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Can neck tension and anxiety cause dizziness and brain fog?

Can neck tension and anxiety cause dizziness and brain fog?

See your doctor : Your symptoms can be due to a multitude of medical conditions. These need to be ruled out before we assign your symptoms to anxiety or "stress". Please see your doctor for a complete history and physical exam to include comprehensive lab panel. Your symptoms could be due to diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, medications, neurological illness, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more


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Can tension in neck and shoulders cause dizziness? if not what could it be? dizziness sometimes all of a sudden?

Can tension in neck and shoulders cause dizziness? if not what could it be?  dizziness sometimes all of a sudden?

Lighteheaded/vertigo: tension in the neck and shoulders are not usually associated with dizziness. Vertigo is a sensation of spinning, like when you jumped of a whirly-gig in the playgorund as a child. Lightheadedness is like when you feel like feinting after giving blood. When you see your doctor you need to give him a history which helps distinguish between these so it will inform how to proceed ...Read more

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Muscle tension in neck causes dizziness?

Muscle tension in neck causes dizziness?

Dizziness: Unfortunately we only find out what causes dizziness less than 2% of the time and those people who have the 2% usually have something really bad wrong with them. I suppose it could. It could affect the baroreceptors in the large vessels in the neck, it could pull on the temporal skull bones causing inner ear issues, or affect cranial nerves in the suboccipital region. All possibilities. ...Read more

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I would like to know if tension in the neck and shoulders can cause dizziness and heaviness in the eyes?

I would like to know if tension in the neck and shoulders can cause dizziness and heaviness in the eyes?

R/O TENSION HA: The 4 basic headaches are Tension, Sinus,migraine and cluster. The muscles that originate at the base of the neck insert near the temple. Rest /ice and a darkened room may help. Also a NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) /daypro. Muscle relaxant ie KLONOPIN/ FLEXERIL . Meditation/Yoga/Biofeedback. GF DIET WHOLEAPPROACH.com You need a full exam an blood work to be through. If symptoms worsen seek medical evaluation ...Read more

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Can bad posture laying in bed cause muscle tension in the neck with dizziness/vertigo.

Can bad posture laying in bed cause muscle tension in the neck with dizziness/vertigo.

Yes: Bad posture in bed that impinges on the structures in the neck can do many thing like you suggest. Remember in the neck you are dealing with blood vessels, nerves, muscles & ligaments. If any of them are not able to function well you will pay the consequences. ...Read more

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Dizziness, brain fog and head pressure on and off for three years. What could it be? Can tension in neck cause this?

Dizziness, brain fog and head pressure on and off for three years. What could it be? Can tension in neck cause this?

Stress related?: It may be stress related if you have appropriately ruled out medical causes by visiting appropriate MD's and following their recommendations. If your primary care physician can find no medical issues/concerns, a referral to a psychologist for stress reduction, relaxation training and overall wellness sessions may be helpful. ...Read more

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Dizziness/vertigo (feels like floor is moving) at random times. No ear pain, but have neck tension. Anything else that can cause this? Should I worry?

Dizziness/vertigo (feels like floor is moving) at random times. No ear pain, but have neck tension. Anything else that can cause this? Should I worry?

Be seen: Many things can cause dizziness and if there is movement, likely middle ear disease or vertigo. Be checked and treated. All the best. ...Read more

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Can muscle tension in your head and neck cause you to feel unsteady/lightheaded/dizzy/vertigo?

Can muscle tension in your head and neck cause you to feel unsteady/lightheaded/dizzy/vertigo?

Muscle tension: Yes. Take ibuprofen and do range of motion exercises of your neck to loosen up the muscle spasm. Spasm of Neck muscles can cause dizziness by affecting position sense. Moist heat and hot showers may help. ...Read more

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I have constant pressure on the side of my neck. Also tension on the back of my head with dizziness. The pain has been there for months now the dizziness started within the week.

I have constant pressure on the side of my neck. Also tension on the back of my head with dizziness. The pain has been there for months now the dizziness started within the week.

Neck distress: Muscle tension in the neck or back of the scalp can be caused by chronic stress or a strain. Dizziness in the form of lightheadedness may be related or could be due to other factors such as inner ear disorder,low blood pressure,anemia,etc. See your physician for an examination and perhaps a referral for stress management therapy will be made after his/her assessment rules out other problems. ...Read more

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Can neck sprains give you tension headaches and make you feel dizzy?

Can neck sprains give you tension headaches and make you feel dizzy?

Yes: Yes, neck sprains with discl and facet injury can cause headaches arising in the back of the head and radiating into the temple. Also there are symptoms of dizziness associated with neck sprain or whiplash injuries. ...Read more

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I experience dizziness with tension in upper back, neck, headache, why do drs. Dismiss this as anxiety ?

I experience  dizziness with tension in upper back, neck, headache,    why do drs. Dismiss this as anxiety ?

Tension headache: Tension headaches occur in the distribution you describe. Dizziness can be associated with anxiety. If symptoms aren't resolving with current treatment, follow up with another doctor. Go to er at any point if the symptoms are worsening to the point of agony or associated with new neurological symptoms. Most of the time, this kind of diagnosis can be made by exam. Might need further workup... ...Read more

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I get dizzy once a week but its not real bad. my neck hurt at the base of it I think its how I sleep. can it be from tension and the way its position?

I get dizzy once a week but its not real bad.  my neck hurt at the base of it I think its how I sleep. can it be from tension and the way its position?

Could be either one: It could be from either. Try sleeping on your back with a small pillow under your neck. If the neck pain persists, see your physician to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dizzy, head feels heavy&i feel like i'm falling to the left.Headache w tight neck(tension headache?) is dizziness related to headache? What can I do?

Dizzy, head feels heavy&i feel like i'm falling to the left.Headache w tight neck(tension headache?) is dizziness related to headache? What can I do?

Complex headache: If you are truly having a persistent tendency to fall to the left with your headache, this is a specific abnormal neurological symptom and you need a full evaluation. This is not a feature of common headaches like muscle tension, and would be very rare even for migraine headache. Don't try any specific treatment until the cause of the headache is determined. ...Read more

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Hi im having vision problems dizziness jaw tightness neck tension, jaw pops when i open my mouth. Pls help my doctor won't help.

Hi im having vision problems dizziness jaw tightness neck tension, jaw pops when i open my mouth. Pls help my doctor won't help.

TMD: Some joint displacement (clicking) and pterygoid hypertrophy (jaw tightness) are usually the result of chronic nocturnal (nighttime) clenching. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play. Find a dentist trained in treating tmd pain with a nti devise. ...Read more

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Severe forehead headache, neck pain, ear pain , dizzy head very heavy is it a combination of sinus and tension headache? Eyes heavy too.Spin sensation

Severe forehead headache, neck pain, ear pain , dizzy head very heavy is it a combination of sinus and tension headache? Eyes heavy too.Spin sensation

See a doctor: I'm sorry, but we can't diagnose you from online. Please see a physician who can properly take your history, examine you, and treat you. Please do this as soon as you can -- sinus infections can worsen if not addressed. Be well. ...Read more

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Huge sinus pressure for two months ...Nose, under eyes.. Tension on my neck , being dizzy, out of balance, luck of concentration, blurry vision?

Huge sinus pressure for two months ...Nose, under eyes.. Tension on my neck , being dizzy, out of balance, luck of concentration, blurry vision?

Sounds serious: You are presenting with symptoms that are more neurological than sinus like.If you are having lack of concentration and blurring of vision, then even if it were secondary to sinusitis, you need to see a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Severe tension headache pain behind eyes in through mouth and even in my throat neck sharp shooting pain nauseated dizzy tired is this normal?

Headache: Definitely not 'normal.' Big question is if you have nasal symptoms like nasal obstruction, discharge, pus/snot, or drainage down throat. If so then get evaluated for sinusitis, including possibility of 'sphenoid sinusitis.'

Most likely thing, however, is migraine headache. ...Read more

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Can neck arthritus cause dizziness and what to do?

Yes: Cervicogenic dizziness can be caused by arthritis. There are many good treatment options that range according to your specific symptoms. See a physiatrist for treatment. There is a good article that explains in detail: 'evaluation and management of cervicogenic dizziness' borg-stein j, et al. Critical reviews in physical and rehabilitation medicine (2001(. ...Read more

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Can TMJ disfunction cause neck problems or dizziness? If so, how?

TMJ Dysfunction: TMD, musculoskeletal pain in the TMJ area can arise from the cervical spine and those rheumatic and collagen diseases that affect the masticatory system and cervical spine. Because muscle pain is a deep somatic pain, it can also cause central excitatory effects through sensory, motor or autonomic systems (neck problems or dizziness). ...Read more

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Can neck arthritus cause my dizziness and light headiness.What to do?

Can neck arthritus cause my dizziness and light headiness.What to do?

Yes it can: If your arthritis is in the upper segments
of the spine it could cause dizziness and a sense of light headed ness however it is also very important to rule out any problems within the brain or middle ear that can cause the same symptoms. ...Read more

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What would experts say? Could a compressed disk in the neck cause dizziness?

What would experts say? Could a compressed disk in the neck cause dizziness?

Yes : There are nerves in the neck that tell the brain where the head is relative to the body so dizziness and imbalance can result especially if the dizzyness and severity of the neck symptoms go together. Nerves in the neck if stimulated can cause nystagmus an eye movement associated with inner ear causes of vertigo. Often responds to neck pt. ...Read more

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Pain an spasm in upper right side back neck chronic an dizzy what's the cause ?

Pain an spasm in upper right side back neck    chronic    an dizzy     what's the cause ?

Muscle or bone: Muscular strain or inflammation may be the problem. Do you recall any strain or exposure to cold drafts or wind? Try hot packs,and,if you can take them,NSAIDS like ibuprofen may help. See your physician if symptoms persist as appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Yes: Irritation to the neck and scalp muscles can give you headaches and dizziness. If your neck pain resolves after heavy muscle use but your other symptoms remain for more that a few days without improving i would suggest following with your doctor. ...Read more

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4 years ago a guy hit me on top of neck (closed fist) got dizzy stayed awake can it cause something now like an injury?

4 years ago a guy hit me on top of neck  (closed fist) got dizzy stayed awake can it cause something  now like an injury?

Doubtful: If there was no serious injury 4 years ago, it is unlikely that a new complication will develop now. If you had suffered a concussion (loss of consciousness) or some injury to your spine at the time, that would be a different story. ...Read more

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Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from.this and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from.this and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Yes and no: Degeneration in the neck can cause neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and even pain running into the arm, but rarely dizziness. If dizziness is a primary symptom, you may need to look for other cause, such as for example a middle ear problem. ...Read more

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Can a bulging disc in neck cause lightheadedness and dizziness?

Can a bulging disc in neck cause lightheadedness and dizziness?

Cervical disc: It is unlikely that a bulging disc will cause your symptoms. It may cause muscle spasms of the neck muscles, which cause pain along with any nerve that is being pinched by the bulging disc. Pain can cause lightheadedness or even dizziness if it is severe. Please get evaluated by a physician. ...Read more