x
168 Physicians Online

Question:

Pain when swallowing radiated to the neck

Dear Ask The Doctor:
Hi, I have what started off as what I thought was a crick in my neck about a week ago but in the past few days it has gotten worse and now feels extremely painful to swallow, but at the back of my neck as opposed to my throat, its mostly on my left hand side but sometimes on both sides at the same time and always to the back, its giving me horrible headaches too, is this something that is likely to just go away itself or is a trip to the doctor needed?


Answer:

Swallowing is a complex act that involves the mouth, throat area, and esophagus (the muscular tube that moves food to the stomach). Many nerves and muscles control how these body parts work. Part of the act of swallowing is under voluntary control, which means you are aware of controlling the action. However, much of swallowing is involuntary. The pain may be felt high in the neck or lower down behind the breastbone. It is most often a strong feeling of uncomfortable squeezing and burning, and may be a symptom of a serious disorder. Possible causes of  painful swallowing are as follows: infections or abscess in the back of the throat, esophagus problems (achalasia, spasms, reflux disease). I strongly recommend you to visit your doctor and get a comprehensive evaluation including lab and imaging tasts in order to rule out early any kind of serious condition.



Sign In to join in the conversation.

You’re in good hands, meet ATD’s founding physicians.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • Board Certified GP
  • CMO ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Adjunct Professor at U Of T

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Director ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Fellowship Training Atlanta, GA

Related Answers:

I have a lump on the right side of my neck that sporadically swells up when I wake up in the morning. It has occurred...

(17) Hello, I recently had some concerns regarding my testicles. If I abstain from orgasm for more than 3 days and th...

I suddenly started getting a pain under my left breast that feels exactly like a cramp. It's tender to touch, but upo...

I am 16 weeks pregnant with my first child (but had a previous miscarriage at 8 wks) and have a groin pain that feels...

I messed up my finger and i dont know if its dislocated or if i tore a tendon but i dont want to have to go to the ER...

I am trying to go to sleep for school toomoor and now my both knee are hurting do you give me something for knee pain...

I am 34 years old female. I have fever once approximately every 2 months with very sharp leg ache in calf and front o...

My tailbone hurts. I fell down the stairs along time ago and when i sit/lie down then get back up, or pass gas or poo...

I think we just had sex i not sure because when he put it inside of me it hurt so i told him to take it out and then ...

My son has been having neck pains for the past week now and within this past week it has developed a growth the size ...