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A 21-year-old male asked:

how to deal with chronic, severe neck/back pain while attending classes when medications aren't working?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Find the cause first: There are many possible causes of pain in the back of the neck. A doctor can evaluate to figure it out. There could be a muscle strain or spasm, inflammation in the joints or tendons, nerve pain from the spine or on the skin, an outbreak of shingles, etc... If a person is older or otherwise at risk for cancers, the doctor will look for tumors as well. Young people more often have muscle strains.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Neck and back pain: The neck and back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It might include exercise, massage, therapy, medication, injection, surgery ... I recommend you seeing help from a pain management doctor. You would benefit from a comprehensive treatment.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Back Pain: Other choices are a good posture of neck and lower back, neutral spine core stability program, cervical traction, inversion table, massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, avoid smoking. Exercise.

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