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Dr. Donald McCarren
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I keep feeling the back of my neck muscles twitch. Sometimes without the twitching my neck hurts a lot and feels tense. What could this possibly be?!

I keep feeling the back of my neck muscles twitch. Sometimes without the twitching my neck hurts a lot and feels tense. What could this possibly be?!

You need an exam: Sorry for your dilemma. Your description fits with patients that have cervical spine disease causing an injury to the nerve root. In cervical radiculopathy with nerve root involvement the muscle can spontaneously fire giving rise to fasciculations which is what you are appreciating with the twitching. I would advise that you see your primary care doctor as there is treatment available. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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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


Dr. Shahid Rafique
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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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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Robert Kent
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Bumped head yesterday and it kind of hurt my neck. Its been about 40 hours. Scared of paralysis. Neck muscles are very tense. Panic attacks all day.

Bumped head yesterday and it kind of hurt my neck. Its been about 40 hours. Scared of paralysis. Neck muscles are very tense. Panic attacks all day.

Not likely: If you have not noticed any neurological symptoms yet, such as weakness in limbs or sensory changes, not likely a spinal cord injury. If you broke something that caused instability you would notice same issues with version movements. Recommend getting physical exam to make sure nothing is going on that say could lead to more spasms, even arthritis, but spinal cord most likely not threatened. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Neck muscles feel really tight, making me feel slightly lightheaded when I try and relax, chronic health anxiety sufferer, should I be worried?

Neck muscles feel really tight, making me feel slightly lightheaded when I try and relax, chronic health anxiety sufferer, should I be worried?

You should not worry: As a chronic health anxiety sufferer, you will - but you can get help to let that go. Find a good CBT therapist w/ special interest in Health Anxiety. It's very good to put this into as small a part of your life as possible. Best! ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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How can I strenghten neck muscles?

How can I strenghten neck muscles?

Isometrics : A gentle means to strengthen muscles of the neck is to realize that the periodic stress of a muscle keeps it toned. As to the neck, one can use their own hands and arms to press the neck from different directions, or resist the neck as it attempts to move in different directions. Walking, with attendant head bobbing is another way. Swimming is an excellent way to tone muscles of the neck. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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What's the best way to treat chronic neck tension as a result of years of anxiety and tightening my neck muscles I am a 62 year old female?

What's the best way to treat chronic neck tension as a result of years of anxiety and tightening my neck muscles I am a 62 year old female?

Anxiety & tension: Are you in treatment for your anxiety -- in psychotherapy as well as using medicines your psychiatrist feels may help? Regular massage may help your neck a lot -- gentle yoga too. Mindfulness-based stress reduction classes may also help you decrease your anxiety. "a mindfulness based stress reduction workbook" by stahl & goldstein could be useful if you actually do the exercises in it. ...Read more

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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
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What should I do with a major pain in neck muscles?

What should I do with a major pain in neck muscles?

See below: Heat and nsaids are a good start. Try massage. If all that fails your pcp can prescribe a muscle relaxer. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Vanderbrook
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can stretching your neck muscles while poking and prodding at your neck muscles and tendons leave pain in that region afterwards? Thank you

 Can stretching your neck muscles while poking and prodding at your neck muscles and tendons leave pain in that region afterwards? Thank you

It depends: When doing stretches, always use proper technique. Do not press too hard with your fingers if you want to massage yourself. This does not sound like disease, but if any concerns still remain, see your doctor for a proper exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarke Holmes
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Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Time for doc eval: In a patient your age, this is often due to myofascial dysfunction- meaning strained, inflexible and restricted soft tissues in your area of pain. Often seen in young women who do a lot of reading, typing, desk & computer work. X-rays can evaluate the cervical spine and shoulder. Physical therapy, stress reduction, trigger point injections & improving posture can be helpful for myofascial pain. ...Read more

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