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What can cause one sided frontal neck pain? The loc. Seems to be over my carotid artery. The pain comes and goes.

What can cause one sided frontal neck pain? The loc. Seems to be over my carotid artery. The pain comes and goes.

POLYDYPSIA: Drinking water is pointless, misguided and may land you in trouble if vastly excessive over o long time. POTS responds to restoration of resting vagal tone attained by cardiovascular training it is largely reflective of physiologic deconditioning. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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What can cause anterior neck pain that comes and goes? Occurs on both sides of windpipe, near carotid arteries. Been happening for 6 months.

See doc: There is no way to tell what the problem may be without a direct inspection and examination of the area involved. If this has been present for 6 months, it is high time you consult your doctor. ...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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Drs dissected carotid artery during a procedure 2 yrs ago. Now I have neck pain, numbness in left arm, headache. Why?

Drs dissected carotid artery during a procedure 2 yrs ago. Now I have neck pain, numbness in left arm, headache. Why?

Many reasons?: Conceivable that there is post-op scarring which has involved nerves in the brachial plexus, and this could cause both arm numbness and headache. Also, could have independent neck disc or arthritic issue. Whether this is vascular in origin needs to be assessed. Consider a "thoracic outlet" like process in the upper plexus. ...Read more

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Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?

Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?

Not likely: A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque. Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous. ...Read more

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How common is it to see carotid arteries pulsing through your neck?

How common is it to see carotid arteries pulsing through your neck?

It can be.: If you are able to see your carotid artery pulse in your neck, you're likely quite thin. Rarely a prominent, pulsatile carotid artery in the neck is a sign of a carotid artery aneurysm, an abnormal englargement of the artery which can lead to problems such as stroke or rupture/bleeding. This would be rare in a 43 year old without a history of trauma. See a vascular surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

Neck lump: Could be a swollen lymph node from throat infection or mass in neck/upper chest or could be infected cyst or abscess. Would follow up with doc ...Read more

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What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

What would cause pain and a lump in the right side of your neck near carotid artery?

See ENT: This is not a forum to diagnose your problem. There are numerous possible causes. See your PCP or an ENT Specialist NOW. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?

Is there anything that can cause pain to shoot trough the carotid artery in the neck to the head?

Nerve pain: Cannot imagine that pain goes through an artery, though nerves do travel in similar paths. Possibly a trapped nerve in your upper back is causing the shooting pain. Seek pain management advice, or neurology. My be that a steroid injection (seek a physician who is comfortable with neck injections - not all are) would help, or you may need surgery as a last resort. An MRI may be in your future.. ...Read more

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My child has been referred to a neurosurgeon due to a narrow carotid artery in the neck. Why is that?

My child has been referred to a neurosurgeon due to a narrow carotid artery in the neck. Why is that?

Carotid artery: The carotid artery is one of the main suppliers of blood to the brain and narrowing within this vessel is a major cause of stroke in the us. Narrowing is often found in older adults and a result of atherosclerosis, but in children the cause is commonly fibromuscular dysplasia. Treatment depends on whether your child has had stroke-like symptoms. Vascular surgeons and neurosurgeons can treat fmd. ...Read more

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Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Again?: I believe you have asked this question several times in different ways. You need to see someone to get a handle on your symptoms. I suspect that anxiety may be contributing significantly to this. ...Read more

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Should I pay to do an mri of my neck? I feel my lymphnodes as very small bumps/knots around carotid arteries. But maybe they are normal lymphnodes? TU

Should I pay to do an mri of my neck? I feel my lymphnodes as very small bumps/knots around carotid arteries. But maybe they are normal lymphnodes? TU

Not necessarily: It would be easier and cheaper to see a surgeon experienced in evaluating neck masses. He or she may be able to tell you that you don't need anything right now. ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area. It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse. One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read more

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Turned my neck fast and far to the side. Neck now hurts. Could this tear carotid artery? Cause stroke?

Turned my neck fast and far to the side. Neck now hurts. Could this tear carotid artery? Cause stroke?

Neck pain: Certainly this could be a concern, with possible carotid artery dissection. I would recommend a carotid duplex evaluation to evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot. I'm scared?

My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot. I'm scared?

Torticollis: The Sternoclidomasoid" Muscle goes into spasm. I believe this what is happening to you. It is a benign condition. Nothing to worry about, although it is painful and cannot turn neck in all direction.
Rx Anti Infalmmatory like Ibuprofen Ice application, Local Muscle recant like Bengay /Flexall/Deep heating and Oral Muscle Relaxant will help you.
And if not better in 24 H. get examined by your MD. ...Read more

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Can anything to do witg the carotid artery cause neck swelling and facial swelling on the left side?

Can anything to do witg the carotid artery cause neck swelling and facial swelling on the left side?

Not likely: It's more likely to be from a dental abscess, or blocked vs infected parotid gland. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I sometimes have a fast pulsation in my neck near carotid artery, but it seems much faster than my actual pulse. Is this normal?

Carotid Artery: You should see a Vascular Surgeon immediately to have your carotids evaluated. A swishing sound or large pulsation is sometimes heard when carotid artery disease is present. One of the most common causes of stroke is carotid stenosis. Your Vascular Surgeon can offer the latest technology and methods to address any potential arterial problems. ...Read more

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The side of my neck around the jugular vain (or maybe it's the carotid artery) is tingling. It feels like ants are crawling on it. Problem?

The side of my neck around the jugular vain (or maybe it's the carotid artery) is tingling. It feels like ants are crawling on it. Problem?

Parasthesiae: This is most likely an irritability of superficial nerves in your neck in view of the localized nature of your symptoms. This is more of a nuisance rather than a serious problem and should resolve. However if symptoms spread or other neurologic type symptoms occur, consult your physician or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Hello! What can a swollen hard, non painful gland on the right side of the neck, on the carotid artery be? I had it for more than 6 month.

Hello! What can a swollen hard, non painful gland on the right side of the neck, on the carotid artery be? I had it for more than 6 month.

Cyst or node: It could be a sebaceous cyst or a lymph node. If it is small it is probably nothing to be concerned about. If it is larger than one centimeter (half inch) then you should let a doctor check it and make sure it is something benign. ...Read more

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If I have had an ultrasound of my carotid artery and it's unremarkable, what could a pulsating lump in my neck be?

If I have had an ultrasound of my carotid artery and it's unremarkable, what could a pulsating lump in my neck be?

Also: Could also be a tortuous (curved) carotid. This may have not been reported out on the report if it otherwise looked like a normal variant. ...Read more

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Stand up and neck start pulsate super strong, do the carotid arteries expand or narrow? Took BP and was normal, shouldn't it be high?

Stand up and neck start pulsate super strong, do the carotid arteries expand or narrow? Took BP and was normal, shouldn't it be high?

Pulsate: With blood flow and pressure, the artery walls will expand with each heart beat, then relax and deflate a bit, and the cycle continues with each heart beat. When you stand up, people can sometimes get a low blood pressure, due to the positional change, and the heart may try to compensate by increasing its heart rate, and therefore, this may be more noticeable in your neck. ...Read more

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Inflammation of carotid arteries. I have pain in the right side of my neck. I was told there was nothing that can be done except antinflamatory meds.

Well, yes: Cannot say in your particular case without direct exam.
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large vessel autoimmune diseases are treated with high dose steroids. High dose steroids are effective in large vessel disease. Other therapies (anti-rejection drugs, monoclonal antibodies) are being evaluated and likely to be helpful, but are not known definitely to work yet. ...Read more

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So is it impossible to feel normal sized lymphnodes in neck along carotid artery? Feels like very small knots but I have very sensitive feeling.......

So is it impossible to feel normal sized lymphnodes in neck along carotid artery? Feels like very small knots but I have very sensitive feeling.......

Nodes: There is great variation in what people feel and interpret from their sensations. The best you can get is your own sensations unless you become a physician and palpate a large range of necks with known lymph node status. Other 'knot' sensations are also possible. ...Read more

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I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?

More of a vein prob: The artery takes blood from the heart to the brain, the veins drain the blood from the brain back to the heart. If there is something blocking the return flow (the vein) then the increased pressure in the vein makes some fluid leak into the surrounding tissues. Also, the lymph channels drain down and those can get blocked and cause swelling. Many things can cause this, be sure to get all the tests. ...Read more

Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...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