Probably each of us experienced such annoying aching and discomfort in the neck.
Your neck consists of seven vertebrae, discs (cushions between the vertebrae) skin, muscles, spinal cord, nerves and wide net of blood vessels. It also involves numerous organs like thyroid and parathyroid glands, pharynx, esophagus, larynx and trachea.
You may feel spasms, pain and stiffness in the neck, especially if hold the head in one position for a long time.
Most people experience these symptoms occasionally, because of poor posture and uncomfortable sleep position.
Sometimes neck pain may become more severe or be accompanied by headache and weakness, indicating some serious issues.
Don't ignore your neck pain, particularly if it doesn't go away during a few days.
Be aware that your discomfort in the neck may be a result of these conditions:
#1. Muscle tension – working in one position for a long time, as well as slouching over you computer and smartphone without moving, can strain neck muscles and cause uncomfortable sensations.
#2. Injury – neck is one of the most commonly-affected parts of your body, which can be damaged during falls, sport activities and car accidents. Whiplash is a type of injury, in which the head and the neck are jerked suddenly backward and then rapidly forward that leads to rupture of the soft tissues with or without spine damage.
#3. Herniated disc – discs are formations, located between the vertebrae. They act like cushions and prevent rubbing of the bone tissue. If their jelly-like internal part, called nucleus pulposus, goes out through the torn outer layer, it may make pressure on the nerves, causing irritation and pain.
#4. Heart attack – burning, tightness and pressure in the chest are not the only symptoms of the heart attack. They are often accompanied by nausea, shortness of breath, pain in the neck, jaw and left blade.
#5. Rheumatoid arthritis – this autoimmune disease can damage the joints all over your body, including the neck.
#6. Tumor – cancer may occur in any part of the body. If abnormal cells start to grow and divide out of control in the cervical spine, they can form a tumor. This neoplasm can press on the nerves, giving you pain, tingling and numbness in the neck and/or extremities. Specialists say that spinal tumor usually appears as cancer has developed anywhere in other body area.
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