feeling is that I have a severe cold on the way and that this is the first sign of it. No doubt the 'toothache' will be followed by some 'earache'..... Oh the benefit of being older... you always know whats coming next.....!

Having said all that, (and despite my signature!) I had my fastest time for 6 weeks! So I get the feeling that I'm on the mend at last.
 

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Revenged, I have no doubt you are right. My observation was simply my experience.

Could the pills have been as when the pain came I would tense up to the point where I went into spasm. The pills may have been to relax that action?

I was also given exercise to strenghen the back and one muscle in particular which is just below the coxsix? I still do them now if things get worse.
 

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Don't think heat pads would work for me to be honest. I did try some Ralgex before my run on Friday and I nearly burnt the right cheek off my arse :)

Think I will bite the bullet and contact the doctor next week.

Scr8pe, yes must be due to old age! The pain from the sinus seems to move from top jaw to lower, where it is at the moment. It's ok now but will probably talk to the doc about that too as it's happening more often. Not from the teeth as I was at the dentist in April and all was well.

I really don't think I could last 6 weeks without running. I will pile the pounds on again and really unhappy about that. Let's hope it clears sooner.

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I have been suffering from sinus problems for the past wee while now went to see a specialist last week turns out I have severe rhinitis I'm booked in for an op in about 3 weeks time to sort it all. Three weeks after that till I can do any running or strenuous activities, 10 days off work then light duties and all because of a wee op on my beak!
 

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Trapped Nerve - Update

Hi all

OK, took me a while but I visited the doctor this morning.

What I thought was a trapped nerve or sciatica is infact a pulled/sprained muscle. I could have gotten this while running but I am thinking it happened while weight training. He suggested I keep off pavements (which I cannot do). I got nothing for it, just to carry on with the paracetamol if required.

He did suggest I go to a running shop to have my gait tested. Don't flame me but I have never had this done yet. I bought a cheaper Asics shoe just to see if I would like running, which I love.

Would having my gait checked help with future back problems? Will probably go get this done sooner that later now, think there is a decent shop in Aberdeen that does this.

This is now my second week without running and getting a little upset. Been using the stepper instead and that's not painful.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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I would highly recommend a gait analysis, it will tell what type of shoe is best for you and try to go to a specialist shop, they know what they are talking about and will provide you with a broad range of runner to try and that will also included price range too.

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Thanks Twinkle. Will do that. There is one specialist shop in Aberdeen I will try. Anyone from up here tried any? Coming up for a years running in November so can treat myself to a new pair as a birthday present :)

Oh, and the Doc gave me something for my sinus problem too.

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Gary
 
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