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What Causes A Pad Of Fat To Develop At The Back Base Of The Neck
How often does poor posture cause a fat pad to develop on the back of the neck right at top of back? (bottom of neck)
Not really: Poor posture can cause spine issues over a long long long time. If there is a "fat pad", it needs to be checked and confirmed by ur pcp. This could b a sign if medical condition. Call ur doctor and have it checked out. ...Read more
Can a toothache cause pain in back of head like the base of your head close to the top of the neck?
My 2 year old keeps saying the back of her neck at the base of her head hurts. There doesn't seem to be any tag or bite. What could be the cause?
The doctor said I have curvature of the spine and a large fat pad on my neck/upper back area. Its extremely painful. Is this curable?
A Bend In The Road: Hard to say without more details (e.g. how severe the curvature) but there are many non-surgical approaches/therapies to try to at least make some improvements and feel better. Talk to your doctor about forms of physical therapy and conditioning and discuss the exact nature and severity of your spine and what options you have. Get a consult with a physiatrist and keep a positive proactive attitude ...Read more
Can a pinched nerve in back of neck kill you or cause you to not be able to swollow? Pain is base of skull into ear and up to top of skull.
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
I have a heavy pulse in the back of my neck near base of the skull along with stiffness, minor headache CT scan no contrast came out normal. Causes?
Awful head ache, which began 7 days ago at base of skull and back of neck. Base of skull and neck pain worse with movement, causes?
You have been evalau: From your background information I see you have been evaluated. Was the MRI of the brain or the neck? How was the diagnosis of benign intercranial hypertension made? When you discuss this with your physician. Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker and can cause headaches. Was it given for headaches. Your physician can help clarify this. ...Read more
What causes slight bulg in back neck (base of skull) extreme pain that shoots through my head into left eye and gives me extreme migraine soon after?
Whould a cervical spine MRI show the cause of pressure, numbness, tenderness of the area at the base of the skull to the middle of the top of neck?
It may or may not as: There are several different possibilities for your symptoms including none cervical spine ones-some may arise from the cervical spine but may also not be diagnosed by the MRI as well-tests are usually done to confirm or help to narrow done the possible causes after a careful history and exam is done by a physician who will then order the appropriate tests or referrals ...Read more
What could cause increasing muscle weakness in neck and constant aching weakness in upper spine area, hurts to hold up head, feels like neck and vessels are swelling, with pressure at base of head?
What would cause paresthesia in right face/arm when massaging ache in top neck/skull base? No news back from spine X-ray last week. Should I worry about aneurysm/tumors? Always achy. Dr says anxiety.
Likely but maybe not: Neurologically, it wouldn't happen. A rare form of thoracic outlet syndrome could cause the hand symptoms. This can be tested for in the office by your doctor. Nerves to the right face do not run through the neck. Spine xrays will not be helpful. A careful neurologic exam of the affected hand and face during the symptoms will tell the tale clear enough. ...Read more
Neck pain at base of skull, headaches, facial tingling and numbness, ringing in ears, shoulder burning, and low back pain. What could cause all this?
Fibromyalgia: 25y female with "HA, facial tingling, neck/low back/shoulder pain" & tinnitus. This symptom constellation comports with Fibromyalgia, FM, wherein muscle tension headache, TMJ, TOS & widespread soft tissue spasms co-generate global pain. Symptoms cross tissue/organ systems. General medical evaluation needed, & if no specific diagnosis then FM shifts to top of differential diagnostic list. ...Read more
Sore throat, headaches, sharp pain on back of neck & persistent pain (3/10) at base of left ear only. Recently treated 4 bronchitis. Causes?
New infection: Sounds like you have an upper respiratory infection. An infection of the throat by a virus can cause pain to radiate up into the ear and vise versa. Try taking some ibuprofen, drink lots of fluids and rest. If you develop shortness of breath or high fever then you should see your doctor again. If your throat is red, swollen and has white patches on it, then you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Husbands thyroid US came back normal except for a thick Isthmus at 7mm. What causes this & should we get further testing? His Adams apple is deviated.
Could gastritis and acid reflux be the cause of slightly discolored mucus in the mornings? Thick mucus in the back of my throat when I wake up.
No: Coming from airway and if clears easily don't worry about it. ...Read more
Impacted&rotten wisdom teeth, can it cause sore throat, ear pain, jaw pain? Mainly sore throat at back of mouth (annoying). Always swallowing thick mucous
It could: It could do that. Get a dentist to see about getting that tooth out soon. ...Read more
Muscle spasms.: Tight muscles can cause pressure on the nerves in the area. There are several nerves at the base of the skull as well as several muscle attachments that are susceptible. Stress, poor posture, repaired use, or injury can cause the muscles to tighten in there by affecting her's. Try ice or stretching exercises. ...Read more
I have a swelling of some sort on my back right below the base of the neck. It doesn't hurt but is very noticeable. The back of my neck hurts.
Lymph node: A proper history and exam can give more information but lymph nodes can be painful and present on the neck. Lipomas or cysts can also erupt there. Please get checked ...Read more
What causes a feeling of pressure where the sternum meets the collarbone? Right in the center at the base of the neck. PCP says heart ok.
Heartburn: For you, two likely candidates. It may be your heartburn. You are on a medicine for this, but maybe it is not controlling it adequately. Look at your diet, consider increasing to twice a day (pantoprazole) for a few days. If not that, maybe it is anxiety acting up (lump in the throat) and maybe your zoloft (sertraline) is not at the proper dose. ...Read more
Mri c spine & brachial plexus showed minor disc bulge c6/c7, should I be worried and/or long-term? Also is this the base of the neck area? And what affects could this have.
Depends: The effect of "minor disc bulge" would depend on if the bulge contributes to neural foramenal narrowing or central canal stenosis. The neural foramen are the passage ways for the nerves on their way to the arm. If foramenal stenosis becomes symptomatic then you would feel tingling in your arm. The disc bulge could retract or get bigger. C6/c7 is near the base of neck. ...Read more
Tightness at the base of the neck (front) and along clavicles, feels like throat is tight when head tilts back, throat clicks when swallowing. Glands?
Plat yams muscle pul: You probably pulled your platysma muscle. There is normal clicking of the larynx over the spine when you swallow. You can try some Motrin 600 mg three times a day for any inflammation in this area. I have not really seen clicking so bad in my practice that I had to treat it. The Motrin will help the muscle strain. If it is not better in a few weeks, see an ENT doctor and they will check it. ...Read more
Neck pain/swelling: Can result from trauma/injury such as whiplash, from working with head/neck bent forward, infection, neoplasm. Direct trauma may cause contusions, hematomas, edema, muscle spasm. Persistent problems should be evaluated by doc. Moist heat, stretching exercises, nsaids, massage, physical therapy can lessen pain & spasm. See doc if not improving. ...Read more
Pain at the top: Her back? Could be cervical disc syndrome, if it is bothering u see u lpcp for evaluation. ...Read more
I've recently noticed some discoloration in a line across the back of my neck. What could cause this?
Sign of problems??: If this is a dark discoloration of your skin that forms a long line at back of your neck, it can mean problems. Those that are getting heavy may find this as a signal of a pre diabetic state. Check with your doc. ...Read more
I have a hard knot at the base of my neck/top of my back with pain in that area of my back regularly. What could this be?
The most likely answer is that you have partially torn a muscle in your upper back, from chronic strain, and that muscle has balled up into a knot.
This can cause a lot of pain and dysfunction. Book an appt with me and we will discuss it further. ...Read more
More info, please.: Sorry, we need more information. What kind of pain (sharp, dull, crampy, constant)? How long have you had it? What treatment has been tried? Does it hurt with movement or not? Please ask again and give more details. Remember that there is a 150 character limit for questions, inc. Spaces and punctuation, so keep it brief but complete! ...Read more
Bone spur: It sounds as if you may have a bone spur. See your doctor. ...Read more
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