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What is your age, and your gender?How long have you had this?
Do you have any other symptoms like pins and needles or numbness in the upper limbs/hands, headaches, etc.?
How long have you had this?How bad does it hurt on a scale of 1 to 10?
Ok, can you tell me how long you have had the pain for?
Thank you for your response.
Have you had this seen by your physician or had any workup done for this?
Aright, thank you.Can you tell me your occupation and if it involves you having to maintain an odd neck or body posture for a long time?
Thank you for your response.The area you have pain in corresponds to the trapezius muscle, which originates from the back of the head, neck area and goes down over the back. It is supplied by the spinal accessory nerve, the same nerve that supplies the sternocleidomastoid. So, often a times, any impingement of this nerve can result in spasm of one or both of these muscles. If this were an acute event I would probably also ask you to rest and do some physiotherapy, but since this has been going on for a year now, I will suggest that you ask your physician for some workup. This should include an x-ray of the cervical spine to see if there is any compression due to an abnormal spine curvature in that area or reduced disc space. I will also suggest that your doctor follows that up with an MRI, since that is more sensitive. Conditions like cervical spondylosis which cause narrowing of the c-spine also cause headaches, which is another symptom you have. Discuss this with your physician and get the workup done. Meanwhile, wear a soft neck collar when you can to off-load the neck muscles and support the head, and start on an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen (Advil) 400mg thrice a day or Tylenol thrice a day. These measures will provide relief.Let me know if you have any more queries about this.Best wishes.
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