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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


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Had my 10th Lumbar Puncture on May 31st. Blood patch a week later. Now I have severe neck pain and stiffness. Should I be worried? What can I do?

Had my 10th Lumbar Puncture on May 31st. Blood patch a week later. Now I have severe neck pain and stiffness. Should I be worried? What can I do?

Maybe not, but: The lumbar puncture was in a different site from your current complaints, BUT it is possible that you acquired an infection from the lumbar puncture. If that's the case, your symptoms could be meningitis. You need to see your PCP ASAP or go to the ER, especially if you have a fever. You'll probably need another tap to assess for microbes. Read more

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Neg CT and lumbar puncture but still painful headache bodyaches neck pain and cold sweats and pain in shoulder blades and ribs?

Neg CT and lumbar puncture but still painful headache bodyaches neck pain and cold sweats and pain in shoulder blades and ribs?

Arachnoid cyst: The symptoms that you describe are not associated with an arachnoid cyst. The body aches and cold sweats are indicative of a body system problem. Further tests including blood work and imaging can provide answers. Please see your primary care physician to address these symptoms. Read more

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What can cause severe neck pain with lower back pain?

What can cause severe neck pain with lower back pain?

Many things: 30's female bemoans neck & low back pain. Assuming no more than chronic soft tissue problem, absent acuity, urgency & infection, then thought of primary pelvic sacroiliac joint injury; type commonly associated with chronic muscle spasms of contralateral posterior shoulder girdle (trapezius, rhomboids & latissimus dorsi). Rocky pelvis supports tilted spine tower with spastic muscle-cable supports. Read more

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I have severe neck pain and a little lower back pain and a bad headache what's wrong?

I have severe neck pain and a little lower back pain and a bad headache what's wrong?

Triggers: May well be that you have migraine, which could cause secondary neck pain. Your doctor can check this out, and provide medication which will reverse your symptoms. Read more

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My neck is have very severe neck pain. My neck is very stiff. It lasted for 3 days. Went to the chiropractor and it went back to pain. What do I do?

Anti-inflammatory: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for neck pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. Read more

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Having severe neck pain and back. I'm however uninsured. What are some over-the-counter medicine that may be helpful?

Having severe neck pain and back. I'm however uninsured. What are some over-the-counter medicine that may be helpful?

NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can be excellent for this type of pain. They can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. Read more

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Severe neck pain radiates down arm. 5 days now. Much less pain when walking. Most pain when sitting. Little to no pain when laying on back.

Severe neck pain radiates down arm. 5 days now. Much less pain when walking. Most pain when sitting. Little to no pain when laying on back.

Herniated disk: This may be the sign of a herniated disc with nerve compression. You should see your pmd to have yourself evaluated with a neurological exam to see if you need imaging and also to help you with the pain. Many of these cases resolve on its own with just some time and therapy. Read more

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Severe constant upper back pain and severe neck pain with a knot or something there. Have MS. Neuro said it was musculoskeletal what could it be?

Severe constant upper back pain and severe neck pain with a knot or something there. Have MS. Neuro said it was musculoskeletal what could it be?

MS and pain: This may just be a muscle spasm. I would recommend topical pain cream and/or a muscle relaxer. If your neurologist feels it is musculoskeletal, I would happy to do a consult. Read more

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5 yrs ago had a surgery on 5&6, have a metal plate. Once again -severe neck pain that radiates down back & arms w/ numbness, do I need another surgery?

5 yrs ago had a surgery on 5&6, have a metal plate. Once again -severe neck pain that radiates down back & arms w/ numbness, do I need another surgery?

Maybe: Since you have new symptoms, you need to see your doctor. It is possible that you have nerve compression at the same or a different level than the operation level. Read more

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I have severe neck pain and the back of my head is also in pain more on the right side than the left. Swollen glands constant feeling of pressure?

I have severe neck pain and the back of my head is also in pain more on the right side than the left. Swollen glands constant feeling of pressure?

Muscle spasm: Sounds like your neck muscles that extend up into your scalp are irritated. This may have been triggered when the lymph nodes rapidly enlarged. Why is another question - they respond to perceived threats to your body like infection. Moist heat, mild stretching and some ibuprofen might help. Massages good too. If continues or worsens see your MD.
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Severe neck pain in the right back area when I move. Flowwed by ear popping mininum numbness in arms and a little nausea. What can this be?

Severe neck pain in the right back area when I move. Flowwed by ear popping mininum numbness in arms and a little nausea. What can this be?

Many things: See your doctor for complete evaluation asap, as this could represent a significant problem, since symptoms involve the head, neck, upper back, and extremities. Read more

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I have severe neck pain right back side when I move it around. When the pain comes my right ear pops. And minimum arm numbness. Its not sore?

I have severe neck pain right back side when I move it around. When the pain comes my right ear pops. And minimum arm numbness. Its not sore?

Possible herniated: Disc. Not sure. Ear popping is due to your inner ear, middle ear and eustachian tube. Your neck pain could be from your mastoids which is a bone next to your ear. I would see a family doctor and ask if you need to see an ENT specialist. Read more

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Urgent severe neck pain (back front & sides) & on & off migraines cause? Hist: htn pcos lisinopril hctz & provera (medroxyprogesterone)

Urgent severe neck pain (back front & sides) & on & off migraines cause? Hist: htn pcos lisinopril hctz & provera (medroxyprogesterone)

Go the ER or Dr: You need to consult your doctor since I can't tell whether you have a migraine or something more serious with hypertension at your young age. Read more

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No fever, severe headaches, sore throat, mild cough, mild runny nose, severe neck pain and nausea. Went away for one day yet came back. 3 days strong

Cervicogenic HA: Is a very common headache secondary to neck involvement. Cervicogenic headache is a unilateral pain provoked by neck movement or by pressure on the neck. These headache patients usually had a reduced cervical range of motion in association with the headache, dizziness, etc. Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. You also have seasonal flu. Read more

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5yo w/ fever 103.5 + severe headache. No stiff neck, no rash, no vomiting. Sent to ER by ped, no lumbar puncture done. 2nd opinion about meningitis?

5yo w/ fever 103.5 + severe headache. No stiff neck, no rash, no vomiting. Sent to ER by ped, no lumbar puncture done. 2nd opinion about meningitis?

See answer: Fevers are known to be accompanied with headaches and other symptoms like abdominal pain etc. The fact that child has been examined and has no symptoms to suggest meningitis (no neck rigidity, no vomiting, no rash) should put you at ease. Another important fact that can reassure is the sensorium - if child is responding well and sensorium is not altered. If worse in 12-24 hours go back to ER. Read more

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I get severe neck pain after chain smoking, it feels the same as aseptic meningitis but it's not. Why the pain and should I be conserned? I have UCTD

My sentiments: Exactly! Listen to your body. Chain smoking constricts your blood vessels, lowers your blood's oxygen saturation, increases your blood pressure & makes your heart beat faster. Not great for anyone, especially for someone with Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease. See http://www. Nationaljewish. Org/healthinfo/conditions/uctd. Please discuss with your doctor. Read more

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Severe neck pain on one side. What can I take for it?

Severe neck pain on one side. What can I take for it?

Anti-inflammatory: Sharp neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. Read more

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Severe neck pain when turning to the right. What is wrong?

Severe neck pain when turning to the right. What is wrong?

It is most likely: Muscular in origin although inflamed or swollen glands can also be a source as well as a disc or joint problem in the cervical spine or neck. If muscular or even from a disc or joint issue, they tend to get better with time, otc medication, heat, massage ; some activity restriction. If not or if worsening or accompanied by any neurologic issues like numbness or fevers, chills or sweats, see doc. Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lumbar Puncture (Definition)

To test for meningitis or multiple sclerosis or a variety of problems, a small needle is inserted into the lumbosacral cistern to obtain spinal fluid for testing ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more