In many instances, your symptoms can tell you a lot about the underlying cause of your neck pain. For example, if your neck feels relatively okay in the morning but feels worse as the day progresses, the most likely cause is muscular weakness, fatigue or strain. If you are experiencing neck pain in the morning that subsides later in the day, arthritis may be to blame. Neck pain that is made worse by sneezing or coughing could indicate serious disc issues, and if you get dizzy or light headed when turning or elevating your head, this is a strong indicator of a serious neck problem.
If you experience neck pain that goes away on its own and doesn’t return, it may not be a cause for major concern. If, however, you are experiencing recurring pain, achiness or stiffness in your neck, this is often a sign of a serious neck problem. In many instances, recurring episodes of a stiff neck are early indicators of disc or joint degeneration.