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Doctor insights on: Pain In Head Neck And Shoulder

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Insomnia 7yrs, chronic fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, pain back of head, neck, shoulders, hips & depression setting in now. Diagnosis?

Insomnia 7yrs, chronic fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, pain back of head, neck, shoulders, hips & depression setting in now. Diagnosis?

Get an evaluation : When one has a number of long standing symptoms the only way to get an accurate diagnosis is to get a personal evaluation by an experienced clinician. There are hundreds of possibilities based on the symptoms you list. ...Read more

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I have severe pain through right side of head, neck, shoulder and arm. How can I get over this?

I have severe pain through right side of head, neck, shoulder and arm. How can I get over this?

Cervicogenic HA: Cervicogenic headache is any headache which is caused by the neck disorder. The pain is dull, aching, and moderate to severe and radiates between the shoulders, down one or both arms, and toward the head (headache). The treatment is conservative, nonsurgical and reversible. I recommend: see a pain management specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Tightness and pain in the left neck , head and shoulder muscle subsides after lying down ... Why???

Tightness and pain in the left  neck , head and shoulder muscle subsides after lying down ... Why???

Maybe stress: Could be related to stress. Muscle tightness is really nonspecific, and does not point to some dangerous diagnosis. If it is really bothersome, see your primary care for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a headache on left side of my head that spreads down neck, shoulder, and arm?

What does it mean if I have a headache on left side of my head that spreads down neck, shoulder, and arm?

Cervicogenic Headach: You could be having cervicogenic headaches. They are typically referred from the neck to the head but I have seen patients having symptoms of head pain which refers to the neck, shoulders and arm. You may require a combination of physical therapy, posture training and short term medications. Pcp might be a good starting point. ...Read more

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Having on/off headaches for a week,My back shoulder/neck has been hurting more recently.Pains down my arm,Does it sound related to the head pain?

Having on/off headaches for a week,My back shoulder/neck has been hurting more recently.Pains down my arm,Does it sound related to the head pain?

May be your neck: It would make sense there is a neck problem, based on the symptoms of neck pain and symptoms in one arm. This is not enough information to decide though, and it is a good idea to have an examination to help answer your question. ...Read more

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Headache for 6 days. Pain in the back of my head on the right along w/ neck and shoulder pain. Also hurts at temples. Been stressed. What should I do?

Headache for 6 days. Pain in the back of my head on the right along w/ neck and shoulder pain. Also hurts at temples. Been stressed. What should I do?

Get going: Six days of a headache is too long. Unable to cope with stress can be unhealthy too. Add tylenol/acetaminophen to the ibuprofen, heat and stretch to your neck, and see your physician or a chiropractor soon. Don't forget about your dental health, as jaw clenching can contribute to headaches on one side. ...Read more

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What causes short sharp pain in head? It is accompanied with shoulder pain and neck pain

Pinched nerve?: Could be many things, but short bursts of radiating pain including the neck and arm (shoulder) can indicate a pinched nerve. If the problem persists for 2 weeks or more see your doctor. ...Read more

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Turned my neck and felt a shock up left side of neck and head. Now I have a dull headache and shoulder pain that goes away with sleep or walking.

Turned my neck and felt a shock up left side of neck and head. Now I have a dull headache and shoulder pain that goes away with sleep or walking.

Could be muscle pull: Could be muscle pull. The other thing to consider is osme type of nerve injury.Since you just did it teh first move would be to try some ice for the 1st 24 -36 hours and if it is after that try heat ...Read more

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I am 17yrs old symptoms: pounding headache moodswings dizziness stiff neck/shoulder/back heavy head almost imposible to get my headup in the morning?

I am 17yrs old symptoms: pounding headache moodswings dizziness stiff neck/shoulder/back heavy head almost imposible to get my headup in the morning?

See your doctor: Although this could be viral; but the younger the age the more likely chance of bacterial infection. With stiff neck and not being able to get your headup i would worry about meningitis that can become dangerous. See your family md asap. If rapid decline go to nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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Headache on top left side crner of head & sometimes right corner 2 Happens randomlyCan it be tumor or anything serious? Neck & shoulder strain b cuase

Headache on top left side crner of head & sometimes right corner 2 Happens randomlyCan it be tumor or anything serious? Neck & shoulder strain b cuase

Hard to say: Ultimately a CT scan or MRI would be helpful for an unusual headache. The symptoms you describe warrant a face to face history and physical exam. This will ensure you get a better diagnosis and treatment plan. Please see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I've been having this pain in the back of my head closer to my neck, it causes a headache, some dizziness and today it made my left arm/shoulder pain?

Could be a: simple trapezius muscle spasm from over stretching or a problem with the disks or joints in the neck. You're 28, the trapezius spasm/strain is more likely. Try cold packs to sore areas and after looking at an image of it online look for ways to avoid chronic strain during hunching while sitting near computer/reading/sleeping. If the pain doesn't go away in a few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Causes of headache on left side of head above the ear and it hurts to touch my head in that area. No trauma, neck pain, or shoulder pain...

See dentist: You may have a jaw problem from grinding or clenching your teeth especially when sleeping. Suggest you get your jaws checked. If nothing there, then perhaps a MRI may be in order if the problem has been present for more than a few weeks or is getting worse. ...Read more

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Hi there, I am suffering from sharp pain in head just behind my left ear. It's been 10 days the pain comes & go. No pain in neck, shoulder, ear or jaw?

Hi there, I am suffering from sharp pain in head just behind my left ear. It's been 10 days the pain comes & go. No pain in neck, shoulder, ear or jaw?

Occipital bursitis: this is likely from where a tndon in your neck attaches to to base of your skull. many doc recommend nsaids or cortisone injection to fix this issue. sometimes sleep postion or repetitive motions exaserbate this problem. seeing a doc to rule out ear infection and mastoiditis would be a good idea, however, your symptoms are not consistent with this. heat pack might help as well ...Read more