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What causes pinching pain on upper neck and one side of the head?

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Posted on Thu, 28 May 2015
Question: have this tiny pinching pain on both sides of ,upper part of my neck Alternates on both sides. had tiny pinch pain on side of head above the ear. what is this?
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Musculoskeletal pain most likely.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thank you for asking HCM.

I have gone through your query. Your problem can musculoskeletal pain due to repetitive stress. It can be from the uncomfortable positions you sleep or unusual physical activity.

In such case over the counter analgesics like ibuprofen (motrin) and local anti inflammatory gels with combination of diclofenac , methylsalicylate and capsaicin locally will be helpful. Ice pack application will decrease the inflammation also.

Also avoid using big pillows. Better to avoid pillows totally. Using orthopedic designed pillows is good also.

But if there is no improvement then you might need to do an X ray of cervical spine and assessment by orthopedician to rule out conditions like cervical spondylosis.

Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear.
Thanks.
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What causes pinching pain on upper neck and one side of the head?

Brief Answer: Musculoskeletal pain most likely. Detailed Answer: Hi Thank you for asking HCM. I have gone through your query. Your problem can musculoskeletal pain due to repetitive stress. It can be from the uncomfortable positions you sleep or unusual physical activity. In such case over the counter analgesics like ibuprofen (motrin) and local anti inflammatory gels with combination of diclofenac , methylsalicylate and capsaicin locally will be helpful. Ice pack application will decrease the inflammation also. Also avoid using big pillows. Better to avoid pillows totally. Using orthopedic designed pillows is good also. But if there is no improvement then you might need to do an X ray of cervical spine and assessment by orthopedician to rule out conditions like cervical spondylosis. Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear. Thanks.