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neck pain in both sides (under the earlobes to just above shoulders

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neck pain in both sides (under the earlobes to just above shoulders vertically). pain when turning neck to sides. There is swelling in left ankle.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.



Since when do you have swelling in ankle and pain in neck?

Was there any injury to ankle?

Is there any redness, warmth, tenderness in ankle?

Any significant past medical illness or surgery?

Are you on any medications?


Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I had an ASD closed about 25yrs ago. And now have been diagnosed with having ectopics (extra heart beats). The ankle swelling in the left side started around 3 weeks back and the neck pain started about a week ago. Ankle has a mild tenderness and when turning (towards the other leg) there is a mild pain. But no pain in walking.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.



Ankle swelling can be due to mild arthritis or tendinitis (tendon inflammation) or retrocalcaneal bursitis. The treatment is almost same for all these conditions with the minor variations. Following may help you;

1) Moist heat or ice compresses; whatever suits you
2) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Ibuprofen
3) Local analgesic ointment /spray
4) Physical therapy
5) Deep electrotherapy like iontophoresis, phonophoresis, short wave diathermy, electrical stimulation etc.
6) Consideration of steroid shot
7) Shock wave therapy
8) Custom-fabricated inserts in shoe-wear


Neck pain is likely due to;


1) Degenerated disc disease in neck


2) Cervical spondylosis; bone spurs in the neck.


3) Bilateral (both the sides) neck muscle (sternocleiodmastoid) muscle sprain


Following investigations would be helpful;


1) X-ray of the neck spine

2) MRI of the neck


Following measures would be helpful (treatment again does not differ much for these conditions);


1) Neck care in the activities of daily living.


a) No working on computer for more than half an hour in a single stretch. Same for TV.

b) Monitors and televisions exactly in front (180 degrees).

c) Contour pillow: Should fill the hollow when lying on back or straight. Available over the counter.


2) Cervical Collar or Brace


3) Cervical traction


4) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Ibuprofen


5) Physical therapy: gradually increasing exercises from passive stretching to active against resistance regime.


6) Electrotherapy in the form of TENS, interferential and laser and ultrasound.


7) Hot fomentation


8) Local analgesic patch / ointment / spray


You can consult following specialists;


a) Orthopedist

b) MD in Physical medicine and rehabilitation


Please feel free for your follow up questions.


I would be happy to assist your further, if you need any more information.


Dr. Arun

Edited by Dr. Arun Phophalia on 2/13/2011 at 2:15 PM EST
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Is there a risk of a mild stroke in this symptoms.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.



These symtoms do not have a risk for mild stroke.


It is privilege assisting you.


Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Can these be showing any underlying heart condition, as there are heart problems diagnosed for me. Specially it is ankle swelling in the left side with neck pain when turning.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.

You are most welcome.


A one sided ankle swelling and neck pain on turning do not point to an underlying heart condition.


Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Thank you very much.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.

You are very welcome.


It is pleasure and privilege assisting you.


I hope this was helpful to you. If it was, please remember to ACCEPT the answer so I can get compensated for my work. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask. I am truly privileged to help you, and I want to make sure that you are satisfied with the answer. Good luck!


Dr. Arun

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