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How can i relieve a pinched nerve in my neck and shoulder area?

When I tilt my head to the right, a sharp-ish pain runs from the base of my neck to my shoulder blade. Is there a way to relieve the pain while I'm waiting for my trusted massage therapist to come back from holiday?

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I fell while holding my son 30 years ago...I whipped my neck back as a fell to the ground smashing my head on the ice, I suffered a pinched/trapped nerve, it lasted around 3 weeks then slowly diminished...ever since it reoccurs now and again and as before lasts around 2 to 3 weeks it is not so much as a pain, that travels from the back of my head , down my neck and into my shoulder blade but more like an itchy shudder I spend most of the time clutching my hand at the back of my head, or rubbing it on a door frame and true to the nature if I am annoyed about something ,it is even worse , hence the phrase "Your getting on my nerves" i take ibuprofen to take to edge off it but i'm afraid all you can do is bare it until it eases off and gradually goes, I may get it once every 2 or 3 years and it drives me insane, I have it now its been there 6 days :( neither heat nor Ice help at all, just pressure but you cannot apply 24/7

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If this is truly a pinched nerve, I strongly suggest you visit a doctor, preferably a specialist in spinal injuries, as you could have something more serious, like a ruptured disc. Massage will help relieve muscle tightness, but that muscle pain / tightness is a reaction to the pinched nerve.

In the meantime, ice is the best home remedy, combined with ibuprofen. Both will greatly reduce the swelling. I used an icepack on my neck for a similar injury a year or two back and it was the most effective.

Hope you feel better. Good luck.

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You can relieve the pain from a pinched nerve in your neck and shoulder area by taking some anti-inflammatory medication. You can also treat it with heat and ice therapy. You want to get rid of the swelling that is pinching the nerve.

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A pinched nerve can be extremely painful. Try to massage it as it will give you relief from pain and a heating pad will give you a much better pain relief.

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