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

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

Nerve pain: 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.. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

More of a vein prob: The artery takes blood from the heart to the brain, the veins drain the blood from the brain back to the heart. If there is something blocking the return flow (the vein) then the increased pressure in the vein makes some fluid leak into the surrounding tissues. Also, the lymph channels drain down and those can get blocked and cause swelling. Many things can cause this, be sure to get all the tests. ...Read more

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Ok so I'm scared I'm not very active I do eat a lot if bad foods.my left carotid artery hurts really bad and so doesx my head neck and face are numb?

Ok so I'm scared I'm not very active I do eat a lot if bad foods.my left carotid  artery hurts really bad and so doesx my head neck and face are numb?

See a neurologist: for neurological examination, labs, imaging and diagnosis. This is a serious medical condition and evaluation by a neurologist is warranted. ...Read more

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On/off pain on side of neck that goes to ear/head area.Where carotid artery is,Does that mean it's blocked? I'm only 21.It's on the right side

On/off pain on side of neck that goes to ear/head area.Where carotid artery is,Does that mean it's blocked? I'm only 21.It's on the right side

Your carotid artery: is not blocked. Blocked carotid does not hurt. You may have some sort of infection or inflammation involving your ear or lymphnodes in neck or neck muscle spasms or even cervical strain or sprain. ...Read more

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I am a hypochondriac and I am really scared my carotid artery hurts there a knot in it it has spasms and my neck and face on that side are numb ?

I am a hypochondriac and I am really scared my carotid artery hurts there a knot in it it has spasms and my neck and face on that side are numb ?

Don't settle for it: You declare being a hypochondriac as if that's been settled. Please don't accept a lifetime of it. It will be costly in many ways. Seek psychotherapy to learn how to think differently and meet your needs and hopes in better ways. Find someone you trust. Best! ...Read more

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My left carotid artery hurts and pounds terribly strong it spasms a lot anspd face neck numb on that side. Scared I have carotid anurysm help me ?

My left carotid artery hurts and pounds terribly strong it spasms a lot anspd face neck numb on that side. Scared I have carotid anurysm help me ?

Aneurysm doubtful: An aneurysm is very unlikely. You may have an inflammatory condition or vasculitis. Generally, arteries don't hurt unless inflamed. An ultrasound would be the first step. Make an appointment with a vascular surgeon, but, you will not likely need surgery. ...Read more

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I had a dissection in my carotid artery in February. I still experience light pain in left jaw, ear and neck. Is this normal?

I had a dissection in my carotid artery in February. I still experience light pain in left jaw, ear and neck.  Is this normal?

Potentially: It is potentially consistent with what you went through. I would certainly recommend you follow up with your doctor to make sure your recovery is staying on track. ...Read more

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Had enderectomy on carotid artery 4 months ago, now it feels like 100lb weights on each lower jaw and aching in back of neck, spine. Nerves improving?

Had enderectomy on carotid artery  4 months ago, now it feels like 100lb weights on each lower jaw and aching in back of neck, spine. Nerves improving?

???: It's hard to relate those symptoms either to carotid endarterectomy or to complications of it. I think you should be evaluated for a new and different issue. ...Read more

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Neck pain on my carotid artery that spreads to my jaw. On going for five days, 8/10 pain, sometimes get a stiff neck. Difficulty swallowing, no fever.?

Neck pain on my carotid artery that spreads to my jaw. On going for five days, 8/10 pain, sometimes get a stiff neck. Difficulty swallowing, no fever.?

See a Doc: You really need to see a doctor immediately. There are many possible causes and a few of these causes can be serious. You should go to an emergency room today if you cannot get in to see a doctor to have this checked out and make sure nothing serious is going on. ...Read more

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Carotid artery pain? For about five minutes,Every few seconds I'd get sharp pain in my neck.Lately I've had eye twitches,bad back pain. Any idea?

Carotid artery pain? For about five minutes,Every few seconds I'd get sharp pain in my neck.Lately I've had eye twitches,bad back pain. Any idea?

NO: The carotid arteries never hurt. They lack the pain fibers you have in your skin. However, there are many causes of neck pain so an evaluation is in order to determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Painful lump approx 1"long x.25" wide along the left side of neck - what feels like the carotid artery area. Also - cold sore weeping into left eye?

Painful lump approx 1"long x.25" wide along the left side of  neck - what feels like the carotid artery area. Also - cold sore weeping into left eye?

R/O LYMPHADENOPATHY : LYMPHADENOPATHY may be secondary to infection , requires Ab. If it persists LONGER 8 WEEKS DEMANDS A FULL EVALUATION. You need an Exam& Labs. CT SCAN OF CHEST ABD & PELVIS. BX OF LYMPH NODE. If the pathology is not diagnostic you need a RADICAL LYMPH DISSECTION TO R/O LYMPHOMA VS METASTATIC PROCESS. SEEK PROMPT EVALUATION FROM YOUR INTERNIST AND A GENERAL SURGEON. Second opinion may be warranted ...Read more

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Had severe constant pain on carotid artery for long time. Can't turn neck for months. Bulges more than right side. Occasional skin rash although always leather skin there. Lightheaded. Eyelid twitch, eye pain. Ear pain. Carotid throbs when standing?

Had severe constant pain on carotid artery for long time. Can't turn neck for months. Bulges more than right side. Occasional skin  rash although always leather skin there. Lightheaded. Eyelid twitch, eye pain. Ear pain. Carotid throbs when standing?

See a doctor: You have symptoms that are usually found in people suffering from a number of different conditions, such as cervical arthritis, carotid dissection, a thin neck , dermatitis and swollen lymph nodes. Please see a doctor to sort them out into a diagnosis upon which a treatment can be based. ...Read more

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Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area.It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse.One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

Neck lump: Could be a swollen lymph node from throat infection or mass in neck/upper chest or could be infected cyst or abscess. Would follow up with doc ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

See ENT: This is not a forum to diagnose your problem. There are numerous possible causes. See your PCP or an ENT Specialist NOW. ...Read more

Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more