Is radiculopathy painful?

Let’s cut the chase, yes, Radiculopathy is painful.

But wait a minute; what the heck is Radiculopathy? We know that when you are at the doctor’s office and they start slinging medical jargon around it can make you look like an ape in front of them. So before anything else, let us define this beast lurking on our backs.

What is Radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy roots from two words: ‘radix’ meaning root and ‘pathos’ meaning suffering or pathology. Together we get ‘root suffering.’ It sounds tormented already!
So back to basics, radiculopathy is a condition where one has pinched nerve roots (vertebral nerves) also called spinal nerve compression syndrome, which causes pain and, some other unpleasant symptoms for whoever dares to have it.
It occurs mostly in the lower back region but can happen anywhere along your spine.

To understand how painful radiculopathies can be,
let’s delve into its types and their respective symptoms;

Types of Radiculopathy

  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Lumbar radiculopathies

Cervical radicuLOpathy

Cervical who? Yes! Exactly what I thought too!!! You see where I am going with this?
Well hang on tight amigo because we will break that down for ya!

This type of disorder happens when one experiences a pinched nerve near their neck area (cervical vertebrae). Here are common signs;
– One feels weak muscles on arms after lying still.
– Pins and needles feeling all over your hand… imagine being tethered by pins!!!
– A sharp pain NUMBing everyone knows how horrid numbness feels!
Nuff said!!


If you have ever experienced back pain, then there is a chance you had Lumbar Radiculopathy. This disorder occurs when one has pinched nerves around the lower spine area. These are common symptoms;
– Shooting PAIN from your behind down to your foot; this sounds fun, doesn’t it? NOT!
– Lack of control over bowel and bladder.
– Muscle weakness accompanied by loss of balance. Ouch!

The symptoms in both cases can also differ depending on the nerves that have been impacted.

Now I know what you’re thinking — “alas another opportunity to provide all sorts of medical mumbo-jumbo!” But let us flip things around a bit.

THE CONNECTION: Pain versus Radiculopathy

Most people will be familiar with expressing their physical hurt through the proverbial “ouchie” or “ow!” However few may associate these phrases and others with actual science – What might surprise some readers is they were elaborating precise descriptions whenever they used such words.

Scientists classify pain into three (3) types:

  1. Nociceptive Pain
    2.Neuropathic Pain


“Idiopathic?” That one word got me scratching my head too. Honestly speaking, if anyone described their “pain,” as becoming idiopathic,I’d certainly not associate traceable causes nor known diagnoses connected to it.
Well apparently scientists don’t either cause guess what?! Idiopathic only refers to those pains we cannot explain??!?!

1 . Nociceptive-Pain:

When one says ‘ouch,’ etc., they refer automatically to this type(whether consciously perceived/reflex desciption). Usually acute causes/cuts/bruises/subtle injuries et al.

2 . Neuropathic-Pain :

Usually chronic in nature and happens when one experiences nerve damage. The most acute description for this type of pain is pain described as shooting, burning any sensation your nerves on a decent trip they did not sign up for at ALL!

Conceptualizing Radiculopathy

We now get to the link between radiculopathy and these three (3) types of pain above.

If you have experienced radiculopathy once or more times than you care to remember, then what transpired is an issue in vertebrae putting pressure round spinal cord leading down neighbouring nerves hence neuropathic /nociceptive/idiopathic-pains respectively.

People usually complain that unlike regular back pains which dissipate after taking drugs like paracetamol or ibuprofen;with sprains,Lumbar dislocations et al, with radiculoLOpathy take longer periods to ease off the impacted nervous effects. Some testify going through years where even after several meds& exercise programs based upon advice from doctors were at best superficial solutions resulting in mere temporary relief.

Now that we know everything there’s to know about Radiculopathy let us conclude things before they go south;

The Big Bash Conclusion: Is Raducilopathies Painful AF?

It should be very clear that the answer is Yes..unfortunately ! Covering symptoms too detailed certainly amplified how painful every step can become while experiencing such symptoms. It also comes as no surprise that sciatica has shared connections towards Lumbar-Radiculopathy considering the kindred spirits shown(edited).

P.S.- Make sure always seek medical attention whenever their body reacts adversely especially spine related disorders.

This brings my write-up of our pals “Radiculo.” Alas long may it continue thriving!!!!!

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