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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!

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 (.

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