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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management 32 years experience
Nerve pain: Cannot imagine that pain goes through an artery, though nerves do travel in similar paths. Possibly a trapped nerve in your upper back is causing the shooting pain. Seek pain management advice, or neurology. My be that a steroid injection (seek a physician who is comfortable with neck injections - not all are) would help, or you may need surgery as a last resort. An MRI may be in your future..
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional 34 years experience
Get checked: Could be carotidynia or a carotid artery dissection.
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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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