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A 22-year-old male asked:

I have a severe neck pain and need some assistance. i went to bed last night at around 2:15am and woke up at about 8am. before i went to sleep, my neck felt sore, which is why i went to sleep. i woke up and it felt about ten times worse, and now i can't t

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Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
You : You probably strained your neck. I would recommend rest, Ibuprofen 600 mg four times a day for 5-7 days (assuming you do not have allergy, ulcer problems, kidney problems or other disease that would Prohibit taking it, discuss if with your doctor if you are unsure), long hot shower followed by 10 minutes of neck stretches. Move your neck into the described position and hold the stretch with your arm. Relax neck muscles. Bend neck forward x 30 secs bend neck backward x 30 secs bend neck right x 30 secs bend neck left x 30 secs turn neck right x 30 secs turn neck left x 30 secs repeat 3 times. If this does not work you need to see your doctor, start formal physical therapy and possible see a spine specialist. Good luck!
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Get seen: Yoou should be checked. There are simple causes of neck pain that are often self limited, but your pain seems beyond that. There are more ominous causes as well and you would almost certainly benefit from a more detailed history, exam and appropriate studies. Thank you for your question.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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