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Hi can tight neck muscles cause dizziness and balance problems?

Hi can tight neck muscles cause dizziness and balance problems?

Very doubtful: A neck muscle problem primarily would not cause dizziness or balance problems. However, problems with your spine could cause both balance problems and neck pain. Dizziness would still be a separate issue. ...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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Can tight neck muscles cause jaw pain and stiffness or is it the other way round?

Can tight neck muscles cause jaw pain and stiffness or is it the other way round?

Either way: It is possible that it can go either way. The muscles do interact and I have had jaw pain cause muscle pain and visa versa. I would suggest seeing a craniofacial pain specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Could very tight neck muscles cause your jaw to go into spasm and affect ears?

Could very tight neck muscles cause your jaw to go into spasm and affect ears?

Tight Jaws Affect : Yes, tight neck muscle can translate into tight jaws, via muscle spasm. Jaw muscle spasm may cause ringing in the ears, popping in the ears, and earaches. ...Read more

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Can tight neck muscles cause stinging eye pain and temple aches? Been havin these symptoms for 5 years started after being stressed a lot

Can tight neck muscles cause stinging eye pain and temple aches? Been havin these symptoms for 5 years started after being stressed a lot

No: Tight muscles may occur in association with variety of conditions including stress. The tight neck muscles are not usually associated with stinging eye pain. ...Read more

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Shooting pain up from leftside skull base to behind left ear comes and goes. Can tight neck muscles cause? Any dangerous causes or ok to wait 2morrow

Shooting pain up from leftside skull base to behind left ear comes and goes. Can tight neck muscles cause?  Any dangerous causes or ok to wait 2morrow

Yes, sometimes: Yes, tight neck muscles at the skull base can sometimes cause this. There are other causes as well. Please see your doctor for an exam to help determine the cause.
Tight neck muscles can respond well to massage and ice if that is the problem. ...Read more

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Can ear inf cause tight neck muscles?

Can ear inf cause tight neck muscles?

Yes: If the infection leads to lymph node involvement in the neck region it can make the neck feel stiff as if the muscles are tightening due to there increased size and inflammation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that tight neck muscles can cause eustachian tube problems?

Is it possible that tight neck muscles can cause eustachian tube problems?

Tight Neck Muscles: Yes. This is quite common. Pay attention to your sitting posture during the day and avoid straining the neck muscles. Try an otc "heat" creme to the tight neck muscles and a short course of any decongestant, assuming you are not on blood pressure medications. ...Read more

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Could sleeping on a poor pillow be the cause of tight neck muscles and tight muscles throughout the head? Have very poor posture as well.

Could sleeping on a poor pillow be the cause of tight neck muscles and tight muscles throughout the head? Have very poor posture as well.

Maybe? But see a doc: Many things can cause neck pain. Certainly sleeping on a pillow that's not the right fit for you can cause such things. I note that you talk about foot numbness in "conditions". That raises the possibility of disc issues in your back, and possibly your neck. To further assess that, you really need a good physical examination and some imaging to look into the issue. Please see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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What can cause fingers on one hand to be colder. Dr looked at hand and fingers said the circulation looked ok. Thinks tight neck muscles? Worried

What can cause fingers on one hand to be colder. Dr looked at hand and fingers said the circulation looked ok. Thinks tight neck muscles? Worried

Nerve injury?: The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that run from the spinal cord's neck region down to your fingers. If injured somehow, it could cause a change in sensation (cold, numbness) or motor conduction (weakness). It could also be a psychosomatic condition that could be treated with medication. ...Read more

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Can very tight neck muscles, such as due to stress/anxiety, cause a feeling of fullness in the ears? If so, what's the best way to alleviate that?

Can very tight neck muscles, such as due to stress/anxiety, cause a feeling of fullness in the ears? If so, what's the best way to alleviate that?

Muscles: More likely you are clinching your teeth with feeling of ear pressure. Soft diet, decrease stress, range of motion exercises of neck as needed. Take computer breaks, keep screen at eye level, get dental splint for use at sleep, no gum chewing, no hard candies, etc. ...Read more

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How to stretch tight neck muscles at home?

How to stretch tight neck muscles at home?

Torticollis: If you have torticollis, the best treatment is muscle relaxants and antiinflammatory drugs. But at home, you may starte with non steroidal antiinflammatory drug and keeping your neck warm and adding gentle massages, see if it works (it may take a long time without muscle relaxant to have effects). ...Read more

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Does TMJ lead to tight neck muscles r the other way round?

Does TMJ lead to tight neck muscles r the other way round?

Either: Temporomandibular joint disorders is a complex of issues involving the joint itself and the associated muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments.
Muscle spasm and pain is a prominent part of the array of signs and symptoms.
Symptomatic care (treatment of muscle spasm) is a major component of the diagnostic and treatment protocol. ...Read more

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How can I stretch out tight neck muscles?

How can I stretch out tight neck muscles?

Heat and Posture: Muscles in the neck most commonly tighten from either poor posture (making them work harder to support your head), or from an injury to the neck (in which your muscles tighten up to provide support to the spine). Improving your posture and ergonomics is the best way to prevent tight muscles, and warm compresses are a good modality to help muscles relax. Then do gentle range of motion exercises. ...Read more

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Tight neck muscles and double vision for up close?

Tight neck muscles and double vision for up close?

Convergence...: Convergence insufficiency can cause double vision up close. Need to know how long it's going on and how old you are. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can tight neck muscles make you feel sleepy?

Hello docs. I was wondering can tight neck muscles make you feel sleepy?

Not necessarily.: However, people with anxiety may have both very tight neck/ head/ shoulder musculature and fatigue. Stress can also lead to both sets of symptoms. ...Read more

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Tight neck muscles, headache and pain behind eye?

Tight neck muscles, headache and pain behind eye?

Tension headache: The combination of headache, stiff neck and pain behind the eye would often signify a tension, or stress, headache. The history of the development of the symptoms would be most helpful in determining this diagnosis. Naturally other entities should be entertained and anything from glaucoma to meningitis could be the cause of these sympoms. A visit to your doctor is in order if it persists. ...Read more

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How can I release extremely tight neck muscles with knots in then? Been so stiff and sore for 1 year now

How can I release extremely tight neck muscles with knots in then? Been so stiff and sore for 1 year now

Massage triggers: Try massage heat muscle relaxants I like tranxene (clorazepate) at night or Soma during the day triggerpoint injections massage is the main stay no strengthening need for pain ful muscles in spasm intermittant use of a soft collar to give muscles a break even at night if you wake up in pain to keep neck in neutral position see orthopedist or physiatrist to rule out significant underlying pathology once. ...Read more

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Can strained or tight neck muscles make the muscles throughout your head hurt? Almost like a sharp sensation?

Definitely, yes: Tension Type Headache. More muscle tenderness has been found in patients with TTH than in non-headache controls. However, it is not unusual for patients with TTH to experience stubbing pain in the head musculature. The pains are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles and other muscles pain as well as the pericranial muscles.
See an orofacial specialist. ...Read more

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Can tight neck muscles make me have headaches when laughing?

Can tight neck muscles make me have headaches when laughing?

Yes: Flexion and extension movements of the neck during vigorous laughing can cause muscle spasm which is transmitted to the occipital region and then can cause a tension type of headache. ...Read more

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Dull throbbing at base of skull & painfully tight neck muscles. What can I do? Have tried massage.

Dull throbbing at base of skull & painfully tight neck muscles. What can I do? Have tried massage.

Biofeedback is: Another way to treat these tight muscles. Please see your doc to rule out other medical issues. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Not directly: The link between anxiety and a specific spasm or physical symptom is indirect. Anxiety initiates the fight/flight response in humans. In actual threat it is life-saving. In emotional threat, it pumps the same chemicals through us and our bodies respond in unique (maybe common) ways. Maybe, thrown off balance, you get dizzy. Not running, your most vulnerable muscles read the signal and tighten. CBT ...Read more

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Extremely tight neck muscles. Eye pain and off balance feeling what can I do?

Serious?: Hopefully nothing serious. Tight muscles are probably spasms, eye pain and off balance may be something more serious such as a heart condition. Better check with your doc to be safe. ...Read more

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Random numb feeling in cheek and jaw (right side) tight neck muscles, anxiety, stress something else?

Random numb feeling in cheek and jaw (right side) tight neck muscles, anxiety, stress something else?

TMJ-TMD : TMJ disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. The common symptom are: headache, jaw pain, neck pain, eye pain, earache. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. This disorder will not resolve on its own with home care. Rec.: orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What muscles in the shoulder and neck causes dizziness, headache, tightness in the neck, little knots near the spine on my neck, I suffer from anxiety?

Neck muscles: The muscles of the neck which also attach to the scalp muscles in the back if the head are causes of these symptoms when there is abnormal tension in those muscles. You could profit from stress management therapy. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Back neck muscles ache, dizziness, light-headed, ears burning, what could this mean?

Back neck muscles ache, dizziness, light-headed, ears burning, what could this mean?

Anxiety/neuro: This could be due to anxiety. But you should see a neurologist to make sure it is nothing physical in your brain. ...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


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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