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On/off pain on side of neck that goes to ear/head area.Where carotid artery is,Does that mean it's blocked? I'm only 21.It's on the right side

On/off pain on side of neck that goes to ear/head area.Where carotid artery is,Does that mean it's blocked? I'm only 21.It's on the right side

Your carotid artery: is not blocked. Blocked carotid does not hurt. You may have some sort of infection or inflammation involving your ear or lymphnodes in neck or neck muscle spasms or even cervical strain or sprain. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?

Could the carotid arteries clear themselves or with massaging my neck?

Not likely: A stenosis of the carotid arteries as in any other artery is a process that takes years to develop and is referred to as plaque. Plaque that has developed in the artery does not go away on its own. It can be removed reliably and safely with endarterectomy of the carotid artery. Massaging the carotid arteries will likely not help the situation and may dislodge unstable plaque making it dangerous. ...Read more

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When doing duplex of the carotid arteries, how high up the neck do u see? Where does the sight usually end? Can u see in level with the cheekbones?

When doing duplex of the carotid arteries, how high up the neck do u see? Where does the sight usually end? Can u see in level with the cheekbones?

Usually up to: the area where the arteries enter the skull. So, no, it does not image the area of cheekbones. It is useful test because atherosclerotic carotid disease is very common where common carotid artery bifurcates into external and internal branches. ...Read more

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What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

What would cause spasms in your neck or carotid artery?

Carotid spasms: Carotid spasms occur only with direct manipulation of the artery itself, such as during an operation or during a catheterization. Carotid artery spasms will not cause pain that one would attribute to the neck in any way. ...Read more

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Stand up and neck start pulsate super strong, do the carotid arteries expand or narrow? took BP and was normal, shouldnt it be high?

Stand up and neck start pulsate super strong, do the carotid arteries expand or narrow? took BP and was normal, shouldnt it be high?

Pulsate: With blood flow and pressure, the artery walls will expand with each heart beat, then relax and deflate a bit, and the cycle continues with each heart beat. When you stand up, people can sometimes get a low blood pressure, due to the positional change, and the heart may try to compensate by increasing its heart rate, and therefore, this may be more noticeable in your neck. ...Read more

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Inflammation of carotid arteries. I have pain in the right side of my neck. I was told there was nothing that can be done except antinflamatory meds.

Inflammation of carotid arteries.  I have pain in the right side of my neck. I was told there was nothing that can be done except antinflamatory meds.

Well, yes: cannot say in your particular case without direct exam. AND large vessel autoimmune diseases are treated with high dose steroids. High dose steroids are effective in large vessel disease. Other therapies (anti-rejection drugs, monoclonal antibodies) are being evaluated and likely to be helpful, but are not known definitely to work yet. ...Read more

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So is it impossible to feel normal sized lymphnodes in neck along carotid artery? feels like very small knots but i have very sensitive feeling.......

So is it impossible to feel normal sized lymphnodes in neck along carotid artery? feels like very small knots but i have very sensitive feeling.......

Nodes: there is great variation in what people feel and interpret from their sensations. The best you can get is your own sensations unless you become a physician and palpate a large range of necks with known lymph node status. Other 'knot' sensations are also possible. ...Read more

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Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Can 30% plaque in your carotid artery cause pain in the carotid/neck area?

Not a sign of plaque: 30% block in your carotid artery will not cause pain in your neck area.It is an indicator that it can compromise the blood flow to the brain if gets worse.One has to control the LDL levels in blood and bring it down with statins and diet.If it it prgresses to 60% or more, than you will need endarterectomy and reduce the chances of it leading to stroke. ...Read more

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My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot.. I'm scared?

My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot.. I'm scared?

Torticollis: The Sternoclidomasoid" Muscle goes into spasm. I believe this what is happening to you. It is a benign condition. Nothing to worry about,although it is painful and cannot turn neck in all direction. Rx Anti Infalmmatory like Ibuprofen Ice application, Local Muscle recant like Bengay /Flexall/Deep heating and Oral Muscle Relaxant will help you. And if not better in 24 H. get examined by your MD. ...Read more

Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more