If you think you have a pinched nerve, the first thing you want to do is rest the affected body part. You can also try applying ice for the first couple of days and then switching to heat. Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and naproxen can also help relieve pain. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include a burning sensation, pain, tingling, sensitivity to touch, weakness of muscles, and numbness. Other causes of nerve pain include injury, over use, and disease. Some people are born with nerve pain and the cause is not understood. If the large nerve that runs from the buttocks down the leg is pinched, the result is sciatic nerve pain. If you have numbness and tingling in half of the ring finger and in the little finger, you could have ulnar nerve neuritis. Optic neuritis causes eye pain. In this case, you should consult a medical professional immediately. Facial neuritis could be the result of a pinched nerve, but could also be a symptom of other disease like Bell’s palsy or multiple sclerosis. Other causes of nerve pain include tumors, degenerative disk disease, slipped disk, and spinal stenosis. A pelvic injury can cause sciatica.
In addition to rest, cold, heat and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, your doctor may recommend steroid injections, physical therapy, and braces to ease the pain of a pinched nerve. Antidepressants can sometimes be helpful in relieving pain. Topical creams with capsaicin are helpful to some. Chiropractic manipulation may relieve the pinching of the nerve. Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) of the nerves provides relief in some, but not all cases. For some people, acupuncture is helpful. Nerve pain is the result of other underlying medical conditions. Only a doctor can determine these underlying conditions. A treatment plan will be made based on the diagnosis.