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Why do I get a sudden sharp pain on the side of my neck?

Why do I get a sudden sharp pain on the side of my neck?

Pinched Nerve/Muscle: Most times back pain that is sudden onset will resolve. You should use anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, aleve around the clock and even tylenol (acetaminophen) to help. If this does not resolve you should see your doctor for a muscle relaxant as well. If it still does not resolve, I would recommend seeing a spine specialist for a full evaluation and testing. You may need to get an MRI to see inside. ...Read more

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When I move my right arm up I get a sharp pain at the top of my neck/head on the left side, what does this mean?

When I move my right arm up I get a sharp pain at the top of my neck/head on the left side, what does this mean?

Cervical disc: You may have a cervical disc problem. Pain in the neck and associate arm pain or pain with movement may very well indicate a significant problem with your cervical spine. It could be other things but i would see my pcp or orthopedist or neurologist and get an evaluation. You many need imaging and other testing. I would not delay this evaluation. ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain on my right side in the collarbone area between my neck and shoulder. It's also sore to the touch and recurring. What could this be?

I get a sharp pain on my right side in the collarbone area between my neck and shoulder. It's also sore to the touch and recurring. What could this be?

Consider rib pain: My first guess is that your 1st rib on the right side is out of alignment. Your description of the pain and location certainly match this. An adjustment from a chiropractor or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) who performs manipulative medicine can fix this problem. Could also consider it to be a transient muscle spasm. ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain on left side of my head at the back of my ear when this happens my left side jaw and neck seem to lock the pain can last for hours?

Diagnosis: Unfortunately we can't diagnose the cause of your symptoms over the internet. I recommend that you see your local dentist, preferably one trained and experienced in also recognizing signs and symptoms of TMD/TMJ syndrome. Based upon his/her exam you may have to be evaluated by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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My neck and shoulder hurt on my left side but i get a sharp pain when i swallow liquids not food my muscles feel tight I have bad anxiety nd i'm worrd?

My neck and shoulder hurt on my left side but i get a sharp pain when i swallow liquids not food my muscles feel tight I have bad anxiety nd i'm worrd?

Muscle spasms : Even young people can start experiencing neck problems due to neck nerve root irritation. This can occur because of lifting heavy things, sports injuries or other accidents. Repetitive stress injuries can also initiate the symptoms, sleeping on the stomach with the neck twisted to one side can kink the neck nerves. Drinking cold liquids can initiate muscle spasms. See family md for treatment. ...Read more

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I've been noticing a sharp pain in the left side of my neck, possible main artery. Happens when I get upset, anxious or mad. What could this be?

I've been noticing a sharp pain in the left side of my neck, possible main artery. Happens when I get upset, anxious or mad. What could this be?

One possibility: Many people express anger, upset and anxiety through tensing muscles - especially muscles of the upper back and neck. That can cause pain. To keep from getting so upset try this: reath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer ...Read more

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Sudden sharp pain jabbing in my right side of my neck and into my shoulder. Feels like a knife digging deep inside. How do I get rid of the pain?

Sudden sharp pain jabbing in my right side of my neck and into my shoulder.  Feels like a knife digging deep inside.  How do I get rid of the pain?

Difficult to tell : You what the treatment should be, because it is difficult to tell what your condition might be. It is most likely musculoskeletal or pinched nerve, but it could be coming from underlying lung or brachial plexus. ...Read more

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I get sharp pain in the back of my head more on right side.It comes and goes.Also my neck is sometime stiff and can't move in any direction.Thank you?

I get sharp pain in the back of my head more on right side.It comes and goes.Also my neck is sometime stiff and can't move in any direction.Thank you?

Occipital neuralgia: hi Amila, You may have an irritation of one of your occipital nerves. These nerves are formed from upper nerve roots of the cervical spine, and they course through a couple of layers of neck musculature to innervate your scalp. You may have some tight neck muscles compressing this nerve intermittently. Try icing your neck, physical therapy, or see a dr for an occipital nerve block procedure. ...Read more