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When should I talk to my doctor about neck pain?

You should talk to your doctor about neck pain if your neck pain is:

  • Getting worse
  • Not going away after a couple days
  • Associated with fevers or chills
  • Radiating down your arms
  • Associated with weakness, numbness or night pain
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD
Healthcare Specialist

You should talk to your doctor about neck pain when:

  • You have mild, neck pain that persists for 3 or 4 days after self-treatment
  • Neck pain or arm pain is severe
  • Neck pain or neck and arm pain that goes away for short periods but keeps coming back
  • New or unexplained symptoms appear
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