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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Neck Pain When Bending the Head Forward

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced neck pain when bending the head forward. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Neck Sprain

    The neck is made up of 7 bones held together by muscles and ligaments. Any stretch of these muscles or ligaments causes a sprain, which will cause pain and affect your ability to move the neck.

    Most neck sprains get better within a few weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, pain in the back of the neck, shoulder pain, difficulty moving the neck, neck pain
    Symptoms that always occur with neck sprain:
    pain in the back of the neck
    Symptoms that never occur with neck sprain:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Bacterial Meningitis

    Meningitis is a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It is a serious infection as it may affect the nervous system.

    Meningitis is a very serious disease and recovery is variable.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, nausea, being severely ill, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial meningitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Lyme Disease

    Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of a tick, which needs to latch on for a few days to transmit the bacteria. This infection can affect the skin, but more dangerously, the nervous system.

    If treated properly, people are typically cured but may have symptoms for a few months even without signs of an actual infection.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, irritability, muscle aches, loss of appetite
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Aseptic Meningitis

    Aseptic meningitis is a condition in which the layers lining the brain (the meninges) become inflamed and painful but there is no bacterial infection involved. It can be caused by virusses, fungi or medication.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, nausea, muscle aches, fever, chills
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  5. 5.Whiplash

    Whiplash, a soft tissue injury to the neck, is the result of a sudden jolt to the neck. This injury most frequently occurs after a car is rear-ended.

    1 week

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, pain in the back of the neck, stiff neck, arm weakness, shoulder pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with whiplash:
    neck pain from an injury, pain in the back of the neck
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Tension Headache (Previously Undiagnosed)

    Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headache. It is pain or discomfort in the head and/or neck. It is often accompanied by muscle tightness in these areas. This condition can occur as little as once a year but as often as more than 15 days per month (chronic). The cause of tension-type headaches is not clear.

    Tension-type headache symptoms usually resolve within a few hours but can last up to a week. However, if this particular episode is unusually severe or debilitating, you may want to see a doctor urgently.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    history of headaches, nausea or vomiting, moderate headache, loss of appetite, mild headache
    Symptoms that always occur with tension headache (previously undiagnosed):
    history of headaches
    Symptoms that never occur with tension headache (previously undiagnosed):
    change in urine color, photo and phonophobia, throbbing headache, headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Pinched Nerve in the Neck

    With age, disks separating the cervical vertebrae (which are the bones of your spine in your neck) lose height as well as lose water content, becoming stiffer. The vertebrae move closer together, and nerves that exit between these bones may be pinched, causing pain to travel down the nerve as it passes through the arm. The pain is usually sharp, and some people report a "pins and needles" sensation or even complete numbness.

    Majority of patients get better with time (weeks to months).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, pain that radiates down arm, pain in the back of the neck, severe shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Bruise of the Face / Neck

    A bruise is an area of skin discoloration. A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin.

    1-2 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    neck injury, painful neck swelling, warm and red neck swelling, neck bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with bruise of the face/neck:
    neck injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  9. 9.Cervical Spine Injury Requiring Immobilization

    Trauma to the head or neck can cause an injury to the spinal cord. Keeping the head from moving is necessary to keep the spinal cord from being damaged.

    Depending on your injury, the recovery may or may not happen

    Rarity:
    Common
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Neck Pain When Bending the Head Forward

  • Q.Do you have any idea what may have caused your neck pain?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Can you fully move your neck in every direction?

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Neck Pain When Bending the Head Forward Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced neck pain when bending the head forward have also experienced:

    • 9% Headache in the Forehead
    • 7% Headache That Worsens When Head Moves
    • 5% Pain in the Back of the Neck
  • People who have experienced neck pain when bending the head forward had symptoms persist for:

    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 27% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced neck pain when bending the head forward were most often matched with:

    • 53% Bacterial Meningitis
    • 30% Lyme Disease
    • 15% Neck Sprain
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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