Dd you have any trauma to your head/neck area? Like whiplash? I googled it and found this:
Cervical spine disorders account for thousands of visits to primary care physicians each year. The majority of these patients suffer from acute cervical strain or cervical osteoarthritis. Most sprain injuries will recover in two to four weeks with a conservative treatment plan and most cervical arthritis problems respond to medication and physical treatment measures. However, there are several red flags signifying potentially serious disorders of the cervical neck that require diagnostic testing and additional treatment.
Red Flags and Initial Treatment
There are several symptoms that should be considered “red flags” for patients who are suffering from cervical neck pain. These include:
History of recent fall or trauma to the head or neck
Unexplained weight loss
Unexplained fever, especially in diabetic patients
History of cancer
Chronic steroid use
Evidence of spinal cord compression, including severe weakness, hand atrophy, loss of pain and temperature sensation in upper extremities; gait disturbance; or Babinski’s sign.
These symptoms may be a sign of a more serious condition, including infection, tumor, fracture or dislocation. Patients who present with these symptoms require immediate attention and diagnostic studies.
Patients presenting without these red flag symptomss can normally undergo approximately four weeks of conservative treatment options, including NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, home heat treatments, relaxation techniques, and activity modification. If a patient has not seen relief after four weeks of conservative treatment, diagnostic studies and a neurosurgical consultation should be ordered. Patients with pain limited to the neck should undergo plain x–rays to reveal occult fracture, subluxation, pathological fracture due to infection or malignancy, or extensive osteoarthritis. Patients with radiculopathy should have a MRI scan to reveal disc herniation, cervical spinal stenosis, osteomyelitis or tumor.