I have had a painful neck for four weeks

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Hi all,

​I have had a painful neck for four weeks npw. The pain is at the back of my neck on both left and right. I also began about five/six weeks ago with a painful and tender collarbone on the left. I put that down to using a crutch on that side because I had a new hip in September this year.

​I have had low back ache when standing for too long for  about a month.

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    Hi Shirley

    Sounds like you may have a trapped nerve in your neck it is possible I have one that is twisted in an s shape between c6 and c7 vertibrae.  And it hurts to move my neck and clicks now and again to let me know it is still there.      your low back ache could be from your hip operation.  Your collarbone is from using the crutch as you said.  I have had a weak shoulder and collarbone since birth as it was dislocated at birth broken 3 times since and now I have a trpped nerve in my shoulder no idea how it has happened but seeing orphopaedic consultant on 22nd December.  So will let you know how I get on.

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    Should add that I have just looked these symptoms up and wonder if it could be fibromyalgia. Should I go to doctor and what should I do next?
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      Hi Shirley. I have fibro but as a result of recent neurology appointments and an MRI, they have discovered I have reduction in the discs in the neck (eg arthritis) and have attributed the neck and shoulder pain specifically to that cause and not the fibro.  I thave OA in one ankle and thumb joints and my doctor and the consultant have both said it's common for those with arthritis in one or more joints to develop it elsewhere unfortunately.  As you already have it in your hip you may find it's now in the neck or spine regrettably.  I have to say though, to add a bit of good news to the bad, I get far better treatment options with the arthritis than with fibro.  Its all a bit hit and miss with my fibro pain.  The arthritis is much better managed by my doctors. 
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    crikey I have this too but my tender collarbone is on the right  OMG every time i read a post here i think I have that too yet my dr says i dont have or dont want to be diagnosed with fibro sad personally i just want to know so i can learn how to deal with it.
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      I think we all agree with your comment about just wanting to 'know' so that we can actually deal with something with a name.  My doctor actually asked me if I thought I wanted to label it fibro and said even if she did diagnose it that I wouldnt get any different treatment than she was offering anyhow.  To be honest I'd rather it was anything BUT fibro, because everything else seems to get a recognised and recommended treatment programme but with fibro it all seems to be just a question of let's try this and it may or may not work.......I'm sick of being in pain with no end in sight.  I've tried every medication known to man and most either don't work or make me more ill than I was already and self help remedies only go so far, they do not take away the life restricting and unbearable non stop pain.
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    I would agree that your collar bone pain is probably from the crutch but I have learned from my massage therapist that neck pain in the back, especially in the occipitals (where you described on both sides) is from tightness in your traps (top of shoulders) that starts from your anterior neck (front of neck to collar bone) so it's all connected from the use of the crutches. I would recommend looking up medical massage which takes insurance and have them focus on your anterior neck, shoulders and occipitals for relief. It takes a few appointments to really help but the more painful it is, the more tight the muscles are.
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