Neck Pain : Pain From Blood Vessels or Heart

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.

Pain from Blood Vessels or Heart

Vertebral artery dissection: The vertebral arteries supply blood to the brain. Splitting of the vertebral artery wall is referred to as vertebral artery dissection. Symptoms include headache in the region just above the neck on the back of the head and neck pain following a minor head injury. Symptoms related to decrease in blood supply to the head may also appear, though these may be delayed by a few days after the onset of pain.

Angina: Pain from conditions that cause a decrease in blood supply to the heart like angina and heart attack can also result in neck pain. Other features related to the underlying condition like chest pain may also be present.

Pain from the Spinal Cord

Cancers of spinal cord: Along with neck and back pain, cancers of the spinal cord may also cause symptoms due to compression of nerves like weakness and pain at distant sites along the distribution of the nerves.

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