how to relax tense neck muscles

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Dr. Shahid Rafique answered:

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.
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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?!!

You need an exam

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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.
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Dr. Robert Kent answered:

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

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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.
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Restless legs,constant crying, muscle twitching,wakes up a lot @nite,constant worry on health, tingling, cant focus, very tense upper back/neck muscle is this anxiety? wifes symptoms, cant help her :(

Need psych evaluatio

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You are describing elements of depression (crying spells, sleep disturbance and inability to concentrate). Need full psychiatric evaluation to rule out medical disorders as cause and treatment asap.
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Dr. Ken Deck answered:

Knot in neck, muscle knot or could it be something else?

Could be

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You want to make sure it is in the muscle and not a lymph node. If persistent or growing seek medical attention
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How can I build neck muscle?

Weights

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Almost any upper body weight lifting activates your neck muscles.Always start with a certified trainer who can demonstrate proper technique
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Dr. SG Erman answered:

cold in neck muscle?

Need more info

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not clear about your question
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How can I strenghten neck muscles?

Isometrics

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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.
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Dr. Gary Wang answered:

Pulled neck muscle and shingles, connected?

Usually not.

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Shingles usually develop when you have immune function weakness, such as after catching cold, stress, emotional disturbance, post prolonged stressful sport, medication use etc. However, some post shingle pain is apt to be diagnosed with muscle pain.
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