Pain in Left Side of Neck

So you have neck pain and it is freaking you out. You are imagining the worst, panicking and need information.

Last Updated Jun 22, 2013.

What can cause severe pain in left side of neck? Nothing very good is the answer. It is not good to freak out and panic but it is good to check it out with your medical professionals as soon as possible.

There are many causes for this kind of pain and so many of them are serious medical issues. It is also possible that this is caused by simple muscle strain or wear and tear on the body.

However this is more likely a reason for pain in the right side of the neck. This is because there are more right handed than left handed people and you tend to cause these strains on the side that you use the most.

Let’s start by looking at the more serious causes for this pain. One of the most serious things that can happen to cause this pain is an inflammation of the carotid artery. NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) might cure this or you may have a more serious coronary artery disease that could lead to a stroke at worst.

It might be as simple as an inflammation of the outer lining of the artery. It might be as serious as a blockage in the artery. Take it seriously and check it out.

Another serious cause of pain in left side of neck might be a concern with a cervical disc. Most of us are very familiar with disc issues in the spine but most don’t think of the cervical area but rather the lumbar spine.

There are many different reasons for disc issues or muscle issues in the cervical spine.  These include cervical strain, cervical spondylosis and Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH). Let’s look at each of these.

DISH is an abnormal amount of calcification in the tendons and muscles of the cervical spine. This causes the tissues in the cervical spine to harden and stiffen. It is “idiopathic” because its cause is not known. It almost appears to be spontaneous.

This disorder may spread to affect the thoracic and lumbar spine as well.  Cervical strain is not as serious but it is an inflammation of the muscles in the neck and due to overuse. It can also cause spasms but muscle relaxers for a few days will usually clear it up.

Cervical Spondylosis causes its share of left side neck pain.  This is a degenerative disease and much more serious than either DISH or cervical strain. In this disease the discs, vertebrae and soft tissues of the cervical spine can be destroyed.

Stenosis and bone spurs are the end result of this disease with its chronic sever pain. This does not happen overnight but is a gradual deterioration of the cervical spine.  These spurs press on the root nerve and that is the cause of the severe pain.

So you can see there are many causes of pain in the left side of neck. Don’t ignore it. It could be as minor as muscle strains and as serious as a stroke.

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