Patient discussion about neck

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Q. I have neck pain in the center of my neck. It is also swollen what can it be?

I am a 33 secretary and i am usually very healthy. in the past few weeks i am feeling a large swelling in my neck. It is hot and painful, but touching it doesn't make the pain worse. what can it be?
A1Neck swelling can be either from thyroid source or from inflamation of the skin due to infection. to distinguish between them you can check if the swelling is connected to the thyroid or not. Try to swallow. If the swelling is moving - its a thyroid swelling. elsewhere its a cutaneous issue.
A2Your neck problem can be due to several etiologies, but i can your symptoms sounds very familiar to the symptoms that i had during my thyroid gland inflammation.
does your neck look like this?
http://phoenity.com/diseases/images/thyroid_enlargement.jpg
If so you need to contact en endocrinologist.

Q. can acupuncture help neck stiffness?

I have neck pain- especially stiffness every week- once or twice. Try a lot of things but always comes back. Can acupuncture help? tell me please because if not- I dont want to put needles for nothing...
A1Acupuncture can fix most cases of neck pain, usually in 3-5 treatments. Most neck pain is due to muscular tightness, and acupuncture is very effective at releasing contracted muscles.

here's an article on Acupuncture for Back Pain:
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Acupuncture-and-Back-Pain

The treatment of neck pain is very similar. There are very few cases of side effects with acupuncture. However, if you experience consistent pain that get progressively worse, you should visit your MD for x-rays and an MRI to rule out any structural problems (bone spurs, disc degeneration, tumors, etc).
A2There is no consensus regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture - many large trials and reviews found no benefit, although some trials did find such benefit out of acupuncture in the treatment of neck pain.

However, acupuncture is not risk free - serious side effects are possible, although extremely rare (about 6 in 100,000 in one trial), but mild side effects are more common (several percents) and in some cases acupuncture may aggravate the pain. Acupuncture is also prohibited in some patients (e.g. risk for bleeding or infection).

Remember to consult your doctor before you start any new treatment, including alternatives.

Take care,

Q. Since this morning I have strong neck pain that is killing me, I can't move my neck.

Ai get neck pain after being stressed. sitting in a long and crucial exam, at job interviews... i use tiger balm to sooth it. massage my neck while rubbing it in. very helpful.
try doing "physiotherapy", move it all the time.
if all that doesn't help and you can't sleep- it might be wise to take an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but try avoiding if unnecessary.
crossing fingers for ya'

Q. shoulder and neck strain and pain

I have a terrible shoulder and neck pain and i keep cracking my neck muscles to release pressure. I get temporary relief with tylenol but after few hrs the pain and strain starts again.Any ideas?
AA mellow exercise and streching on a regular basis is the best way to release a sore back and muscles in general, including your neck. You should try that plus applying local warm temperature (for example a warm pillow)around your neck. If that doesn't work then other anti-inflammatory drugs that you either apply as a cream or take as a pill can help you.

Q. I had an acute neck pain and now hand pain.

I had an acute neck pain which is now gone with some self medication but now i have pain in my left hand muscles. Help
Acan be caused by number of things. but you have to be more specific, what kind of pain? when is it ? mornings? evenings? does it last or is it transient? maybe you play the guitar too much and your muscles ache? :)

Q. after dinner my daughters jaw swelled up on one side and hurts her, so does her neck on that side.

What does this mean? she is 9, no fever or any other ill effects, just the pain
Aweird. swelled up fast? does she have problem breathing? if so- it could be an allergic reaction. if she has problems breathing - GO NOW TO AN ER!!!
if it took a little bit - could be food that got stuck in her gums really hard causing an edema.
if it was slow (over night) could be an abscess in her tooth (a tooth decay that penetrated to the dental pulp).
any way i would go check it out.

Q. swelling is not on the neck but where you would wear a necklace its perfect in shape all the way around and

about a inch wide and slightly swollen and pain like a muscle ache by the shoulder and collar bone, came out of no where. i do have hypothyroid, but this is like nothing i ever had before; help please.
Ais it all the way around? or just in the frontal surface..? if it's all the way around ,swelling and redness- it could be an allergic reaction to a metal necklace you wore. if it's only in the frontal surface- it could be problems in your thyroid, like overgrowth or something.
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