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June 20 experienced sharp shooting pain on R side of neck below the base of the head. Ear pain/severe headache. Felt neck pain earlier in the day.

June 20 experienced sharp shooting pain on R side of neck below the base of the head. Ear pain/severe headache. Felt neck pain earlier in the day.

Carotid dissection: Is one cause of neck pain on one side of the neck that shouldn't be missed. It can cause a stroke, so if you can call your doctor for a carotid ultrasound (or go to the emergency room) as soon as possible. If there's a dissection, then antiplatelet or anticoagulant (often for 3 months) is treatment to lower your risk of stroke. If no dissection, likely nothing dangerous.

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I-pad, smartphone user, left shlderblade/neck pain radiats to shlder/arm, neck pops when turn head to left, smtms shooting pain in head on left side?

I-pad, smartphone user, left shlderblade/neck pain radiats to shlder/arm, neck pops when turn head to left, smtms shooting pain in head on left side?

Muscle tension: Sounds like you have some muscle tension from maintaining an unnatural posture for a prolonged period of time. Give the devices a rest, or put them on a stand so you don't have to hold them, and use some heat and gentle stretching to relax the muscles. It may take several days to feel better. If not improving after a week, or if other worrisome symptoms occur, then get a medical exam.

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Think I have a somewhat swollen gland on the back left of my neck. No fever been having minor headaches for days and pain from neck to around ears and temple. Yesterday had shooting pain up my back. This is all so sudden and random. Ideas?

Think I have a somewhat swollen gland on the back left of my neck. No fever been having minor headaches for days and pain from neck to around ears and temple. Yesterday had shooting pain up my back. This is all so sudden and random. Ideas?

Seek medical attn.: This concerns me. Sounds like a cyst or abscess that requires removal and antibiotic therapy. Because it is on the neck with pain radiating into and around your ears, this can be dangerous because your brain is not far from that area. I advise you to seek immediate medical attention.

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Hey I just got a sharp shooting pain up my neck to the top of my head. Was quite painful and just lasted a few seconds. Should I be overly concerned?

Hey I just got a sharp shooting pain up my neck to the top of my head. Was quite painful and just lasted a few seconds. Should I be overly concerned?

Probably not: This happens not infrequently when nerves that exit the small foramina in the spine are 'bumped' sending quite a jolt down the respective nerves: usually the greater or lesser occipital nerves which will reach the top the head matching your description. In short this happens and is usually self-limiting and not a cause for concern. If it happens repeatedly then I you should seek medical attention.

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Sharp shooting pain deep in head around crown area sporadic? Sinus? Neck?

Sharp shooting pain deep in head around crown area sporadic? Sinus? Neck?

Ice pick: If they are fairly brief, then it sounds more like "ice pick head pains". There is a new name for them--that's the old name. They come, they go. They tend to happen in clusters.

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Crack my neck alot. Turned head to left side to crack, intense sharp shooting pain down side of neck to upper back. Could I have injured something?

Possible: Sounds like you may have pinched a nerve when "cracking your neck". It is also possible that a muscle has also been injured or is in spasm and your neck movement may make it worse. Something is out of balance -? 4 ekgs in 4 months at your age? What does your chiropractor say about pain and spasm and anxiety/depression?

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Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Headache: Definitely not 'normal.' Big question is if you have nasal symptoms like nasal obstruction, discharge, pus/snot, or drainage down throat. If so then get evaluated for sinusitis, including possibility of 'sphenoid sinusitis.' Most likely thing, however, is migraine headache.

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Side effects from spinal tap? I can't move around much due to shooting pain from neck down...It's been 3 days; what should I do?

You need to be seen: While it is possible to have side effects of a spinal tap last, the time since your examination is long enough to cause some concern. Call your doctor and discuss this problem. Measure your temperature prior to the contact.

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Can SLE cause neck pain and neck muscle cramp along with shooting pain in arms and wrists?

Can SLE cause neck pain and neck muscle cramp along with shooting pain in arms and wrists?

It can contribute: In as much as SLE makes one prone to certain types if peripheral neuropathy nerve entrapment syndromes (cervical radiculopathy, carpal tunnel etc) might be more likely to be symptomatic. In addition arthritic changes may result in nerve root or distal entrapment. Consultation with a neurologist might be warranted in your situation.

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Shooting pain in neck up to head. What should I do?

Shooting pain in neck up to head. What should I do?

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.

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If I'm getting shooting pain on the left side of my head could that be a pinched nerve in my neck?

Many things: Could be many things, including TMJ. Start with your regular MD. If TMJ, see a TMJ-orofacial pain expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ-oro-facial pain expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation.

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When I start a run, I get a shooting pain up the back of the right side of my neck and up into my head. It goes away when I rest. What might this be?

When I start a run, I get a shooting pain up the back of the right side of my neck and up into my head. It goes away when I rest. What might this be?

Slipped disc??: Just like you have heard of people having sliooed discs in the lower part of their backs they also have them in the spinal vertebrae too. You should be evaluated by your doc and maybe get a cervical collar and maybe get a neck traction device.

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Brief /random shooting pain across top of head, just right-of-center. Have awful posture, & it started with a awkward neck movement. No other symptoms?

Brief /random shooting pain across top of head, just right-of-center. Have awful posture, & it started with a awkward neck movement. No other symptoms?

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.

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My 72yr grandmother is gettind a shooting pain up her neck to her head when she swallow why is this happening?

My 72yr grandmother is gettind a shooting pain up her neck to her head when she swallow why is this happening?

Unstable neck: I could be due to unstable segment in her neck that moves when she swallows. She needs an evaluation by capable physician to find the cause.

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I have been suffering from headache. Shooting pain from back side of head on left. Neck muscles are also get stiff.?

Occipital neuralgia: See a neurologist, they can treat you with nerve blocks and/or medicines. Physical therapy may be helpful as well. Stay away from opioids. Good luck!

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It's been 4 months since my spinal tap. Terrible head, neck & back aches with shooting pain in my legs. What could this be?

Spinal disease: It sounds like you REALLY need follow up with the neurologist or doc who did the procedure. Have you called the office? It's remotely possible you have a CSF leak after the spinal tap, although most heal on their own after a week of conservative treatment: strict bed rest, avoiding coughing, sneezing, nose blowing, and straining etc. You need a diagnosis to get helped. Hope you will feel better.