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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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Severe stiff neck. Constant pain from shoulder, neck, behind ear, around hairline on left side to center of forehead and Blurry vision. 36 hours?

Severe stiff neck. Constant pain from shoulder, neck, behind ear, around hairline on left side to center of forehead and Blurry vision. 36 hours?

Blurred Vision x36: Hello. I hope someone has "laid eyes" on you since you have had blurred vision for now 1.5 days. If not, need to do it. Do you have history of migraines? When was the last time your vision was checked? Cervical facet joints can cause neck stiffness& pain wrapping around back of ears, back of head & even down into shoulders. Occipital nerves can be irritated in back of head. Please get vision check ...Read more

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I have neck pain, fluid behind ear, swollen glands in neck and cold sore all on the right side. Dr. Put me on amoxil (amoxicillin) and steriods. Is this normal?

I have neck pain, fluid behind ear, swollen glands in neck and cold sore all on the right side.  Dr. Put me on amoxil (amoxicillin) and steriods. Is this normal?

Is what normal?: The symptoms of neck pain, swollen glands, fluid behind the ear drum and cold sore all strongly suggest that you have a viral upper respiratory infection. The treatment with amoxacillin therefore might not be indicated. A general rule that most ENT physicians follow is this: if symptoms are getting worse after 5 days or not better after 10 days, we recommend empirically an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Neck pain behind my ear that radiates to my shoulder is it sign of stroke or hert attack?Had normal 2d echo, ecg, threadmill stresstest, endoscopy, xray

Neck pain behind my ear that radiates to my shoulder is it sign of stroke or hert attack?Had normal 2d echo, ecg, threadmill stresstest, endoscopy, xray

Not likely: I would start with your primary care physician for an examination of your ear, nose, and throat. He or she may recommend additional imaging to diagnose you. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Discuss with MD: You have a lot going on for your age, please discuss this with your doctor, you may warrant some further testing. This is not a good forum for this question as we can not diagnose "pinched nerve" without examination and testing. Your doctor may order a nerve conduction test coupled with an emg, or an MRI if they have not done so already. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in side if neck going behind ear and up into head. What could be wrong?

Pain in side if neck going behind ear and up into head. What could be wrong?

Occipital Neuralgia: Consider taking something cold from the freezer, wrapping it in a towel, and placing it on that area for 10 mins on, then 10 mins off. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can jaw pain, ear pain, and soreness behind ear/neck be caused by sinus infection?

Can jaw pain, ear pain, and soreness behind ear/neck be caused by sinus infection?

Rarely: Unless the mastoid sinuses are infected, the pain is not expected to be in the areas. I suspect that you may have a jaw problem from teeth grinding. Consult your dentist. ...Read more

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I started having some pain in my neck, behind both ears. I think this might be dye to stress. How do I deal with it?

I started having some pain in my neck, behind both ears. I think this might be dye to stress. How do I deal with it?

See U PCP for evalua: And work up to r/o any physical finding . If no finding the medication and massage can be helpful. ...Read more

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I get headaches maybe 3-4 times a week, when I have them I get these sharp pain in my neck behind my ears what should I do?

I get headaches maybe 3-4 times a week, when I have them I get these sharp pain in my neck behind my ears
  what should I do?

See a neurologist: It sounds like Tension Headaches which are most likely stress induced. You will need a full neurological examination and possibly an MRi Brain scan to exclude any organic pathology. ...Read more

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Bumps behind Ears, it all started after i took a shower. this has been going on for 5 weeks now. Getting head chills and neck pain (back and side)?

See a doctor: please see a doctor Lump behind your ears associated with chills, and pain does not sound something I will keep to myself, So please go and see your doctor for proper evaluation, and treatment. ...Read more

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Since February I have had pain behind my ear. I now have neck pain along with it. Have had sinus issues since Nov 2014, related?

Since February I have had pain behind my ear. I now have neck pain along with it. Have had sinus issues since Nov 2014, related?

May be mastoid: This location could be muscle, nerve, neck discs. In that location you have mastoid cells. You need to discuss with your physicians about having an MRI of that area, or the cervical spine ...Read more

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I've having severe ear and neck pain on my right side especially bad pain behind my ear any idea of what this could be?

I've having severe ear and neck pain on my right side especially bad pain behind my ear any idea of what this could be?

Difficult to say....: Any 'severe' pain in any part of body should be looked at by a physician in person for a proper diagnosis and prompt treatment. There are vital body structures around ear and neck that need to be looked at for your symptoms. In the meantime OTC pain medicine like Ibuprofen can be used for temporary relief. ...Read more

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47 yo female I have pain behind right ear towards the temple and down neck pain comes an goes all day.Pain is bad I have hbp an tmj?

47 yo female I have pain behind right ear towards the temple and down neck pain comes an goes all day.Pain is bad I have hbp  an tmj?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, jaw clicking and pain behind the ear, neck pain. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...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

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The past 2 days, I have 2 lumps behind my right ear & severe neck pain. I went to dr. & said it was swollen nodes possible infection. Is this normal?

The past 2 days, I have 2 lumps behind my right ear & severe neck pain. I went to dr. & said it was swollen nodes possible infection. Is this normal?

Not Normal: Swollen neck nodes is common and often is from infection. Can be bacterial (like strep throat) or viral (like "mono"). Other more serious problems should be considered if it doesn't get better. This could include hodgkins disease or non-hodgkins lymphoma and would require a biopsy for diagnosis. Other blood tests can help. ...Read more

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Dull pain in neck shoulders and under chin, it is really not a pain more of pressure, could it be tmj, I have been stressed? also behind my ear hurts

Dull pain in neck shoulders and under chin, it is really not a pain more of pressure, could it be tmj, I have been stressed? also  behind my ear hurts

TMD: Actually the proper term is TMD or Temporomandibular Dysfunction. This involves your joints and the neuromuscular aspect of your jaw function. You need to see a qualified Dentist or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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