Medical Specialty >> Rheumatology

Doctors Lounge - Rheumatology Answers

Back to Rheumatology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 8/21/2017.

Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

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.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us