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Question: sharp shooting pain in right side of neck for over 15 years


 nan - Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:41 am

I am 46, female, no past diagnoses. Veins striped in left leg at 22, no other surgeries since then. Have had mri-shows nothing. No medications. I get an extremely sharp shooting pain on the right side of my neck, right under my jaw, approximately 2 1/2 inches from my ear lobe.This pain is excruciating and is a shooting pain that comes and goes quickly. It is 2:30 in the morning and the pain is so bad and comes every 6-7 seconds I can not sleep. There is nothing I can link it too(food,drink,exercise). I have had this pain come and go for over 12 years.
Please help.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:03 am

User avatar Hi Nan,

This pain sounds very much like nerve pain. I would suggest that you see either a neurologist or a neurosurgeon to have this better evaluated. You may need some more specialized nerve testing.

Unfortunately I really can't explain what may be causing your pain, especially with a normal MRI. If it has been a little while repeating the MRI may be helpful.

Best wishes.

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