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Yes, for 3 weeks I have had this crick or pain on the left side of my neck and shoulder and also the little fingers on my left hand, basically half of my left hand is numb and tingly. Also my right ear has had a puffed out sensation since then also. Is all of this related to my neck pain?

Gary


Answer:

Dear Gary,

It is, probably.

Shoulder pain in some cases is a sign and symptom of neck pain.

Numbness is a very common and significant symptom of a cervical disorder.

A common cause for numbness in the arms , associated with neck pain, is a herniated disc that "pinches" a nerve where it exits the spinal column.

Degenerative changes appear early in the lower cervical spine, with the most severe changes occurring at the C5-6 and C6-7 levels.

The 7 cervical vertebrae protect the spinal cord -- a collection of nerves carrying electrical messages from the brain to different parts of the body.

The ear ache that you complain of can be associated with the neck pain you have due to the closeness of the anatomical structures and their inter-relationship.

 

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