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Sinus infection and pain in collarbone ?

I started having a cough two weeks ago. It started affecting my sinuses about a week ago, so I started taking cold medicine. Instead of getting better, it just got worse. Three days later I would blow my nose and get green-yellow mucous. The next day I woke up and hurt from the crown of my head and down the left side of my head in my ear, jaw, neck, and shoulder. The pain was so bad it even hurt to eat. This is by far the worse sinus infection I have ever had! So, I went to the doctor. He prescribed an antibiotic and an antihistimine (my blood pressure was slightly up, which could have been because of the cold medicine, but it caused him to not want to give me a decongestant). i'm still hurting in my head, ear, and jaw, but not as bad. Mucous is still very colored. But, yesterday, I started hurting in my right shoulder--more like on the tip of the collarbone near my neck. It has some sharp pains, and sometimes dull and achy. I haven't done anything physically that would have caused this type of pain. It doesn't go into the shoulder itself, it just feels like it is in that collarbone. It does hurt also when I move it some and when I cough. Is there any way that this pain could be connected to a sinus infection or even to antibiotics? I'm just wondering because I really have no other explanation to the pain--if this is even an explanation.
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replied February 10th, 2009
I have the same problem
I am having the exact same problem, and there has been no antibiotic or steroid that has done any good. I am actually waking up at night some times and cant breath because the mucus is blocking my airway. And my neck is killing me from my collar bone clear up to my jaw. Did you ever figure anything out or is your problem still going on?
Thanks
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replied February 10th, 2009
My sinus infection has cleared up. But, I still am hurting in both collarbones and shoulders and neck. I've noticed that my shoulders burn when I do anything that requires using my arms alot of lifting them over my head. But, it all started with the sinus infection. I don't have any answers,. . just the pain!!! My muscles just ache bad. My friends think it's stress, but that doesn't explain why it started with the sinus infection.
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replied March 22nd, 2009
My sinus infection too has cleared up, by my neck and collabone pain is worse than ever and also started with the sinus infection. Have you figured anything out or had any luck?
Thanks!
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replied May 29th, 2009
Shooting neck pains
I have cold/sinus infection symptoms also, and a pain in the back of my throat in the mornings which gradually fades with drinking and a pain in my collar bone which is sharp. I also feel lathargic and have a horrible fell/taste in my mouth. Did you guys get this solved?
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replied November 9th, 2013
SINUS INFECTION,RINGING EARS,COLLARBONE PAIN
I've had a sinus infection for a month now,I've also had ringing ears for 2 months.. The sinus pain is still here after the doctor had prescribed me antibiotics,I've been refered to specialists so I'm waiting for an appointment. The other day all the top of my left arm was achy,and then last night I had really bad stabbing pains in my left collarbone,it's gone but all the back of my neck seems achy. Anyone experienced something g like this?Sad(
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replied November 24th, 2013
I have these same issues. Its like theres a wall of (clear) mucus sitting in the spot above my throat and behind my nose... but theres no breathing issue. My pain is also on my left side from crown to eye to jaw to lympnodes to collar bone to ring and pinkey finger. I now believe whatever is in yogurt intensifies the pain bc I cut it out of my diet then ate it today and 6 hrs later my collar bone is aching. My doctor gave me an anti-inflammatory (i did not tell her abt my sinus issue) and I am getting an xray this week. Ill let you know if anything comes back
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replied June 6th, 2014
I had a mild cold that persisted and eventually developed into a sinus infection. A course of antibiotics worked fine. But, within 12 hours of the final dose, I started feeling discomfort in one collarbone. The next day, the pain was acute, and it became debilitating. One physician suspects a broken collarbone--this fits the pain pattern but not the activity/injury profile. Another doctor diagnose arthritis, which is common enough but doesn't jive with the kind of pain or the onset.

Could the pain be somehow related to the infection? It seems unlikely, but it's an interesting pattern. Maybe a reaction to antibiotics?

My symptoms include severe pain seemingly in the bone itself near the neck, and secondary pains top center of the rib cage, up the side of the neck, and where the bone meets the shoulder. Pain is induced mostly when moving the shoulder (shrugging motion up or down), or when a load is on the base of the neck (e.g., bending at the waist to one side).

Anyone else? Also, please post the rest of your stories: how did it play out?
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replied June 6th, 2014
I had a mild cold that persisted and eventually developed into a sinus infection. A course of antibiotics worked fine. But, within 12 hours of the final dose, I started feeling discomfort in one collarbone. The next day, the pain was acute, and it became debilitating. One physician suspects a broken collarbone--this fits the pain pattern but not the activity/injury profile. Another doctor diagnose arthritis, which is common enough but doesn't jive with the kind of pain or the onset.

Could the pain be somehow related to the infection? It seems unlikely, but it's an interesting pattern. Maybe a reaction to antibiotics?

My symptoms include severe pain seemingly in the bone itself near the neck, and secondary pains top center of the rib cage, up the side of the neck, and where the bone meets the shoulder. Pain is induced mostly when moving the shoulder (shrugging motion up or down), or when a load is on the base of the neck (e.g., bending at the waist to one side).

Anyone else? Also, please post the rest of your stories: how did it play out?
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replied May 30th, 2018
Sinus/ ear ache now collarbone pain
I am having the collarbone pain too after a sinus infection seemed to have spread to my ear. I was having pain down my jaw line and my neck and behind my ear. It has been going on for about 3 weeks. The ear ache/sinus problem seems better but the collarbone pain is still there. I too had aching down my whole left arm during all of this. I dont know whats going on. Anyone else have this resolve and if so how?
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replied May 30th, 2018
Sinus / Ear pain now in collarbone
I am having the collarbone pain too after a sinus infection seemed to have spread to my ear. I was having pain down my jaw line and my neck and behind my ear. It has been going on for about 3 weeks. The ear ache/sinus problem seems better but the collarbone pain is still there. I too had aching down my whole left arm during all of this. I dont know whats going on. Anyone else have this resolve and if so, how?
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replied September 28th, 2018
SCM pain
So I think this is SCM pain. The Sternoceidomastoid muscle stretches from behind the ear to the front of the neck and sinus infections can result in pain/inflamation. You can google exercises to help relax the muscle and ease the pain.
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replied November 3rd, 2018
I’ve had a sinus infection (Ethmoid sinus) and here it is week 5...sinus pressure and ear ache all on the right side only. Sinus pressure and ear ache is gone but now I have neck pain(right side only) and the pain radiate down my right arm to fingers. It comes and goes but when lying down the pain is worse. I have to sleep upright with my head towards the left(using pillows) so I don’t disturb the right side of my neck. Also, it’s swollen above my collar bone. Could it be a nerve in the head or neck causing this pain?
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