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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


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Pain in back of my head down to top of my neck, sore throat, coughs, what do I have? Had exact same symptom week ago, now its back.

Pain in back of my head down to top of my neck, sore throat, coughs, what do I have?  Had exact same symptom week ago, now its back.

RULE OUT MONO: You have upper respiratory infection most likely associated with lymph nodes emergent in the neck
you need to be on two week courses of antibiotic and reevaluate might need to rule out mono if the lymph nodes persist in spite of the antibiotic treatment
either way you need to go and see your pcp. ...Read more

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I've got a sore throat that I think has made the back of my neck hurt plus I'm having sharp deep like pains at top of chest closer to my shoulder.

I've got a sore throat that I think has made the back of my neck hurt plus I'm having sharp deep like pains at top of chest closer to my shoulder.

See a doctor ASAP: There is a potential for this to be extremely severe. It may involve the potential spaces between muscle groups in your neck and can obstruct your breathing. Go and get seen and hope this turns out to be benign. ...Read more

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On top of a sore throat, struggling to swollow & stiff neck my tongue is now white at the back. What is this?

On top of a sore throat, struggling to swollow & stiff neck my tongue is now white at the back. What is this?

White tongue: MAY be from Thrush, a yeast infection. Difficulty swallowing MAY be more serious. Please see your doctor to diagnose what is happening and provide help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Each morning I wake up, for about 4 days now, my throat is unbearable. It seems like it coming from the top back of my throat. When I swallow it hurts extremely bad. I have had a sore throat before and I'm pretty sure this isn't your typical one. After ga

Each morning I wake up, for about 4 days now, my throat is unbearable. It seems like it coming from the top back of my throat. When I swallow it hurts extremely bad. I have had a sore throat before and I'm pretty sure this isn't your typical one. After ga

Could be strep: If you have a severe sore throat it would be a good idea to see a doctor and be checked for strep infection. If it is strep you need antibiotics. With strep throat you often have very painful throat with pus, swollen lymph nodes, fever and no cough. There are other causes of sore throat but it is best to have a doctor look at it if it is severe. ...Read more

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2 or 3 raised red bumps with white center on back of throat on top near uvula. I had tonsils removed years ago. Bumps are a little sore. What is it?

2 or 3 raised red bumps with white center on back of throat on top near uvula. I had tonsils removed years ago. Bumps are a little sore. What is it?

Cannot diagnose: Answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. Even if we could, this would have to be seen to be diagnosed as there are several possibilities that would require specific testing. See your doctor. ...Read more

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2 weeks AFTER tonsil infection. Still, on/off sore throat burn. GP said wait another week. Second advice? Pain goes from back to top depending on day.

Depends on doctor: Throat symptoms after a tonsil infection will vary with different types of infections and with different patients. Some doctors recheck the throat if the original symptoms don't go away within 1 week. Throat symptoms can also be due to something other than what caused the original infection. With strep throat, one can easily catch it again (but sometimes the first infection did not clear). ...Read more

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I have two small red dots flat under the skin in my mouth on inside the cheek other back top of my roof they don't hurt i also have a sore throat?

I have two small red dots flat under the skin in my mouth on inside the cheek other back top of my roof they don't hurt i also have a sore throat?

Red dots: This is impossible to diagnose without a visual examination and additional information.
If they don't heal or disappear in 7-10 days, have them examined by your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Prescribed bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for infection from a cut on top of my back, on day 3 of it and I feel worse. Headaches discomfort in neck now sore throat, normal?

Doctor can examine: A "cut" means different things to different people. One person's cut may be one-fourth of an inch long, while another person's cut may be four inches long. Likewise, one person's cut may be down to the muscle, while another person's may be only in the skin surface. Headaches and sore throat may be a new cold or strep throat. To see if new symptoms related to the "cut"... one will need an exam. ...Read more

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I have yellow top palate towards back of mouth with cold/burning on off sore throat sensation. Does not hurt to swallow food. Some mucus of a morning.?

I have yellow top palate towards back of mouth with cold/burning on off sore throat sensation. Does not hurt to swallow food. Some mucus of a morning.?

Throat burning: Most likely either postnasal drip or reflux. Consider elevating the head of bed, zyrtec (cetirizine) before bedtime to decrease discharge, check for allergens. Treatment of reflux with either PPIs (omeprazole) or H2 blockers (ranitidine). For reflux avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine, spicy foods. F/u wiht doctor ...Read more

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I've had a headache for a month, behind my eyebrows, back of head top of head. Neck pain, occasional sore throat. Ear pain, oval hard bump on head?

I've had a headache for a month, behind my eyebrows, back of head top of head. Neck pain, occasional sore throat. Ear pain, oval hard bump on head?

Refractory Headache: Refractory headache for one month and "oval hard bump on head" is a red flag and visit to your PCP is warranted. Schedule an appointment for consultation, tests and imaging. ...Read more

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The top/back of my mouth/throat is extremely sore. Tender and hurts to swallow. I don't have tonsils anymore so Could this be to do with sleep apnea?

The top/back of my mouth/throat is extremely sore. Tender and hurts to swallow. I don't have tonsils anymore so Could this be to do with sleep apnea?

Possible: It could be simply dry and irritated due to mouth breathing/apnea at night but if so should quickly resolve in the am. if it persists all day you may have a viral infection. With no tonsils it is less likely to be strep. Take motrin and use salt water gargles and see your doctor if it persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Soreness behind ear on top of head and next to temple ride my bike about 30 km to work every day with a bag on my back — could it be neck problem?

Soreness behind ear on top of head and next to temple ride my bike about 30 km to work every day with a bag on my back — could it be neck problem?

Tension: Could be muscle tension from the bag transmitted to that area, however given the location. Near the temple you need to see your doctor to rule out a potentially dangerous condition called temporal arteries which can affect your vision. If left untreated can cause blindness on the side which is irreversible. ...Read more

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When I lean my head forward my muscles feel sore like they're pulling @ the top of my back. Cracked my neck a few weeks earlier & it hurts really bad?

When I lean my head forward my muscles feel sore like they're pulling @ the top of my back. Cracked my neck a few weeks earlier & it hurts really bad?

Strain: Strained neck ligaments and/or muscles are the likely cause of your symptoms. Since the injury is weeks old, I recommend hot(not too hot) moist applications for 20 minutes 4 times a day, rubbing liniment, and, if you can take them, nsaids like ibuprofen to relax and loosen tissues. Make sure you have a comfortable pillow. If significant discomfort persists, have your physician examine you. ...Read more

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What could this be.lump at top of spine/base of neck? Neck is sore, headache

What could this be.lump at top of spine/base of neck? Neck is sore, headache

Hard to say: Have to take a look. It could be a lymph node a cyst, an infection. I'd see your doctor or post a picture here ...Read more

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Hi I was told I have anxiety and I keep having pains in my left rip some times in the chest and I have a really sore neck at the top of the spine?

Hi I was told I have anxiety and I keep having pains in my left rip some times in the chest and I have a really sore neck at the top of the spine?

Stress related: Anxiety and stress can lead to tightening of the trapezius and elevator scapula muscle that will result in neck stiffness and pain in the upper back / chest area and occasional headache. Hot shower, neck exercises, and meditation or other relaxing techniques will help. If you have persistent numbness or other neurological symptoms please see your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've found sore red lump/pimple on the top of my shoulder on my back, never had this before and it hurts when I move my arm or neck what is this?

I've found sore red lump/pimple on the top of my shoulder on my back, never had this before and it hurts when I move my arm or neck what is this?

Ruptured cyst: Could be an epidermoid cyst. These can rupture under the skin and cause a large area of swelling and redness. These can be removed relatively easily, unless they have been drained previously, in which case they can be scarred and adhere to the surrounding tissue. Frequently, if they are very inflamed, the area will improve with oral antibiotics (rx). ...Read more

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I have neck & upper back pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

I have neck & upper back pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

No it is not: No it is not.
You need to see your doctor for evaluation, and treatment, and stop cracking your neck.

Proper evaluation will rule out any serious condition in the spine, and open the door for suggestion from the specialist of how to have a nice healthy spine.

See a doctor. ...Read more

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I have sore pain on top of my head only when I touch it shoots to the back of my eyes. I also have neck pain back of neck?

Consult your doctor: I'm sorry you are not feeling well. I would definitely go to visit your doctor. If you have had trauma to your head, there are a set of conditions to look for. If you have not had any trauma to your head, there are other things to consider. The pain in your neck is a separate issue. ...Read more

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Rear ended neck and lower back bruised and swollen I was rear ended in a car accident my neck is sore and bruised and swollen, my lower back all the way down to the top of my butt given pain pills muscle relaxers. And was told I should not go to a chiropr

Rear ended neck and lower back bruised and swollen I was rear ended in a car accident my neck is sore and bruised and swollen, my lower back all the way down to the top of my butt
given pain pills muscle relaxers. And was told I should not go to a chiropr

Why?: Ok let's back up (no pun intended). Where did you get the pain pills? Who told you not to see a chiropractor? Listen to your doctors and go where they tell you. If you do not agree, get a second or a third opinion. Obviously you came to this forum for a different thought. All doctors have information to offer. Use your best judgement. ...Read more

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Sore neck/pain in the top back of my head leading to mild headaches and ear popping for over a week! Any idea?

Sore neck/pain in the top back of my head leading to mild headaches and ear popping for over a week! Any idea?

See your doctor: Cervicalgia, is basically a pain in the neck. Most of the time, cervicalgia may be due to a muscle strain or ligament sprain. The headaches and general stiffness in the neck, are symptoms of classic cervicalgia. If your discomfort does not go away with rest, NSAIDs OTC, and moist heat packs, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Trunk of suv slammed down on my head. No symptoms of concussion.have bump on top of head, pain to touch, slight sore neck, back,knees. Should I see a dr?

Trunk of suv slammed down on my head. No symptoms of concussion.have bump on top of head, pain to touch, slight sore neck, back,knees. Should I see a dr?

Not if your ok: If your not having any severe head pain, dizziness, nausea, poor concentration or memory, change in personality, poor sleep you've not had a concussion and you will be fine. No need to see a Doctor ...Read more