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A 60-year-old male asked:

I have a, what feels like a muscle strain in the left back of my neck. this is not going away and i have had this issue for about two months now. what can i do to get over this? at one stage it felt like it was clicking but now it is just painful.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Neck pain: This may not be from any strain but may be a pinched nerve from an arthritic spur in a neck vertebra. A bulging intervertebral disc would most likely cause more symptoms. If turning your head towards the pain increases it, a pinched nerve is likely. If turning the head away from the pain worsens it, it favors a muscular problem. A neck xray may show a bone spur. See MD as needed.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Agree with Dr. C: You may try exercise, any exercise that that raises your core body temperature and makes you sweat. Raising core body temperature will allow the muscles to relax. It may take a few weeks of exercise to see the results. You may take over the counter pain medication like acetaminophen.
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Last updated Sep 22, 2019


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