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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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On and off fever (hot flashes), cough which passed (now only occasional), now sore throat, yesterday neck pain, today back pain. Is this serious?

On and off fever (hot flashes), cough which passed (now only occasional), now sore throat, yesterday neck pain, today back pain. Is this serious?

Beginnings of virus: You may have the beginnings of an infection (possibly viral). The sore throat and stiff neck are things i always recommend be evaluated by physicians since you never know what exactly is up and what testing you may need. Take your temperature with a thermometer to document how much (if any) of a fever you have, start drinking plenty of fluids. Make sure your nutritional status is good ; get seen. ...Read more

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Sore throat, posterior neck pain (sudden in onset)& headache x2wks. Last night woke up w/stabbing throat pain- still hurts, but less. No fevers. Ddx?

Sore throat, posterior neck pain (sudden in onset)& headache x2wks. Last night woke up w/stabbing throat pain- still hurts, but less. No fevers. Ddx?

Doctor can examine: New throat pain can be from strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies. Usually, a person sees a doctor if the sore throat illness is bothersome (as in this case), coming with other symptoms (head and neck pain in this case) recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). ...Read more

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Sore throat,HA,neck pain/stiffness,malaise,&fatigue x1 wk. Dr. at Urgent Care said it's encephalitis based on symptoms&low WBC count.What should I do?

Sore throat,HA,neck pain/stiffness,malaise,&fatigue x1 wk. Dr. at Urgent Care said it's encephalitis based on symptoms&low WBC count.What should I do?

Viral? Cause?: What is the cause of encephalitis? Is there any viruses going around where you live? It seems as if the symptoms are mild enough that you're at home typing on your computer. If you develop seizures, numbness, tremors, &c, then you need to go back to the ER for more treatment. In the mean while, TTYD & drink plenty of fluids if it's viral. Meds causing encephalitis need to be eval by your doctor. ...Read more

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Sore throat, headache, neck pain, malaise, & fatigue x15 days. Neg. strep test, no fever. Taking amoxicillin w/no help. Possible causes?

Sore throat, headache, neck pain, malaise,  & fatigue x15 days. Neg. strep test, no fever. Taking amoxicillin w/no help. Possible causes?

Needs work-up: For symptoms that are ongoing like that- I think of several possibilities. One would be mono- and that's an easy one (mono-spot test). Not sure if you have risk factors for HIV but I would test you for that too. Other viruses such as enterovirus or adenovirus could cause these symptoms, but usually not this long. REST may help you. Would check back with doc prescribing Amoxicillin-probably stop it ...Read more

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Sore throat and neck pain x 2 days. Now right ear is bothering me. Gargling salt water, taking tylenol (acetaminophen). How long do I wait before going to my doctor?

Sore throat and neck pain x 2 days. Now right ear is bothering me. Gargling salt water, taking tylenol (acetaminophen).  How long do I wait before going to my doctor?

If significant sore: Throat especially with swollen lymph nodes, exudates & enlarged, beefy red tonsils - you could see your doctor's office tomorrow for a strep throat test/ culture. It would save you $ - as compared to going to the er. ...Read more

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What to do if i cannot move much, I have a headache, a sore throat, neck pain, what's wrong with me?

What to do if i cannot move much, I have a headache, a sore throat, neck pain, what's wrong with me?

See a Doctor: There are many possibilities her but it could be serious and you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a mild sore throat chest and neck pain when coughing drainage clearing throat tender chest shallow breathing. Diagnosis?

I have a mild sore throat chest and neck pain when coughing drainage clearing throat tender chest shallow breathing. Diagnosis?

Bronchitis Symptoms: Probably bronchitis. Many are viral and will resolve in 7-10 days. If cough becomes productive or fever above 100, i recommend a visit to your doctor to evaluate for possible antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. William Culviner
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Throat Pain (Definition)

Throat pain is any tenderness or discomfort in the throat. This may be caused by bacterial or viral infections, or any kind of damage to the ...Read more