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How do I check if I have a stiff neck?

How do I check if I have a stiff neck?

Ummm...what?: Most people know when they have a stiff neck. It might help if you reposted with the reason you're asking this question. ...Read more

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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Hi, I have this stiff neck for 10days already. Evrytime i wake up, it gets worse. I had taken cerebrex and suldida for 3days already, still it persist?

Hi, I have this stiff neck for 10days already. Evrytime i wake up, it gets worse. I had taken cerebrex and suldida for 3days already, still it persist?

Check in with an md: The most common cause of a stiff neck is muscle spasm. If it is waking you up or is causing arm numbness or weakness, you should get it checked out right away. Physical therapy can help provide relief, indepent of the cause. ...Read more

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I hit the back of my head on monday and its thursday night and the pain is getting worse on the back of my head and i have a stiff neck. ?

I hit the back of my head on monday and its thursday night and the pain is getting worse on the back of my head and i have a stiff neck. ?

Not uncommon: Similar to a car accident - you may feel worse several days after the accident. Did you lose consciousness? If so, then see your doctor for exam. Other concerning signs would be fuzzy thinking, headaches, dizziness, nausea, numbness / tingling in the hands or arms. If it is just stiffness and pain then I would see a chiropractor to help speed up the healing process. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck and i'm dizzy ?

I have a stiff neck and i'm dizzy ?

See a doctor: A stiff neck and dizziness along with increased sleepiness can be early signs of meningitis . You should schedule a visit with your doctor or go to urgent care if you develop fevers, chills, change in mental status, nausea, or headaches. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck and bad back/shoulder pains, help?

I have a stiff neck and bad back/shoulder pains, help?

Improper posture: You are straining your back and neck due to bad posture while using your gagdets. Make sure you maintain a good posture while working.. Begin your day with streching exercises. Accomodations like using an ergonomic key board , work station and adjusting the height of your chair and desk will make a significant difference .Take frequent short breaks for stretching and relaxation exercises. ...Read more

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Please tell me why am i having a stiff neck whenever I have a fever?

See a physician: Worst case scenario, a stiff neck associated with fever could represent a meningitis, so be sure you have had evaluation with a physician at least once when this has happened. Other than that, it may be just a quirk of your body that this happens. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck and have coital cephalalgia should I do anything?

I have a stiff neck and have coital cephalalgia should I do anything?

Could Be Neck Issues: If preliminary evaluation by your primary doctor doesn't help, consider evaluation of your neck to make sure nothing is awry there. Many times the facet joints in the neck or even herniated disks could be a cause of this issue in the back of head. Alternatively it could also be occipital neuralgia in the back of the head if the neck evaluation reveals nothing. ...Read more

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Bumped my head 34 hrs ago, cut which bled but didn't hurt that much now it and the surrounding area is painful I have headache, stiff neck, is it ok?

Headache : Althought the stiff neck is likely to be due to neck muscles strain, it would be wise to see a physician who could examine you and determine if there is a need for further testing. ...Read more

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I had a neck epidural injection but now I have a stiff neck not able to look down. Why is that? I had it done 4 days ago.

I had a neck epidural injection but now I have a stiff neck not able to look down. Why is that? I had it done 4 days ago.

Neck inflammation: Epidural injection in the neck, like any other invasive procedure, has side effects which include some inflammation in the region due to mechanical procedure. Depending in the underlying condition requiring the procedure, u can use OTC anti inflammatory agents and consult your doctor if you don't improve by or develop additional symptoms like fever headache and blurred vision. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck I have bulging disc in the neck but recently with the air on it it hurts a lot can't turn it one way please help ?

I have a stiff neck I have bulging disc in the neck but recently with the air on it it hurts a lot can't turn it one way please help ?

Stiff neck: Cervical bulging disc is a serious problem as can temporarily or permanently compress and damage the nerve. Please see neuro surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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During basketball I fell and slammed my head on the floor, had dizziness for a few minutes and how I have a stiff neck. What can I do, what is it?

During basketball I fell and slammed my head on the floor, had dizziness for a few minutes and how I have a stiff neck. What can I do, what is it?

Head and neck injury: When one strikes their head on a hard surface and experiences dizziness and neck symptoms, i always get concerned about a head injury (subdural bleed, concussion, etc.) and a neck injury (cervical spine fracture, slipped disc, strain, etc.) although some of these are unlikely, they certainly are seriousness enough to deserve medical attention. See your doctor, go to the er, or call 911 if severe. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck right side for awhile now can the strain. Cause swollen lyph nodes on that same side?

I have a stiff neck right side for awhile now can the strain. Cause swollen lyph nodes on that same side?

Not likely: Swollen lymph nodes are not typically caused by a muscular strain; they usually represent your bodies response to infection or inflmation. If you have had persistent swollen lymph nodes on the side of the neck, a good medical check up would probably be a good place to start to be evaluated. ...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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I have a stiff neck, and pain when opening my jaw and swallowing. I have experience stiff necks before, but the other pains are new to me. Any tips?

I have a stiff neck, and pain when opening my jaw and swallowing. I have experience stiff necks before, but the other pains are new to me. Any tips?

2 different problems: If you are familiar with the neck stiffness but the other symptoms are new, give your primary care doc a call if the symptoms have been there for more than several days. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, I'm always tired, I'm hungry but if I have a bite of something I'm full, jaw feels stiff, what is this?

I have a stiff neck, I'm always tired, I'm hungry but if I have a bite of something I'm full, jaw feels stiff, what is this?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Benign click is not considered a pathology. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options if needed. They are the expert in this field. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck only worst at the base of my skull. Does acupuncture work and how many treatments would it take to be sure?

Very helpful: An acute musculo skeletal injury may be treated in 1 to 3 sessions. Chronic problems may require 12 treatments with possible maintenance treatments thereafter. If an acupuncture procedure is not making some difference by the 3rd session - that procedure is not the right one for that patient. ...Read more