Patient Comments: Pinched Nerve - Diagnosis


How was your pinched nerve diagnosed? Did you have an MRI, CT scan, or other test to diagnose your nerve condition? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Sab, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I first had MRI in 2015 and the doctor told me I had bulging disc and a pinched nerve in my neck. I have been referred to a specialist. After waiting 8 months I got another appointment and had a 2nd MRI in 2016. The doctor said bulging disc is healed and only a small osteophyte was left causing pain. He offered me an injection in the neck which didn’t work and then the doctor referred me to a shoulder surgeon. He tried injection and no pain was relieved. I had my 3rd MRI in 2019 and the doctor said no more treatment as I have arthritis in my neck and shoulders.

Comment from: Bugg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

Basically, my spine is like a Jenna puzzle falling down. I had a complete set of spinal x-rays and a full spine MRI to get my pinched nerve diagnosed.

Comment from: ouch, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

My cervical bone spurs and subsequent nerve compression were diagnosed by x-ray. Of course more imaging will be needed for treatment with injections but in my case an x-ray was sufficient for a diagnosis.

Comment from: Dano, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

The MRI shows herniated disc compromising nerve roots. I have severe frequent muscle cramping painful episodes daily. Sometimes I can’t even walk, my toes draw down.

Comment from: marybelle, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 21

Yes my pinched nerve was diagnosed with an MRI.

Comment from: RandyA, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

My pinched nerve was diagnosed with an MRI taken at Veterans Affairs hospital.

Comment from: Lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I was packing for my daughter and myself because we were moving and I overexerted myself. I started feeling striking pain in my left leg from the crease of the thigh throughout the leg. Around 2 am every day, I would wake up with sharp pangs. Finally, after 3 weeks, I went to the doctor and got x-rays and other tests. This was a week ago and today, I was told by my doctor that I have a pinched nerve in my 1st and 3rd vertebrae. I will have an MRI soon and I think then, I will know what type of treatment I'll be given.

Comment from: forest, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I had an MRI on December 10, 2014 that diagnosed a pinched nerve due to slip and fall that required surgery to my upper right femur and a nail was inserted in my hip also. This happened on February 4, 2013. I have had moderate to severe back pain now for 18 days off and on.

Comment from: Ron, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I have been diagnosed with a pinched nerve, and I had an MRI to confirm it. I have been told that I need an injection. I have had this condition for the last five weeks and the medical people tell me they can't give me an injection for another five weeks. There are only two doctors that give these injections and getting an appointment with them is long term.

Comment from: pebbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I was diagnosed by MRI with pinched lower lumbar nerve. Hands are tingling, but numb, feet and legs numb, and I’m falling. Very scary, not sure if I can continue to work.

Comment from: Songbird 7, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

My Chiropractor first diagnosed the problem and then sent me for an MRI of the area to confirm it.

Comment from: lolly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I had an MRI scan to check for a pinched nerve, and it came back that everything was ok. But if I try to lie on my lower back I keep getting spasms all around my vagina and both legs.


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Comment from: xena2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I had ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion) surgery a year ago, but now am experiencing severe pain in my mid/upper back, shoulder and numbness in the ring and pinky. Doctor said, there is no specific test for a pinched nerve. I am unable to exercise, my balance is affected and the pain is excruciating.


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