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What is the best over-the-counter or prescription drug for chronic neck pain?

What is the best over-the-counter or prescription drug for chronic neck pain?

Depends on person: There is no best drug in general. People tend to like and benefit from various things. If your neck pain is very bothersome perhaps you should see a pain management doctor for help. Other things that work include physical therapy. If you have tried all these things then you may want to see a spine surgeon for options. All the best! ...Read more

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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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What can cause chronic neck pain, upper right side, c-1 or c-2?

What can cause chronic neck pain, upper right side, c-1 or c-2?

A few possiblities: C1 or C2 (or both) could be 'stuck', causing pain. Several nerves in the region could be inflamed. Tiny muscles around vertebrae could be chronically contracted. Disc injury/herniation. Tears of suboccipital tendons. A good history & osteopathic hands-on exam can differentiate such causes. Manipulation may fix or may need prolotherapy for ligaments, neuroprolo for nerves, or studies to rule out disc inj ...Read more

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I'm dealing with neck pain that causes migraines without drugs! . What should I do?

I'm dealing with neck pain that causes migraines without drugs! . What should I do?

McKenzie Exercises: Your migraine trigger could be muscle tension in your neck (muscle tension headache). Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progressed by a certified pt based upon patient response. All patients are different, so the exact exercises differ as does the progress. Headaches often respond quickly. ...Read more

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Can chronic neck pain be healed?

Can chronic neck pain be healed?

See below: Chronic neck pain is often related to abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). This is develops over time and is often the result of posture, occupation, genetics, and normal wear and tear. Often symptoms develop over time or can occur suddenly. Prevention including smoking cessation, proper ergonomics, and posture are the best ways to avoid pain. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic neck pain?

What can cause chronic neck pain?

Cervical spine: Alot of things, muscle spasm, nerve compression, fascial irritation, instability. Be cautious about someone recommending surgery for neck pain alone. ...Read more

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What are some ways to relieve chronic neck pain?

What are some ways to relieve chronic neck pain?

Get eval: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. In that situation can consider acetaminophen. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the possible causes for my chronic neck pain?

Neck pain: The most common is neck strain from either tension, poor support, poor positioning or injury. In your age group spondylosis or degenerative changes would be the next most-likely. Some can be helped with physical therapy, ergonomic arrangement of workspace and some will require surgery to fix. Start by seeing your pcp and get some basic xrays and and examination. Rare causes are tumors and othe. ...Read more

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I have chronic neck pain, and nothing I've done helped. What should I do?

Neck pain treatment: Chronic neck pain without an underlying surgical cause is difficult to treat. Seek the advice of a spine specialist (surgeon or physiatrist) to make sure all reversible causes of the neck pain have been evaluated and treated. If they have then the mainstays of treatment are strengthening, stretching and rarely chronic pain medications. Other treatments can be chiropractor and acupuncture. ...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. 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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Can chronic neck pain trigger migraines?

Can chronic neck pain trigger migraines?

Yes: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain and/or headaches. These are called cervicogenic headaches and are different from true migraines. ...Read more

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Is there a good pillow recommendation for chronic neck pain?

Is there a good pillow recommendation for chronic neck pain?

Hard to say: Difficult to say, you may have to try several. Temperpedic options have gained popularity recently. ...Read more

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What are good ways for me to fix my chronic severe neck pain?

What are good ways for me to fix my chronic severe neck pain?

McKenzie Exercises: Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progressed by a certified pt based upon patient response. All patients are different, so the exact exercises differ as does the progress. Use of heat, rubs, electrical devices and ultrasound is not a long-term answer. No pain no gain to a point. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about this chronic neck pain and how to treat?

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Can you tell me about this chronic neck pain and how to treat?

Need more info: The cause can vary greatly. From muscle spasms and other soft tissue strain injuries, to a pinched nerve, to facet joint issues. The treatment will be in large part dictated by the etiology. Treatment can be conservative measures like physical therapy, some medications, and acupuncture- to more invasive procedures like injections and even surgery- go get checked out. ...Read more

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How to help with neck pain that causes migraines without drugs?

How to help with neck pain that causes migraines without drugs?

Natural Treatment: Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (from the muscles and joints) and can best be treated with stretching, strengthening and avoiding poor posture or repetitive stress. Additionally, you should remain well hydrated and maintain good nutrition. Exercise programs such as yoga and pilates may be helpful. Massage, acupuncture and chiropractor treatments can be used as well. ...Read more

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How to help with neck pain that causes migraines without drugs?

Spine nerve irritate: You can be having muscle spasms due to spinal nerve root irritation. If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage or hot packs. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms to go more into spasm instead of releasing it. In that situation, you usually have tight muscle. ...Read more

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Help! I've been having chronic neck pain with neuropathic complications. I need some advice!?

Neuropathy: Sorry, but I am not entire clear on the neuropathic complications... were you diagnosed with that? Or is it due to a complication from a procedure?
Chronic neck pain usually has a cause and a thorough workup is probably best by a doctor you trust locally. A set of plain X-Rays, maybe a CT- or MRI scan an a good history and exam are important first, and hopefully there is a cause identifiable... ...Read more

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What can I do for chronic shoulder/neck pain? I don't have health insurance and it's been hurting for weeks.

Neck ; shoulder pain: You really have to see a doctor to find out the cause of shoulder and neck pain. You can go to open door type clinic. You need MRI of neck and shoulder. In the mean while you can use Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) plus bengay skin patch daily in between neck and shoulder. Thanks. ...Read more

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Could tendinosis (tendonosis) be causing my chronic neck pain? It's almost always down the left side. The pain / discomfort is very hard to describe

Possible: Tendinosis is a chronic micro tearing of ligaments. Typically these need to heal to get better. Sometimes prolotherapy and/or prp/stem cell therapy might be helpful in healing these tissues. ...Read more

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Chronic neck pain for 5 mths that hurts & also prevents me looking all the way right. What can help? Or what tests to diagnose? Or possible disorders?

Chronic neck pain for 5 mths that hurts & also prevents me looking all the way right. What can help? Or what tests to diagnose? Or possible disorders?

See details: There are several possible causes. Seean orthopedist or rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. Then you will know the cause and the treatment options. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor could address my chronic neck pain!?

What kind of doctor could address my chronic neck pain!?

FP: Your Family Doctor would be the first person to see about this. Specialist doctors that deal with chronic neck pain are called 'physiatrists' and a consult with one might be helpful. You can also see a chiropractor. ...Read more

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I need some ideas for chronic neck pain relief?

I need some ideas for chronic neck pain relief?

See Doctor: Without knowing why and where your hurt its hard to tell you why to do. I would suggest seeing the doctor for further evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more

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Chronic neck pain after skiing accident. How do I treat this?

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Chronic neck pain after skiing accident. How do I treat this?

Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The treatment might include exercise, massage, physical therapy, medication, injections. ..
I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation from a pain management physician. ...Read more

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What is the best therapy or medicine for chronic back & neck pain?

Several: There are many medications and therapy programs for neck and back pain. Medication may include anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and pain medication. Therapy should focus on restoring proper spinal function, improving posture, and strengthening the core. ...Read more

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Severe, chronic neck pain with neurological problems. Where can I get help?

Neck pain: I would recommend that you start with a neurologist for a neurological evaluation and evaluation for possible herniated discs or other issues. ...Read more

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Is it worth going to a doctor for chronic back and neck pain?

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Is it worth going to a doctor for chronic back and neck pain?

Neck and back pain: The neck and back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The treatment depends on the cause of the pain.
I recommend you seeing help from a pain management doctor. You would benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Feeling dizziness and chronic neck pain. Is because of any cancer? .

Feeling dizziness and chronic neck pain. Is because of any cancer? .

Cancer is: Low down on the list of possibilities. Please see your doc who can check you out for things like. Pinched nerves in the neck and disk problems. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Am taking blood pressure medication an still am having neck pain?

The Question is?: Usually people bring us questions to answer. Hypertension is not the cause of neck pain. Why would you think that blood pressure medication would treat neck pain? ...Read more

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Who can treat chronic, severe neck pain with neurological complications!?

Who can treat chronic, severe neck pain with neurological complications!?

Neurosurgeon: See a neurosurgeon who treats spinal disease (most do) they can assess your neurological system carefully and order or review appropriate studies (mri, emg) to determine if any treatments are available. ...Read more