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Welcome to JA - sorry you are going through this, let me opine. Do you have any medical problems or take any medications? Does it hurt when you breathe in?
Nonetheless, here are a few possibilites for the pain and regions you are describing:
1) pinched nerve -- it could be superficial nerve pinched between your muscles.
2) contusion -- bruise of your rib --> more likely. heals with time. warm packs and pain meds are the best course of action.
3) cyst or other growth -- however, you'd feel a lump
4) muscle strain or sprain from an injury or sleeping on it wrong
In that anatomical region, those are the most likely causes.
Less likely but serious are things like carotid artery dissection, other vascular abnormalities.
Either way, you should be evaluated obviously by a doctor but the above is a basic set of differentials.
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I mean prior to?
I had an MRI showing disk degeneration on C4 and cysts C4--T1. This pain has been since the MRI was done. Could these be the cause?
LIkely not. If you had a bluging disc or spinal stenosis at that level, maybe. But disk degneration really shouldn't cause this.
HOwever, a cyst (based on size) may cuase some of this pain, espeically when laying on your back.
So the disk degeneration shouldnt cause this but the cyst most definitely may.
If the pain is severe, ask your doctor for a referral to an ortho spine surgeon and they can discuss how to remove the cyst if it's big enough to remove.
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yes. Would clavical vein stenosis cause it? I have abdominal sarcoma that has moved to immoninate vein. Seeing doctor this week.
Ahh...interesting. Sub-clavicular vein stenosis may cause pain like his but one would also expect some swelling, etc.
There is some swelling left of the "hump" at the base of my neck and it is painful to touch.
Right of the "hump"
It may be as you mentioned. It may also be a cyst or infiltrated lipoma. Either of which, your primary doctor can take a look at and possibly remove in clinic.
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