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Throbbing pain at the back portion of the neck - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My son is a very healthy 22 year old. He exercises regularly. Sometimes when he exercises he has a vein in the back of his neck that throbs painfully. Tonight it woke him up and was very painful.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
Doctor :   Put an ice pack for 10 minutes
Doctor :   If he prefers hot , the hot fomentation is also fine
Doctor :   Hello are you with me?
User :   Yes. sorry, I was typing in the wrong place. What could cause this?
Doctor :   Prolonged exercise can exhaust the energy reserves in the muscle and lead to such painful spasms
Doctor :   Protein and fat diet should help him
Doctor :   to build up the reserve
Doctor :   Is he muscular or lean
User :   He is very fit, lean.
Doctor :   Ok, ask him to consume on protein and fat in proper proportions
Doctor :   Same time increased water intake shall help him
User :   The only thing he drinks is water. He said he ate good today. I will make sure we increase the fats and protein. Why does it seem like its the vein that is throbbing on the back of his neck? He can feel it pulsing.
Doctor :   Which part of the back?
Doctor :   neck or upper back?
User :   It's the back of his neck right near the base of his head.
Doctor :   usually basilar artery which passes through that
Doctor :   It hardly is felt
Doctor :   Might be he can get it checked during his general health examination
User :   Ok thanks...
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   No thanks....I appreciate the help.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now
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