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Why Might My Carotid Artery 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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
Lump on the right side of my neck for a year next to the carotid artery. It doesn't hurt and I can move it around but it will pop back into place?
Be seen: It could be many things. See your physician for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more
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?
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?
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?
Scared there is something wrong with my left carotid artery that side of my neck and face feel numb and the artery is pulsating and hurts?
Anxious: See your Dr for exam and reassurance unlikely to be serious problem in 17 y/o ...Read more
Since yesterday I've been having pain where my carotid artery would be on my neck, its been on and off mildly slight headache on the same side. Ear hurts?
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
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
Ultrasound: By an ultrasound exam of the neck arteries. ...Read more
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
CEA: The gold standard for carotid stenosis is carotid endarterectomy. ...Read more
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
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
Death: You don't need a physician to explain that this leads pretty quickly to death. ...Read more
"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
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
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