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Pain in the neck can be more than just a hassle. Neck pain can come from disorders and diseases of any structure in the neck. There are seven vertebrae that are the bony building blocks of the spine in the neck (the cervical vertebrae) that surround the spinal cord and canal. Between these vertebrae are discs and nearby pass the nerves of the neck. Within the neck, structures include the neck muscles, arteries, veins, lymph glands, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, esophagus, larynx, and trachea.

Summary of Common Neck Pain Symptoms by MedicineNet Staff
A review of our Patient Comments indicated that people with neck pain may also have coexisting symptoms. Some patients reported suffering headaches and shoulder aches, while others felt as if their neck muscles were bruised. Others mentioned feeling groggy and tired. Read on to learn more about neck pain symptoms in our Patient Comments.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Jaw Pain, Muscle Cramps, and/or Shoulder Pain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2012

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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