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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   I have been having AWFUL pain in my neck. My neck tightens up and hurts on the right back side. i end up with my head lopsided and unable to move without excrutiating pain. i took one vicodin earlier and about 5 minutes after i was able to move and unstiffen. (this is the 3rd time i've had to repeat the vicodin and each time it results in the same 'loosened' feeling, this has been ongoing for 4 days now and i really don't feel like popping pills all day long) could this be a pinched nerve and what do i need to do to make this pain go away? cortizone? (ps i went to my doctor already and he just prescribed me vicodin and sent me on my way)
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi =)
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
User :   thank you
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   26 female
Doctor :   Did you take any medication before these symptoms start?
User :   vicodin for ongoing headaches (but not often only when they're really bad)
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any pain in you limbs?
User :   yes sometimes in my right arm/shoulder
User :   infact the day before my neck pain started my shoulder hurt first
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Can you describe the nature of the pain?
Doctor :   Do you feel it as pain that is spreading from your neck to your arms?
User :   no... it feels more like its focused on one spot in the back/right side of my neck and then it stiffens me up, and if i move even a hair it is soooo painful, and then my shoulder only hurts every once and a while like a 'tired tendon' like when you overuse it..
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your occupation?
User :   XXX
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   nope not like this never
User :   its the worst pain i've ever felt EVER
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Your present symptoms do not resemble pinched nerve.
User :   oh..
Doctor :   They are more suggestive of a muscular aches.
Doctor :   I would suggest you to try hot water fomentation with simple analgesics,
Doctor :   You would also need ample rest for these symptoms to improve,.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   don't know what fomentation or analgesics are
Doctor :   I mean the hot water bags.
User :   ohhhh
User :   ok really? ok... i suppose i will try that then =)
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   nope thats everything thank you very much for your help
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