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Swelling, muscle pain in neck radiating to shoulders, jaws, arms, chest. How to get relief?

Hi, looking to find out if there is something serious or just a pulled muscle (not sure how I would get that as haven t done anything out of the ordinary lately. Question, about 4 weeks ago started with mucles pain right at the base of neck where the bone is, since then, it s been swelling , there is a lump there now and pain radiates out to shoulders, around jaw, down arms and across chest .
Asked On : Sun, 4 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.
Neck pain and radiation of pain that you are having are suggestive of degenerative spondylottic changes of the cervical spine.
X-ray of neck in lateral view or MRI will help in the diagnosis.
Treatment includes
1. Use of cervical collar helps in immobilisation and brings relief.
2. Medical drugs like pain killers - acetaminophen/ibuprofen and muscle relaxants might be helpful.
3. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.
4. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.
5. You can avoid using a pillow.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Fri, 23 May 2014
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