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About 2 weeks ago I was on a water slide and really

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tightened my muscles in sitting...
About 2 weeks ago I was on a water slide and really tightened my muscles in sitting position when I hit the water. Since then I have had pain in left side of neck and upper back near shoulder along with facial tingling in lip and jaw on left side as well as tingling in left arm and leg. Advil seems to alleviate symptoms. Is this something that will take time to heal?
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Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago
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Hello I'm Dr Chip

Before the water slide incident did you ever have anything like this?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Definitely not the neck pain. The facial tingling and arm tingling have occurred from time to time. I deal with anxiety as well.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Seems to be worse in the morning as I tend to sleep on left side
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Aleve or Advil will relieve symptoms.
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

OK

Sounds like a disk problem in your neck with a nerve root compression

Usually that resolves with rest and time but at this point I suggest you see your doctor for an exam and an MRI of the cervical spine

Usually this isn't a surgical problem and it readily responds to physical therapy

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thank you. How long would it take something like this to heal?
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

With physical therapy about two weeks

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Without PT?
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

It might take another month

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Ok. Thank you. Is Aleve or Advil the best option for symptoms?
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

Either is fine but I'd also suggest over the counter topical capsaicin cream to the back of your neck

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thank you. Will that help the tingling in other areas as well from this?
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

Yes it will

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Great. I will definitely try that. The tingling in the face, arm and leg is more annoying than the pain.
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

I can imagine--but what I suggested will help with that

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
You have been very helpful. With my anxiety issues I tend to fear the worst.
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

My pleasure Jeremy

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
What is the best way to sleep with this issue?
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Back, side, etc...
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

Propped up with head pillows or actually raising the head of the bed and on your back

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Ok. Basically head elevated with 2 pillows?
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

Yes

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Side or back matter?
Neurologist: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 3 months ago

Really it doesn't matter

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