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Neck pain and swelling after stretching to pick object. Taken Ibuprofen

I was over streching at work to pick up something heavy and felt a sharp pull in my neck/ shoulder area. This was Tuesday. Today the pain is getting worse and is creeping up to my neck. The area is swollen. I would say the pain is around my collarbone. I m trying to rest it, thinking it s a torn muscle but the sharp shooting pains are getting unbearable. Taking ibuprofen to help swelling .
Asked On : Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

From description , it seems you might develop cervical strain.

I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. You may get the X-ray/MRI of the area affected under his/her guidance.

You can take analgesic and muscle relaxant after discussing with your doctor.

I also advice-

Do not sit for prolonged period of time in stressful posture
Do not lift heavy weights on head or back
Do the exercises prescribed regularly
Do use firm mattress, thin pillow or butterfly shaped pillow.

Wishing you good health.
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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