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Referred neck pain

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Your doctor will be able to help make this diagnosis, but sometimes the diagnosis is only confirmed when physiotherapy treatment to the neck resolves the problem.

Sometimes pain can radiate to the shoulder due to underlying lung disease, for example lung cancer. The risk of this is higher if you're a long-term smoker and over the age of 40.

Unexplained pain which lasts more than three weeks may warrant a chest x-ray. Symptoms such as unexplained weight loss and night-time sweating should also be brought to the attention of your GP.

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