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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in the Front of the Neck

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

  1. 1.Acute Thyroiditis

    Acute thyroiditis is a rare inflammation of the thyroid gland caused by an infection, radiation, medication, or trauma.

    2 weeks - 2 months with treatment

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, fever, being severely ill, hoarse voice, pain in the front of the neck
    Symptoms that always occur with acute thyroiditis:
    pain in the front of the neck
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Retropharyngeal Abscess (Adult)

    Retropharyngeal abscess is a collection of pus in the tissues in the back of the throat. It is a potentially life-threatening medical condition.

    Good prognosis if caught early

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, loss of appetite, fever, shortness of breath, being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Ludwig's Angina

    Ludwig angina is a bacterial infection of the floor of the mouth and occurs beneath the tongue.

    Recovery is dependent on severity of disease.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, fever, being severely ill, trouble swallowing, neck pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Heart Attack in a Woman

    Most heart attacks happen when a clot in the coronary artery blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Often this leads to an irregular heartbeat - called an arrhythmia - that causes a severe decrease in the pumping function of the heart.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, pain in one arm, chest pain, shortness of breath
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  5. 5.Inflammation of the Epiglottis

    Epiglottitis is inflammation of the epiglottis, tissue that covers the trachea (windpipe), which helps prevent coughing or choking after swallowing. It is usually caused by the bacteria H. Influenzae but can also be caused by other bacteria or viruses that cause upper respiratory infections.

    Few hours to days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, pain with swallowing
    Symptoms that never occur with inflammation of the epiglottis:
    cough
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  6. 6.Head and Neck Cancer

    There are five main types of head and neck cancer, which are all named according to the part of the body where they develop: laryngeal (voice box), nasal cavity and sinus, nasopharyngeal (air passage way behind the nose), oral (mouth), and salivary gland cancers. Most of these cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs), meaning they begin in the flat (squamous) cells that make up the thin surface layer of the structures in the head and neck.

    Head and neck cancers span different types of cancer with variable prognosis so a consultation with an oncologist is required to determine outlook.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, hoarse voice, neck bump, ear canal pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Viral Infection of the Larynx (Voice Box)

    Acute laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx) due to infection.The vocal cords are located inside the larynx. Normally, the vocal cords open and close freely, but in laryngitis, they become inflamed. This swelling causes distortion of the sounds produced by air passing over them, making one's resulting voice sound hoarse.

    Less than 3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sore throat, runny nose, fever, dry cough, hoarse voice
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Front of the Neck

  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have a heart valve problem?
  • Q.Have you ever had a heart attack?
  • Q.Have there been changes in your voice?

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Pain in the Front of the Neck Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the front of the neck have also experienced:

    • 11% Pain in the Back of the Neck
    • 4% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 4% Headache
  • People who have experienced pain in the front of the neck had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Less Than a Week
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 18% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain in the front of the neck were most often matched with:

    • 33% Acute Thyroiditis
    • 33% Retropharyngeal Abscess (Adult)
    • 33% Ludwig's Angina
  • 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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