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Doctor insights on: Could Arthritis In My Neck Be Causing All My Muscles To Get Very Tight

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Could arthritis in my neck be causing all my muscles to get very tight?

Could arthritis in my neck be causing all my muscles to get very tight?

Yes: The neck muscles are there to support your head in an upright position. If you have arthritis, or have damaged your neck in another way, the neck muscles are used to minimize the motion of your spine. These muscles can the fatigue (ache) spasm or just stay very tight. Things that can help include ibuprofen, massage, heating pads, acupuncture and chiropractors. If it persists consult neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Tight upper back and neck muscles, what kind of health problems can this cause? Also, is there a specific exercise to release the tension in the areas mentioned?

Tight upper back and neck muscles, what kind of health problems can this cause? Also, is there a specific exercise to release the tension in the areas mentioned?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. They would be able to help decrease the tightness and pain through manual therapy and possibly evaluate the cause of your discomfort. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can tight muscles in the neck and back cause lightheadedness?

Can tight muscles in the neck and back cause lightheadedness?

Occipital neuralgia: The most common symptom is suboccipital pain radiating to the back of the head and occasionally down the back of the neck. Tenderness over the neck is common. During severe episodes, the pain may be felt in the retro-orbital, temporal areas, dizziness, vertigo and lightheadedness. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or pain management specialist. ...Read more

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My question is what causes the left front big muscle/vein on your neck to be larger than the right plus muscle tightness ?

My question is what causes the left front big muscle/vein on your neck to be larger than the right plus muscle tightness ?

Positional change.: The veins in the neck just as the veins in the rest of the body change in size depending on changes in position as well as changes in levels of hydration and changes in pressure in the chest and abdominal cavity. In the neck, the veins decrease with standing and increase with lying down. Straining or laughing increase the the pressure in the chest which can increase the size of the facial veins. ...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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Can anyone tell me what causes the left front big muscle/vein on your neck to be larger than the right plus muscle tightness and slight pain on left side of neck ?

Can anyone tell me what causes the left front big muscle/vein on your neck to be larger than the right plus muscle tightness and slight pain on left side of neck ?

Pinched Nerve/Muscle: Most times back pain that is sudden onset will resolve. He should use anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, aleve around the clock and even tylenol (acetaminophen) to help. If this does not resolve you should see your doctor for a muscle relaxant as well. If it still does not resolve, I would recommend seeing a spine specialist for a full evaluation and testing. You may need to get an MRI to see inside. ...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

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


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