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Pain on left side of neck, it hurts to turn left with my

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Pain on left side of neck, it hurts to turn left with my head, now it seems to be also hurting on the right side as well...more to side and front of neck. I have had it for about 2 weeks now. I have also lost about 10 lbs in the last 3 months, I dont know if its related or notÉ
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.


What are the investigations and treatment done?

Are you diabetic?

Has your appetite decreased?

Any other symptoms like fever, numbness, tingling in upper limbs?

Are your shoulder movements painful?

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I have just had a bllod test and a chest xray, I have not received the results yet.

I am not diabetic.

Still have a good appetite.

Shoulder movements are ok

No fever, numbness or tingling, although I do get kind of tingles (like crawly worms) on my neck.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.


This is most likely due to cervical spondylosis (arthritis of the neck or bone spur formation in the neck vertebrae) which is giving you neck pain and hand symptoms.

Following investigations would be required;

1) X-ray of the neck spine

2) MRI of the neck

Following measures would be helpful;

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) Some physicians do give narcotic analgesics, in which pain / tingling is quite significant.

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

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

8) Hot fomentation

9) Local analgesic patch / ointment / spray

10) Acupuncture

11) Acupressure

12) Chiropractic manipulation

You can consult following specialists;

a) Orthopedist

b) Neurologist

c) MD in Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Your weight loss is not likely to be related to the neck problem and should be investigated initially by a complete blood count and complete metabolic profile. This would give the clues for the further work up.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
My biggest fear is that it might be throat cancer, is there anything you could ask or tell me that would eliminate this

Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.


A throat cancer's initial symptom is difficulty in swallowing. Pain in neck or painful neck movements point to musculoskeletal (muscles and joint) problem. So you should not be worried abut the throat cancer with these symptoms.

It is pleasure and privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you sir
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.

You are most welcome.

Best wishes and kindest regards.

Dr. Arun