I have terrible neck pain. What now?
November 21, 2010 6:56 AM Subscribe
Deeply painful neck pain. Advice?
posted by omoikkiri to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I woke up this morning with severe neck pain that starts at the base of my skull and travels down into my shoulders and upper back. Turning my head left and right hurts, but turning it to the left hurts far worse. Most of my pain is on my left side. Looking up is incredibly painful. I can touch my chin to my chest, but bringing it back up hurts.
The lymph node on my left side of my neck is swollen, and my left arm feels a little aching and tender. I can't lean over without pain on a 6 or 7 scale.
I intend to go to Urgent Care today, but I'd like to have some inkling of what I'm dealing with.
1) I've been having sinus problems and moderate headaches for the past few weeks. I've taken antibiotics and I currently take allergy medicines with acetaminophen. I do not have a headache this morning, though I had a bad one yesterday.
2) I do not feel particular hot or cold. I don't think I have a fever.
3) My ears fill incredibly full. They keep popping.
The only things I can think of are early flu, early meningitis, and a pinched nerve. Could it be flu/meningitis if the pain were mostly on one side and I didn't have the accompanying symptoms? I didn't do anything stressful yesterday that could have pinched a nerve.
I want to feel better and not infect my housemate/coworkers. I'd just like some advice as whether it could be flu (without fever), meningitis (without headache), or pinched nerve (without doing anything). I'm likely to have my housemate drive me to Urgent Care, though if I'm contagious I'll take the slower route and drive myself.
Obviously YANMD, but I'd like some advice all the same.