FAQ - Head And Neck Neoplasms
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Are there any glands in the back of your neck below your head?

My neck has been sore under my head and to the left for 2-3 weeks. The doctor said my lymph nodes are fine. She called it a sleep sprain, but its sore where there's a bump of muscle or gland. I feel like a sleep injury wouldn't last this long. Any ideas?

Hi !

Most swollen glands or lumps under the skin are not cause for concern. The glands (lymph nodes) on either side of the neck, under the jaw, or behind the ears commonly swell when you have a cold or sore throat.

More serious infections may cause the glands to enlarge and become very firm and tender. Glands can also swell and become tender after an injury, such as a cut or bite, or when a tumor or infection occurs in the mouth, head, or neck.  (+ info)

Why do I get a sudden sharp pain in my neck when I turn my head quickly?

Sometimes when I turn my head, I feel like a snap in my neck and then sudden sharp pain that radiates around my neck. The pain goes away in like a split second but then my neck is a little sore after. What can be the problem? This happens to me like every other month, on either side of my neck. Can it be b/c I am tense in the shoulder and neck area from stress? I haven't had any type of injury that would cause this.

it is probably a trapped nerve...i get it too! just relax your neck- you can get this spray that you spray onto your shoulders and neck and it relaxes the muscles using heat.
Good luck! x  (+ info)

Can anyone tell me what causes acne on the neck and back of head?

For some reason, I keep breaking out on my neck and the back of my head. Is this a symptom of something? Please feel free to ask any follow up questions.

Well acne occurs on the face, neck, chest and back because they contain the highest concentrations of sebbaceous glands and hair follicles. Im covered all over. And where exactly do you mean the back of head?.  (+ info)

What is the hot pain in my neck and head when I move too fast?

While throwing my hair out of my face I felt a sudden severe pain in my neck and head. It was a stabbing white hot pain and it was not the first time but it was defiantly the most painful. Afterwords breathing became difficult and my scalp felt hot. Occasionally when I move I can feel it a little bit. What on earth happened?

That would be caused by tight or pinched muscles in your neck. When tight the muscles pull the vertebrae together so they can get hung up on each other. They cannot glide over each other like they were supposed to. The sudden pain comes from a jump made in your neck by the vertebrae and the pain is either from making the jump itself or from where it landed, putting pressure on a new spot or a combination of both. The only thing you can do to free those muscles back up is release them...or wait until nature runs its course and lets them relax some. That would allow some relief but it also leaves the muscles ready to be tightened up again. If you do the job, they fully release and it should be quite a while before you have the trouble again. Here is how to release them:
Invert your hands and put them next to your head placing your thumbs in under your ears and your fingers behind your head. Squeeze together and hold until the muscles release. Then slowly lower your head until your neck is fully extended, release the pressure but hold your head there for another 30 seconds.
With your neck in the bent position, replace your thumbs in under the ears and your fingers behind your neck but right next to your skull this time. Press your fingers and thumbs together again and hold. Relax your body while waiting. When the muscles have all released, slowly lift your head until it’s level again, release the pressure but hold your head like that for another 30 seconds.  (+ info)

I get a tingly sensation in the back of my neck and head?

I get a tingly sensation in the back of my neck and head which is almost pleasant. It builds until I involuntary hunch my shoulders and my head tilts back. It is quite disconcerting but not painful. I have had no accidents of injuries and have not taken any drugs. I generally feel well but it happens a few times a day. It is completely involuntary almost like a yawn and almost feels like tiny electric shocks.

IT has happened for years with no other ill effects. Can anyone explain this?

Could be the beginning of arthritis or Stenosis of the spine. It will progressively get worse. There isn't much you can do. A physical therapist can give you exercises to help reduce the progression.  (+ info)

Can death process or heart attack cause ear to go purple and drainage from the back of head/neck?

I had the most unfortunate and tragic experience of seeing my son dead in the morgue. His ear was all dark purple and there was something draining from his neck/back of head. What was/causes that? He died in a mountain bike race from heart fibrillation believed to be caused by an extreme adrenalin rush. He did have a bicuspid heart. He appeared to have no other visible injury from collapse. I'm just trying to understand what little I can.

First of all, let me start by saying that I am deeply sorry for your loss. Losing a child is a torture no parent should ever know, and I wish you nothing but the best and brightest to come in life.

As to your question, after someone dies, their blood pools towards the ground. So what you saw is likely the cause of dependent lividity, or the blood pooling. As for drainage, it may very well be nothing more than a small wound that is allowing blood loss, post-mortem.

Besides that, I wouldn't stress yourself any more than is absolutely necessary. If an autopsy has been performed, then you likely have the correct answer. If not, you can certainly request one be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

But based upon what you've told me, extreme physical activity combined with a heart defect likely caused cardiac hypertrophy (an enlargement of the heart), and eventually led to Ventricullar Fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrest in the world.

Again, my deepest condolences, and I wish you all the best.  (+ info)

Can letting your head hang back almost everyday give you neck problems later on?

I'm 17, male, and I finally realized that when I take the city bus to school, I'm kind of tired and tend to let my head go back. My neck now cracks as I walk, yawn, laugh, and other things. It can also get quite stiff at times. Could that be related to my problem, or is it because my schoolbag is too heavy?

yes. don't over stretch it either. also don't try to crack the bones in your neck.  (+ info)

Why do i get a sudden sharp pain in my neck when I turn my head quickly?

Sometimes when i turn my head, i feel a sudden sharp raze of pain around my neck. The pain goes away after about 3 seconds but my neck feels sore after. The after feeling feels as if i had blocked my blood with that numb feeling, like when you hit your funny bone. What can be the problem? This happens to me like once every other month. I haven't had any types of injures that could have caused this.

I would get a massage or see a chiropractor, this will probably help the most. The blog below has some good advice for neck pain. You can get some stretches and exercise tips their too.  (+ info)

Why do i have a jerk in my neck when i move my head?

Sometimes when i move my head up, down, left, or right, my neck will jerk slightly. It kinda sounds like cracking your fingers. It just started happening recently, but no one else has noticed it. It doesnt make a huge jerk movement but its very little it seems like it. Anyone know what this could be?

It probably has to do with the way you are sleeping is the easiest answer. I have gotten it a few times and realized I was putting to much pressure on my neck when I was sleeping by my body position, maybe try out a new pillow one that keeps your neck higher up or try sleeping on your back.

You may have just tweaked it working out or something, it will go away though.  (+ info)

Why does the back of my neck and head hurts?

It's been hurting since yesterday, and I'm starting to worry. It hurts from the back of my neck to the back of my head but not up to the forehead. And now, my upper back hurts too, where the shoulders are. But one spot only hurts. Could you help me with this?

Your muscles are tight and need to be released. Here's how: Put both hands behind your head placing fingers on the neck muscle. Pull into the muscle and hold that pressure. Now relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don't tense up any part of your body, including your arms, let your hands do the work. After 30 seconds slowly lower your head until your neck is fully extended. Release the pressure but hold your head there for one minute.
For sides of neck, invert your hand so your fingers are on your back muscle and your thumb is by your throat. Pull them together trapping all the skin between them in your grasp. Hold tight. Relax again. After 45 seconds while looking straight ahead, squeeze tighter on the skin and lean your head to your other shoulder as far as you can. When there, release the skin but hold your head there for one minute. Do the other side. Any questions contact me.  (+ info)

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