Sinus Infections and Neck Pain

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    Nov 03, 2015 5:42 AM GMT
    For years whenever I'm about to get a sinus infection, I start to get a SEVERE neck ache. I'm talking on a scale from 0-10, this is a 10. I've asked my doctor about it and he says they are unrelated but I know for a fact they are. When I Google this, I get page after page of other people complaining about the same thing, but even the online doctors are claiming that it's unrelated.

    Just curious if anyone else experiences this.
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    Nov 03, 2015 10:09 PM GMT
    Do you sneeze during these bouts of sinus infection? The trapezius muscles can spasm, especially after a sudden motion like sneezing, causing pain.
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    Nov 04, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidDo you sneeze during these bouts of sinus infection? The trapezius muscles can spasm, especially after a sudden motion like sneezing, causing pain.



    No. A sinus infection doesn't cause sneezing at all. The neck pain normally hits just before the sinus infection makes itself known.
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    Nov 04, 2015 4:59 AM GMT
    I don't get neck pain as you describe when I get my own sinus infections, which for me, seem to be seasonal.

    Many people and doctors, get this confused with a common cold or allergies. If you know for sure you are experiencing a sinus infection, then the usual treatment should apply, which is antibiotics for bacterial sinus. While the common cold is a viral infection and allergies are a reaction to a histamine release, which require anti-histamines.

    Many times, your symptoms can start out with a sore throat, a cold or an allergy to like pet dander, then turn into an infection when things get clogged up by mucus, usually mucus gets trapped in the passages and bacteria builds up behind the block because of poor drainage.

    I believe the soreness in or around your neck you are feeling just prior to sinus, is the lymph nodes swelling, these nodes, located throughout our bodies, are the indicators some infection has invaded a certain part of the body that particular nodes it controls. They are like a "catch basin" when a major infection gets into the blood stream, I suppose the reason for the usual swelling.

    When you see your doctor and you tell them you are experiencing neck pain, first thing they always check for is swollen lymph nodes by feel, massaging the neck areas. The doctor should also look directly into your nose with a light scope, they either see the blockage or the discoloration of the mucus or both.

    I would def see your doctor if you cant get the clog cleared yourself, the bacterial infection will just get worse


    I had one case of bacterial sinus infection I was able to dislodge my self, it was gross. After you get the stuck mucus out of your sinus, you usually end up swallowing it where it eventually will come out when you hock it out, im my case, the blockage was a quarter size bloody mucus blob that came out when I spit, gross! But it saved me a trip to the doctor for antibiotics, which will do the same thing but just faster. Invest in a neti pot as well


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    Nov 04, 2015 5:25 AM GMT
    They did a throat culture and mine is bacteria this time, but most sinus infections are fungal.

    My lymph nodes really don't swell much so I honestly don't think they could cause this degree of pain.
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    Nov 04, 2015 5:36 AM GMT
    Radd saidThey did a throat culture and mine is bacteria this time, but most sinus infections are fungal.

    My lymph nodes really don't swell much so I honestly don't think they could cause this degree of pain.




    You didn't say where the pain was located on the neck or what type it is? I will get slight headaches with my infections, I take Tylenol acetaminophen which helps with the sore throat pain too

    So does your doctor now have you on antibiotics?

    Its funny, my seasonal sinusitis just started a few days before Halloween with typical sore throat, I was able to remove the blockage again myself within a few days, I am just now getting over it.

    We just had our famous Santa Ana winds come through the LA mountains at the same time, it brings all the dust and pollen with them, and the LA temps finally, now are seasonal after record high temps for Oct. I think both hit me at the same time.
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    Nov 04, 2015 5:50 AM GMT

    If I had really good insurance, I would probably try this procedure now. A lady I worked with once, had this done, she suffered horribly with chronic bacterial sinus infections. I think she had a severe deviated septum though.





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    Nov 04, 2015 4:28 PM GMT
    I get some pain in the neck and traps when I get hey fever but not that level of pain. Though this year I've got the most persistent neck/trap soreness I can remember. Maybe it is peculiar to whatever is going around this year. Try taking a spoonful of local honey every morning. Helps me with the pollens here. There's a local honey stand in the market down by Cafe du Monde. Make sure you consume it fast enough that the honey is made from current pollens and that the vendor turns inventory fast enough, too.
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    Nov 05, 2015 6:04 AM GMT
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    Radd saidThey did a throat culture and mine is bacteria this time, but most sinus infections are fungal.

    My lymph nodes really don't swell much so I honestly don't think they could cause this degree of pain.




    You didn't say where the pain was located on the neck or what type it is? I will get slight headaches with my infections, I take Tylenol acetaminophen which helps with the sore throat pain too

    So does your doctor now have you on antibiotics?

    Its funny, my seasonal sinusitis just started a few days before Halloween with typical sore throat, I was able to remove the blockage again myself within a few days, I am just now getting over it.

    We just had our famous Santa Ana winds come through the LA mountains at the same time, it brings all the dust and pollen with them, and the LA temps finally, now are seasonal after record high temps for Oct. I think both hit me at the same time.



    It's quite a large area actually. The pain runs all the way from the base of my skull all the way down through my traps and shoulders. Even my upper back is affected. And like I said, it's severe.
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    Nov 05, 2015 8:30 AM GMT
    Go to an ENT clinic (Ears, Nose and Throat) which specializes in sinus infection treatments and get your questions answered there.
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    Nov 06, 2015 1:59 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidGo to an ENT clinic (Ears, Nose and Throat) which specializes in sinus infection treatments and get your questions answered there.



    Well, like I said......doctors always tell me they are unrelated, but I know that's not true.
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    Nov 06, 2015 7:39 AM GMT
    Radd said
    Erik101 saidGo to an ENT clinic (Ears, Nose and Throat) which specializes in sinus infection treatments and get your questions answered there.



    Well, like I said......doctors always tell me they are unrelated, but I know that's not true.


    And like I said, an ENT specialist can confirm your concerns.
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    Nov 06, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
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    Radd said
    Erik101 saidGo to an ENT clinic (Ears, Nose and Throat) which specializes in sinus infection treatments and get your questions answered there.



    Well, like I said......doctors always tell me they are unrelated, but I know that's not true.


    And like I said, an ENT specialist can confirm your concerns.




    I'm seeing my new EN&T doctor at 1:00 today, so I'll let you know what he says. But my old EN&T doctor said it was unrelated, and my MD and my allergist. But maybe he will know something they don't.
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    Nov 06, 2015 8:59 PM GMT
    Okay, I just got back from my new EN&T doctor. He said he gets lots of people complaining about neck and shoulder pain with sinus infections. His theory sounds like bullshit to me. He thinks that people sleep weird when they have sinus infections and he thinks that's what causes it. icon_rolleyes.gif I reiterated that I get this pain before any sinus symptoms begin but he just brushed it off and told me it was probably unrelated. Ughhhh! icon_mad.gif