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So I have a sore shoulder and stiff neck all on right side. I have anxiety will tight muscles will feel more prominent. Its not visual but wheni pushin?

So I have a sore shoulder and stiff neck all on right side. I have anxiety will tight muscles will feel more prominent. Its not visual but wheni pushin?

Anxiety: Is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral. Do not self medicate to ovoid serious complications. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Just had a pulmonary function test and they said I can inhale normally but I'm not exhaling fully. Can anxiety and tight muscles interfere with this?

Just had a pulmonary function test and they said I can inhale normally but I'm not exhaling fully. Can anxiety and tight muscles interfere with this?

PFT: Yes they can. A pft should be done after you get your tight chest muscles worked on by physical therapy, manipulatio, massage etc and get your nerves worked on by a mental health practitioner. The pft should be done pre and post bronchodilator and then see if you are asthmatic. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have ocd or anxiety? I have tight muscles and I am having some random sometimes intrusive thoughts. Also I am obssesing over things

How do I know if I have ocd or anxiety? I have tight muscles and I am having some random sometimes intrusive thoughts. Also I am obssesing over things

CBT: This sounds like OCD with rumination: I suggest a psychology evaluation and cognitive behavioral therapy. Medicines can be prescribed as needed by your physician or a psychiatrist. Please begin therapy ASAP. ...Read more

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Muscle tightness in head while at work that causes some dizziness. I'm a programmer. I have anxiety and some tight muscles in my back too?

Muscle tightness in head while at work that causes some dizziness. I'm a programmer. I have anxiety and some tight muscles in my back too?

Tension headache: Do you have any pain associated with the dizziness? If the sides is on both sides of your head and feels like a vice squeezing your temples, you could have recurring tension type headaches. Try Ibuprofen 800 mg to see if you can get some relief and please let me know if you do! ...Read more

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Can anxiety attacks cause tight chest muscles/arms? And feel the after effects the next day?

Can anxiety attacks cause tight chest muscles/arms? And feel the after effects the next day?

Possibly: Panic attacks sxs: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot /cold flashes; butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; They usually peak w/i 10 mins. There may be a sense that you aren't real or that the ...Read more

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Taking dothiepin 37.5mg, lexotan 0.375mg a day for general anxiety disorder. Can medicine cause muscle tightness?

Taking dothiepin 37.5mg, lexotan 0.375mg a day for general anxiety disorder. Can medicine cause muscle tightness?

Some.: You are on a low dose antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication. Yes some medication especially anti-psychotic medications can cause muscle tightness but I think the tightness is still from anxiety itself. You need to talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Tight muscles all over body from prolonged anxiety and stress can't get rid of it! All muscles feel ropy n hard an makes me feel dizzy n sick?

Tight muscles all over body from prolonged anxiety and stress can't get rid of it! All muscles feel ropy n hard an makes me feel dizzy n sick?

Agree w Dr. Pappas: Start with a medical eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Seeing a therapist cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation & deep breathing exercises. ...Read more

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Dr ankush, it was for panic/anxiety attacks. I also on clonazepam and a muscle relaxer for tight muscles. I wanna get better, will i?

Dr ankush, it was for panic/anxiety attacks. I also on clonazepam and a muscle relaxer for tight muscles. I wanna get better, will i?

Prevention is key: While Clonazepam can be helpful in short-term control of panic attacks, the literature shows that being on a drug in the ssri class, taken daily whether or not an attack is experienced. Medications to stop a panic attack, especially in the early stages of treatment, are also reasonable, though it is less likely to provide a long-term solution to your problems (like getting better, as you said). ...Read more

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Had chronically tight muscles for 7 years from stress and anxiety and now all my muscles ache an feel crunchy an stiff! Legs hurt so bad please help?

Had chronically tight muscles for 7 years from stress and anxiety and now all my muscles ache an feel crunchy an stiff! Legs hurt so bad please help?

Physician and yoga: See a physician to rule out anything medical. Yoga can be a great way of dealing with physical stress. Lots of times studios will give promotions for new students. You can also stream online classes. Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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Base of skull has been sore for a while, dr, chiro, massage therapist say tight muscles on left side. Bad anxiety, keep poking, is this keeping it sor?

Base of skull has been sore for a while, dr, chiro, massage therapist say tight muscles on left side. Bad anxiety, keep poking, is this keeping it sor?

The more you poke: At the area, the more you draw attention to it. Consider lightly pinching the web of skin between your thumb and first finger with the other thumb and first finger instead. Peace and good health, ...Read more

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I've muscle tightness in my throat (with a lump)and shoulder which usually is due to anxiety neurosis I don't feel anxious. I'm very happy. Wat to do?

Check your thyroid: Interestingly, the throat lump could be a thyroid problem, a gland in your neck, in front of your voice box sitting like a bow tie. It can produce nodules or lumps that secrete excess thyroid hormone, causing hyperthyroidism. Some of the major symptoms of hyperthyroidism are: anxiety- like states with tremors, sweating, nervousness w/out cause, diarrhea, weight loss, muscle tension. See your md. ...Read more

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I have stiff tight muscles on left side of my body for the most part of the time. Cause? Any remedy?

I have stiff tight muscles on left side of my body for the most part of the time. Cause? Any remedy?

Need a scan: This symptoms are often seen in patients with spine and brain related concerns. I would get an MRI of the cervical spine and brain. We do use often a muscle relaxant in this situation. ...Read more

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Does dry needling actually work for trigger points and tight muscles? If so how many sessions needid?

Does dry needling actually work for trigger points and tight muscles? If so how many sessions needid?

It can work: Sometimes one is sufficient. If it is helpful but not completely gone you can consider repeating. I have never personally exceeded two treatments. ...Read more

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If plica syndrome is so controversial how can I have been medboarded from the army for it? I'm now told its muscle tightness by a pt.

Hard to diagnose: Plica syndrome is a cause of inflammation of the knee. It is difficult to diagnose because it does not show up well on mri. It only occurs when the synovial capsule is inflamed. Chronic inflammation of the knee capsule would make service in the army difficult. Muscle tightness can irritate tendons and also cause inflammation.Magnesium oil applied topically to tight muscles can help. ...Read more

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I have severe muscle tightness & pain around my middle back & my spine. Very painful. Hard to move. Muscles in other parts feel different.?

I have severe muscle tightness & pain around my middle back & my spine. Very painful. Hard to move. Muscles in other parts feel different.?

Muscle strain: It sounds like you have back muscle strain from weak back & core muscles, & poor posture. Plan on starting exercises to build your back and core strength and flexibility, as well as your overall fitness. This might be all the help you need. ...Read more

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I feel like I constantly have tight muscles in my back... I am an ER rn... I stretch and take otc. What else can I do it hurts ps can't do narcs?

I feel like I constantly have tight muscles in my back... I am an ER rn... I stretch and take otc. What else can I do it hurts ps can't do narcs?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. They would be able to help decrease the tightness and pain through manual therapy and possibly evaluate the cause of your discomfort. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can tight muscles cause blurrly vision?

Can tight muscles cause blurrly vision?

Unlikely: Where are the tight muscles? If you are referring to tight muscles of the face then the answer is no. The eye actually has a focusing muscle, called the ciliary body. With prolonged near work, this muscle can cramp, causing blurred distance vision in some folks. Rest usually clears up this blurring, but glasses may be necessary. ...Read more

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Can tight muscles in back causechest tightness?

Can tight muscles in back causechest tightness?

Back muscles: Yes, but make sure it is not of cardiac origin. ...Read more

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What to do about body/muscle tightness post exercise?

What to do about body/muscle tightness post exercise?

Stretching and moist: Are often helpful to minimize Lactic Acid build up and counteract contracture and tightness. ...Read more

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What I need to do to release/reduce muscle tightness?

What I need to do to release/reduce muscle tightness?

Muscle tightness: May result from overuse, injury, stress, misaligned structures, etc. Removing the cause if possible is important to interrupt cycle of spasm. Moist heat, stretching exercises, physical therapy, therapeutic massage, osteopathic treatment, muscle relaxers are some of the ways to relax tight muscles. ...Read more

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I experience I lot of muscle tightness. How can I get looser?

I experience I lot of muscle tightness. How can I get looser?

See your doctor: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is flexible muscles better than tight muscles?

Flexible is better: If you work out it is important to maintain flexibility to help prevent injuries. Warm up first before you stretch since the muscles will stretch better when they are warm. ...Read more

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My body/muscle tightness post exercise remain same throughout, why is this?

Tightness requires.: Stretching & it takes a lot of work & time to overcome this, muscle aches R a sign of a good workout. ...Read more

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Sharp pains and muscle tightness in middle back area, its been lasting a couple days now. F, 21 yrs., 118 lbs?

Sharp pains and muscle tightness in middle back area, its been lasting a couple days now. F, 21 yrs., 118 lbs?

Tension: Much of backpain is tension and poor posture. The area is easily overused and inflammation is the common pathway of the problem. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more