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I'm a breastfeeding mom. When I look down at nursing baby I feel a sharp pain in neck that shots up the back of my head. What ciukd cause this?

I'm a breastfeeding mom. When I look down at nursing baby I feel a sharp pain in neck that shots up the back of my head. What ciukd cause this?

Irritated nerve?: If there is pain, tingling, numbness, or electrical sensations felt when a person moves her head or neck in a particular direction, she may be irritating or compressing a nerve coming out of the spinal cord. A neurologist or a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation) doctor can figure out the problem and start therapy. Sometimes neck x-rays and / or MRI are needed. ...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


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Having sharp pain in neck with pain in shoulder what can this be? For the past 3wks I have been have a crook in my neck causing sharp pains.It is hard to turn neck at times. The pain sometimes cause throbbing in head neck base down my left shoulder. I ha

Having sharp pain in neck with pain in shoulder what can this be? For the past 3wks I have been have a crook in my neck causing sharp pains.It is hard to turn neck at times. The pain sometimes cause throbbing in head neck base down my  left shoulder. I ha

Neck pain: These symptoms could be caused by muscle spasm leading to nerve entrapment causing the pain in your neck and shoulder. However these could also be caused by vertebral displacement in which case surgery may be the cure. My suggestion is see your physician and have him get an MRI of your neck scheduled to rule out any surgical need. ...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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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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Sudden sharp pain in neck lasting a few seconds. Happens randomly very rarely. But scares me. Should i be worried?

Sudden sharp pain in neck lasting a few seconds. Happens randomly very rarely. But scares me. Should i be worried?

Variety of Factors: Neck pain can be caused by nerve injury, stress, muscle spasms or by other health problems. You should consult your family doctor for evaluation of your individual condition and circumstances. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain in neck when i move head back and it moves along spine and my arm numb, can you tell me what is it?

Nerve irritation: Pain in arms when hyper extending the neck usually means pressure over the nerves root as they come exit from the neck and travel to the arm by it self this is quite unusual in some one as young as you but it is possible that spine could be narrow making it prone to irritate the spinal cord so you should get some work up to check your spine please see a neurologist or medical doctor soon. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in neck by shoulder. 2nd time in 2yrs. Excruciating pain when I turn my neck. Pain went away after 2 days. Herniated disk maybe? Need MRI?

Unlikely HD: pain relieve in two days mostly cause by muscular spasm rather than HD , massage ,heat , muscle relaxants , over the counter anti inflammatory , ...Read more

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Sudden sharp pain in neck followed by Pins and needles in arm. Felt like an elastic band had snapped. Neck still feels tender and had a few twinges?

 Sudden sharp pain in neck followed by Pins and needles in arm. Felt like an elastic band had snapped. Neck still feels tender and had a few twinges?

See a PMR or ortho: Nerves from the neck travel to the arms, and stretching or pinching these nerves often produce these symptoms. Muscle spasm can arise from malposition of cervical vertebra, rapid stretch, or trauma, causing further symptoms. Pillows make a huge difference in providing support for the head over neck. EMG studies can tell if a pinch is present. ...Read more