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What causes pain in neck and difficulty in turning it?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: hoping you have a n idea for me. i injured my trapezius muscle before Christmas. it seem to have healed but for the last 4 wks or so my neck has really knocked me down. it hurts to turn my head or bend over. its giving me headaches that are so painful. yest all i did was clean up kitchen, nothing strenuous, and pick up thr house a little. now this morning im in agony once again. this has been for weeks which seems like mnths! im taking gabapentin 300mg and percocet 325/10 for pain. also taking (SHORT TERM) valium 5mg. it keeps me calm because i need to take care of our house and keep pushing it too far. help!! i have a dr i see and hes great. i did have neck xray last wk that showed arthrtis.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You are having cervical spondylitis

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have studied your case. I think you are having cervical spondylitis. In this condition there is arthritis of neck bones with nerve compression. I have following suggestions for you.
1. CT scan is not a test for this. You need to get MRI of the cervical spine.
2.Physiotherapy in form of neck muscle strengthening exercises and intermittent cervical traction exercises.
3. Tablet Pregabalin M at night time.
4.You also need to take muscle relaxant like myoril or myospaz daily.
5.Wear a soft cervical collar. Avoid putting strain on neck, jerky travelling or pushing heavy objects. Do not use very high pillow.
I hope these steps will be helpful for you. let me know if there is any other followup questions. thanks
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What causes pain in neck and difficulty in turning it?

Brief Answer: You are having cervical spondylitis Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case. I think you are having cervical spondylitis. In this condition there is arthritis of neck bones with nerve compression. I have following suggestions for you. 1. CT scan is not a test for this. You need to get MRI of the cervical spine. 2.Physiotherapy in form of neck muscle strengthening exercises and intermittent cervical traction exercises. 3. Tablet Pregabalin M at night time. 4.You also need to take muscle relaxant like myoril or myospaz daily. 5.Wear a soft cervical collar. Avoid putting strain on neck, jerky travelling or pushing heavy objects. Do not use very high pillow. I hope these steps will be helpful for you. let me know if there is any other followup questions. thanks