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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 defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...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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Turned my neck fast and far to the side. Neck now hurts. Could this tear carotid artery? Cause stroke?

Turned my neck fast and far to the side. Neck now hurts. Could this tear carotid artery? Cause stroke?

Neck pain: Certainly this could be a concern, with possible carotid artery dissection. I would recommend a carotid duplex evaluation to evaluate the situation. ...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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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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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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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

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Why might someone feel a squeezing sensation near the right carotid artery?

Why might someone feel a squeezing sensation near the right carotid artery?

Carotodynia: Sometimes the carotid bulb can become sore, inflamed. Then it can hurt to touch. Must first however exclude other problems masquerading as carotodynia such as enlarged lymph nodes, muscle strain, etc ...Read more

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Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Could you die by touching the carotid arteries?

Exceedingly unlikely: The chances of this happening are extremely remote. Having said that we are always extremely cautious in examining patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis. I have personally witnessed at least one patient getting a stroke after a carotid artery examination--fortunately he recovered. So it is theoretically possible to get a stroke large enough to cause death, but the odds are extremely small. ...Read more

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Can your carotid artery spasm?

Can your carotid artery spasm?

Not really: Carotid disease cause stroke, only fmd (fibromuscular dysplasia) causes muscular spasms but they are typically asymptomatic... ...Read more

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Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Can statins unclog carotid arteries?

Not really: Statins stabilize plaque so they are the best defense against atherosclerotic plaque. They decrease ischemic and embolic events. However, they do not reverse a stenosis. ...Read more

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What does narrowing of the carotid artery mean?

Atherosclerosis: The atherosclerotic plaque builds up at the bifurcation="branch point of the common carotid into external (face) and internal (brain) components.
It may remain asymptomatic or may cause TIA or stroke.
Commonly a significant narrowing is 80-99%
there is a large medical scientific literature on this subject. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a blocked carotid artery?

How can I tell if I have a blocked carotid artery?

Ultrasound: By an ultrasound exam of the neck arteries. ...Read more

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Can a bad dowagers hump affect carotid artery flow?

No: A dowager's hump will not affect carotid artery flow. Disease in the carotid artery will affect flow. ...Read more

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Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Is a thickened carotid artery something to worry about?

Yes: As we age there is some thickening of the wall-intima.
But it is a sign of potential atherosclerosis, and risk factor change is encouraged.
Stop smoking
check blood pressure
aha diet or weight control
appropriate cardiovascular exercise
etc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an enlarged/wide carotid artery?

Vascular surgeon: This may be a normal variant and have no clinical significance, but to be sure I recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Please help! What happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

Please help! What happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

Variable: Can be many results including: nothing, blood accumulation in the neck, ecchymosis (black and blue mark), hematoma (firm mass of blood), or, in the worse case, a stroke. ...Read more

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What happens to people when they have only one carotid artery?

Depends: Many people can either block one carotid, or have one carotid occluded surgically (ie for trauma or ecmo) and go on to live normal lives and never know. Likewise, some people can have devastating strokes from it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when a carotid artery gets nicked?

"Nicked": "nicked" is a word some physicians use to describe an unintentional injury caused in the process of providing medical care by a trained person. Depending on the extent of the injury to the carotid artery, the consequences can range from nothing to causing a stroke. This would be really unfortunate, but these things can and do happen with some regularity. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

What does it mean if I have total occlusion of the carotid artery?

Total Occlusion: Total Occlusion means that it is completely blocked and no blood can flow through it. That is very bad. The brain is where the blood is going!

If you have disease in any artery, you probably have disease in other arteries. Inflammation is one of the main causes. ...Read more

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Can you be saved if you sever your carotid artery? It's for a story.

Can you be saved if you sever your carotid artery? It's for a story.

Yes: Depends on the situation and the degree of injury. It's unlikely an open stab wound that severs the artery in half could be saved just because of the logistics of getting the person to surgery in time. If the wound is closed (like the skin) tampanode can slow the bleeding enough to give the patient more time survive until surgery. ...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