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I have had chronic neck pain on my left side for over 5 years, and i'm only 21. Is it possible that this could come about just from bad posture?

I have had chronic neck pain on my left side for over 5 years, and i'm only 21. Is it possible that this could come about just from bad posture?

Get evaluation: By osteopathic physician who regularly performs osteopathic manipulative treatment to determine the causation and improve your state of health. The american academy of osteopathy website has physician search engine. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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Doctors can you tell me why do I have excruciating neck pain left side?

Doctors can you tell me why do I have excruciating neck pain left side?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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What might lead to neck pain left side of neck?

What might lead to neck pain left side of neck?

Multiple causes: Without knowing your history, it is difficult to give you a direct answer. Usually neck pain is caused by irritation of a spinal structure-e.g.-disc, facet joint, nerves. These in turn lead to muscle spasms. Other structures that reside in the neck may also be responsible for the pain-esophogeal inflammation , carotid artery dissection, myocardial infarction, etc. Bottom line, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a head CT with contrast sufficient to rule out a brain tumor? Reason I had it was head and neck pain left side for 6 months. Pain still present.

Is a head CT with contrast sufficient to rule out a brain tumor? Reason I had it was head and neck pain left side for 6 months. Pain still present.

Usually: certain type of tumors can't be well visualized on CT and requires MRI, such as meningiomas, but neck pain is rarely cause of tumor in the brain. tumors can occur in the spinal cord, including the neck spinal cord, but neck pain is usually due to problems with the neck itself, such as disc or arthritis. ...Read more

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I have had chronic neck pain on my left side for over 5 years, and i'm only 21. Scans show only very slight arthritis. Could this be from bad posture?

I have had chronic neck pain on my left side for over 5 years, and i'm only 21. Scans show only very slight arthritis. Could this be from bad posture?

Not likely: Even significant arthritis in a 21 year old is not common. You need a comprehensive work up to include labs to evaluate for rheumatoid conditions. Based on your history this kind is pain in a sixteen year old is concerning. ...Read more

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I have pain left side of my neck, in X-ray some gap between i don't know exactly the name...When i m using computer more that time more pain, any sugg.

Nerve root : Sound like you have an irritated nerve root from using your computer and possibly other repetitive motions that you do. Rest, changing your work station and anti inflamatories are helpful, see your doctor before you do anything. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain left side of neck that's on off. Heat helps. Posture and stretching seems to bring it on more. Is this serious? I'm 18 and scared.

I have a sharp pain left side of neck that's on off. Heat helps. Posture and stretching seems to bring it on more. Is this serious? I'm 18 and scared.

Unlikely: Many neck issues in your age group are brought on by poor posture esp slouching or lack of exercise. Use of. Computers, carrying a heavy backpack can also aggravate your neck and upper back muscles. Try to look at your posture to make sure you sit and stand fully erect. That's a place to start. ...Read more

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Pain in center of chest. Echo EKG normal. Have anxiety and 7 months pregnant. Pain left side neck and left shoulder blade also?

Pain in center of chest. Echo EKG normal. Have anxiety and 7 months pregnant. Pain left side neck and left shoulder blade also?

Psychotherapy: Ask your OBGYN for a referral to a psychologist for an eval. A few sessions might tell if talk therapy can guide you thru this or if preg-safe meds are needed too. This is important to do now to reduce the risks of severe post-partum depression/anx. That's harder to treat - and the baby demands are greater. Planning for the life changes is easier w/ help/support. Help (like it says) can help. Best ...Read more

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Fractured my left humerus surgical neck. Am now having pain left side of neck. Normal? Fracture is approximately 2 weeks old.

Could be...: I assume the arm is in a sling or likely shoulder immobilizer. Was this a surgical repair? Could be related nerves/reflex distribution of pain fibers from the shoulder/arm. I'd follow up with the doctor that treated the fracture or your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Last 2 days on off pain left side from ear to neck around left shoulder area. No fever no difficulty breathing. Just uncomfortable. Should i worry?

Local myalgia: Local myalgia includes muscle co-contraction and muscle soreness. Moist heat, and stretch exercises will solve your pain. If pain is persist over 2 weeks, see pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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Chest pain left side,pain left shoulder and neck,tingling left side of head,dizzy,shaky,nausea?

Chest pain left side,pain left shoulder and neck,tingling left side of  head,dizzy,shaky,nausea?

Time to see a doc: A variety of clinical scenarios may account for your symptoms. Left sided chest pain has to be addressed immediately in ruling out a heart attack. ...Read more

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Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Chest pain: Best to go to the doc and get checked out. Many possibilities and heart attack isn't high on the list for a 26y/o but not impossible. Pleural and pericardial inflammation are real as well as other things. ...Read more

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I have the symptoms - acute pain left side of neck at base of cranium, left sinuses, pain gone after bowel movement. Diagnosis?

I have the symptoms - acute pain left side of neck at base of cranium, left sinuses, pain gone after bowel movement.  Diagnosis?

Go see your DR for a: Thorough exam and accurate dx. Possibilities include muscle strain, carotid artery narrowing, sinusitis, intestinal problems etc. Based on your age, you may consider a screening colonoscopy, ekg , blood test to check for diabetes, kidney, prostate, liver & cholesterol problems etc. Stay active and maintain ideal weight .God bless u! ...Read more

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Throbbing pain left side of neck (do have anxiety problems) EKG and echo blood work normal. Almost 7 months pregnant. Anything to worry about?

Throbbing pain left side of neck (do have anxiety problems) EKG and echo blood work normal.  Almost 7 months pregnant. Anything to worry about?

Likely muscle throb: Women, pregnant or not, w/ throbbing in side of neck who have had med tests to rule out serious problems are left with a couple of poss. causes: nervous tick (if due to anxiety), nerve irritatio: mechanical-due to pregnancy or just due to spinal or rib dysfunction irritating nerve.In pregnancy, meds are a bad idea, but osteopathic hands-on exam may find cause & gentle manipulation may fix it. ...Read more