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When I Swallow My Neck Hurts
Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help decrease pain. ...Read more
Sore throat: Pain on swallowing can be due to a throat infection by a virus or strep. It also occur with inflammation of the thyroid gland or other neck structures. If painful swallowing persists without other signs of a viral infection, see your physician for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate tests will be ordered and perhaps a referral to an otolaryngologist will be made if indicated. ...Read more
My throat (neck area, not back of mouth) hurts really bad when I swallow and turn my neck. It hurts with pressure to my adam's apple too. What is it?
It sounds as though you could be suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd). The most common symptoms of gerd are:
- sore throat
- "lump in the throat" sensation or difficulty swallowing
- acidic or sour taste in your mouth (some people describe a rotten egg-type taste)
- dry cough
- regurgitation (wet burps)
you can try over the counter antacid medications such as Tums (calcium carbonate) or maalox. It is important to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. There are many other antacid and acid blocker medications that can help alleviate your symptoms if your symptoms continue. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help:
- avoid spicy, acidic, or fatty foods
- avoid alcohol and caffeine
- quit smoking if you smoke
- avoid tight clothing - especially tight belts and pants
- eat small meals
- do not eat for a few hours before going to bed.
Good luck! ...Read more
The left side of my neck hurts when I swallow. It was hurting till earlier and I believe I popped my neck before it started hurting. Help?
Neck pain: This discomfort could be from a muscular strain or the beginning of a throat infection. With an infection the whole throat usually becomes involved and reddend within a day. If a muscle is strained or inflammed, tenderness and discomfort on turning and twisting is present. See your Physician if symptoms persist or worsen for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I'm finding it very painful to swallow. This started after a cold. My neck also swells when I wake up and the whole of my neck hurts. What is wrong?
See a doctor ASAP: Am not sure what is going on without seeing and examining you, but neck swelling should never be ignored without a detailed exam and explanation for the cause, since it may be due to very severe processes and may portend impairment of your trachea and therefore breathing. See somebody soon and good luck. Hope this turns out to be little or nothing serious. ...Read more
Inflamation: You likely have inflammation around your upper throat. If there is redness and swelling or if you are having fevers and chills it may be a sign of an infection and you should seek medical attention quickly. An infection in the neck can be very serious. If it is chronic you should also have your doctor look into your throat and evaluate for other causes. ...Read more
My son 42 yrs old is having soreness with neck. Hurts when he moves it. Also is having trouble when swallowing?
Multiple posibilites: Given the numerous structures in the neck, your son's age and the lack of any medical/surgical history there could be multiple causes for the pain. I would strongly recommend he be evaluated by your primary physician for advice. ...Read more
I was strangled by my bf pretty bad a week ago. I didn't seek medical attention it's hurts to swallow an the left side of my neck hurts a lot?
You need medical: Attention. You also need to stay away from the man you call your boyfriend. The next time he may succeed in killing you. Please contact the police. This is a crime. ...Read more
While wrestling, I was in a strong rear naked choke and I heard my neck snap! Instantly it hurt to swallow and my speech is impaired, do I just wait?
NO! Poss. FX: Do not move! Have someone call ems right away to get you to the er! ...Read more
Hi I have TMJ and its caused my neck to swell up n it hurts when I swallow I read this and wanted to know can a person massage my TMJ swellness?
TMJ pain: Although its possible for temporomandibular joint disorders to refer pain to the the throat or surrounding structures, swelling makes it sounds like you may have something else going on. I would see your primary care physician or ask for a referral to an ENT specialist. To answer your question, massage can be beneficial for helping alleviate tension in the TMJ but will not cure the cause. ...Read more
My left side of the neck is throbbing and is painful if I try to lay down. It feels stiff and also it hurts when I swallow?
See a doc today: Your description is particularly concerning because of the pain on swallowing. Along with the neck stiffness and pain when trying to lay down, the situation is concerning for infections that can be serious such as a blood clot, retropharyngeal abscess, or a meningitis. Therefore, see a doctor soon as possible to get diagnosed and treated appropriately. ...Read more
I have pain right front side of my neck for a week hurts right side of my windpipe doesn't hurt to swallow just very painful to touch feels swollen?
Pain in throat ~: Hello ~ go and see your DOC asap because it sounds as if your thyroid is swollen and so it may be a thyroid mass/lump or you may have thyroiditis. See a doc please thanks ...Read more
About 25 days ahobi was bit by cat. Didn't have tetanus shot until about 3 wls later. Plus a round of doxucycline. But now my neck hurts and have some trouble swallowing. Do u think I may have tetanus?
A possibility...: As you are still in the time frame where tetanus may show up clinically, it is a good idea to get this checked out by your doctor. If suspicion is high, they may want you to receive not only the tetanus booster, but also the tetanus immune globulin. The other primary consideration would be cat scratch disease, in which case Doxycycline would have eliminated it. ...Read more
I seem to have a swollen lymph node (s) in my neck. If I turn my head it aches. If I swallow it hurts a little. Should I see my doctor?
Common cold: At your age, these are most likely the early symptoms of the common cold. Wait a few days to see if it evolves in the usual way, very red throat, generalized ill feeling, laryngitis and coughing. If it persists or does not change in the expected way, see your family doctor. ...Read more
The glands in my neck are swollen and hurt when I touch them and when I swallow. What should I do?
See your doctor:
There are a number of possible causes for the swollen and painful lymph nodes. The difficulty when swallowing can be related to pain, or in more severe cases, related to obstruction of the orophyarynx which could progress to problems with your airway.
You need to seek immediate medical attention to have the problem diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Pain in right side of neck when tilting head to left also hurts when swallowing and looking to left.
Probably muscular: When experiencing right neck discomfort on looking and tilting to the left, a muscular or arthritic type discomfort is often the culprit as opposed to a pinched nerve. Because you also have discomfort on swallowing, I recommend a thorough neck exam by your physician, however, to rule out other causes. ...Read more
The right side of my neck hurts when I stretch it, swallow, chew. Did I possibly pull a muscle in my neck?
Neck pain: It sounds like you may have. Rarely something more serious is going on. Should be checked by your pcp. ...Read more
Haven't been able to taste for the last 3 weeks, trouble swallowing, neck glands feel swollen, neck hurts to touch?
Neck: Sounds like your glands are swollen, which can be painful. When you are sick, you can temporarily lose your taste sensation, but that should come back. You should get checked out to see if you have a current infection, whether it might be strep or mono or a whole list of other possibilities. Feel better!! ...Read more
The bottom left side of my neck and the top of my shoulder hurts when I swallow and it doesn't ease it by turning my head or massaging it. What is it?
Esophogus?: Your description that it hurts when you swallow is concerning for something that is near your esophogus (swallowing tube) or something that involves your esophogus. I would recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
When I swallow or yawn, the lower right side of my neck just above my collar b hurts. Nothing is swollen and when I touch the area it don't hurt. Help?
The left side of my neck kind of hurts when I swallow at times. Feels like it my gland kindof. Does t feel swollen and I don't feel sick any ideas?
Check with your doc: This may be a lymph node. It may be viral or something else. It may or may not need an ultrasound guided needle aspiration. Check with your doc to be safe. ...Read more
Neck stiffness and fever, back of neck hurts sometimes when swallowing. Upon eaking I feel fine but pain increases as the day goes by. Been four days?
Go see a doctor asap: These are not symptoms to trifle with. You need to go get checked out ...Read more
When I went on the gym bikes about 25 min in I got chest pain then about 20min later the pain also went to my neck and hurts when moving somtimes and swallowing?
Chest pain: Recommend being seen by a cardiologistGet a more detailed answer ›
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
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