Neck pain symptoms can vary widely. The pain may just be a mild nuisance, or it could be so excruciating that a person avoids any excessive movement. Neck pain may result from abnormalities in the soft tissues—the muscles, ligaments, and nerves—as well as in bones and disc of the spine.
Oftentimes neck pain is in one spot and goes away on its own within a few days or weeks. But in some cases, the pain becomes constant or radiates into other body parts, such as the shoulder, arms and the back of head.
If neck pain symptoms progress, it can become difficult to sleep. This type of pain may also interfere with other daily activities, such as getting dressed or going to work, or any activity that involves turning the head, such as driving.