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What Are the Symptoms of a Pinched (Compressed) Nerve?
A system of nerves spreads throughout the body, so a pinched nerve can occur anywhere along the course of the nervous system. For instance, nerves run from the shoulders to the hands, down the legs, from the pelvis to the knee, and from the buttocks down each leg. Symptoms of a pinched nerve may not occur at the actual location where the nerve is compressed, but rather in an area some distance away. A burning feeling in your arm actually may be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck. Tingling toes may signify a pinched nerve somewhere in the back.
You may not be able to gauge the severity of the problem by the severity of your symptoms. Sometimes a symptom may go away, so it seems like the problem is gone. It may, however, mean that the nerve has actually become compressed completely, so the nerve can't function at all. Lack of nerve function may lead to loss of muscle function.
If you have symptoms of pain, burning, tingling, or numbness, or if you are experiencing muscle weakness, call your health care provider.
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