Shooting Pain in Neck?

Ever since I was a teenager, I get a shooting pain in my neck when I turn my head right. What could it be? Does a pinched nerve last that long? I am 31 now and it started when I was like 15.


I finally went to the doctors to tell her my symptoms. There is sometimes a shooting pain in my neck when I turn right, and then I see little dots afterwards. I'm having more lower back pains the last year, and sometimes my hands feel tingly and numb. I'm waiting for xray results. just wondering if anyone has had same symptoms?

Tom from Winthrop, NY

Follow-up: I wanted to thank everyone that wrote back to me about my shooting neck problem. I just found out that its bone spurs and they want to do an MRI to see if its causing nerve damage. Thanks.


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By Maggie (Guest Post)
May 19, 20080 found this helpful

You should really have the neck pain checked out. I see a chiropractor who specializes in the "atlas orthogonal" technique. It's a painless, non-invasive technique and I swear by it!


Go online and look under this technique, you should be able to find a doctor in your area who specializes in this. Best of luck to you.

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By Shirley (Guest Post)
May 19, 20080 found this helpful

Get it checked out by a professional. I live in your area and know there are many good doctors in our local hospitals. It may be a pinched nerve or like in my case spinal stenos. Mine was neglected for years now I am facing a wheelchair. Check it out for your own piece of mind. Wishing you the best.

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

GO TO A DOCTOR. Don't let this scare you, but there are lots of different things it could be and yes, a pinched nerve is possible. I had a pain like that for about 15 years. The doctor said the initial x-rays looked like the start of arthritis. Medicines didn't help the pain. When I was in my early forties, I started having numbness in my hands, then my feet, then my legs. The doctor thought the numbness might be MS, so she ordered an MRI on my brain.


NO MS, but there was a tiny edge of something at the base of my skull. She ordered an MRI of my neck & spine. I had a 2 inch long tumor wrapping itself around my spinal cord. By the time it was diagnosed & surgery scheduled, I couldn't walk into the hospital. The tumor was removed, I could walk again & I haven't had the pain again. The neurologist said it could have been caused by the slow growth of the tumor. Don't take chances.

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May 19, 20080 found this helpful

My brother had this problem for years and to the point that he had severe headaches. He had seen numerous doctors and specialists over the years with no diagnoses. Until one day after over 20 years they said he had a pinched nerve. He started to see a chiropractor and has had much relief.


If you are not pleased with the results of tests given and no diagnoses, see someone else. Someone will find the answers for you.

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

I have had this problem for over 30 years. Sometimes the back of my neck actually gets swollen and the headahces! A very gentle chiropractor is the only thing that fixes me. I had tried a chiropractor early on, but he hurt me. Finally I got so desperate I tried again with a different doctor who distracted me at the last moment before he made the "adjustment" and I have been sold ever since.

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January 15, 20090 found this helpful

Absolutely I have. Find a good reconstructive chiropractor. Mine has changed my life.

I had taken pain killers, NSAIDS, & muscle relaxants for at least 7 years. After several months with a chiropractor I am now pain-free, have wonderful mobility in my neck and shoulders, and no back pain. He even took care of my plantar fasciitis. I am 63 years old and had suffered like you for at least 35 years.


It's important to find a chiropractor that uses the reconstructive technique. Not very many do.

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By Janis (Guest Post)
January 15, 20090 found this helpful

I went to a physical therapist a few months ago for a similar reason. As it turned out, in my case, it was due to my posture. I had 3 strokes last year with no obvious effects, except my right side is slightly weaker. It affected my posture, which in turn affected most everything else. I am not saying you have had a stroke, just that your posture may be the cause of your problems.

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By Jenny (Guest Post)
January 17, 20090 found this helpful

My son was doing that. One night his face even felt numb so they thought he had a stroke. When they done a cat scan they found a tumor under the brain called epridermoid tumor.


He had surgery to remove it and now doing great. The doctors siad he has had it since he was born. He is 35

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By KJ (Guest Post)
January 19, 20090 found this helpful

Recently, this has happened to me too. My shoulder muscles would tighten, and if I turned my head too fast to the right or sleep funny on my pillow, I'd get a headache. And, if I coughed, my shoulder muscles tightened, causing an instant headache - not a migraine, but a muscular one. Some were awful, very painful.

It got old pretty darn fast, so I did go to my dr. She checked me out, and said, it's a shoulder muscle spasm, pressing on the cervical nerve.

It can be caused by several reasons. 1) hunching over your computer at work/home; 2) constantly doing hand work - crafts or gardening; 3) general poor posture - to name a few.

You can do a quick test to see if you hunch over or forward. Stand up, with your normal posture. Without moving, check the position of your hands. Do your palms face backwards or towards your thighs?

If they face backwards, you are hunching over way too much, causing the shoulder muscles to lose their normal position, pulling to the front. What you need to do is to strengthen the back of the shoulder muscles, and re-balance them.

My dr demonstrated an exercise to do at home to loosen up/strengthen the shoulder muscles, which worked for me.

It is: stand with your back to a door or wall. Move your shoulder blades together - as much as you can. It might be a little uncomfortable. Then, 'push' them down slightly towards your butt. Hold and release. Start slowly. If you've been hunching over for a long-long time, it will take time to strengthen your muscles.

Also - DO NOT slump over your grocery cart when shopping. Every time I'm at the store, I see mostly women doing this. Bad-bad! Use your best posture. Hope this helps.

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