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WHAT'S THIS PAIN IN MY NECK?

Byline: Miriam Stoppard

SYMPTOMS 1 Pain in the shoulder and neck possibly radiating down the back and up towards the scalp.

2 Pain in the neck, which radiates to the shoulder and down the arm with pins and needles in the fingers.

3 Pain in the neck going up into the head and over the scalp. The scalp is tender when it is touched.

IT COULD BE..

Spasm of the trapezius muscle, a big diamond-shaped muscle which runs from the shoulder to the spine and high up into the neck.

Nerve compression by the spinal bones of the neck often due to osteoarthritis (OA) or spondylitis of the cervical vertebrae.

Tension headache. Because of stress and anxiety the muscle in the scalp goes into spasm.

STOP IT Painkillers so that the muscle can relax. Massage to get rid of spasm. If it doesn't clear up see your doctor.

Painkillers for the pain. See your GP possibly for an MRI scan to locate the OA. Possible referral to a rheumatologist for more treatment.

Take painkillers.

Sleep is a great reliever. Try to find ways to de-stress your life, e.g. yoga.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2012
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