I am a 30yr old man that hasn't had these symptoms before. The full story is below, but right now it's a sore neck with pain on the right side of my neck when I turn my head to the right, along with a headache in the back of my head, and a mild cough once in a while. No fever. I've also had some pain in my left arm, possibly along the nerves on the top of it. I can still do a pushup, so I still have my usual strength.
Any questions or suggestions would be helpful. I won't be able to visit my usual doctor until Jan 4th.
On Friday I woke up with a slightly sore neck and slight headache, but didn't think much of it or take any pills.
On Saturday I took a 6hr train ride and used a neck pillow, watching a few dvds on the way. When I got to my destination my neck was sore and I had a bit of a headache in the back of my head, not very painful, but I could feel the pressure. I took 2 Excedrin extra strength pills which didn't seem to help much. 6 hours later I took one Advil before going to bed, but I don't think that helped.
On Sunday I felt a little worse. My neck felt more sore than before, but not stiff - I could still move it. Being the idiot I am, I used a snow blower for about an hour, but it didn't seem to cause any additional pain. It took a while to get to sleep.
On Monday I felt worse. My entire neck felt sore, but when I turn my neck to the right, what seems like a muscle in my right side hurts a lot. I can't get my head over my right shoulder. I still have the headache in the back. I took more excedrin without much help, then two advil later without much success. I laid down in bed most of the day, or sat up watching tv.
Tuesday morning so far, my neck is still the same, sore and pain when I move it to the right. The headache seemed gone for a bit, but it's back now - in the back with a little on the right (whenever I get a headache it's usually just on the front right). There is some pain in my left arm and maybe a tiny bit in my right.
I'm going to put a heating pad on it today and not use the computer so much, but with the holiday and the weekend coming up, I'm not sure what to do right now.
I'm far away from my normal doctor, and won't be back there until January. I'm not sure if this is something serious enough to see a local doctor and deal with insurance, or go to the urgent care center. The closest ER always has wait times of hours, and I don't want to sit there all day for them to say it's just a headache.
Thanks so much for reading, and a happy holidays!