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Does Shingles Cause Neck Pain
What conditions may cause chest wall and ribcage pain, upper back and neck pain that comes and goes?
Herniated disc: A herniated thoracic disc, a nerve sheath tumor, or an inflamed rib head can cause the symptoms that you describe. The early phase of a shingles outbreak can be the source of pain. Rarely an aortic thoracic aneurysm or dissection will be the cause of pain. An MRI of the thoracic spine will determine if the pain is due to a herniated disc. ...Read more
Causes of headache on left side of head above the ear and it hurts to touch my head in that area. No trauma, neck pain, or shoulder pain...
See dentist: You may have a jaw problem from grinding or clenching your teeth especially when sleeping. Suggest you get your jaws checked. If nothing there, then perhaps a MRI may be in order if the problem has been present for more than a few weeks or is getting worse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Too many to say: Neck pain is a very common complaint. Improper support of the neck while sleeping is common. Trauma of course is a cause. As we age or due to occupational reasons, the neck can degenerate and cause neck pain. Rheumatologic conditions can cause neckk pain. Too much to cover here. If a problem, you need a good evaluation, history and exam and nperhaps x-rays and other testing and then treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes it can: Forward head posture (head is in front of shoulders) can put an undue stress on the neck vertebrae/ muscles/ligaments causing them to work overtime to carry the weight of the head. This can lead to painful neck conditions. Often with poor posture the shoulders are rounded forward which further aggravates the problem. Give your neck a break and keep your head above your shoulders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps degeneration: Degeneration is the natural aging process that can but does not always cause pain. It has a genetic aspect, so some have it early in life, but everyone gets some if they make it to the 60's and beyond. Muscle strain is another common cause of neck pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Causes Neck pain: Neck pain can be caused by several of many structures in the cervical spine. They include: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, discs, and nerves. Neck pain can also radiate from other structures like the heart, trachea, esophagus, and blood vessels. If you're suffering see your primary care and they will begin to work things up to help you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
MANY: There are many things that may cause neck & lower back pain. The 2 most common is sprain/strains, and arthritis. Others are disc herniations, infections, tumors, fractures, and congenital deformities. If you are experiencing pain and it does not respond to heat, rest, and stretching exercises, i would suggest that you see your pcp for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sprain/ Strain: Muscle strains & ligament strains are the most common cause of neck & back injuries. There is nothing that causes more missed days from except the common cold. Truthfully, almost everyone in their lifetime will sustain such an injury. These are usually short lived and require no formal medical care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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