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Why Does My Neck Hurt When I Cough
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Herniated Disk: Coughing and laughing that results in pain suggests a herniated disk, this will not generally be anything that will harm you in the long run. That said, if there is any perceived weakness or ascending numbness in the legs or arms, that would be of concern. If you are worried I would suggest you see your doctor for further workup with imaging like Xray or MRI. ...Read more
Got a cold been coughing sneezing and blowing nose a lot sides of neck hurt when I cough now is this normal?
Muscle pain: The most likely reason is that when you tip your head back your are using extensor muscles. Most people when using computers, televisions, books use their flexion muscles. We do these activities frequently, but most of us do not do frequent activities that tip our heads back. ...Read more
Get examination: If this has been going on for an extended period of time I would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nature. It could be as gimle as the pillow you use or the position you sleep in. Try placing a towel wrapped around your neck, secured by a pin and se if the extra support stop your pain. If do then try getting a pillow with a neck contour for support. ...Read more
Flexing Your Neck: Causes discs to bulge out more and pinch nerves and spinal cord in your neck. If this is not improving after trying different positions or proper form for your sit-ups, consider seeing a spine specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read more
Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more
Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more
Carotidynia-: There are a variety of reasons for pain when touching parts of the neck, like an inflamed lymph node, a growth, pressure on a nearby nerve. However, there is a condition called carotidyina where pressure on the main neck artery (the carotid artery) causes pain. The pain is continuous, dull and throbbing, may stretch to the same side jaw, eye, ear and cheek. Cause unknown. Treat with nsaids. ...Read more
Why do my shoulders and neck hurt especially after I wake up? Then I feel weird beating sensations in different parts of my head.
Your symptoms may be stress, or bad posture during sleep.It is difficult to tell without a history and examination. If this is bothering you, you may want to see a doctor.
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I have a big knot on the bottom of neck more on my shoulder could this be sitting on a nerve and causing my back and neck hurt all the time?
Trigger points: A "knot" near the bottom of the neck (lower cervical spine) or in between the shoulder blade is commonly do to a muscle spasm. The descriptors provided indicates that this is likely a myofascial or muscular trigger point, which is a form of muscle spasm. "a pinched nerve" in the neck can commonly cause the described symptoms as well. Effective treatment can be started once diagnosis is confirmed. ...Read more
What could of bit me that made a part of my l/s swell about 3 inches and about the size of a nickle that would make my shoulder and neck hurt 2 move
I am a smoker and I smoke cigarette butts I want know y my neck hurt on my left side like someone stabbed me there?
Many Reasons: Your neck could be hurting for many reasons. See your doctor to find out. Your smoking, however, is by far the more serious problem, as it can lead to lung cancer, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, laryngeal cancer, chronic pain, depression, and early death, as well as decreased quality of life. Please quit!!!!!! ...Read more
The right side and right back side of my neck hurt really bad what's the matter with my neck? And how can I fix it?
Depends..: Did you suffer and injury? Did you do any erratic movements? It is important to know how pain started and what other symptoms you are experiencing at this time. If you didn't suffer any injuries or recent accidents, let's say you just woke up like that;icing the area 15-20 mins three times a day helps. However, it is always good that you visit your doctor. Ask your caregiver to take you for check up. ...Read more
Is it: Pounding or throbbing? Does light or sound make your headache worse? Are you nauseated? If so you have a migraine headache. 80% of migraines are associated with neck pain. If it is not a migraine then it could be a terrible headache from the spasm in your neck. For a migraine take 3 excedrinrs and lie in a cool dark room and sleep it off. For the other take Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen), ice or heat, md. ...Read more
Yesterday I slighty bumped my head then my neck hurt a little bit. I just woke up amd my neck doesn't hurt. I'm fine right? I have anxiety too.
Hi my neck hurt and the back of my head hurt when I touch it or lay down my head hurt all over and it feels like something is crawling across it?
Neck and head pain: From what you are describing it sounds like you are having muscle spasms in the muscle in the neck up into the back of your head. These spasms can feel like something crawling across your neck/back of head. Without more information its tough to be more specific - Try moist heating pad and some advil or aleve (naproxen). If it continues or you have numbness in the arms please see a doctor. ...Read more
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