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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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I've had neck pain for 2 weeks now. When i try to tilt my head back there is a sharp pain down my back muscles. Is there a stretch to loosen this?

I've had neck pain for 2 weeks now. When i try to tilt my head back there is a sharp pain down my back muscles. Is there a stretch to loosen this?

Not normal: You should see your doctor about this. The symptoms of sharp pain when tilting your head back is worrisome for some type of nerve entrapment or infection. If you are having fever, numbness, or headache, please seek urgent medical attention. Otherwise, please see your primary care doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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

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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Jumped and when i landed felt a sharp pain from back of neck too top of head. Could this be the reason for my shoulder blade, shoulder, and neck pain?

Jumped and when i landed felt a sharp pain from back of neck too top of head. Could this be the reason for my shoulder blade, shoulder, and neck pain?

Yes: Hopefully it resolves on its own. If it bothers you and not getting better, then consider evaluation by doctor to make sure your neck is ok. ...Read more

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Localized right neck pain at the back base of the head. Sharp pain to dull pain in less than 24 hours. Headache in back Pain still there since June 20

Localized right neck pain at the back base of the head. Sharp pain to dull pain in less than 24 hours. Headache in back Pain still there since June 20

Some type of: physical exam is vital to diagnosing muscle-skeletal problems. A Virtual Consult on Health Tap with accompanying audio-visual component may help since you can demonstrate what movements cause pain and whether there are other symptoms. Otherwise, you should see a doctor. Most family docs & primary care docs are experienced in diagnosing & treating such problems. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Sharp pain up back of head ear some facial pain too, neck pain dull sharp pain back of head when lying down certian ways?

Sharp pain up back of head ear some facial pain too, neck pain dull sharp pain back of head when lying down certian ways?

Headache: Sounds like tension headaches. Find comfortable head positions. Try memory foam contour pillow to sleep on at night, light massage, warm applications, Ibuprofen or naproxen. If no relief, see doc. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in head only. last a couple secs nausea dizznies and spaced out neck pain tightness in back of headlightheadness shouks i go to er?

Sharp pain in head only. last a couple secs nausea dizznies and spaced out neck pain tightness in back of headlightheadness shouks i go to er?

Migraines : The symptoms that you describe are likely a tension migraine. Going to the emergency room is not necessary unless symptoms worsen . Call your doctor in the morning to get an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Jaw pain pain infront of ear pain im ear sharp pain running up the side of my head and toothache neck pain Tmj? Or somethng serious?

Jaw pain pain infront of ear pain im ear sharp pain  running up the side of my head and toothache neck pain Tmj? Or somethng serious?

TMJ: Likely TMJ, which can be serious. Something more serious? You need an exam to know for sure. See a board certified oral surgeon for diagnosis. He can treat you, or refer you. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in head neck pain like a tension headache sometimes earache and a numbness up from my nose to the top of my forhead. Any idea? I

Tension Type: The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles and other muscles pain as well as the pericranial muscles. The management of episodic and chronic TTH consists of psychological support, physical therapy and pharmacotherapies. Hope it helps ...Read more

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What causes pain above eye, sharp pain going up back of head and neck pain and occasionally facial irritation, had cervical MRI deg disc dis bone spur?

Neck vs Head: This could be occipital neuralgia where the pain originates from the occipital nerves in the back of the head and travel over the top to right above the eye. The other option would be that this could be coming from your neck due to the high cervical facets at c2/3 and c3/4. The nerves exiting this area can wrap around back of head and attach to the same place as occipital nerves. ...Read more

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Hearing heart beat in left ear, neck throbbing, sharp pain from neck to ear at times. What could this be?

Hearing heart beat in left ear, neck throbbing, sharp pain from neck to ear at times. What could this be?

Heart beat: You are hearing the blood streaming through the blood vessels located near your ears.Throbbing and pain is also due to blood flow probably at a rapid rate. ...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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I noticed come and go left side neck pain hurts last like 5 minutes its a sharp pain help what can I do is it consider an emergency help?

I noticed come and go left side neck pain hurts last like 5 minutes its a sharp pain help what can I do is it consider an emergency help?

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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Relieving shoulder and neck pain possibly due to improper lifting? I lift a lot a work, and now feel a sharp pain between my left shoulder and neck.

Relieving shoulder and neck pain possibly due to improper lifting?  I lift a lot a work, and now feel a sharp pain between my left shoulder and neck.

Relief: Most likely you gave a shoulder impingement syndrome common in weight lifters including myself. Nsaids ice heat. Less like possibilities include pulled trap muscle or high cervical disc herniation. Physical therapy guided by therapist with stretch bands helpful to counteract. Try to not go as deep with bench or military p. If no better see doc. ...Read more

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I need doctors help please sharp stabbing head and neck pain?

Occipital neuralgia: Common causes of occipital neuralgia include irritation or injury to the occipital nerve, myofascial spasm, and focal entrapment of the occipital nerve. Treatment options: medication therapy, occipital nerve blocks, and surgical procedure. Rec.: see interventional pain management specialist. ...Read more