What Causes Osteoporosis?

Bone loss occurs when the cells that form bone (osteoblasts) cannot keep pace with the cells that are eating away at bone (osteoclasts). There are a variety of underlying reasons for osteoporosis; find out more about them ›

Neck Pain

Neck pain is any type of pain or discomfort throughout the neck region, which consists of the cervical spine, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives, and it is usually not a cause for concern.

Neck pain can be due to minor problems, such as sleeping in an awkward position, or it can be due to more serious problems, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease. Any of the structures in the neck can become irritated or inflamed in response to a variety of different conditions.  

Depending on the underlying cause, neck pain may last briefly, or it may be chronic, defined as lasting more than three months. Your neck pain may feel like a dull ache, or it may be sharp and jolting in a specific area. Although most cases of neck pain resolve themselves in a few days to a few weeks with basic self-care measures, neck pain can also persist and lead to more serious problems, such as nerve damage.

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Upper Back Pain

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Morning back stiffness

  • Neck pain

  • Redness, warmth, or swelling of the back

  • Shoulder pain

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Stress

  • Abdominal pain

  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Indigestion

  • Jaw pain

  • Sweating

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Herniated disc

  • Muscle spasm

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteomyelitis (infection or inflammation of the spinal bones)

  • Osteoporosis (metabolic bone disease)

  • Paget’s disease of the bone

  • Spinal degeneration (degenerative disc disease, also called spondylosis)

  • Spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal that presses on the spinal cord or nerves)

  • Spine fracture

  • Spondylitis (infection or inflammation of the spinal joints)

  • Sprains and strains due to overuse or injury

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Women ages 19 to 50 need at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day. Younger women and women older than 50 need even more.