The neck muscles very rarely rest as we move the neck so much. Even when asleep the head still moves from side to side. When it dies stop for a while it will not always be in the most comfortable position. If the head stays in the one place for a long period of time the muscle can seize slightly and the next day there will be a lot of pain.
Often the initial problem can be caused by a sudden movement. Suddenly hearing a noise and turning to see what it is can mean the muscle is pulled and future movements will cause ether sharp pain. It can be something that simple so there is no need to worry straight away.
Due to the way the muscles lie in the body it can also affect the shoulder. The pain can run from the shoulder to the neck and a nerve may be trapped meaning all movement is difficult. It could possibly be a residue pain from a spine injury and if you have had one in the past this may be something you will suffer from on a regular basis.
Taking pain killers for a couple of days will be fine but if the pain continues it will be best to see a doctor. They may give you a collar to support the neck and reduce the movement meaning the muscles will be moving less than normal.
It could also be the result of a repeated movement. If the shoulder moves in the same way time and time again the muscle can become strained and this will also affect the neck. It may be that the muscle has biome swollen and there will be pressure put on the nerve meaning it will aggravate both the neck and shoulder.
I have this most of the time. It is caused in my case from a constant holding up of the shoulders. This in turn creates tension in the neck, head and then the other direction through the sciatica and leg and foot. I have been taking Alexander classes and they help, as no medical treatment will help if this is the cause. It is the behavior of tensing the shoulders (from cold or in front of a computer screen. If you concentrate on your shoulders, you can feel that you are pulling them forward a bit, hunching (like old lady osteoporosis hump) in a way that pulls everything out of whack. So I suggest flexing, stretching, and building the opposing muscles while learning to be conscious of the problem and relaxing it when you can. You would be amazed how much musculo-skeletal pain is self-inflicted. The bad news is that the recovery is a constant struggle with yourself. The good news is that you can fix it yourself with breathing, vigilance, and light exercise of the right parts. There is no need to keep spending money and time on things that will only temporarily alleviate the problem. Use it, move it, stretch it, relax it. And stop clenching your teeth! Ha ha. But seriously, let the jaw go, let the neck be free, let the shoulders soften and widen and take inventory of how much tension is totally unnecessary.
I have pain on left side from my neck, ear, shoulder down to my side. What could be the problem?
I have a sharp pain running from the left side of my neck going up to the the lower left side of my head
Unless there has been injury or there is a visible symptom of disease or trauma, it could very well be what is termed a "pinched" nerve (layman's terms). It is a result of pressure on a nerve from tissue that is swollen or irritated. This can be the result of exertion, repeated motion injury, tension, or of traumatic recent injury. Often it can be accompnaied by numbness, but not always.
Any pain is a symptom of your body that requires attention. I agree with zuhail that the best alterntive is to visit your physician for diagnosis.
This pain running up the side of my neck on the left is between the side and back. The pain only occurs should I eat a little to much or I drink water after having eaten. If I eat just one mouthful too much the pain starts and I want to be sick. The pain is
relieved after I have vomited
Pain in your shoulder after eating could be conducive to gall stones. Get your gall bladder checked just to be sure.
My left are has this agging pain and my left side of my neck is aching also I have disc messed up in my neck and they diagnosed me 3 yrs ago with flatting of the spinal cord do you think this could be from that but its weird because usually my pain is always on the right side of my body
Continued from GiGiMay... Problems with the Autonomic Nervous System (or neuropathy) can also come with diabetes, aging, a problem with an organ/gland, or organ or gland cancer as it's the nerve that connects to all organs and glands, but don't .let that scare you. It can be a pinched nerve in the spine. Nerve pain or sensations can come on with different positions. (Most of mine is when lying down or sitting a certain way). Other symptoms if it goes too far, are throat swelling or shrinking, breathing/heartbeat problems, (&can cause panic attacks), dry mouth, and headaches as the vessels shrink or open up larger, & sexual dysfunction or hypersexual. Pain and/or sensations in your limbs on one side. See a doctor if you have these symptoms together. Get an MRI of your lumbar, if the nerve is OK, ask for a cat scan.
I have pain going up my neck and down my back at times
It could be stress, signs of cold or anything. A complete check up can only clear things to you. Consult your doctor for complete check up.
It may just be a swollen lymph node or gland. This happens often when your sick. If the pain is too bad, or worries you its probably best to get it checked by a doctor.