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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: low neck / upper back burning..

 Schitzo - Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:37 pm

last week drove for about 12 hours, slept in a hotel and woke up and just below my shoulder line, i had some weird pain. It really feels like the pain is in the vertabrae itself. When it initiallyhappened, turning my head left or right (as far as i could) would make the pain increase, since then that has stopped, however i still get that burning sensation.

does this sound like muscle problems? or something more serious in the spine?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:34 pm

User avatar Hello,

It sounds like muscle spasm is the cause of your symptoms.
Muscle spasm alone can cause this pain which can be an unidentified cause but in many cases is the result of inappropriate posture for long time like traveling, driving and certain types of work.

In these cases, self care and avoiding the precipitating cause will lead to a gradual but clear improvement in the pain. Home treatment includes the use of analgesics, cold or hot therapy.
Rest for maximum two days is also beneficial.

If these measures fail to relief the pain or to improve symptoms in 48 hours, otherwise the pain is more likely to be due to other causes, like:
Herniated disk, in which the inter-vertebral disc press on his nerves,
Spondylosis which is similar to arthritis but affects the spine etc.
MRI is of choice in the diagnosis.
These are conditions that need specific therapy.

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