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How Urgently Do We Need Urgent Care?

Posting on behalf of my partner, whose bad tooth has worsened: the crown's gone. They're experiencing a throbbing headache towards the back of their head, "behind the eyes." While the pain has been off-and-on for a while, the last two days have been tough to get through. As of today, they also have a combination of pain/stiffness in the back of their neck. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jul 21, 2014 - 15 answers

V-shaped bruisey mark - cause for concern?

I have a v-shaped bluish-purple mark on the back of my neck, about 1" large. Is this cause for concern? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jul 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Cycling, Center of Gravity?

Three years ago, I inherited a solid Biachi road bike from my dad. I'm pretty into it now. I usually bike 50 - 100 miles on the weekends, but as that number has crept up, I've run into some some fit issues. Maybe you can help me out with some conceptual stuff. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 11, 2014 - 20 answers

Men's Neck Hair (and Shaving)

I have a question about men's neck hair and shaving; looking for input and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 9, 2014 - 15 answers

(Boston) - What is the cost of cervical disc surgery?

After 2 years of dealing with an insane doctor who told me that God and Tylenol will cure me, I finally got a new doctor who sent me to a neurologist who diagnosed me with a neck hernia or rather, C5 C6 disc herniation. In addition to MRI findings, they also found out that I have Clonus. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Apr 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Hypochondriasis meets actual illness?

How do you manage medical anxiety when it looks like it might be something? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Feb 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Why does my neck get splotchy when I'm hot or excited?

Whenever I have an animated conversation, whether in person or on the phone, my neck flushes bright splotchy red and feels super hot. [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Jan 28, 2014 - 11 answers

Dark spots

A couple of months ago I noticed a couple of dark spots in the back of my neck. Now they are bigger (I was getting my hair cut, they thankfully don't have hair). I'm going to the doctor at some point in the future but I'm wondering if they are 'GO NOW' priority or 'Wait until I get paid'. Any ideas?
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2013 - 7 answers

What exercises can someone with cervical disc herniation (c3-c6) do?

After a nightmare MRI experience sometime in 2011 I found out that I have a cervical disc herniation on c3, c4, c5, c6. The pain was so severe that I was unable to move my neck to right side without feeling like I was going to pass out. Now that I've gotten my first coritsone shot and feel alive, I would love to work at gym on strentheting my cervical discs so I can beat this problem and avoid having to marry cortisone shots for the rest of my life. What are some excercise machines and workouts I can safely use to strengthen my neck without damaging it further? [more inside]
posted by cheero on Nov 14, 2013 - 16 answers

What was this pillow?

The last time I was in Canada, I slept on a magical pillow. I suffer from a dicky neck and this pillow was the most comfortable I've ever slept on. Unfortunately the owners of this pillow are away from home at the moment and can't tell me specifically what brand it was. This is where you come in Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse on Nov 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Oh my aching neck!

A friend was injured in a fall a few days ago. We were told by family members that he had broken his neck and might be paralyzed. His spouse has given some puzzling information about his treatments and my question is if these treatments seem plausible. YANHD etc. [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Sep 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Violinists of Metafilter, please save my neck!

I have recently started rehearsing for a show in which I will be acting and playing the violin. Exciting! But also, painful. How the fuck do I relax my neck? Help! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Sep 12, 2013 - 7 answers

What's with the cracking neck??

In the past week my neck, specifically the back of the neck right where it connects to the base of my head, has been cracking several times a day. I'm not trying to do it intentionally - it happens when I do mundane things like turn my head or look up. It's strong enough to make me a little dizzy, or makes my head feel loose for a second, or alternately like it might seize up and stop moving altogether. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by Josephine Macaulay on Jun 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Shoulder pain + yoga = ?

I am supposed to be doing a yoga class with my friend on Wednesday, this will be my first one in over a year, and I have some pain in my neck and shoulder at the moment, will this make it worse? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

The Case of the Invisible Lice

What in the world could be causing itchy scalp and neck for three members of the same family... but isn't lice? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on May 11, 2013 - 28 answers

Relax take it eeeeasy

How do you keep your back, neck and shoulders relaxed? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Where can I buy a quality buckwheat pillow?

Where can I buy a quality buckwheat pillow in the DC area, or Maryland, or online? Or what do I need to look for to get a good one, and how much should I expect to pay? My aching neck is ready to try something new. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Apr 11, 2013 - 4 answers

pillows for neck problems

my brother Steve and I both have neck pains. We're considering buying the My Pillow we saw at Wal-Mart yesterday. The problem is it costs $60.00. Has anybody bought this thing and tried it out? What do you think? Please answer ASAP. Thanks.
posted by jesman on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

one laptop for E.T. please

tech-savvy mefites: please help me find a laptop! (somewhat snowflakey) [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

North Londoners - tell me your back/neck pain witchdoctors

I've had recurring severe pain in my upper back and neck for the last four years. I don't know what to do next. Several years ago my brother saw a physiotherapist-type dude (other side of the country sadly or I'd be beating his door down) who cured his crippling shoulder pain. Do you know of someone in North London who can do this for me? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Feb 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Have jittery feeling in throat. Have seen 3 clinicians, now what?

Medical Issue: I have a subtle jittery/ticking sensation in my throat and I've seen a doctor and 2 PAs and no one seems to know what is going on. What should be my next steps? Important details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2013 - 11 answers

What could be causing regular neck/shoulder/bicep pain and spasms?

I started having regular pain through my right shoulder down to my right elbow a few months ago. Today, I keep having muscle spasms in the same bicep. Too broke for a doc visit...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by guyarcher on Oct 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Am I putting too much pressure on my head in this position?

Am I going to hurt my neck while masturbating? I'm female. No, not talking about erotic asphyxiation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

New mattress - new neck pain, help!

First night on the new mattress and I feel horrible - do I need a topper or a new pillow or ??? We replaced our sagging mushy tempurpedic with a new latex mattress yesterday and while it felt awesome when we first went to bed over the course of the night I went from comfy to miserable. I woke up exhuasted, with a headache and tight neck and shoulders. My husband slept great and he is the one with serious back pain, so I want to make this bed work for us. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Jun 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Extreme sensitivity

Anyone else extremely annoyed by anything touching their neck? Can this be overcome? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jun 9, 2012 - 8 answers

A pain in the neck

I just had surgery on my foot. Why does my neck hurt? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jun 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Guitar-string-like neck sensation...

What's wrong with my neck and how can I alleviate it? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Beam me out of here!

ErgonomicsFilter: Why do i want to lean back in my office chair so much? Is there a way to get my chair to stay tilted back so i'm not pushing with feet all day? plus bonus question! [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 answers

What is this button on the back of the collar for?

I recently bought a new wool coat and upon examining at home, I found a small (~1/4"-diameter) button on the outside, under the collar, dead-center at the nape of the neck. What is this for? [more inside]
posted by Fortran on Feb 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me help my SO relax her neck and back

My SO's back and neck seem to be permanently tied in knots. She doesn't seem like a tense person, but her muscles indicate otherwise. I can massage her for a while, but it only does so much for her. Can anyone give me suggestions to help her relax her back and neck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2012 - 32 answers

What kind of doctor should I see about my sore neck and back?

What kind of doctor should I see about my neck and back pain? I'm not sure if it's a pinched nerve or muscular. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jan 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Botox for back pain

Have you had Botox injections for back/neck spasms and pain? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jan 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Mountain bike shoulder/neck pain?

I commute to work by bicycle, and I've noticed that my shoulders and neck are often sore at the end of my 45-minute ride. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Neck pain, please help :(

This is getting ridiculous. All I want is relief and a normal neck/upper back again . Brace yourselves for a long story and my thanks in advance for any help :( [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Nov 12, 2011 - 33 answers

Which muscle's giving me pain?

Which of my muscles is hurting and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by desertface on Oct 20, 2011 - 8 answers

YANMD, but please help me figure out how to fix this thing (without insurance) anyhow?

For a week now I've had this pressure/pulsing discomfort in my neck around my carotid area. It's not my throat; it is definitely related to my pulse somehow. The doctor I saw doesn't know what's wrong; who should I see/what should I do now? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

My mother never told me to stand up straight.

How do you improve your posture as an adult after a lifetime of slouching? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 1, 2011 - 33 answers

help my neck feel better!

Sore neck, shoulder and arm from slouching in front of my computer. Any tips on making myself feel better? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Aug 25, 2011 - 18 answers

Is my neck OK? Is my tummy OK?

Sudden neck pain and tummy troubles. Am I okay? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Aug 16, 2011 - 8 answers

I sleep like a fetus.

How do I prevent from sleeping in fetal position? Neck and shoulder issues.. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Aug 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Alexander or Acupuncture?

If you've tried Alexander technique or acupuncture for neck or back pain, did they work? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Strong neck go SQUISH!

How do bodybuilders and athletes build up their neck muscles, specifically their scalene muscles? Do steroids make giant scalenes? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Jul 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Help us fix the pain in the neck

The partner has two herniated discs in his neck C6/C7, as well as some disc bulges. Have you have success with treatment for the same problem in the same area? If so, what was it? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Could my shoulder/neck pain be caused by a nerve problem?

Could my shoulder/neck pain be caused by a nerve problem? [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Whats causing all this neck pain?

Could my enlarged thyroid (goiter) be causing muscle pain in the back of my neck? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Jun 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Head bone's connected to what now?

Am I just stupid about neck anatomy or are these neck lumps abnormal? [more inside]
posted by UncleBoomee on Jun 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Tried to relax -- got a pain in the neck

Massage therapist pulling on neck? [more inside]
posted by Tylwyth Teg on May 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Know anyone that has experienced burning pain in their neck (back of neck) that radiates to the face , and if so how do they relieve it?

Know anyone that has experienced burning pain in their neck (back of neck) that radiates to the face , and if so how do they relieve it? [more inside]
posted by aorkis on Apr 20, 2011 - 6 answers

and when you're only 23 it's not attractive to complain about your sore back

I have pain in my neck/shoulder. It's partially from computer use but becomes most intense when I draw. I need advice on better ergonomic setups as well as safe exercises I could do to strengthen those muscles, or anything else I might do to reduce this sort of pain. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Mar 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Crippling, baffling upper-back pain

Hey, for the third time in the last ten years or so the same part of my upper back has decided to cause me a spectacular amount of pain and discomfort for the last five days or so. The pain is all on the right side of my upper back, going up my neck to the base of my skull, accompanied with numbness in my shoulder and all down my right tricep, sometimes all the way down to my fingers. Along with the pain I'm nauseous half the time, possibly as a result of the pain itself. Sleeping, working and doing anything at all beyond moaning is really difficult, and the application of heat and cold has only helped temporarily. Last time I just took over-the-counter back meds for a week until I could get off the couch, and then a bit later went to a chiropractor who identified a problem in my upper spine and assured me he could fix it if I came around every week for the next 20 years and signed over my paycheque. This time I'm going to go to a proper doctor, but can anyone take a guess at what may be wrong and what sort of doctor I should try to see? Thanks!
posted by Antexit on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 answers

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