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Pulsating and bad pain in neck, sore neck, difficulty in breathing. What could be this?

hi, i went to bed last night and i woke up in the night with a pulsating and bad pain in the left side of my neck,i found it hard to breathe a little because when i did i also got pain in my left ribs...painkillers didnt work n when i went to lay back down it just felt worse...when i got out of bed this morning it was fine but neck was a little sore...nearly 4 hours later my neck has become hurting again even when i breathe in i get pains in my left side of my neck but no pulsating feeling...what could this be and is there anything i could do to ease this as it also hurts my neck when i cough or laugh or breathe in, thank you alana
Asked On : Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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Hi there,

Thanks for writing in.

It is quite possible that you might have a muscle sprain in the neck.

I would advise you to have a oral pain killer along with a muscle relaxant. Apply a thin film of diclofenac gel (volini) on the neck (Don't massage/rub the gel, only apply it lightly). After 20-30 minutes do hot fomentation on the neck intermittently for 10 minutes. After this apply a soft cervical collar to partially restrict your neck movements and thereby relieve you from your pain.

You haven't mentioned your age or if you have other associated illnesses.
If you are above 35-40, I would advise you to visit a physician for alternate diagnosis that can present in this age group.

Also , if you don't find any relief whatsoever with the above medications, please consult a physician.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan
Answered: Sun, 23 Jun 2013
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