Hi, I'm a healthy normal-weight 35-yr-old man. I've suffered from so-called "trapped nerves" in my spine on several occasions in the past, and the problem has usually either gone away on its own or after some light intervention from an osteopath.
I woke up a couple of days ago with a strange pain in the back of my neck, in the upper vertebrae. I assumed I had slept in a bad position and had strained or irritated something. It's not been getting better since. It hurts to turn my head to the left (but only at the end of the movement), but more interestingly, I get a strong and painful nerve/muscle spasm every time I swallow. I've never had that before and wonder if this is a "trapped nerve" as usual or something else.
My throat has also begun to hurt, but I wonder if it's because I'm swallowing differently in order to avoid the pain and that's tiring the muscles. In addition, I can feel my jaw muscles beginning to clench up from the local pain.
I've recently returned from a short trip to Africa and I am finishing up a course of Malarone. Apart from some ibuprofen for the pain, that's the only medication I'm taking.
My question is : is this just a banal muscular problem that will go away in time, or should I be going to see a doctor?
Thank you to anyone who can shed light on this.