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Doctor insights on: Neck Discomfort In Eds

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Jaw and neck discomfort that won't go away! what should I do?

Jaw and neck discomfort that won't go away! what should I do?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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Is there a link between persistent left superior vena cava and neck discomfort?

No: There is no known correlation between neck pain and vascular problems with the exception of vertebral artery compression in patients with disc problems or spondylosis. ...Read more

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What is the link between persistent left superior vena cava and neck discomfort?

What is the link between persistent left superior vena cava and neck discomfort?

Needs clarification: Persistent left superior vena cava ... what? Blockage? Enlargement? Syndrome? If you're talking syndrome/blockage, it causes backup of fluid into the head and neck regions resulting in congestion & swelling. This would likely be the reason for the discomfort.Resolution of the blockage should eventually relieve the backed up fluid.Manual lymphatic drainage may be of some benefit. ...Read more

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Constant shoulder and neck discomfort?

Constant shoulder and neck discomfort?

Muscle pain: Many times neck and muscle pain is due to weakness and inhibition of the lower terapezius muscles causing excessive tightening of the upper trapezius muscle and of the neck muscles. Scapular stabilization retraining exercises are very helpfu. Avoid the drugs especially muscle relaxants as they are only sedatives for the most part and don't address the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Help docs! my aunt is complaining of a neck discomfort. What do we do?

Help docs! my aunt is complaining of a neck discomfort. What do we do?

Exercise, ice, heat: Gentle range of motion, stretching and walking or any low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Ice for about 45 minutes will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. See doc if persists. ...Read more

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Got neck discomfort from driving crosscountry at first but lots worse now.?

Got neck discomfort from driving crosscountry at first but lots worse now.?

Evaluation: If your pain is persistent, it is unlikely to go away without some type of intervention. A pain specialist can both diagnose and treat the problem with a simple procedure that does not require more than a single day of recovery. ...Read more

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What is/are most common cause(s) of chronically tight upper trapezius & associated neck discomfort? Best ways to get lasting relief?

What is/are most common cause(s) of chronically tight upper trapezius & associated neck discomfort? Best ways to get lasting relief?

Stress: Assuming that there is no damage to your cervical spine, stress is a common cause of neck pain, sitting at a computer all day doesn't help either. May want to get cervical spine checked, then try stress reduction or acupressure. Don't recommend muscle relaxants ...Read more

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Can you holistically treat neck discomfort?

Can you holistically treat neck discomfort?

Of course: Diagnose any physical injury or cause and treat it appropriately, and ask about stress, emotions, posture, and also treat appropriately. ...Read more

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Neck discomfort 24/7? Also losing height fast.

Neck discomfort 24/7? Also losing height fast.

Facet Disease: With aging, the intervertebral discs begin to loose hydration (water). As the shrink, you loose height and the facet joints become painful. To get this evaluated, i recommend seeing a well trained pain specialist who performs spinal procedures. Good luck. ...Read more