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Sore throat, neck pain radiating to shoulder. Taking antibiotics. Due to neuralgia? a 41 year old female.whenever i have a sore throat(at times severe)it is followed by neck pain ,radiating to the shoulder on the left side only and upwards to my ears eyes and head on the left side only.usually it takes a course of antibiotics to treat the throat but it invariably happens once in 2 months .what cud be the reason?shud i go for an mri of the spine?or cud it be some kind of neuralgia?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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HI I have gone through your mail and as you said that you usually have attacks of sore throat at the interval of two months, every time during attack you also have pain on neck radiating to shoulder and chest. In this connection I would like to tell you that pain of sore throat never radiate to shoulder or chest on the other hand pain of sore throat / tonsillitis usually radiate up to jaw and ears. So you may go for M.R.I. neck to rule out abnormality of cervical spine and radiculopathy (involvement of cervical nerve roots).thus your sore throat may be cured by tonsillectomy but pain radiating to shoulder and chest is appears to be different so prior to surgical step take opinion of neurologist. Thanks.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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