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Fell backward, had a very stiff and sore neck. Should I be worried about the findings?

I fell backward while trying to avoid my grandson who has just started walking. As I fell backward my neck hit a padded arm chair. I actually felt which I guess could best be described as a whiplash( my neck went backward then forward. I took an aleve right away; it felt fine. However the next morning felt very stiff and sore. Today is the second day and I feel very light-headed each time I bend forward....judith
Asked On : Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Thank you for the query.

This sounds like whiplash indeed. And the pain you are experiencing is most likely caused by pulled muscles and tendons. However neck stiffness is also a symptom of increased intracranial pressure. Lightheadeadness can be also a symptom of such increased pressure. Other symptoms you may also notice are nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness.

I suggest you to visit your doctor (neurologist would be the best choice) and have at least physical examination to make sure nothing serious has been injured.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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