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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more


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I have a stiff neck with tightness ear pain wet cough & can't swallow help!

I have a stiff neck with tightness ear pain wet cough & can't swallow help!

See a Doctor: You may just have a bad case of flu but you also could have a early serious case of meningitis. It's not possible to diagnose online. You need to see a doctor for possible treatment possibly hospitalization. If you're lucky you just have a flu bug but best to not try to figure it out on your own. ...Read more

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I am having ear pain and stiff neck 8 days after having my wisdom teeth removed. do I go back to the dentist or to a doctor for this?

I am having ear pain and stiff neck 8 days after having my wisdom teeth removed. do I go back to the dentist or to a doctor for this?

Dentist: Start with the dentist who did the surgery (he or she is a doctor too!). The dentist will decide on your future care needs. ...Read more

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L-ear pain, feeling of lump in throat on l-side, headache stiff neck&shoulders, jaw pain once in a while pcp said can't feel anything but neck is stiff?

L-ear pain, feeling of lump in throat on l-side, headache stiff neck&shoulders, jaw pain once in a while pcp said can't feel anything but neck is stiff?

Get evaluated: Neck stiffness associated with infection must always be evaluated immediately. Meningitis from bacterial, viral and fungal causes can occur. ...Read more

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Tmj ( no jaw joint damage on X-ray ) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head.Will this go?

Tmj ( no jaw joint damage on X-ray ) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head.Will this go?

Classic TMJ signs: You may have an expansion of the muscular component of your TMJ condition. See a neurouscular dentist with extensive TMJ training. ...Read more

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Fever and stiff neck, difficulty turning my head. Came on pretty suddenly and haven't had this stiffness before. Thoughts?

Fever and stiff neck, difficulty turning my head. Came on pretty suddenly and haven't had this stiffness before. Thoughts?

These are worrisome: symtoms and may represent an inflammation of the meninges. You should be evaluated by a health care provider as soon as possible to exclude meningitis. Go soon and don't delay. ...Read more

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What can cause stiff neck and tingling in ears, jaw and in shoulders?

What can cause stiff neck and tingling in ears, jaw and in shoulders?

A few thought.: This is not an easy answer and something youneed to ask your physician. One thought is TMJ also know as temporal mandibular joint syndrome = in your jaw joint. The complaints you have coudl fit this. We can see this with neck/shoulder muscle syndromes. Ask your physician to evaluate you for these problems. ...Read more

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Will TMJ cause ringing in my left ear and a stiff neck if so what do I need to do?

Will TMJ cause ringing in my left ear and a stiff neck if so what do I need  to do?

It can: Ringing in the ears and stiffness of the neck can be associated with a TMJ disorder, as well as other causes. You should see your dentist or physician to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What causes stiff neck ear ache and toothache and headache?

What causes stiff neck ear ache and toothache and headache?

Many things: A tooth infection may cause ear ache and stiff neck. But an infected ear may cause the same symptoms. Start with your dentist and if he does not find a problem visit an ent. ...Read more

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What is the cause for a constant headache for three months with head tremors, a heartbeat sound in your head ad ears and stiff neck.

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can TMJ also cause stiff neck?Jaw line aches, ringing in ears, stiff neck, slight vertigo jaw stiff but can move it fine.Jaw click/cracks is their help

Can TMJ also cause stiff neck?Jaw line aches, ringing in ears, stiff neck, slight vertigo jaw stiff but can move it fine.Jaw click/cracks is their help

TMD\TMJ: All the symptoms that you mention can be related to temporormandibular joint dysfunction commonly referred to as tmj. See a dentist with experience and training in this area for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes a very stiff neck and my head to feel super heavy?

Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain, stiffness, and headaches you can also get neck pain/stiffness from a muscle strain. See your physician if these symptoms do not clear up. ...Read more

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Wat woud cause bad localize headaches, stiff neck, xtreme fatigue for over 2 weeks str8, with head much worse like gona xplode btween 2and 10 a.M.?

Wat woud cause bad localize headaches, stiff neck, xtreme fatigue for over 2 weeks str8, with head much worse like gona xplode btween 2and 10 a.M.?

Cannot diagnose: These symptoms could be the result of numerous conditions and requires a full detailed history and exam and possible some testing including imaging studies. Start out with your primary care physician and they may refer you to a neurologist. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Head pressure, light headed, & difficulty concentrating, stiff neck. Bp 140/100. Possible causes?

ER: I recommend you go to the er now. This could be meningitis, a blood clot, or fluctuating blood pressure. It is not safe for you to be at home. ...Read more

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What to do if ears ringing, stiff neck, headache?

What to do if ears ringing, stiff neck, headache?

Consult Dr. ASAP: Although it could be simply a virus or musculoskeletal problem (esp. upper neck vertebral dsyf) causing this symptom complex, severe stiff neck w/headache can also be meningitis, brain bleed, etc.Rule these out immediately.If illness/bleeding is not the cause, consider osteopathic exam to find neurologic or muscoloskeletal cause(s).These may be treatable by manipulation, meds, or other care. ...Read more

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What causes ear pain that travels down the neck area?

What causes ear pain that travels down the neck area?

This is called ...: Referred pain. The pain centers in the throat and ear and TMJ are close enough that disease in one area can produce pain in the others. Ear pain does not usually refer to the throat however, it usually the other way. Some one with tonsillitis or a cancer in the throat will often complain of ear pain. ...Read more

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I have intermittent pain in my head above and higher over my left ear. I also have a stiff neck for around two weeks. Pain is sharp.?

I have intermittent pain in my head above and higher over my left ear. I also have a stiff neck for around two weeks. Pain is sharp.?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Throat hurts badly , kills to swallow, stiff neck and ears feel effected , is it because of my tonsils ?

Tonsillitis: Do you have large tonsils? Are they inflamed or covered with pus? Bad breath? Chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea? If this is a recurring problem then you may need to get tonsillectomy. If only occasional, then treat with antibiotics for flare-ups (amoxicillin). ...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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Got stuffy ears and stiff neck. found out i have hypertension. my bp reading is 138/90. he gave me losartan 3 mos refill.will i now take this forever?

Got stuffy ears and stiff neck. found out i have hypertension. my bp reading is 138/90. he gave me losartan 3 mos refill.will i now take this forever?

Not necessarily: Sounds like you're ill - maybe a viral syndrome, middle ear infection, or flu-like illness. Once you're better, your BP may normalize. Moreover, if you avoid salt, exercise, and work towards optimizing your weight (if you're not already there), your BP will fall. Buy a cuff and start checking your own BP. You may well not need the med for long. Your BP is only a tad high. ...Read more

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For about 4 days I have had this sound in my ear that sounds like an a ultrasound with my puals in my ear with a stiff neck is do not hurt very much ?

For about 4 days I have had this sound in my ear that sounds like an a ultrasound with my puals in my ear with a stiff neck is do not hurt very much ?

Sounds in ear: Follow up with doctor urgent care today. Can be early infection/ fluid in ear Feeling the pulse in ear is a bit worrisome as it may represent carotid pathology, so follow up today.. . ...Read more

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2.0 CM mass in right upper pole of thyroid and marked enlargement of left side. I am having neck and ear pain and dysphagia. What could be the cause ?

2.0 CM mass in right upper pole of thyroid and marked enlargement of left side.  I am having neck and ear pain and dysphagia. What could be the cause ?

Thyroid mass: This mass should be evaluated. It may be benign or malignant. Would not let it go without biopsy or surgical evaluation. ...Read more