Pain in neck, back, head, and chest

by Zelda
(Raleigh, North Carolina)


I am so thankful to have found this site. It makes me feel like I am not crazy for these weird symptoms.

For about 3-4 weeks, I have daily neck pain which radiates to the head and mid back (usually the same spot). I also get pain in my chest near my left clavicle (sharp pain) usually accompanied by some or all other symptoms. Lastly, I get pain in my face (thinking TMJ) which also causes my cheeks and forehead to go numb.

It is rare, but sometimes the pains will radiate to my shoulder or upper arm.

Other symptoms include fatigue, muscle weakness, and indigestion.
I don't know if this is related or separate issues.

Background history: car accident with deployed airbags 1 1/2 years ago, surgery (removing uterine tumor) one year ago, and relatively poor diet (eat out several days a week).
I went to the ER a few months ago (first time panic attack) and all tests showed non-cardiac symptoms. However, the symptoms above started after the ER visit. Also, I am a 26 year old female.

The pain comes and goes throughout the day. It is difficult to point exact times, but it is noticeable at night. It is not severe, but does interfere with my daily activities.

Please advise.

Hello Zelda,
Start by telling me what provokes the pain in your neck and chest. Which movements of your head and torso, and arms, being as specific as you can?

Do your joints just in front of the ears pop or click? If you press on them are they tender?

Is the collarbone-breastbone joint tender?

Would you describe the head pain as a headache?

I doubt if your diet is directly related, but if you go on eating c-r-a-p it certainly will catch up with you. A fruit and a salad a day is always a good beginning. Not just iceberg lettuce and tomato, but at least three other greens like peppers, cucumber, parsley or cilantro with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Let me have some answers, keeping to this thread.

Dr B

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