Neck Pain : Other Causes
Neck pain is a common disease that we often wake up in the morning with or experience at the end of a tiring day at work. It is usually a result of a minor strain or sprain and disappears with over-the-counter painkillers and symptomatic treatment at home. In some cases however, neck pain may be the result of a problem that requires emergency treatment.
Chronic Pain Syndrome: Chronic pain syndrome is a condition where pain lasts for more than the expected duration. It is suggested to be a learned behavioral phenomenon: When the patient initially experiences pain, he is positively rewarded. This results in reinforcement of the pain, and the end consequence is that the pain is felt in the absence of the painful stimulus.
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a condition where pain is felt at specific points on the body in the absence of underlying inflammation. Among other areas, it is also felt in the lower back part of the neck. The pain is felt even in the absence of a painful stimulus. Pain may be increased by stress, anxiety, activity and cold and damp weather. Associated symptoms include trouble sleeping, morning stiffness, headaches, and problems with thinking and memory.