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Can chronic neck pain trigger migraines?

Can chronic neck pain trigger migraines?

Yes: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain and/or headaches. These are called cervicogenic headaches and are different from true migraines. ...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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Can chronic tension head aches lead to something severe?

Can chronic tension head aches lead to something severe?

Yes: The chronic tension is the danger, not the headaches , per.Se. A life spent in chronic tension can lead to severe cardiovascular (heart attack, stroke) complications later in life. It would be useful if you would do what needs to be done to lower the stress in your life, be that a change in lifestyle, employment, getting good psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Can severe muscle tension in the neck cause persistent migraines?

Can severe muscle tension in the neck cause persistent migraines?

Migraine: Yes it could be associated with headaches. Anyone having a persistant headache should be evauluated by their physician. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic manipulation help chronic neck muscle pain?

Can chiropractic manipulation help chronic neck muscle pain?

No: Chiropractic uses a deep massage based upon a faulty theory about bodily function. While the massage can temporarily make you feel better there is no cure from their work. Never let a chiro massage your neck. This is a more fragile structure and deep thrusting massage is dangerous there have been cases of paralysis and blood clots from chiros. See an orthopod for this. ...Read more

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Can chronic tension in neck, shoulders, and head cause brain fog and cold hands?

Can chronic tension in neck, shoulders, and head cause brain fog and cold hands?

Yes: Chronic tension in the neck, shoulders and head can cause "brain fog" or cognitive clouding because of increased distractibility due to the pain and tension. Cold hands can result because of some constriction in circulation to your hands as a result of the increased muscle tension. That said, there are many causes for "brain fog" and cold hands, so i can't say for sure that yours is from tension. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause chronic severe headaches, like 9/10, pressure or tension type headaches?

Can Lyme disease cause chronic severe headaches, like 9/10, pressure or tension type headaches?

Lyme: Lyme disease can affect the nervous system and if you are having persistent headaches seek an evaluation with your pmd. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause stiff neck?

Can sinusitis cause  stiff  neck?

No: Sinusitis in and of itself should never cause a stiff neck. If someone has a stiff neck, they should look for other causes. Sinusitis can progress, when very severe, and cause meningitis, which can present with meningeal signs such as neck stiffness. ...Read more

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Can arthritis cause neck tightness and headaches?

Can arthritis cause neck tightness and headaches?

Yes: If there are degenerative changes in the cervical or neck region of the spine, they can lead to inflammation creating muscular symptoms of tightness leading to a type of muscle contraction headache up the back of your head or occipital region. ...Read more

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Could neck tension be related to back weakness?

Could neck tension be related to back weakness?

Yes: Posture can affect every level along your spine and frequently one issue in one part leads to another issue in another part. Take a look at Alexander technique or yoga to improve your overall posture, strength, and balance. ...Read more

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Can chronic neck pain be healed?

Can chronic neck pain be healed?

See below: Chronic neck pain is often related to abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). This is develops over time and is often the result of posture, occupation, genetics, and normal wear and tear. Often symptoms develop over time or can occur suddenly. Prevention including smoking cessation, proper ergonomics, and posture are the best ways to avoid pain. ...Read more

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Can tense neck muscles cause fatigue?

Possibly: Tense neck muscles are a symptom of something else. It may be due to anxiety, depression or conditions of the neck or sinuses. All those conditions, if chronic, can lead to generalized fatigue. ...Read more

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Do headaches cause stiffness , inflammation an back tension ?

Do headaches cause stiffness , inflammation an back tension ?

Usually not: Usually, headaches are not the cause of things. It tends to be the opposite... other things are the cause of headaches. However, one thing can lead to another... meaning that some of the things a person does to herself to get headache relief may lead to having other symptoms elsewhere in the body. ...Read more

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Can bad neck and shouder tension from stress and anxiety cause paralysis?

Can bad neck and shouder tension from stress and anxiety cause paralysis?

Get diagnosis: Have your doctor do an examination to make sure there are no serious medical problems causing the tension. If the findings are that there are no known medical causes, then find a psychologist who will diagnose you, and then may teach your tried and true methods of controlling and reducing anxiety. ...Read more

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Can chronic neck tension cause tingling sensations in throat (while moving head or laughing, etc...)?

Can  chronic neck tension cause tingling sensations in throat (while moving head or laughing, etc...)?

Not likely: Tingling or itchy sensation in your throat this time of year is likely ragweed allergy. Chronic neck tension is more likely to cause neck, shoulder, back pain, and maybe headache. It could change your voice if tensing all of the muscles in the area. Try an otc antihistamine like allegra, (fexofenadine) some ibuprofen, and relax. ...Read more

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Can chronic tension in neck, shoulders, and head cause brain fog and cold hands?

Yes: Chronic tension in the neck, shoulders and head can cause "brain fog" or cognitive clouding because of increased distractibility due to the pain and tension. Cold hands can result because of some constriction in circulation to your hands as a result of the increased muscle tension. That said, there are many causes for "brain fog" and cold hands, so i can't say for sure that yours is from tension. ...Read more

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Chronic tension from stress, trigger points in neck causing off balance feelings how many massage sessions and how often to get all tension away?

Chronic tension from stress, trigger points in neck causing off balance feelings how many massage sessions and how often to get all tension away?

Check out these: Links. Response to treatment varies from individual to individual.Take care and god bless u! http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=2033. http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/pain_herbs.htm. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=488. ...Read more

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Bad neck pain a day later I started having dull on/off tension pains in back right of head. suffer from chronic migraines n the same spot. ?

Bad neck pain a day later I started having dull on/off tension pains in back right of head. suffer from chronic migraines n the same spot. ?

Muscular contraction: migraine/headache are complex. May be due to stress, tension, anxiety, hormonal issues, neck arthritis or sleeping positions. You MUST be examined, evaluated, diagnosed and treated. I suggest using Aleve (naproxen) tablets if you are not allergic to this medication. I also recommend Bio-Freeze liniment for neck pain and muscular spasm, until you can be seen. ...Read more

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Constant tension and pressure in head/neck. Also weird sensations and not feeling like myself. Should I be concerned? (I have severe chronic anxiety)

Constant tension and pressure in head/neck. Also weird sensations and not feeling like myself. Should I be concerned? (I have severe chronic anxiety)

Chronic Anxiety: Please don't be overly concerned but do get some support. See a mental health professional who works with folks who have anxiety disorders and learn some techniques to cope. Also considers things such as biofeedback, massage, or self-hypnosis training. See www.asch.net for licensed clinicians who are trained in clinical hypnosis. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What's the best natural therapy to treat chronic stress and muscle tension in the neck?

What's the best natural therapy to treat chronic stress and muscle tension in the neck?

Chronic stress: For muscle tension in the neck, many swear by massage therapy and heat. For dealing with overall stress, practices such as mindfulness meditation and yoga can help by training you in present moment awareness. When in the present moment, you are not worrying about future events or feeling bad about past ones. These latter modes increase stress, but present moment gives space and lowers stress. ...Read more

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Why do I feel tension and do I have the urge to stretch my left side.neck,shoulder, hand.btw I've been diagnosed with chronic cluster headaches.

Why do I feel tension and do I have the urge to stretch my left side.neck,shoulder, hand.btw I've been diagnosed with chronic cluster headaches.

Not so clear: True cluster headaches occur in older males, but a variety of migraine variants may cause diagnostic confusion. I wonder if indeed you possess a headache trigger area over left brachial plexus (thoracic outlet syndrome) or cervical problem (cervical stenosis). This will require evaluation by experienced neurologist, and likely confirmatory studies. Also, stop all tobacco use. ...Read more

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chronic spasm in upper back , neck, tension or whatever..but diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010 with same issue can this be that again?

 chronic spasm in upper back , neck, tension or whatever..but diagnosed with lung cancer  in 2010 with same issue   can this be that again?

NEED MORE INFORMATIO: May be or may be not. Depends on the diagnosis of cause of spasm in 2010. How was the spasm in 2010 resolved? What did the doctor say in 2010 as the cause of spasm? Any x-ray done in 2010 or now? Any injury in 2010 or now? What is the status of lung cancer now -any surgery, any metastases. Where is the exact location of lung cancer - right or left, upper, middle or lower fields? ...Read more

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What are some good neck stretches to relieve tension?

What are some good neck stretches to relieve tension?

Neck stretching: Try the horsey, gradually raising your head all the way up and then down like a horse and the turtle, . Make your chin move all the the way back and then all the way forward holding each place about 3 seconds. ...Read more

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Is neck tension common when sitting for long hours at work?

Is neck tension common when sitting for long hours at work?

Yes!: Long hours at work, especially sitting at the computer at work with poor posture will really upset your trapezius muscle among many others. Take frequent breaks, and stretch often. ...Read more

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Tension headche want can I do besides cold compressions on the back of my neck?

Tension headche want can I do besides cold compressions on the back of my neck?

Warm compresses: Cold tends to make muscles tighten more; moist heat increases blood flow and decreases pain and spasm. Mild range-of-motion exercises help stretch & relax the muscles. Nsaids (aleve/motrin etc if tolerated by stomach ) can reduce pain & inflammation. Do not mix with blood thinners) magnesium (low dose) can help relax muscles. Therapeutic massage is helpful. ...Read more

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Why do I feel a slight heated tension like below the neck and above my shoulders?

Why do I feel a slight heated tension like below the neck and above my shoulders?

Muscle inflammation: Could be several problems. Some of the most common are muscle strain, cervical disk disease, and stress. You should see your doctor for a diagnosis. Often simple physical therapy stretching exercises can control the problem. ...Read more

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What causes neck tension and what else can neck tension cause (what other symptoms in the body)?

What causes neck tension and what else can neck tension cause (what other symptoms in the body)?

Spasm and stress: Spasms in the muscle of the neck can be the most common reason for neck tension and pain. It could be initiated from a bad pillow or mattress or by the way you sleep. Sometimes The spasm can put pressure or squeeze against a nerve and cause tingling sensation in the arm or hand ...Read more

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How do I release shoulder neck tension?

How do I release shoulder neck tension?

Massage, yoga, supps: Many people develop tension in the neck & shoulder in response to stress, poor posture etc. A good massage can help, as can acupressure & doing yoga.Magnesium & b complex can help, as can herbs like valerian, passionflower & kava.For preventing this from recurring practice stress-reduction techniques like meditation & exercise.See http://stress.About.Com/od/generaltechniques/tp/toptensionacts.Htm. ...Read more

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Could neck tension be related to back weakness?

Yes: Posture can affect every level along your spine and frequently one issue in one part leads to another issue in another part. Take a look at Alexander technique or yoga to improve your overall posture, strength, and balance. ...Read more