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I think I have a swollen jaw muscle that has cause some sort of swelling towards the back corner of my mouth towards the molars. I am scared it may be?

I think I have a swollen jaw muscle that has cause some sort of swelling towards the back corner of my mouth towards the molars. I am scared it may be?

See a dentist: If you have facial swelling of the cheek that you notice when looking in the mirror, it would be very important to see a dentist to evaluate for an infection/abscess. There may or may not be pain associated with the tooth, but likely will also be associated with tooth pain in the mouth. Alternatively, it may be a tight muscle from bruxism but that is less likely from your description. See a dr. ...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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My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought I had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought I had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

R/o DVT & P.E.: When your calf feels hard & sore due to swelling, u need to check if it also warm and/or purple or red. If yes, should be suspicious for DVT and need to go to the E.R. Or your doctor's office asap, so he/she can order the appropriate tests (u/s of the leg, d-dimer) and get you treated. Other causes to r/o are hematoma/ compartment syndrome, tumors (i.e. Baker's cyst), aneurysm or cellulitis. ...Read more

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Mirena (levonorgestrel) 4 2 yrs w/sore c-section area during period w/ mild lower back pain. Feels like strained muscle pain. Caused by swelling of cervix/uterus?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) 4 2 yrs w/sore c-section area during period w/ mild lower back pain. Feels like strained muscle pain. Caused by swelling of cervix/uterus?

Get an OBGYN consult: It sounds like you need to visit your OB/GYN right away. You may need to have a cervical exam, pap, r/o uterine process such as fibroids or endometriosis. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) should be working better so best that your OB/GYN rules out contraindications and makes sure your symptoms are better controlled. Low back pain may or may not be unrelated. Talk to your GP doctor about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes back muscle stiffness an a feeling of off balance?

What causes back muscle stiffness an a feeling of off balance?

Achilles equinis: Sometimes your achilles tendon can be too tight (equinis) which can make your muscles stiffness and can cause you to feel off balance. There is also other causes of muscle stiffness. See your physician for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Does a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Does a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Sometimes: There are many reasons for scoliosis. It is unknown whether muscle imbalance is part of the reason for scoliosis with most adolescents. Muscle imbalance can however cause scoliosis in cases involving cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, tumors, etc. Scoliois can also be due to arthritis and idiopathic (meaning we are unsure of the exact cause). ...Read more

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Will a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Will a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Possibly: Muscle imbalances can indeed cause scoliosis, but more likely to occur in the setting of a neuromuscular disease (muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia or paraplegia from spinal cord injury, stroke in a young person, multiple sclerosis with paralysis, etc). Existing scoliosis can worsen with certain postures & muscle imbalances. It should be monitored for worsening. ...Read more

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What disease causes neck and back muscle rigidity?

What disease causes neck and back muscle rigidity?

Muscle spasm: Typically if muscles in the cervical and lumbar
regions are injured they will go into spasm
to protect themselves from further injury
this will create the rigidity that the writer
describes.
The symptoms can be helped with moist
heat, muscle relaxants and physical
therapy modalities. ...Read more

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Can a pulled left sided back muscle cause your skin to feel numb?

Can a pulled left sided back muscle cause your skin to feel numb?

Numbness: Yes, any thing that causes swelling can cause numbness of the skin below due to circulation compromise and pressure of the nerves going through the area. ...Read more

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Acute lower back muscle spasms on either side of spine. Causes and cure needed pl.

SpaSm: Relative over or different use of back dehydration, cures: massage time, and patients 6 weeks of time on average to 80% better followed by recurrent shorter less, severe episodes is normal course. ...Read more

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If I strain my back muscle on my left side could this affect my right side? Like the right becomes tighter or is this cause by something else?

Depends: This depends on where and how you strained your Left side of your back, and how much pain and muscle spasm you have with the injury. Heat, tens stimulation, massage, rest, and if severe, muscle relaxants and anxiolytics can help the recovery. Make sure you see a sports med ortho doc, rehab doc, chiropractor, PT/OT, acupuncturist, or whatever combination you think will help the most... ...Read more

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Can back/muscle issues cause shortness of breath? How about really bad posture?

Can back/muscle issues cause shortness of breath? How about really bad posture?

Posture...not really: Bad posture should not cause shortness of breath. Even scoliosis does not have a significant impact on pulmonary function until a curve reaches around 50 degrees. If the back pain was related to a rib problem such as a fracture or costochondritis, then perhaps the pain itself could limit normal inspiration/expiration. Further evaluation and a physical exam by your physician would be helpful. ...Read more

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What causes severe back muscle stiffness an disoriented, balance trouble, fatigue, weakness? Can barely move......

What causes severe back muscle stiffness an disoriented, balance trouble, fatigue, weakness? Can barely move......

Need full work up: Your symptoms are troublesome. I would see your PCP for full eval. Need to get full work up to find correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can going to bed with wet hair cause back muscle pain?

Can going to bed with wet hair cause back muscle pain?

No.: No connection that is known between the back or wet hair. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between a lower back muscle pain and a pain caused by a kidney?

Is there any difference between a lower back muscle pain and a pain caused by a kidney?

Difficult sometimes: The kidneys are in the upper outer part of the "low back"; called the "flank". This area is consider the low back by many patients so it can be confusing. More midline to the spine is where the lumbar muscles live.

For the most part, kidney pain shouldn't change at all with different positions, so bending forward and back shouldn't hurt the kidneys, but may cause muscle pain. ...Read more

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Can stress/anxiety cause upper back muscle pain?

Can stress/anxiety cause upper back muscle pain?

Sometimes: However, there are numerous other causes for the same pain. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for acute bronchitis cause back muscle pains near the lung and chest?

If excessive cough: I would say that if you are coughing alot, then you could cause back and chest pain. When you cough for extended periods of time, the respiratiory muscles that are used in respiration are involved in the cough reflex. Bronchitis, is caused by inflamation of the bronchi and sometime virsus. You may have bronchospasm and excess mucus. A postbronchitis syndrome can produce cough that last months. ...Read more

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What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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Went to ER for kidney pains, just a minor uti, kidneys working 100%, no stone. What could cause that pain then in my back? Muscle, nerve?

Went to ER for kidney pains, just a minor uti, kidneys working 100%, no stone. What could cause that pain then in my back? Muscle, nerve?

Pyelonephritis: My guess is that your back pain is due to kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is a specific type of urinary tract infection (UTI) that my begins in your urethra or bladder and travels up into your kidneys. If not treated properly, a kidney infection can permanently damage your kidneys or the bacteria can spread to your bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection. ...Read more

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After 2 weeks, I think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if I want to continue cycling?

After 2 weeks, I think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if I want to continue cycling?

Identify cause: There is a reason why you had swelling and back spasm to begin with. Seek a primary care sports medicine specialist to identify the cause, see if it is amenable to physical therapy and potential ergonomics changes to your bike. ...Read more

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Could acute bronchitis cause back muscle pain in lung and chest?

Yes.: But it could also be a sign of complications such as pneumonia, pleurisy, or pneumothorax. ...Read more

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My heart rate is over 100 BPM and back muscle are aching IV had a cough for a while now but easing off not sure if I have the flu cause no temp

My heart rate is over 100 BPM and back muscle are aching IV had a cough for a while now but easing off not sure if I have the flu cause no temp

Does sound like flu: Take your temperature after 4 pm (when fever shows itself). Use an ear or temple device or, if you use an oral thermometer, be sure not to eat or drink for 30 minutes beforehand. It's possible that you had a fever a week ago and that you're on the tail-end of this illness when fever has resolved. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain: If the pain has been ongoing for the past seven months and persists despite physical therapy then it is likely not a pulled muscle. Pain that limits physical activities warrants imaging of the cervical and thoracic spine. See a spine specialist to find the cause and to develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What causes muscle swelling after a workout?

What causes muscle swelling after a workout?

Temporary edema: During a workout the load on your muscles exceeds what they've been used to managing. This leads to microscopic tears in muscle fibers, which then need repairs. Prostaglandins, which are hormone-like chemicals produced by the body in response to these tears, cause an inflammatory response which results in the disposal of debris and building up of stronger muscle fibers--leading to muscle swelling. ...Read more

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The tissue or muscle at the top of my shoulders by the trapezoid is loose and swelling. What could this be? I have neck and back problems...

The tissue or muscle at the top of my shoulders by the trapezoid is loose and swelling. What could this be? I have neck and back problems...

Proximal muscles: Are you having pain lifting your arms above your shoulders... Any stiffness. See your physician as it could strictly be orthopedic in nature but could also be rheumatological. ...Read more

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Got hit by a car and my lumbar muscles hurt. How long should it take for the swelling Togo away?

Got hit by a car and my lumbar muscles hurt. How long should it take for the swelling Togo away?

Depends...: It all depends on how hard the impact to yur body was. Did you get evaluated after the accident? Usually if it was something minor and no fractures associated may last days to couple of weeks. If there was fractures and other more significant injuries involved it may take from several weeks to months. In any case, if nothing severe physical therapy could help with pain. F/u with your dr. On this. ...Read more

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Near my tailbone gets swollen, it feels like muscles are tense, back gets tired when standing for long time, swelling goes away after rubbing it.?

Near my tailbone gets swollen, it feels like muscles are tense, back gets tired when standing for long time, swelling goes away after rubbing it.?

Need to get routine: A routine exercise and stretching program should really help. If your hamstring muscles are tight, that will tilt your pelvis and may be adding to back fatigue and muscle irritation. Just as important is a regular light exercise of walking, biking, swimming or other cardio for 20-30 minutes daily. Lastly a strenghtening routine - like pilates will really help. ...Read more

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What are the causes of muscle, stiffness, pain and swelling in the thigh area?

See physician: Swelling of the muscle can indicate myosotis - this can be related to injury or systemic reaction. Best to get it looked at. ...Read more

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What did I step on that can cause rapid swelling and muscle pain?

Could be anything: May have foreign body imbedded in foot or and infection. Injury is also a possibility. See podiatrist. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more