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Sharp shooting pains in neck
nikiray posted:
Hi everyone,

So I've recently started getting this sharp, shooting pains in the left side of my neck. They're infrequent and only last a couple of seconds, but they hurt so bad it brings tears to my eyes. The left side of my neck is also swollen. Does anyone have any idea at all what this could be?

Thanks in advance.
onlytara responded:
First I have to say that I'm by no means an expert but I do have multiple spinal issues including my neck. Does the pain radiate through the top of your shoulder muscle, down the arm? Does it limit your range of motion? If so, it could be a pinched nerve flared up which can be horribly painful. I'm not familiar with the swollen neck situation, though. If it's that intolerable and the swelling persists, definitely see a doctor immediately. If it is the pinched nerve, the doc may be able to relieve it with an injection (not in the neck) of toradol (a steroid) for the inflammation.

Good Luck! Keep us apprised of your progress!

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