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Scared, neck throbbing, spasms don't know why

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  • Posted By: reet45
  • April 7, 2008
  • 02:57 PM

I am a healthy 45 year old woman with no history of any health problems. I take no medications and have not suffered any injury. For almost a year I have been experiencing random neck throbbing that lasts about 30 seconds, sometimes with mild soreness when the episode ends. This happens off and on throughout the day, sometimes ten or fifteen times a day. The spasms happen on either side of my neck, near my ear, below the jawline. There doesn't seem to be any cause--I'm usually at rest when it happens--watching TV, on the computer, driving, etc.. It has not gotten worse and I have no other symptoms other than a bit of anxiety each time it occurs. I had a normal EKG and Holter monitor result, and had ultrasound on my carotid arteries which was also normal. My doctor does not know what is causing this but does not seem alarmed nor anxious to have me take more tests. I am very frustrated--every time it happens I am worried it could be a signal of something bad like an embolism. I've heard theories of TMJ, pinched nerve, herniated disc, and stress. Even if I never find out what this is, I'd like to at least be sure it's not something that could end up killing me! In other words, could I be harboring some sort of clot that's going to give me a stroke or aneurysm or something dreadful like that? I can deal with it as long as I know it's not the symptom for something deadly. THANK YOU! And God bless all the worried people out there!

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