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why would one side of my husband neck hurt when he touches the arterie?

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Dr. Tal Dagan
Dr. Tal Dagan answered
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Carotidynia-: There are a variety of reasons for pain when touching parts of the neck, like an inflamed lymph node, a growth, pressure on a nearby nerve. However, there is a condition called carotidyina where pressure on the main neck artery (the carotid artery) causes pain. The pain is continuous, dull and throbbing , may stretch to the same side jaw, eye, ear and cheek. Cause unknown. Treat with nsaids.
Answered on Apr 9, 2015
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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
What else touched?: The carotid arteries in the neck are sometimes tender when touched. This is called carotidynia. But this need to be evaluated because it can suggest migraine or artery inflamation but also it can be tender because of the soft tissues around the artery like muscles and tendons that can also be tender. He needs the evaluation for there may be others sources of this pain as well.
Answered on Oct 18, 2016

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