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What Causes Persistent Pain In Neck?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Dec 2014
Question: I have had a sore neck/lymph node for three weeks. first week I though i pulled something. Second week I went to my primary Dr. he gave me some heat, cracked my neck, and a script for antibiotics. I still have this pain right in the lymph node area (left side of neck towards the back of the jaw/neck area. He can't see me back in the office unitil next Tuesday because he is away. I'm kinda nervouse because of all the stuff I reading online. What do you think I should do. I'm 36yo and male.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Due to a muscle spasm

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The persistent pain in the neck with no palpable swelling is less likely to be due to a lymph node as it would have subsided after taking the antibiotics. It is more likely to be due to a muscle spasm.
You should do following to have relief -
-Wear a cervical collar. This will at least give rest to your strained muscles.
-Avoid bending your neck at abnormal position for long time, like on computer.
-Do warm water fomentation with help of water bag over your neck.
-Take a good analgesic like combination of tramadol with paracetamol.
-Take help of a physiothearpist .He will be able to give your relief by intermittent traction, ultrasonic therapy etc.
muscle relaxants might be helpful in addition to the pain killers.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal


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What Causes Persistent Pain In Neck?

Brief Answer: Due to a muscle spasm Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The persistent pain in the neck with no palpable swelling is less likely to be due to a lymph node as it would have subsided after taking the antibiotics. It is more likely to be due to a muscle spasm. You should do following to have relief - -Wear a cervical collar. This will at least give rest to your strained muscles. -Avoid bending your neck at abnormal position for long time, like on computer. -Do warm water fomentation with help of water bag over your neck. -Take a good analgesic like combination of tramadol with paracetamol. -Take help of a physiothearpist .He will be able to give your relief by intermittent traction, ultrasonic therapy etc. muscle relaxants might be helpful in addition to the pain killers. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal