So at work about a month ago (warehouse very physical job) I went to push a bunch of boxes that were on a conveyor and when I stretch my arm out to full extension I got this sharp almost burning pain in my upper neck it only lasts for 4 or 5 seconds then goes away but it happens everytime I extend my right arm out a certain way , the pain is in the middle of my neck but towards the left just a little . Again it's not a constant pain so nothing to go to a doctor over yet I don't think it does affect my job a little as I watch how I extend my arm because when it's the wrong way and that pain hits my neck it's bad . Just curious as what it could be as Google didn't come up with any answers .
Read up on symptoms of cervical spine diseases related to repetitive motion jobs or lifting. Topics to see: discs, nerves, spurring, degeneration, and also tunnel syndromes of upper extremeties (the tunnel syndromes are less likely but might feel like a cervical spine issue).
What you are experiencing may be a work-related injury, so get early and accurate documentations (written medical reports and diagnostic exams) of when, where, and how you first experienced and continue to experience symptoms of this pain.
If you can take any of these type drugs, without a problem, a light over the counter anti-inflammatory might help calm an early irritation in your neck.
Lying flat on back and doing self-massage with thumbs and first two fingers (of neck and upper spine/shoulders) may give you some relief.
Flat (covered) cold packs comfortably placed to upper back/neck may reduce area inflammation. Right now, and for future episodes, think about how your neck is after waking up. You may need to change neck position for sleep.
Still, it sounds like a nerve irritation along the path of your arm to neck. Pay attention to what arm motions you are doing along with and in relation to how you are moving your head.
## If you find yourself limiting or changing your normal motion to accommodate your discomfort and/or you notice symptoms of fatigue/weakness in your arm(s), get medical help ASAP.
Good luck. Hope it resolves as just a simple muscle strain.
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