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I have severe neck pain, a headache, and difficulty swallowing. This has been going on since thursday and is getting worse. Should I go in?

I have severe neck pain, a headache, and difficulty swallowing. This has been going on since thursday and is getting worse. Should I go in?

Definitely: These symptoms worsening and for this long need to be seen by a physician and if this is really bad you might consider going into the er. ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem ...Read more


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Have trouble swallowing. Have to gag food back up & try to re swallow. Happens numerous times a day. One side thyroid thicker. Neck pain sometimes.?

Have trouble swallowing. Have to gag food back up & try to re swallow. Happens numerous times a day. One side thyroid thicker. Neck pain sometimes.?

Dysphagia: There are many potential causes of dysphagia, or trouble swallowing. Some of them have to do with the esophagus, and others are neurologic in nature. Because your symptoms are so prominent, you should see a gastroenterologist promptly. Good luck. ...Read more

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My Boyfriend is experiencing loss of voice, neck pain, difficulty swallowing (worsened by: swallowing hot liquids), gagging and difficulty walkin...

Seek medical care: While symptoms of loss of voice, neck pain, difficulty swallowing can be from a viral infection such as laryngitis, these symptoms could also be from a bacterial infection such as pharyngitis or epiglottis, which can be an emergency. Don't delay getting a physician to examine someone having such symptoms. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain. The following also describe me: Headache, Fatigue, Light sensitivity, and Difficulty swallowing. What should I do?

Swallowing a concern: Neck pain is extremely common and can have multiple causes and a plain xray may help with diagnosis. The trouble swallowing is y biggest concern and suggest you see a gastroenterologist. Headaches can be tied into the neck pain also. I believe you need a full history and physical and I think it is too early to know what you have. Good luck ...Read more

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I have neck pain, spasms. Difficulty swallowing, lips get numb, choking Sensation. Worse if I carry something heavy. Relief if I lay down.

I have neck pain, spasms. Difficulty swallowing, lips get numb, choking Sensation. Worse if I carry something heavy. Relief if I lay down.

Cervical Symptoms: What you describe sounds like a disorder of the cervical spine. Perhaps there is a slipped disc or some change in the spinal column.
Try hot shower to neck, GENTLY turn side to side for 3 minutes/day.
If not relieved, need to get this checked by orthopedist. ...Read more

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What causes ear, jaw, neck pain with soreness, swelling and difficulty swallowing all on the left side.

What causes ear, jaw, neck pain with soreness, swelling and difficulty swallowing all on the left side.

Complex: The head and neck is exquisitely intricate. Could be anything from an ear or upper respiratory infection to TMJ syndrome to cancer in a smoker. Could be a dental problem too. If worsening need an ENT doc to examine you, especially if a smoker. Motrin can help relieve symptoms. But if worse after the drug wears off need to see a doc. ...Read more

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Can excessive belching cause throat damage? Can't gargle, difficulty swallowing at times, choking, neck pain on both sides, acid reflux problems.

Can excessive belching cause throat damage? Can't gargle, difficulty swallowing at times, choking, neck pain on both sides, acid reflux problems.

Belching: The excessive belching is caused by some underlying condition, such as your reflux disease. The belching itself is more a symptom than the cause you need to get treated. Seek help form a GI dr. Who specializes in this area. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Neck pain on my carotid artery that spreads to my jaw. On going for five days, 8/10 pain, sometimes get a stiff neck. Difficulty swallowing, no fever.?

Neck pain on my carotid artery that spreads to my jaw. On going for five days, 8/10 pain, sometimes get a stiff neck. Difficulty swallowing, no fever.?

See a Doc: You really need to see a doctor immediately. There are many possible causes and a few of these causes can be serious. You should go to an emergency room today if you cannot get in to see a doctor to have this checked out and make sure nothing serious is going on. ...Read more

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I am experiencing bloody nose, throat swelling, difficulty swallowing, neck pain, pain when swallowing and sore throat. The following also describ...

I am experiencing bloody nose, throat swelling, difficulty swallowing, neck pain, pain when swallowing and sore throat. The following also describ...

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: red), sore throat and swollen throat. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Difficulty swallowing, and Neck pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: red), sore throat and swollen throat. The following also describe me: Pain when swallowing, Difficulty swallowing, and Neck pain. What should I do?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep). Some throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can decrease pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: white or yellowish spots on tonsils) and sore throat. The following also describe me: Enlarged or tender lymph nodes, Spots on throat, Difficulty swallowing, and Neck pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing swollen tonsils (quality: white or yellowish spots on tonsils) and sore throat. The following also describe me: Enlarged or tender lymph nodes, Spots on throat, Difficulty swallowing, and Neck pain. What should I do?

Sore throat: You need to get your throat checked by an ent. You need also to make sure you don't have mono.
After that a decision will be made on the chronicity of your condition and whether the tonsil need to come out.
Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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What causes lower neck pain when swallowing?

What causes lower neck pain when swallowing?

Lots: Could be inflammation of throat, enlarged thyroid, swollen lymph nodes, tumor, other. ...Read more

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What are the causes of neck pain and difficulty in swallowing?

DISH: Exaggerated bone spurs on the front of the spine may do this. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, if you're a googler. Unlikely if you're 35. I would treat these as two separate problems. See an ENT for swallowing issue. Try pt, nsaids, etc for neck. Obtain doctor's eval if not improving. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause neck pain when swallowing?

Not likely: Unless you are calling sore throat from laryngitis or pharyngitis which could possibly be allergic, pain in the back of neck does not happen from allergies. ...Read more

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Dull neck pain in the back of the neck on the right side where shoulder meets. Sharp pain when swallowing in that area.

See a physician: This may be something as simple as a rib that is out place, but with a sharp pain during swallowing, I would recommend seeing a physician and having an examination, possibly imaging to make sure something more serious is not occurring. If everything bad is ruled out, then consider manipulation and physical therapy. Again, I would first recommend evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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25 male swallowed a chicken bone was about 3cm long. But it is a matter of concern that still he is suffering from headache and neck-pain badly.

Bone: Chicken bone should not cause a headache but the neck-pain is more worrisome - you need a consultation with a head and neck md for further evaluation to see if the bone has lodged in the esophagus. ...Read more

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I have neck pain down right side of neck when I tilt my head to the left and pain bottom right side of neck when I turn head to the right and swallow?

I have neck pain down right side of neck when I tilt my head to the left and pain bottom right side of neck when I turn head to the right and swallow?

Many strap muscles: First, if this has been going on for a while, it needs to be looked at by your doctor.
Do a google search of neck muscle anatomy (look for photos) and try to figure out which of the strap muscles is in the location of your pain. There are several layers of muscles so you may need to study a few different diagrams. See if palpating and stretching a specific muscle helps or aggravates your pain. ...Read more

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I'm having neck pain and it hurts when I swallow the back of my neck when I swallow and the neck pain could possibly be from sleeping wrong I'm not sure. Maybe you can help me out?

I'm having neck pain and it hurts when I swallow the back of my neck when I swallow and the neck pain could possibly be from sleeping wrong I'm not sure. Maybe you can help me out?

Muscle pain?: It may be due muscle discomfort from your sleeping position. Of course, it really needs a proper evaluation my your primary care. If it is severe, and/or unrelenting then you should see your primary care doctor next week. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can I do if my ears hurt when I swallow? I have a tiny bit of neck pain when I turn my head.

What can I do if my ears hurt when I swallow? I have a tiny bit of neck pain when I turn my head.

Deep?: Is it deep ear pain? I might consider seeing a doctor for an imaging study like a ct or mri. Glossopharyngeal neuralgia can be a cause for deep ear pain. ...Read more

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Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Brachial plexus inju: A brachial plexus injury should not affect your breathing or swallowing as the nerves that control those functions are higher up. If you had an additional injury to the skull base or base of the brain then I would be more concerned with breathing issues and swallowing problems. I would suggest you see a neurologist for a further workup if you are concerned about these issues. ...Read more

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I am 28 F, rapid heart rate, sharp chest pain (shoulders and neck pain also) and hard to swallow. I am concerned.?

I am 28 F, rapid heart rate, sharp chest pain (shoulders and neck pain also) and hard to swallow. I am concerned.?

Yes you should be concerned: Right now we have insufficient data. We need to know other information such as your temperature, your blood pressure, your weight, nature of your pain and how your breathing.
The information presented could be almost anything from anxiety to a pulmonary embolus. ...Read more

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Neck pain (near adams apple/right side) when swallowing. Feels like sharp/stabbing pain. Doesn't feel like its inside throat. Off and on for months.

Neck pain (near adams apple/right side) when swallowing. Feels like sharp/stabbing pain. Doesn't feel like its inside throat. Off and on for months.

Exam: You will need to be examined to determine if you have swollen lymph nodes. Enlarged thyroid or any suspicious growth. Please make an appointment for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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I'm having mild:moderate neck pain along right jawline in "pulse" area. Current w/ dentist. No fever or noticeable swelling. Hurts to turn/bend/stand/swallow. Does this warrant ER visit?

Probably not: While it's possible that these symptoms are signs of heart disease, since they get worse with movement and swallowing, it's more likely that it is due to some injury or inflammation of your jaw or neck. If the pain gets worse, or you think it might be urgent, by all means get it checked immediately. Otherwise, call your family physician and go in the next few days for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is pressure on chest, left arm pain, shoulder. And neck pain. Jaw pain and hard to swallow?

What is pressure on chest, left arm pain, shoulder. And neck pain. Jaw pain and hard to swallow?

Heart: It sounds like heart pain. I would get to an emergency room as soon as possible - like now! Chew a few aspirins on the way if you have no reason not to take aspirin. Calling an ambulance would not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a sore throat only when I swallow that is accompanied by neck pain the same time I swallow.?

Please help! I have a sore throat only when I swallow that is accompanied by neck pain the same time I swallow.?

A could of ideas.: I would certainly say that you have not provided enough information to come to a diagnosis. Given your age, I doubt that degenerative disease/arthritis is to blame. The most common issue that could cause some chronic symptoms that you have would be allergies with post-nasal drip which can cause some persistent sore throat. I might recommend seeing your primary care physician. ...Read more

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