When laughing I felt something near the base of neck hurt. I've been having issues with that area too. (cramps, needle-like pains. Burning ache etc) was that a nerve aching or something?

Probably so. See Dr. This requires further evaluation to determine what is the cause, and get it treated. Time to see an NM osteopathic doctor (DO) who can help evaluate and treat it successfully, and order imaging. Skull base nerve issues can impact your balance, neck or head pain, swallowing, heart rate, feeling faint, chewing, dental. TMJ or shoulder issues due to muscles and nerves coming out the base of the skull.