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I coughed and something popped in my neck and now it hurts I can barely move?

I coughed and something popped in my neck and now it hurts I can barely move?

Usually a muscle: Usually this is from a strained muscle and will get better with time, massage, and alternating heat/cold. Rarely this could cause slipped disk, but usually only if you already had something wrong there. Try some muscle rub, gentle stretching, and anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen). See your dr if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a sore dry throat and a cough aswell as a headache ears popping and a stuffy head what could be wrong and what can I do to help it?

I have a sore dry throat and a cough aswell as a headache ears popping and a stuffy head what could be wrong and what can I do to help it?

Viral: These symptoms are consistent with a viral upper respiratory tract infection (head cold) that should run its course in several days to a week. At this stage, decongestant pills (if you're not pregnant) and nasal spray as well as tylenol (acetaminophen) are helpful in relieving symptoms. See your physician if there is worsening cough, wheezing, new fever, chills and sweats. ...Read more

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Cough not goin go away spat up blood once wheezing popping in throat when swallowing and crackles, never smoked. Goin on for a while. Lung cancer?

Cough not goin go away spat up blood once wheezing popping in throat when swallowing and crackles, never smoked. Goin on for a while. Lung cancer?

Unlikely - go c doc: It's very unlikely (although not impossible) for a 20yo to have lung cancer. However, it's important that anyone with a persistent bloody cough & wheezing get evaluated for a possible pneumonia or some other such infection. ...Read more

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3 weeks of swollen throat, ear popping, hoarseness, cold symptoms (cough, tiredness, runny nose) what could this be? Tried allergy meds, but to no avail

3 weeks of swollen throat, ear popping, hoarseness, cold symptoms (cough, tiredness, runny nose) what could this be? Tried allergy meds, but to no avail

See a doctor: Three weeks of any illness without improvement or a diagnosis is sufficient to warrant professional evaluation. Sounds on the surface as if this may be due to allergies, but without testing there is no way to be sure. ...Read more

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Cough, pain around temple & rt eye rt eye tearing. Constant throat clearing. Both ears popping constant since 7 months CT of chest & sinus clear ideas?

Cough, pain around temple & rt eye rt eye tearing. Constant throat clearing. Both ears popping constant since 7 months CT of chest & sinus clear ideas?

Allergic rhinitis: Cough, runny nose, itchy eyes, watery eyes are all part of allergic rhinitis. Opening and closing of your ear tubes is also indicative off allergic rhinitis. Which also gives you postnasal discharge that can cause you to clear your throat frequently. You should see an allergy immunology physician. ...Read more

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My Brother is only 15 he has been popping his back for a while and now it hurts almost every day something in the lower back neck or upper back bad?

My Brother is only 15 he has been popping his back for a while and now it hurts almost every day something in the lower back neck or upper back bad?

Flexible syndrome: He may have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome also known as benign hypermobility. This is where you have more elastic tissue and thus risk for more slippage in the tissue. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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For the past few weeks I've developed a popping sound in my neck when I'm swallowing something. It use to not hurt but would annoy me. Now it's sore.

For the past few weeks I've developed a popping sound in my neck when I'm swallowing something. It use to not hurt but would annoy me. Now it's sore.

Popping: Hard to tell from the description. Maybe related to the spine, swallowing muscles or the cartilages of the neck. Suggest you see an ENT to check it out. ...Read more

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Started as a sore throat that hurts when I breathe in and has now moved down into my chest and feels very painful when I cough, what is it?

Started as a sore throat that hurts when I breathe in and has now moved down into my chest and feels very painful when I cough, what is it?

Coughing: This can represent an ongoing infection of the airways (bronchitis) or lungs (pneumonia) possibly with inflammation of the lining of the lung cavity. You should be seen by a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Car accident 2 days ago. Soft tissue damage the er doc said. Now my neck is cracking and popping when I turn my head. Back hurts all over. Pain walking?

Car accident 2 days ago. Soft tissue damage the er doc said. Now my neck is cracking and popping when I turn my head. Back hurts all over. Pain walking?

Normal: This is a common issue after a car wreck, especially if you were rear ended or hit straight on. There is no worry from popping and cracking noises in the joints. The pain all over is due to muscle spasm of the back from the impact. Use ice to the areas that hurt and ibuprofen (if not allergic). If there is a specific spot that seems to hurt out of proportion with the rest see your doctor. ...Read more

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For 2 days now I have been having neck pains it also hurts inside also I have a cough and my nose is stopped up but no mucus please help?

For 2 days now I have been having neck pains it also hurts inside also I have a cough and my nose is stopped up but no mucus please help?

URI symptoms: Upper respiratory infection causes inflammation of Throat= Soreness, Pharynx and Bronchi =Cough, Nose and sinuses= Congestion. Commonly Viral; can be Bacterial requiring Antibiotic treatment.Smoking irritates the inner lining of UR Tract so you get excessive mucus production and loner time to recover. Use Steam inhalation, Antihistaminics, Vit, C, Advil (ibuprofen). Try to quit smoking. ...Read more

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Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Comments: Would suggest you likely have either an upper respiratory tract infection or asthma, and this could readily be controlled. The cough probably exacerbates the neck which triggers the headaches. All of this could readily be addressed by your regular doctor. ...Read more

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I have a neck and spine pain that hurts more when I move my neck along with a cough and peasized glands in my neck could this be lymphoma I'm so scared?

I have a neck and spine pain that hurts more when I move my neck along with a cough and peasized glands in my neck could this be lymphoma I'm so scared?

Unlikely: The symptoms you describe do not in any way suggest a lymphoma. Pea sized lymph nodes are very common in young people and usually not a cause for concern. If you have multiple hard (like hard rubber) lymph nodes that are not tender, be sure to get them checked. ...Read more

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I repeatedly punched a door and now neck and shoulder pain is almost unbearable for a week. Stiffness in neck and hurts to cough or sneeze. What I do?

I repeatedly punched a door and now neck and shoulder pain is almost unbearable for a week. Stiffness in neck and hurts to cough or sneeze. What I do?

Get evaluated: Since you repeatedly punched a door you may have injured muscle, tendon, bone, nerve or all four. The best thing for you to do is ice the area for twenty minutes at a time and see your provider. ...Read more

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Woke up both sides of neck hurts. Feel like it's the muscles I don't feel any bumps or anything. It hurts to move head or touch them no fever or cough?

Woke up both sides of neck hurts. Feel like it's the muscles I don't feel any bumps or anything. It hurts to move head or touch them no fever or cough?

Neck pain: It is certainly not unusual to wake up with stiiff neck from the position we were sleeping. If no fever and no injury, take ibuprophen and put warmth to the area. If it is not improving go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a bad dry cough. Now the back of my neck hurts so bad I cant sleep and hurts to swallow. Should I go to md or chiropractor?

I had a bad dry cough. Now the back of my neck hurts so bad I cant sleep and hurts to swallow. Should I go to md or chiropractor?

Strained muscle: From the bad cough could explain the neck pain.
Bed rest for a couple of days, hydration, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ice packs may help. If not better in 2 days, please make that appointment. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Have had trouble swallowing for a year, then came cough & stiff neck. Now a lump on my collar bone, size of a grape &moves. I don't have acid reflux.

Have had trouble swallowing for a year, then came cough & stiff neck. Now a lump on my collar bone, size of a grape &moves. I don't have acid reflux.

Get assessed: You should get assessed by an ENT to check the swallowing dysfunction, as well as the other associated symptoms to rule out any concerning issues like esophageal cancer. Isolated swallowing dysfunction for a year in a young person that smokes cigarettes should be assessed to be safe. ...Read more

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My throat has been sore for 4 days now very scratcy and a very bad dry cough and my neck is swollen and hurts when I touch it and my ears hurt as well?

My throat has been sore for 4 days now very scratcy and a very bad dry cough and my neck is swollen and hurts when I touch it and my ears hurt as well?

Exam: You must be examined and have a quick strpt test. This sounds like it may be a bacterial sore throat. Please call for an appintment or go to UC clinic. ...Read more

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4yr son on antibioticfor ear infect. Day 11 got a fever & bad cough. Lower legs hurt so bad couldn't walk. Leg pain gone but now rash on neck & back?

Bizarre: Some symptoms are unusual. I think you should take him to see a doctor. The rash may be a delayed reaction from the antibiotic, but the leg pain? I think it is best to seek medical help. ...Read more

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Teen had bad headache all day (thu) at school, then fever, vomited today (sat), now his chest hurts and neck hurts (no sore throat, cough, etc)?

Teen had bad headache all day (thu) at school, then fever, vomited today (sat), now his chest hurts and neck hurts (no sore throat, cough, etc)?

Influenza?: Sounds a lot like the flu. If his neck is stiff, (ie has trouble touching his chin to his chest without pain), he needs to be seen in the er immediately. If he has a rash or has been exposed to ticks, he needs to be seen. If he has friends or family who have been sick & he has none of the above danger signs, you could try some tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil, clear liquids and wait. ...Read more

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Cold with sore throat, coughing, & nasal congestion for 3 days. I blew my nose & my ear now starts popping whenever I swallow. Will the popping stop?

Cold with sore throat, coughing, & nasal congestion for 3 days. I blew my nose & my ear now starts popping whenever I swallow. Will the popping stop?

Viral URI: 3 days of symptoms sounds like a "cold." There is fluid in the eustachian tube due to the nasal congestion and increased mucus. This will likely resolve when the cold resolves but can linger for a couple of weeks afterwards due to residual inflammation ...Read more

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My neck started popping/crackling when I turn my head left or right. It does not hurt. Any concerns or suggestions? Thanks

My neck started popping/crackling when I turn my head left or right. It does not hurt. Any concerns or suggestions? Thanks

Not really: Many people have non-symptomatic neck popping and cracking (including myself!). You are probably sensing the normal motion of the cervical facet joints. I do not recommend purposeful cracking of one's neck, which usually requires a significant rotational movement of the neck (i have had patients with acute cervical herniations after those maneuvers). ...Read more

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My whole spine keeps popping whenever I move...Is it because of ddd in my neck and back?

May or may not be: However, the differences between degenerative disc disease and degenerative joint disease (DJD) in the back and it is important to understand the differences. It is more likely related to djd, where you are having facet issues. Often, not always, these go hand in hand. The other thing that can cause these sounds are ligaments moving over structures. With a history of ddd, would think it is djd. ...Read more