Re: Pinched nerve - arm pain
Often cervical spine problems show up in pain down the arm. You may want to look up a dermatome nerve chart and it will show which cervical nerves affect which parts of the arms/legs. I had significant problems at C5-C7 and had radiating pain down my left arm and into my index and middle finger.
An x-ray won't likely show any disc problems so you may need to pursue an MRI. Personally I think those of us who have problems in one area of the spine are more prone to problems in other areas as well. It's amazing how many people I've talked to who start with low back problems and then later in life, or later the same year, start to have cervical problems.
I had lumbar problems starting in 1986 with surgery in 1987 and 1993. Then I did amazingly well (I was in my 20's for the last lumbar surgery). Then out of nowhere in 2004 I woke up with horrible pain down my arm. My primary care doctor gave me percocet and sent me on my way. It never occurred to me that this could be neck related. But while at a pre-op appointment for my husbands tonsillectomy in 2005 his ENT doctor said "why do you keep rubbing your arm?" and I told him about the pain. The ENT said "I think you have a disc problem and something is impinging on the nerve back here (and he touched the back of my neck in the C6 area". It's sad that it took and Ear Nose Throat doc to diagnose me. He sent me to a new PCP who sent me for an immediate MRI and treatment. I had Epidural Steroid Injections for a while (every 6 months) until they stopped working and eventually had surgery.
Rt&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08