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Hypertension: It wouldn't rank among the common causes of hypertension. ...Read more
Could thoracic compression fractures be caused gradually by carrying heavy weight on top of the spine?
Doubtful: Back pain can be caused by multiple events, but MS does not usually cause back pain as a symptom, and certainly does not present this way. If you have recently started the MS drug Gilenya, (fingolimod) back pain could be a transient adverse event. Otherwise search for a pain generator, and get this managed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spasm and crash: No one with a normal back should have a problem; if you do the seat is probably positioned wrong. Or you got into a car crash. ...Read more
What is the difference in chest pain caused by scalene trigger points versus pain caused by pericarditis? Could one be confused for the other?
Could be similar: Pericarditis causes sharp chest pain relieved by sitting up, leaning forward; it often radiates to the left lateral neck muscle (trapezius). Like the low-back muscles which can experience spasm associated with pain radiating down the leg, the cervical spine (neck) muscles attach to the 1st 2 ribs and can cause pain in the head, arm, back and chest, relieved by physiotherapy or acupuncture. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain management: The treatments should be based upon the severity and timecourse of the pain. Acutely, relative rest anti-inflammatories and pain medications can help. When the initial pain is improved then a course of physical therapy is helpful. If the pain does not respond epidural spinal injections may provide good relief. Surgery would be indicated with loss of strength or persistent weakness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Many types: Many types of headaches are associated with neck muscle pain, including migraines and occipital neuralgia. A neurologist can review your history and symptoms to help determine what kind of headache you have. It would be helpful for you to log your headaches (location, duration, frequency, intensity) and take the log when you see the neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/headache.html ...Read more
Absolutely: Yes, there are muscles at the back of your head, connected to your neck, which can tense up with stress that's held for long periods. What you end up with is like a giant charley-horse in the muscles surrounding your head! finding ways to relax, and release the stress is important. Mindfulness practices have been known to help; becoming aware of your body through yoga, etc, helps too. Be well. ...Read more
Can degenerative disc disease in the neck be caused by being hit on the head with a 500lb barrel?
Yes, could occur.: The original impact could tear the annulus fibrosis surrounding one or many discs, and could lead to progressive discogenic deterioration. ...Read more