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    Default Gosh im in so much pain

    I thought id pulled a muscle in my neck yesterday. Well, last night I woke up in horrible pain. All the way from the top of my head down to my shoulder (left side). This morn it was so bad. It even hurts to swallow. This is not a stained muscle...right???

    I took two Panadol this morn and it certainly took the edge off but they have since worn off and the pain is nearly unbearable.

    Even when im siting still it hurts...not just when i move...though I cant move either without horrible pain

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    I have had muscular pain like that before.... but it's probably a good idea to get it checked out, just to be on the safe side. Was there a specific incident that caused the pain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny Dancer View Post
    I have had muscular pain like that before.... but it's probably a good idea to get it checked out, just to be on the safe side. Was there a specific incident that caused the pain?
    I don't think so. I was playing soccer with the kids yesterday...started hurting after...don't remember pulling it or hitting/ injuring it while playing. it hurts so bad to swallow too!! I cant even open my mouth wide enough to take a drink

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    Quote Originally Posted by loislane2010 View Post
    I don't think so. I was playing soccer with the kids yesterday...started hurting after...don't remember pulling it or hitting/ injuring it while playing. it hurts so bad to swallow too!!
    So no fall or awkward manoeuvres, the ball hitting your head while you were playing soccer? I mean, I've had plenty of clients who've had an incident, thought it would be fine and had the pain increase over time. It is less common that they can't pick something that might have caused it (though not unheard of).

    Get to the GP as soon as possible. If the pain is that bad there could be a tear and you really need that treated properly from early on.

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    I had a very similar issue 2 years ago. Felt just like a pulled muscle, couldn't move my neck to the other side, painful swallowing. Had a few CTscans and an MRI and eventually, after 3 weeks of agony they found an infected cyst deep in my neck right next to my carotid artery! It was called a branchial cleft cyst and was, until it got infected, just a benign growth that had been there since birth. I had to get it drained a few times and was hospitalised and put on IV antibiotics. I was 18 weeks pregnant at the time too so that was fun! OP I'm only posting this because your description sounds so similar to my experience- it's more just a reminder to get this checked further and don't necessarily let it be brushed off as muscular pain if you suspect it's something else. My GP was shocked when they found what it was for me.... He was adamant it was just muscle pain. I was so mad at him!!!

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    Went to the doc yesterday and he doesn't know what it wrong. Throat, temp, ear all fine. No lumps and bumps.
    He suggested an ultrasound on my neck and bloods but then gave me a referral to the ed as he wasn't happy with the fact that my throat was hurting.
    He gave my anti inflamatries but they haven't helped either

    I didn't go to the ed, thought id wait and see how I was this morn. I'm no better. Panadol all last night so I could lay down without my neck throbbing but once it wears off its back to horrible pain.

    I really don't know what to do
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    Go to the ED, as your GP suggested. They can do any required tests there. If it's that painful you really need to get it checked out! I get neck pain on the left, from the base of my skull to the tip of my shoulder. It's not as bad as you describe though and I know mine is muscular as it flares up when I am spending too much time in front of a computer or if I sleep funny. Massage and Physio sort it out usually.

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    Go to the ED

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    I would goto the Hospital incase you have a blood clot or something 😱😱 fx your ok

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    Update...
    When to ed as the pain got so bad I was in tears. First Doc had no idea what was wrong with me...lots of pain killers. Senior doc came in felt around everywhere, deep in my neck/head/ears and said 'I think u have an infection in your neck'. Never even though that was a thing. Blood tests came back positive for an infection so was started on iv anti-biotics. Had a ct scan done and yup, infected lymph nodes in my neck.

    Lots of iv anti-biotics and ALOT of pain killers. ENT doc looked around nose/throat with a camera, she was looking for cysts. None, thankfully.

    2 days/one night in hospital and another 10 days of anti-biotics and pain killers.

    I'm so glad I went when I did or I could be getting lymph nodes drained or removed.

    Crazy!


 

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