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What causes pain in chest area while turning the neck?

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Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015
Question: My husband said when he turns his neck his neck and left side of chest hurts. He thinks it could have been the hotel pillows from last night but I'm concerned because his father died from a heart attack at 54 and my husband is 55
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Seems to be due to muscle strain.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for your query.

Pain occurring on movement indicates muscle strain.It is not due to heart issue. He need to provide rest to the neck. Avoid massaging the area. Doing a hot fomentation will be helpful. Avoid all overhead activities and do not use a pillow.
In case the pain is persistent even after taking a mild pain killer, then he might need stronger prescription medicines like muscle relaxants after consulting his orthopedician.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes pain in chest area while turning the neck?

Brief Answer: Seems to be due to muscle strain. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. Pain occurring on movement indicates muscle strain.It is not due to heart issue. He need to provide rest to the neck. Avoid massaging the area. Doing a hot fomentation will be helpful. Avoid all overhead activities and do not use a pillow. In case the pain is persistent even after taking a mild pain killer, then he might need stronger prescription medicines like muscle relaxants after consulting his orthopedician. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care