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Major pain in upper back, neck, head. Radiating to arm, shoulder. Having sore throat, difficulty in swallowing. Reason?

Hi. I have major pain in my upper back and neck area also having a major headache . Also pain radiates to my left shoulder and arm . When I lay down its worse and I get pain in my chest left side. Also my left front side of my neck if I touch it, it feels sharp pain. And lastly for a little over a week now my throat has been sore and hard to swallow at night
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Hi. You have not mentioned your age. Your upper back and neck pain could be acute or chronic. If it acute could be from a muscular strain of the upper back and neck muscles. If its chronic could be from the cervical spine like cervical spondylosis or a disc pathology. Sore throat and difficulty in swallowing could be due to a upper throat infection and rarely due to various conditions of the food pipe. I would suggest you to see a ENT specialist regarding this. For your neck problem do take care of your neck posture specially while sleeping and some anti-inflammatory drugs with muscle relaxants if u are not allergic to it. Once relieved of your neck pain you can perform some neck and upper back exercises which will help strengthen your neck muscles. Do drink lot of water. Thanku.
Answered: Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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