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How do I ease a constant stiff neck on one side of my neck?

How do I ease a constant stiff neck on one side of my neck?

PT and more: If you haven't seen your doctor i would suggest a visit for an evaluation. Stiffness may be due to muscle spasm or arthritic changes or other. An xray could show if you have any arthritic changes. A physical therapist can help with releasing muscle tightness, reviewing posture, a stretching and strengthening program. Medications (both oral and topical) as well as injections might be helpful too. ...Read more

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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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'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I  ease the stiffness?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. Through manual therapy (ie: stretching, massage etc) your stiffness may subside. If this does not help, see an orthopedist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Heat & exercises : Without more information, it is not possible to try to determine the cause of your pain. Would recommend trying an otc NSAID along with stretching exercises. If the pain persists then you need to see your pcp. ...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?

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 are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

 what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

Hot water: Definitely! The Japanese knew about this centuries ago - hence their tradition of onsen. A hot bath or shower will do wonders! Of course rest and stretching of tired muscles even with some massage thrown in can do wonders. Best to 'listen' to your body... Pain is the language it uses to tell you 'stop doing' this or that. It helps to pay attention sometimes. Now I recommend taking it easy. ...Read more

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Back pain ? Stiff neck? One side head numbness? Could this be a migraine?

Back pain ? Stiff neck? One side head numbness? Could this be a migraine?

Pain in the neck: or cervicalgia, is the most common syndrome seen in PCP practice. May be due to a muscle strain or ligament sprain and with associated symptoms headache, numbness, facial pain or TMJ. See your PCP for consultation, tests and treatment. ...Read more

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I have had a stiff neck for some time on one side extending to shoulder. Also increasingly annoyin tinnitus. Nausea occasionally i work at a computer, and i also do gym, which involves crunches and this strains the neck. I had thought that this was the ca

I have had a stiff neck for some time on one side extending to shoulder. Also increasingly annoyin tinnitus. Nausea occasionally i work at a computer, and i also do gym, which involves crunches and this strains the neck. I had thought that this was the ca

There : There are many potential causes to your stated clinical symptoms. Stiff neck by it self can be caused by extraneous and/or sustained activities in or around the neck area. They can occur with no clear cause too. The tinnitus and eye floaters can be independent of the stiff neck however. Apparently one affects hearing and the other one vision. A visit to your primary care doctor should be in order. From neurological perspective, they could all be from the same etiology, especially if they are on the same side of the body. In the latter case, some form of brain imaging (mri or ct scan) should be considered. ...Read more

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Severe stiff neck. Constant pain from shoulder, neck, behind ear, around hairline on left side to center of forehead and Blurry vision. 36 hours?

Severe stiff neck. Constant pain from shoulder, neck, behind ear, around hairline on left side to center of forehead and Blurry vision. 36 hours?

Blurred Vision x36: Hello. I hope someone has "laid eyes" on you since you have had blurred vision for now 1.5 days. If not, need to do it. Do you have history of migraines? When was the last time your vision was checked? Cervical facet joints can cause neck stiffness& pain wrapping around back of ears, back of head & even down into shoulders. Occipital nerves can be irritated in back of head. Please get vision check ...Read more

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Migraine, light headed, dizziness, head hurts, rinding in ears, cognitive delta, tingle in one side stiff neck w/ throbbing pain. What can this be?

Migraine, light headed, dizziness, head hurts, rinding in ears, cognitive delta, tingle in one side stiff neck w/ throbbing pain. What can this be?

Migraine/seizure,etc: If similar to past migraines-not huge worry.If never had before-could be virus or serious from seizure to meningitis.Impt enough to seek immed help & rule out dangerous causes.If those are ruled out, could be anything from pinched cervical nerve to trigeminal neuralgia, or neurologic pain complex set off by thoracic or cervical dysfunctions.Good osteopathic hx and phys could help find & fix. ...Read more

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After lifting in the weightroom i felt a pain in my neck, like a stiff neck, a sort of sharp pain on the right side of my neck when i turn it, help!

Easy on the amount: Of weights, and keep proper form lifting. There are fine neck muscles in neck area that would cause that pain when straining. It should pass, good luck. ...Read more

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No stiff neck, but if i touch my left side of my neck and push down it hurts..A little in the shoulder too. Sometimes when i turn also. What is this?

Muscle Spasm: What you have described is a pressure point . You have pressed on a cervical nerve root, most likely c-5 dermatomal distribution. ...Read more

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I have neck pain on the back side of my neck near my back on the bones. I keep getting some sort of neck pain every month. (usually stiff neck)?

I have neck pain on the back side of my neck near my back on the bones. I keep getting some sort of neck pain every month. (usually stiff neck)?

Soft tissue: At your age, the pain is most likely due to soft tissue inflammation (myofasciitis) or deconditioning or possibly early degenerative disc. If you have had symptoms > 6 weeks i would certainly recommend evaluation with a physician. ...Read more

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I've had pain on the right side of my neck just below my jaw, hurts to swallow, tender to touch, causes headaches, stiff neck, no fever, any ideas?

Possible infection: It is impossible to tell for sure, but you might want to check with a dentist to rule out any type of infection or change in the bone in that area. You also have salivary glands in that area and you want to rule out any type of infection. ...Read more

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How does one correct a stiff neck caused by poor sitting postures?

How does one correct a stiff neck caused by poor sitting postures?

Better posture: First you need to see a physician to be certain your neck pain is caused by poor posture. Once that is established it may be helpful to meet with a physical therapist to teach you good body mechanics and ergonomics and give you a home expercise program. ...Read more

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