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Shooting Pain From Neck To Head
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
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
Neck pain that radiates toy upper back, shoulders, and a sharp sudden shooting pain from my voice box to the back of my neck?
Could be many things: ....See your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Hello Dr. Adam. Im having serious pain shooting from my neck to my head. I can't make any quick turns and barely can get any sleep?
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. ...Read more
What causes sharp/shooting pain right said of head (4days)? And popping sensation in neck (left) this sensation happened twice only lasted 1-2sec?
Radiculopathy?: Be careful because your cervical intervertebral disc might be unstable. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
A friend of mine was playing volleyball today when she turned her head suddenly but then c/o of severe shooting pain on her neck that lasted a min.
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