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why is the back of my neck sore

A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Lymph nodes: You may have some swollen lymph nodes secondary to a low grade infection in your scalp. Check with your doctor to seeif antibiotics are needed.

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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
Time to see your PCP: Since the pain is lasting more than a week i would recommend seeing your pcp about it. It is likely muscular and should improve with time. If otc me ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
See below: If you just injured your shoulder, the inflammatory process usually maximizes out between 48-72 hours after the injury then starts to improve and heal ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Get them checked: These could be either cysts or lymph nodes. It would be a good idea to get them checked out especially since they are sore. Most likely they are not a ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Lots of stuff: The commonest cause of those symptoms is simple tension, muscle spasm. Other possibilities abound, including spinal arthritis, herniated cervical disc ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. R Lee Hinson
37 years experience Dentistry
We all have: Lumps on the back of our tongue. They are called papilla and usually are not noticeable except when inflamed/irritated. Your throat areas sound sore/ ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Sore throat: It is the start of sore throat. The reasons can be allergy, irritation, viral , bacterial or std. You need quick mono & strep. Test. Also you should s ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It sounds inflammed.: Maybe you have a virus. Try this. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Justin Fuehrer
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Hard to say: If the pain is in a bandlike pattern at the base of your skull it could be something as simple as a tension headache. The ear pain makes it a bit har ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
24 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Difficult: Very hard to diagnose as it can be so many different things. See a dentist or ENT who will take a thorough history and do an exam.
A female asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience Pediatrics
Neck: This could be normal as one of your neck vertebrae is larger at the base of your neck.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Kuitems
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Well : Could be a few things the most common would be an apthus ulcer or herpes of the mouth or viral infection. Consult primary care doctor or Healthtap vis ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
39 years experience Family Medicine
Discolored Caucasian: Discolored Caucasian skin can be a sign of internal medical problems. I would seek the services of your internist or family practitioner first before ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chastain
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
A few possibilities: An isolated, asymptomatic, firm neck mass is honestly somewhat concerning... This could be a thyroid mass, lymph node, or normal structure that you ar ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Several possibilitie: It could be the result of recent activities and you have made the muscles sore from exercise (mountain climbing, stairs, etc.) or could be from medica ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the name given to inflammation of hair follicles that can be caused by several factors. Folliculitis is a focal inflammation of the ha ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
17 years experience Podiatry
Heel spur: It may be caused by retrocalcaneal heel spur or Achilles tendinitis/bursitis. Please see a podiatrist for evaluation and x-rays.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
8 years experience Dentistry
Many options: Could be anything from strep throat to acid reflux. I recommend an exam by a dental professional to diagnose and treat your problem.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
See your doctor: It is difficult to answer this question, without truly assessing you in person. There're many reasons for headaches and neck pain. Therefore a visit t ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
18 years experience Urgent Care
Consult your doctor: I'm sorry you are not feeling well. I would definitely go to visit your doctor. If you have had trauma to your head, there are a set of conditions to ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gar ... Read More
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
18 years experience Family Medicine
Numbness : Numbness is worrisome, especially unilateral (one sided) head numbness. You could be dealing with a nerve injury, spinal cord injury, herpes zoster, s ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes but snore?: It is not uncommon to have a long uvula but it can become problematic if swollen or causing sleep obstruction. This is commonly reflected by snoring.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Zanger
32 years experience Cardiology
Neck back pain: Not sure the two are related a swollen neck may be related to swollen lymph nodes ... See a doctor.
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