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How is it that my carotid artery might hurt and how do I fix it?

How is it that my carotid artery might hurt and how do I fix it?

Carotid Pain: Carotid artery pain is also called carotodynia. This is caused by inflammation of the arterial bulb, where the internal and external arteries divide from the common carotid artery. I recommend large doses of nsaids, such as Ibuprofen 800 mg three times / day for fourteen days. Prednisone is also generally very effective, but is used only if nsaids don't work. See your primary care healthcare provi. ...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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Are there any risk of rapture or weakening of the carotid arteries if you press it too hard? How hard do you have to press? It hurts now

Are there any risk of rapture or weakening of the carotid arteries if you press it too hard? How hard do you have to press? It hurts now

Rarely: The carotids are actually a group of three arteries on both sides of your neck. Generally, they don`t weaken or rupture. Rarely, trauma to your neck can cause a rupture or "dissection" of the carotid artery. If you have headache, blurry vision or severe pain see a doctor as soon as possible. ...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

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I am a hypochondriac and I am really scared my carotid artery hurts there a knot in it it has spasms and my neck and face on that side are numb ?

I am a hypochondriac and I am really scared my carotid artery hurts there a knot in it it has spasms and my neck and face on that side are numb ?

Don't settle for it: You declare being a hypochondriac as if that's been settled. Please don't accept a lifetime of it. It will be costly in many ways. Seek psychotherapy to learn how to think differently and meet your needs and hopes in better ways. Find someone you trust. Best! ...Read more

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Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Headaches scare me cause I always think I'm having an anurysm and my carotid artery feels enlarged and it's beating really hard and my Neck hurts?

Again?: I believe you have asked this question several times in different ways. You need to see someone to get a handle on your symptoms. I suspect that anxiety may be contributing significantly to this. ...Read more

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My left carotid artery hurts and pounds terribly strong it spasms a lot anspd face neck numb on that side. Scared I have carotid anurysm help me ?

My left carotid artery hurts and pounds terribly strong it spasms a lot anspd face neck numb on that side. Scared I have carotid anurysm help me ?

Aneurysm doubtful: An aneurysm is very unlikely. You may have an inflammatory condition or vasculitis. Generally, arteries don't hurt unless inflamed. An ultrasound would be the first step. Make an appointment with a vascular surgeon, but, you will not likely need surgery. ...Read more

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Ok so I'm scared I'm not very active I do eat a lot if bad foods.my left carotid artery hurts really bad and so doesx my head neck and face are numb?

Ok so I'm scared I'm not very active I do eat a lot if bad foods.my left carotid  artery hurts really bad and so doesx my head neck and face are numb?

See a neurologist: for neurological examination, labs, imaging and diagnosis. This is a serious medical condition and evaluation by a neurologist is warranted. ...Read more

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Carotid artery pain right side only hurts wehn touched - also jaw pain, facial pain and around ear and top of brow when to seek medical attention?

Earlier: better than late. pain may be in the carotid region but carotid artery does not cause pain even if you have ateritis. there are other regions for pain some benign and some serious. u may have infection, t/m jt arthritis or neuralgia. ...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