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Neck pain worse at night. Turning head makes it sharp feeling and when I lie down it throbs on right side of neck and head. Feels better after sleep?

Neck pain worse at night. Turning head makes it sharp feeling and when I lie down it throbs on right side of neck and head. Feels better after sleep?

Nerve impingement?: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. It is the same as a pinched nerve. ...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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Sharp pain in chest with shoulder/back/neck pain. Dull ache constantly/sharp at times for 3 days. Worse at night.?

Musculoskeletal: Your description is of musculoskeletal pain - myofascial syndrome, costochondritis, muscular strain, stretch, or pull. Simple analgesics like Ibuprofen or naprosyn, (naproxen) rest, heat, massage, and time should help you feel better. If not, you'll have to see your doctor for more advanced therapy. ...Read more

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I have a severe neck pain and need some assistance. I went to bed last night at around 2:15am and woke up at about 8am. Before I went to sleep, my neck felt sore, which is why I went to sleep. I woke up and it felt about ten times worse, and now I can't t

I have a severe neck pain and need some assistance. I went to bed last night at around 2:15am and woke up at about 8am. Before I went to sleep, my neck felt sore, which is why I went to sleep. I woke up and it felt about ten times worse, and now I can't t

Get seen: Yoou should be checked. There are simple causes of neck pain that are often self limited, but your pain seems beyond that. There are more ominous causes as well and you would almost certainly benefit from a more detailed history, exam and appropriate studies. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Headache and neck pain for 2 months. Worsening. Wakes me at night. Can't sleep and now cold wet sensation in head and thumping ear. What could be?

Headache and neck pain for 2 months. Worsening. Wakes me at night. Can't sleep and now cold wet sensation in head and thumping ear. What could be?

Hard to say: These complaints warrant a full history and exam. Given no history of trauma you could have a chronic headache or something life threatening like meningitis. As it turns out the best approach would be to be examined by your doctor and if unavailable to the emergency room to rule out these life threatening issues. ...Read more

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Worsening neck pain and stiffness. What should I do?

Worsening neck pain and stiffness. What should I do?

See PMD: See pmd for evaluation. This could be from cervical spinal arthritis. Be seen so that a proper history, physical and possible imaging can be done. If spinal problem then therapy and pain management interventions are very effective. ...Read more

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What to do if I got into a car accident approx7hrs ago & the neck pain I walked away w/ is gettin a little worse. Dr?

What to do if I got into a car accident approx7hrs ago & the neck pain I walked away w/ is gettin a little worse. Dr?

Normal: After a minor car accident it is normal to start feeling worse on days 2 and 3 afterwards. Things to do at home include ice, ibuprofen and massage. Call your chiropractor for an appointment as well. If the pain becomes severe then see a doctor for stronger medications. ...Read more

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I have had neck pain for over 3 weeks now, and it's really stiff. It's just getting worse instead of better. Could it be my thyroid?

No: No, thyroid problem usually doesn't cause stiff neck. It could be due to osteoarthritis or malposition during sleep. You can take pain meds and muscle relaxant. Cervical collar also helps. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have neck pain that get much worse throughout the day without any sort of cause as to why the pain started other then sleeping on it?

Neck pain: Yes, all pain can ebb and flow. More importantly, how long have u had the pain for? That would be more useful. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of sudden neck pain, which is progessively getting worse with no fever?

Various things: There a lots of things that could cause this. Including cervical sprain/strain. Pre-existing cervical spondylosis (degenerative changes) suddenly getting inflammed, etc. You will need to be evaluated by your doctor to arrive at the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck pain and headache, severe dizzness. Worse in morning and afternoon. Nothing has helped. Been going on for a week.?

I am experiencing neck pain and headache, severe dizzness. Worse in morning and afternoon. Nothing has helped. Been going on for a week.?

Neck sprain vs. Disc: You could have a severe cervical sprain involving the cervical strap muscles. This is very common and causes neck pain, headaches and may yield dizziness. On the other hand, it is possible that you have a herniated cervical disc; this would involve numbness and 'pins and needles' of the affect hand and arm along with weakness of the affected limb. Give it another 5-6 days; then see PCP ...Read more

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I have severe neck pain from an accident. Mri showed 3 discs involved in june 2012. The pain is a lot worse now. Should I have another mri?

I have severe neck pain from an accident. Mri showed 3 discs involved in june 2012. The pain is a lot worse now. Should I have another mri?

Yes: If your pain is worsening significantly, you should get a follow up MRI to determine what, if anything, has changed. Depending on the results, additional treatment options may be available to you now. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had migraine headaches and neck pain almost everyday for the past 2 months that have steadily gotten worse. Nothing helps what to do?

Family practice: It is probably related to your accident. Whiplash injury with neck strain can cause chronic ha's. Also tension can cause ha's. I recommend seeing your dr. Get checked out. Then therapy if needed. ...Read more

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I have neck pain that radiates to arm like pinching but worse when I get up from bed is the worse what can it be I haven't had any trauma to it?

Muscular most likely: The most likely cause is myofascial or muscular pain. It is possible that certain positions you might be sleeping in could be the cause of your pain. If you are experiencing any numbness/tingling or weakness it is possible it is a pinched nerve in the neck. If you're not having any of these nerve symptoms, I would suggest trying different pillows. Suggest trying to roll a towel for neck support. ...Read more

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Neck pain that causes headache when looking up with upper back burning dull pain that gets worse with sitting and after bending feels like back catchs?

Neck pain that causes headache when looking up with upper back burning dull pain that gets worse with sitting and after bending feels like back catchs?

Disc problem?: Sounds like a disc problem in your neck, your history says you have degenerative disc disease, so that is probably the cause of your pain. Moist heat, stretching, avoiding lifting or reaching over your head, and ibuprofen should help. If not see your doctor. You may need an MRI and/or physical therapy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Neck pain for 2 months. Tingling/pins and needles. Worse when moving neck certain ways. Gets worse throughout day. Been same/slightly worsesinceaugust?

MRI: Unfortunately the addition of pin/needles to the neck pain (which is common and benign) suggests an MRI is needed. I recommend a visit to a physiatrist specialized in spine. ...Read more

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I have so much wrong with my neck and symptoms like neck pain and arm pain is getting worse. What will happen long term if I don't get surgery?

I have so much wrong with my neck and symptoms like neck pain and arm pain is getting worse. What will happen long term if I don't get surgery?

WE CAN NOT SAY: We can not predict based on the information you have given
Consult your orthopedic doctor or spine surgeon
If not already consulted. See a good Spine surgeon in your area, who can tell you if surgery is needed and if it will improve your condition ...Read more

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Burning Upper back/neck pain moves to head and causes headaches no pill will cure. Worse when sitting. Both sides. I can't stand the pain much longer.

Burning Upper back/neck pain moves to head and causes headaches no pill will cure. Worse when sitting. Both sides. I can't stand the pain much longer.

Need an exam: You have several causes that require immediate attention. A visit to a hospital or a clinic immediately is what I would do. Please. Rule out the things that are easily treated and can cause death or stroke and move the more common chronic issues. But at least get one thorough evaluation immediately. ...Read more

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I have had neck pain for the last 4 to 5 months and its getting worse the ER says its a cervical sprain so why isn't it heal then?

See specialist: If you had an accident of some sort months ago and were diagnosed w/ a sprain in the e. R. And are continuing to have pain then see your spine specialist for examination and further studies. I see in your history you have already had back surgery... You may want to see him/ her for evaluation. Good luck.! ...Read more

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If conervative tx are tried for a year and symptoms got worse, is op the only option? Diangosis cervical hnp 4.5.6.7 neck pain arm pain numbness. I'm only 30 yrs old

Depends: If you have significant compression on the nerve roots based on the MRI scan and your symptoms are limited to the same involved nerve roots, then surgery will help you and is a good idea. If how ever your symptoms can not be explained, based on the nerve roots involved on x-rays then, surgery may not be helpful. I hope that helps good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared. Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness getting worse?

What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared. Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness getting worse?

Numbness & weakness: You have some of the sx with pain and radicular pain, but numbness and weakness of the arms and hands also may be present. Why are you waking? See a surgeon or pain doc for am evaluation NOW. A physical exam and EMG will aid in the diagnosis as well as imaging. ...Read more

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Can a disc herniation in the neck effect the 7th cranial nerve... Bell's palsy? I was diagnosed with bell's palsy but the neck pain is much worse.

Can a disc herniation in the neck effect the 7th cranial nerve... Bell's palsy? I was diagnosed with bell's palsy but the neck pain is much worse.

No they are not: Related conditions. The cranial nerves do not emerge from the neck or cervical region therefore a disc herniation could not compress or pinch one of them. ...Read more

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Can dix hallpike maneuver make vertigo worse? I had one treatment I feel worse. I think its neck related no one believes me I have horrid neck pain

Can dix hallpike maneuver make vertigo worse? I had one treatment I feel worse. I think its neck related no one believes me I have horrid neck pain

Maybe: Dix Hallpike maneuver done right is supposed to make vertigo better. It may potentially lead to a neck sprain so please visit your physician. It doesn't sound like your vertigo is worse. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor help w neck pain or do they only treat backs? Meantime, should I teat neck pain w ice or heat? Had pain over 2 wks & getting worse.

Can a chiropractor help w neck pain or do they only treat backs? Meantime, should I teat neck pain w ice or heat? Had pain over 2 wks & getting worse.

Neck pain.: Heat would be fine if this pain has lasted more than 24 hours. That being said, I’d prefer you see a spine specialist for recommendations and avoid the chiropractor for this. Obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan based on a good physical exam and relevant testing. ...Read more

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I don't think I'm a candidate for chiropractic because I'm worse and experienceing neck pain at the base of skull and dizziness what do I do?

I don't think I'm a candidate for chiropractic because I'm worse and experienceing neck pain at the base of skull and dizziness what do I do?

See details: You see your primary care doctor, an orthopedist or a rheumatologist and have it evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Had 3 tests a CBC, Lymph and mono...all came back normal. I am on an antibiotic now too but my lymph node and neck pain seems to be getting worse.

Had 3 tests a CBC, Lymph and mono...all came back normal. I am on an antibiotic now too but my lymph node and neck pain seems to be getting worse.

Not sure what: Initial symptoms or infection you were diagnosed with... Normal blood tests are reassurring. With upper respiratory infections sometimes the lymph nodes will enlarge and become more tender in the first few days or week of antibiotic treatment while the infection is being treated. It should improve after 3-4 days. The lymph nodes should go down over the next 1-2 weeks. If not needs CT neck. ...Read more

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