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Neck pain and right hand finger pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   This is XXXXXXXX
Doctor :   I am
Doctor :   Hi AAAAAAA
User :   I wanted your suggestion please
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
Doctor :   Sure
User :   From last two months, I am having a pain and discomfort in my neck and shoulder part
Doctor :   ok
User :   now, from the last one or two weeks, I can feel the pain in my right hand fingers too
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I work in an IT Industry and will mostly work on the system
Doctor :   Ok
User :   do you have any suggestions on how I can come out of this issue
Doctor :   I would like to know few more things which would help me in suggesting you better: Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   sure
User :   I am 32 years old
Doctor :   May I know the duration of the neck discomfort?
User :   I used to do an hour's exercise everyday but stopped this 3 months back
User :   i started again, but of no use
Doctor :   OK
User :   it is always there...I can feel it all the time
Doctor :   May I know the aggravating and relieving factors of these symptoms?
User :   when I am working on the system, after sometime if I try to move, I can feel the discomfort
Doctor :   Ok
User :   it is mild and manageable but I don't want it to become worse
Doctor :   May I know the mode of your transportation?
User :   I come by car, but I don't drive
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   What kind of pillow do you use?
User :   I play video games and can feel the pain in my fingers increase after playing for sometime
Doctor :   is it soft, semi soft or hard?
User :   so, I have reduced it now
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Ok
User :   it is soft and I use two of them
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   The pain in your fingers is present only during the work or always persistent through out the day?
User :   it is on and off...discomfort in the neck is always there and pain in the fingers is on and off
Doctor :   OK
User :   mostly when I am continuously working or when I play these video games
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   After going the description provided by you, I am of the opinion that the pain in the neck could be due to cervical spondylisis.
User :   ok...what should I do?
Doctor :   This is the inflammation of the cervical vertebrae due to disposture, lack of exercises, and uncomfortable sleeping postures.
User :   ok
User :   since it is the beginning, are there any exercises to help reduce the discomfort
Doctor :   The main treatment line for this condition would be regular neck exercises. You can see a physiotherapist for this.
User :   ok
User :   will do that doctor...thank you so much
Doctor :   Yes, there are exercises like rotating your neck in all the directions both in clockwise and anticlockwise for five minutes at least 5 times a day.
User :   ok
Doctor :   It would be better to change the pillow from soft to semi soft.
User :   ok
Doctor :   There are cervical pillows available in the pharmacies and would help you in support to the neck.
User :   cool
Doctor :   While working too you can follow the neck exercises.
User :   sure doctor...will do
Doctor :   Try to move around while working and avoid constantly being in a single posture.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Regarding your pain in fingers could be due to over use like typing on the keyboard and as you mentioned playing video games.
User :   ok...anything that can be done for that
Doctor :   For this too you need to follow regular exercises like closing wrist and opening.
Doctor :   Avoid constant use of the key board.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Have gaps between typing which would help in relaxing the ligaments.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You can take hot fomentation for the neck also for the fingers but make sure the temperature is bearable.
User :   sure....
Doctor :   Take Tab DOLO 500mg three times a day, after food, for 3 days or only on SOS.
User :   this is basically a pain killer right?
Doctor :   Yes, its a analgesic and also a antiinflammatory.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Follow these measures for a month and observe for any improvements.
User :   fine doctor...thanks a lot....will definitely follow your advice
Doctor :   If no improvements found, then please get a X ray of the neck and visit an Orthopedician.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Are there any more queries for me to help you with?
User :   that's it doctor....thanks so much....appreciate it...
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Pleasure is mine.
Doctor :   Take care
User :   thanks...have a good day
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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