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Flashes of head pain - neck and shoulder problems

I am 49, a former athlete. To this day I work out daily with a Concept 2 rower, and free weights. I have had back sitffness, occasional pain and "throw out" my upper back (the muscle group) infrequently.

In the past year or so I developed a painless locking of my neck which unlocks with a painless "crack"....irritating, but not painful.

Likewise in the past 3 months or so I have experienced very sudden flashes of pain, such that I am startled by them. I have found that if I immediately rotate my head and turn it either way, shrug my shoulders, any movement of the head and neck it immediately stops, as fast as it happened.

I had one this evening that was quite severe, the worst yet. My reflex reaction was to lean forward and put down my cup as I was having a coffee at the time. That motion did the trick, and again it went away. Duration was likely 1 second, literally. But this particular flash was very severe and sudden.

I have never seen a Chiropractor, but I am thinking that with the seeming progression of things like this i should ........

Can you comment on this split second flashes of pain? Is this something you see normally? I rarely have a day where the muscles of my shoulders, neeck or back dont bother me.......This is of concern becuse of the suddeness and the severity.
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Flashes of pain are typically caused by mechanical pressure of some kind. If I had to theorize the problem, it would seem that you're orienting yourself structurally/posturally in such a way that direct pressure is being applied to spinal nerves that fire these abrupt pain signals. When you reorient yourself and restore regular motion, it stops.

Seeing a chiropractor for this is a very good idea. I would suggest trying to find an Upper Cervical specialist in your area. Here's a link for a referral directory: http://tinyurl.com/ahxhcs

Adam Tanase, D.C.
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