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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?

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? ...Read more

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Shooting pain down right arm tingling on fingers and pain on side of neck left side?

Shooting pain down right arm tingling on fingers and pain on side of neck left side?

See details: It is likely a cervical radiculopathy which is a compressed nerve root in the neck. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Shooting pain on right side under rib cage and travels up right side of neck and hurts more when I walk?

Shooting pain on right side under rib cage and travels up right side of neck and hurts more when I walk?

Suspicious symptoms: Exertional chest pain or pain in the upper abdomen in a man your age should always raise suspicion of angina pectoris or pain due to heart disease. Radiation to the neck makes it even more suspicious. Please see your physician and have a thorough evaluation done as a priority. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for sensory loss all over front of neck and throat? Also, shooting pain up side of neck?

Interesting!: Involvement of both sides of anterior neck and throat without other areas of sensory or pain involvement, suggests a non-neurologic cause. Things such as hives, thyroid inflammation, severe lymph node swelling, laryngitis are suggested. These things can also cause localized pain. ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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Severe all back & shoulder pain/aches/uncomfortable. Lump in right side of neck, feel shooting pain up back of head and right eye when I rub my neck?

Occipital neuralgia: Involves the greater and lesser occipital nerves located in the back of the scalp and can produce neck pain as well as headache. The most common symptom is suboccipital pain radiating to the back of the head and occasionally down the back of the neck. This is treatable condition. Rec. See orofacial pain or pain management specialist. You can take Advil (ibuprofen) pm as needed.
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Random sharp pain in the left side of neck shooting up to my head?

Random sharp pain in the left side of neck shooting up to my head?

Random neck pain: Pain and aches have many different sources - without a complete history and examination you will not get to the bottom of this - don't seek online answer, try to get to a competent provider for further care. ...Read more

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Leaned on elbows felt something move under shoulderblade severe pain when I move my head hurts on left side of neck and shoots under shoulder blade?

Leaned on elbows felt something move under shoulderblade severe pain when I move my head hurts on left side of neck and shoots under shoulder blade?

Nerve stretch injury: Any radiating pain from neck under shoulder blade is generally a nerve irritation. Muscle strains can also cause some radiating pain but usually stays localized to the scapula or shoulder blade. If pain does not resolve in 3 weeks seek physical therapy evaluation. ...Read more

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Extreme pain (cramps, shooting, pin and needles) in, under and above left breast. Also in left shoulder and left side of neck. Is this cause of concern?

Extreme pain (cramps, shooting, pin and needles) in, under and above left breast. Also in left shoulder and left side of neck. Is this cause of concern?

YES: Never ignore ongoing left sided pain that travels down the left jaw, shoulder chest and breast. I suggest immediate examination and EKG. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get a throbbing/shooting pain down the right side of my neck to my shoulder. I'm just wondering what would cause it.?

Sometimes I get a throbbing/shooting pain down the right side of my neck to my shoulder. I'm just wondering what would cause it.?

Cervical spine pain: The differential diagnosis would include cervical facet syndrome (arthritis), cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve), or myofascial pain (muscle spasm). An evaluation with a physiatrist, pain physician, or orthopedist is suggested with detailed physical exam of cervical spine and right shoulder joint, followed by appropriate diagnostic imaging if indicated (i.e. MRI cervical spine and/or shoulder) ...Read more

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Reached r arm and felt tightening continued down r side to sciatica and swelling and shooting up r side of neck?

Reached r arm and felt tightening continued down r side to sciatica and swelling and shooting up r side of neck?

Swelling not good: The pain you describe could be due to any number of neurologic or muscoloskeletal problems. I'm thrown by the 'swelling'.If it's just a swelling 'sensation' w/out actual visible or palpable swelling, you most likely have a musculoskeletal problem that could be alleviated by muscle relaxants/pain meds & osteopathic manipulation. Real swelling could indicate lymphatic/blood vessel injury. See dr. ASAP. ...Read more

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Whatmwould cause a pain shooting from right side of neck up into head and down the arm? Sharp pain.

Pinched nerve: Occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. The common symptoms are numbness, sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward to your ear, eye, pharynx and extremities. Treatment: physical therapy, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture. The treatment is usually effective and no need to die. Rec.: see a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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I keep getting a shooting pain travelling down my neck under my left ear where the packing is, I get this removed tomorrow is this a normal pain.

I keep getting a shooting pain travelling down my neck under my left ear where the packing is, I get this removed tomorrow is this a normal pain.

Probably: If the pain is intermittent, that is common. If it is constant, getting worse, red streaks, or you have a fever, it is not normal and very worrisome, so call your doc in that case, . Hopefully when the packing is out, it will vanish. Be sure to ask your doc what signs to watch for after it is removed. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Nose is very congested from a cold when I sniff I get a severe shooting pain over the top of my head and down side of my neck, is this sinuses/glands?

Nose is very congested from a cold when I sniff I get a severe shooting pain over the top of my head and down side of my neck, is this sinuses/glands?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If they continue for more than 10-12 days, you may visit your PCP. ...Read more

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Could I have shingles? Headache, swollen lymph nodes in neck and shooting pain down right side

Could I have shingles? Headache, swollen lymph nodes in neck and shooting pain down right side

Possibly..: Usually, shingles has a reddish rash sometimes with vesicles (fluid filled clear bumps). Shingles can occur on the head/neck region. The pain typically involves an area corresponding to an affected nerve. I would recommend seeing a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Shooting pain from behind left ear down my neck and into left arm. Sometimes back up I think? Heart related?? I'm 21 and active.

Possibilities: You may well have disc problem in your neck compressing nerve going down left arm, but thoracic outlet syndrome could present this way. Unlikely at your age that this involves heart but would not hurt to have your doctor do an EKG. Less likely is a jaw issue, TMJ, but if evaluation is non-diagnostic, check in with your dentist. ...Read more

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Does the shooting pain from a heart issue/attack come from behind the left ear and down the neck into the left arm? I'm experiencing that.21and active

Does the shooting pain from a heart issue/attack come from behind the left ear and down the neck into the left arm? I'm experiencing that.21and active

Not really but: The most common path for cardiac pain such as from a heart attack is either straight chest heaviness or pressure in the sternal region or a radiating pain from the chest to the left shoulder and down the arm. I've not heard the detour to the ear & neck although anything is possible. I'm concerned you have asthma as well so if this picture is new to you you should be seen for further workup. ...Read more

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Shooting pain from back of left ear, down neck, and into left arm. EKG last month was good. Very worried it's a heart issue. 21 and relatively active?

Shooting pain from back of left ear, down neck, and into left arm. EKG last month was good. Very worried it's a heart issue. 21 and relatively active?

Assess the mastoid: The most common cause for any chronic pain is the presence of toxins and/or pathogens. L-homocysteine is a biomarker that measures the presence of pathogens. The most common toxins are VOCs and mold toxins. The back of the ear is the mastoid of the temporal bone. Check there for toxins and pathogens. ...Read more

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Shooting. Pain from back of left ear, down neck, and into left arm. 21 and relatively active. EKG last month was good. Very worried it's a heart issue?

Shooting. Pain from back of left ear, down neck, and into left arm. 21 and relatively active. EKG last month was good. Very worried it's a heart issue?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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Shooting pain from behind left ear, down neck, and into left arm. 21 and active. EKG was fine a month ago. Very worried it could be a heart problem?

Shooting pains?: At your age, with a normal EKG, heart problem is unlikely. I would look into a possible musculoskeletal problem or pinched nerve. Any recent injuries? ...Read more