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How long is a simple stiff neck supposed to last?

How long is a simple stiff neck supposed to last?

There no simple: Stiff neck. If you talking aout minor injury it should not last more than few days. If the stiff neck have other cause you have to address that cause for it to go away. Thank you. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Classic TMJ signs: You may have an expansion of the muscular component of your TMJ condition. See a neurouscular dentist with extensive TMJ training. ...Read more

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How long should a stiff neck last?

How long should a stiff neck last?

STIFF NECK: If not associated with any sickness, just muscular strain with the help of hot compress and muscle relaxant, it last within a week. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long will a stiff neck last?

Please tell me how long will a stiff neck last?

More w increasing ag: Daily exercise is key to treatment. Gentle range of motion and walking! Pain may be reduced with over-the-counter medications (advil/aleve) ice will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing for upto 45 min, follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. See your doctor for worsening or persistent pain. ...Read more

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How long does stiff neck associated with fibromyalgia last?

Can be chronic: U may want to check with u pcp for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How long does markedly stiff neck associated with viral meningitis last?

Usually until the: Infection has essentially run its course over one to two weeks and the degree of symptoms is very variable. ...Read more

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What causes a simple case of "stiff neck"?

What causes a simple case of "stiff neck"?

Usually positional: Tension is put on the neck muscles in an abnormal position....Maybe you slept in an unusualy fashion...Or you twisted to look at something and caused a spasm....Or. . ...Read more

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How long does it take to see the effect of stretching exercises for stiff neck?

How long does it take to see the effect of stretching exercises for stiff neck?

STIFF NECK: Exercises to relieve sore neck can take about a week without the help of muscle relaxant, hot compresses and rest of involved cervical musculature. ...Read more

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Have a real bad stiff neck, it will last for a week or more. What can I do for it?

Cause??: Get evaluated. If degenerative arthritis, try therapy, soft collar for short period of time, isometric exercises. Anti inflammatory if allowed. ...Read more

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How long does it take for torticollis/stiff neck to go away?

How long does it take for torticollis/stiff neck to go away?

Depends on the: Cause- from several days to weeks for most conditions. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get a stiff neck/shoulder about once a month. The pain decreases lasts a week. Changing pillows has not helped. What other reasons can cause this?

I get a stiff neck/shoulder about once a month. The pain decreases lasts a week. Changing pillows has not helped. What other reasons can cause this?

Neuritis: Sometimes there can be nerve irritation in the spine, in this case the cervical region. May want to see your doctor and have x-ray/MRI to see if there is possible disc/pressure on nerves coming out from that part of your spine. Also could be due to tension /stress that will give upper back/ neck spasms ...Read more

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I've got a headache and a stiff neck but I haven't got a fever. The stiff neck started yesterday when I woke up I've been off work for the last 2 wks?

I've got a headache and a stiff neck but I haven't got a fever. The stiff neck started yesterday when I woke up I've been off work for the last 2 wks?

Stiff neck headache: Get in to see a dr if you can. Majority of the time your dr can tell if this is something serious or not by taking a good history and exam. Maybe cervicogenic, vertebral aneurysm, tension, aseptic meningitis, some serious & some not so serious. Sprain of the muscles of the back of the slap if you slept funny. Hard to know. If light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, worsening, headache, go in asap ...Read more

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My right gland in neck is always swollen, gets worse when I have a cold but I can always feel it there. Last 2 days stiff neck and more swollen, normal?

My right gland in neck is always swollen, gets worse when I have a cold but I can always feel it there. Last 2 days stiff neck and more swollen, normal?

Slight infection: The glands in your neck are lymphatic glands. Lymphatics basically take the fluid between the cells and send them to glands with white blood cells. If the white blood cells find an infection (virus, bacteria) they multiple and your gland gets bigger. So during a cold the glands can get bigger. This is normal. If you are concerned you could go to your doctor and he/she can check by feeling them ...Read more

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I have nack pain stiff neck and chest is sore some times its been this way for a long time?

I have nack pain stiff neck and chest is sore some times its been this way for a long time?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. All of these can cause stiffness and/or pain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Stiff neck bypass surgery: how long does it take to fully recover?

Stiff neck bypass surgery: how long does it take to fully recover?

Not specific: Not specific answer you may be looking for but may be of general use, neck extension is significant during surgery:
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Stiff neck for months. Dizziness while lying down, last night a very sharp pain woke me up on right side of my head that seemed to travel up?

Stiff neck for months. Dizziness while lying down, last night a very sharp pain woke me up on right side of my head that seemed to travel up?

I would: Go to the hospital, now. I would not even wait till the morning please. You need to know why this is happening. Please don't put this off till tomorrow. ...Read more

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For the last month, I wake in the morning with a very stiff neck (can't turn to left) and my face and body are extremely swollen. No change in diet.

For the last month, I wake in the morning with a very stiff neck (can't turn to left) and my face and body are extremely swollen. No change in diet.

Hard to say: Your swelling concerns me the most. Whole-body swelling can be caused by heart-failure, liver damage, kidney failure, and certain medications, among other causes. With the combination of neck pain and swelling, nothing specific comes to mind. Please see a provider who will do a good physical exam and ask you more questions to try to figure this out. You deserve an answer! ...Read more

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I hit my head last night, had a small bump. Woke up to a stiff neck. I don't have headaches or anything besides the stiff neck. Should I get it checked out?

I hit my head last night, had a small bump. Woke up to a stiff neck. I don't have headaches or anything besides the stiff neck. Should I get it checked out?

Not necessarily: In the absence of other symptoms, the wait and see approach to a stiff neck is ok. The bump is enough to explain minor muscle or connective tissue irritation contributing to the stiffness. Apply heat and get adequate rest/hydration and see if it improves. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident last may got whiplash. Now every time I have a stiff neck I get really bad headaches, should I be concerned?

I was in a car accident last may got whiplash. Now every time I have a stiff neck I get really bad headaches, should I be concerned?

Only some: The car accident caused neck strain. The best treatment would be exercises for strength, flexibiity, and range of motion for the rest of your life. The headaches are most likely tension headaches related to the neck strain. If you can get in the best possible physical condition from now on -- knowing what you know -- you could possibly decrease the frequency, intensity, and duration of headaches. ...Read more

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Stiff neck - 3 weeks back - went to chiropractor - was ok - after 3 weeks again stiff neck pain. How long it would be? How to treat or best method f

Stiff neck - 3 weeks back - went to chiropractor - was ok - after 3 weeks again stiff neck pain. How long it would be? How to treat or best method f

Needs evaluation: There are many causes for a stiffness of the neck. You should see a neurologist or rheumatologist for evaluation. NEVER let a chiropractor manipulate your neck. NEVER. There are many severe injuries from chiropractic manipulation of the neck. ...Read more