If you have a pinched nerve, I have some bad news for you. Your body protects your brain and nervous system from anything in your blood stream. That’s vitally important because when you have an infection, it will often get into your blood stream. If an infection is able to get into your brain or your nerves there is now a much bigger problem (like seizures or death).
This blood-brain barrier between your blood stream and your nervous system is a good design except for one problem. When you take a drug by mouth, it can never get to your nerves because of your blood-brain barrier. So, what’s the best drug to take for a pinched nerve? None – the meds can’t get to your nerves.
In the medical world, they will often prescribe opiates or anti-depressants for a pinched nerve. With the opiates, you just don’t care how much it hurts. With the anti-depressants, they are trying to redirect the pain signals from your nerves to a different area of your brain, so you don’t have as much perception of pain.
Does that work? Sometimes.
Is that a long term solution to a pinched nerve? No.
If there is a structural problem that is irritating a nerve, you need a structural solution. That sounds simple and obvious – except that the medical world didn’t get it yet. Unless you count physical therapy or injecting steroids into your spinal canal. The neurosurgeon will tell you to try conservative care first and surgery is last resort.
Chiropractic is a good structural solution for many pinched nerves. It is the ONLY effective solution for some.
Are you one of those?