A member asked:

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

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Cheryl White answered

Specializes in Pain Management

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..

Answered Jun 10, 2014


Dr. Michael Korona answered

Specializes in Radiology - Interventional

Could be carotidynia or a carotid artery dissection.

Answered Oct 1, 2012



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