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Hello Jayne and welcome to the forum.
I'm sorry to hear of your trapped nerve. I believe they can be extremely painful even to those of us used to pain. (I have RA and OA so can empathise).
I think your GP is your best bet. Although only the rheumatologist can prescribe DMARDS the GP can deal with pain relief and I believe there are specific meds for nerve pain. I hope you can find something quickly.
Hello, it's a perennial problem faced by so many on here, despite already having one or two conditions others happily arrive to cause further troubles. :roll: The advice to see your GP is good but we didn't know you already had, neither did you specify what pain relief you are taking so it's hard to know what to advise, especially when we are not medical experts. Rest sounds to be a sensible option, that is often the most beneficial action. My mother, in her very early seventies, had severe sciatica for some months which hydrotherapy eventually sorted but she was fortunate in that arthritis was not present in her life at that time: it does complicate matters doesn't it?
I hope you can find a solution, maybe another forum member who has faced similar troubles will spot your post and reply with something more helpful. I wish you well. DD
Poor you! It must be quite scary knowing that one can't take better pain relief.
Has your GP suggested physio? If not, it might be worth asking for some.
Acupuncture is certainly worth an ask but don't dismiss the physio. It can work wonders. It did for me.