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Swelling in neck above collar bone, back pain. How to reduce swelling and pain?

Hi, have a swelling on the right side of my neck just above the collar bone. I thought it was subsiding but its got bigger and harder but no lump or any pain. I ve also had a bad back. I can only think pulled the side of my neck when answering the phone as I held the reciever under my chin forgetting we aren t meant to do this. I m worried sick now and will be making an appointment with my gp tomorrow. Thanks
Asked On : Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

I have read your query in detail. The symptoms you have described are more likely to be symptoms of muscles strain.

To get relief from the pain and for quick healing:
1. Do hot fomatation at the site.
2. Apply local anti-inflammatory gel 2-3 times a day.
3. Take anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and local swelling or inflammation.
4. Do not lift weight on head or back or try to do exercise that involve painful muscles.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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