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Front neck been hurting for a month.


My front neck has been hurting for a month. I'm starting to think it may have something to do with my thyroid gland.

Overall the pain is not a pain but more like if I had someone choking my neck softly. I'll get this tight feeling right over my collarbone, going up a little bit at both sides of the neck. It will get worse if I try to rotate my head to the right or to the left, because I'll feel like there is something stuck on my throat (similar to when I get amigdalitis).

I went to the doctor about two weeks ago and he said it looked like a viral thing in my throat. Told me to get some ibuprofen and an oral spray to kill bacteria (like this had something to do with it). Now it's been two weeks and I feel the same.

I came here looking for a second opinion. Thanks in advance.
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Edit: I'm 20 and I'm 240 lbs.
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It's important to understand that we aren't doctors, so our opinions won't be professional  ones.  

There are a number of things that can make it feel like we're choking, including infection in the throat, so your doctor did what many/most doctors would do in the same circumstances, assuming he looked in your throat at the time.

Did you follow the doctor's instructions in regards to trying the ibuprophen and oral spray in case you did have an infection?  Assuming you did follow instructions and it didn't do any good, it would be time to call the doctor and ask to try something else.   One of those things could be thyroid testing since swollen thyroid can feel like one is choking.  This can happen even if the doctor can't "feel" anything.  There can also be nodules on your thyroid, even if the doctor can't feel them.  

The tests you need to check for a thyroid malfunction are TSH, Free T4 and Free T3.  You might also want to check for the autoimmune condition, Hashimoto's.  For that you'd need antibdy tests, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOab) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).  In order to check for nodules on the thyroid, you'd need a thyroid ultrasound.  

There are other things that can cause the feeling you're having, as well, so talk to your doctor in case there's a different direction he'd prefer to go.

You mentioned your age and weight, but we don't know your height, so we don't know  if you're over weight or not, or if you've recently gained/lost weight, etc.  Is the sore throat/choking feeling the only symptom you have?
363281 tn?1590104173
Hello~It would be wise to have the tests the above poster mentioned, if all back "normal" and you and the doctor have tried all options, then I suggest perhaps seeing a chiropractor, he/she will take some x-rays of the affected area, study them and then discuss the results with you, if it is a pinched nerve or misaligned vertebrae in your neck, adjustments will definitely help.
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I'm 6'. I've been fat all my life and I haven't seen any weight changes. I have also gone to a physiotherapist about a month ago and he said I had some tension on my neck from working on my laptop. But my front neck didn't hurt by then.

The doctor didn't give me any results, he just told me that my cholesterol was a bit high but nothing to be concerned of. I wonder if they can see any problems going on the thyroid gland through average blood tests? (These were taken in May).
A thyroid blood panel is just a "snap shot" of what is going on for that moment. However, I would think that they would be able to determine some issues with it once they compile your symptoms and the blood work together. Some doctors will order a series of thyroid panels to see if they can catch anything abnormal. Another thing you can do is do the Broda Barnes Thyroid test. You get a Basal thermometer from the pharmacy, then each morning, for 10 days, place it under your arm for 10 minutes, do not move or do anything during this time, just relax in bed. If it is lower than "normal" meaning below 98.6, this could indicate a sluggish thyroid. A sluggish thyroid can also cause the elevated cholesterol. Here is an interesting little article on the Broda Barnes Test:

The Barnes Axial Temperature Test

The Barnes axial temperature test was developed by Dr. Broda O. Barnes as a simple, accurate, low-cost, and reliable self-test for determining how well your thyroid gland is functioning.  Dr. Barnes found that in a majority of cases the normal tests used by physicians for thyroid function did not accurately indicate the status of the thyroid.  In many cases a low axial temperature was found whereas the other tests were in the "normal" range.  When the patient with low axial temperature was treated with natural thyroid gland tissue, the illness experienced often disappeared.  Because the other tests were in the normal range, those with low axial temperatures were labeled as "sub-clinical hyperthyroid."  Using this method Barnes treated many thousands of patients successfully who suffered from a wide range of illnesses.  His experiences are well documented in his book Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness, published in 1976.

The test can be taken by any man or non-menstruating woman on any day.  Menstruating women should take the test especially during the second and third days of their period.  It is instructive, however, for a woman to measure the axial temperature on other days of the month in order to find correlation's with her cycle and if the temperature is always low, then she may not have to wait until she begins to menstruate in order to determine if her thyroid is dysfunctional.

The test requires only an oral thermometer (a basal thermometer may be used but is not necessary). The thermometer should be shaken down at night and left next to the bed.  Upon awakening in the morning the thermometer should be inserted in the armpit for ten minutes while you lay quietly in bed.  The temperature should be recorded.

An individual with a properly functioning thyroid gland should have readings between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit.  If the temperature is consistently below 97.8° F, then the thyroid may not be functioning properly.  Reasons for low thyroid function are many including insufficient iodine, insufficient nutrients feeding the thyroid (such as niacin, tyrosine, vitamin C, vitamin A, selenium, glutathione, and zinc), excessive stress, excessive estrogen, and heavy metal toxicity.  Temperatures above 98.2° F are indicative of an overactive thyroid and require that you visit your physician.

The axial temperature test may be used to evaluate treatment outcomes and has been used by physicians and patients to "titrate" to the proper dosage of thyroid hormone supplements.  That is, once the axial temperature is in the normal range, then the proper dosage has been found.  It is important to remember that this process is a relatively slow one often taking many weeks for stability to be reached.
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Update. Took blood tests and I'm currently waiting for next week. The neck thing has turned into hot flashes in my neck and chest.
What is the blood test for?
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