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Fever and stiff neck, difficulty turning my head. Came on pretty suddenly and haven't had this stiffness before. Thoughts?

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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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...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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Need I be worried about pressure in the front of my head, a stiff neck, and mild dizziness after hitting back of my head on an ice rink two days ago?

Yes: Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. It sounds like you have suffered a concussion and need to not exert yourself until symptoms are 100% resolved. See the cdc website for more info: http://j.Mp/12m6hk4. ...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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Hit my head on the street yesterday. I have a mild concussion. Headache and dizziness better today. Have a stiff neck though. Should I go to er?

Hit my head on the street yesterday. I have a mild concussion. Headache and dizziness better today. Have a stiff neck though. Should I go to er?

Yes: You must rule out the possibility of bleeding into the brain. There is a well known lucid interval that may last for hours following a head injury. It would be wise to go to the emergency room and rule out the possibility of a sub dural bleed. ...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 hit on the head with a box that wasn't heavy. Before this I had stiff neck, shoulder, & back. What sign should I worry and should I see doctor?

I was hit on the head with a box that wasn't heavy. Before this I had stiff neck, shoulder, & back. What sign should I worry and should I see doctor?

Knocked out.: If the box you and you were knocked out it is much more likely you may have a significant injury. We look for neurologic findings such as mental confusion, upset stomach, eyes focusing properly, ambulating properly. You could also have pain in your arms or loss of function in your arms. ...Read more

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Hit my head two days okay. Now have a sore stiff neck. Should I go to physio or is it too soon?

Hit my head two days okay. Now have a sore stiff neck. Should I go to physio or is it too soon?

Wait a few days!: Not uncommon to pull neck muscles from a head blow. Take something like OTC naproxen. Wrap a warm towel around your neck. Or in a shower, rotate your neck with warm water flowing over it. ...Read more

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I hit my head very hard on concrete last night, it was bleeding a lot and the paramedic cleaned it up, now foggy headed & very sore, stiff neck.

I hit my head very hard on concrete last night, it was bleeding a lot and the paramedic cleaned it up, now foggy headed & very sore, stiff neck.

Go to ER immediately: Given your stiff neck you need to be seen and examined today to make sure that there is no life threatening illness that is present such as a bleed. If that has been ruled out you could have a concussion since you hit your head hard on concrete. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stiff neck prob from pillows fever nasal drip after head hit no knock out possible meningitis? Got the vaccine awhile ago

Stiff neck prob from pillows fever nasal drip after head hit no knock out possible meningitis? Got the vaccine awhile ago

Meningitis: Not likely. A blow to the head that would cause a cerebrospinal fluid leak and meningitis would cause a loss of consciousness. Sinusitis is the most likely cause for the fever and nasal drip. See an ear nose and throat specialist. ...Read more

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Buckd off horse 9/7 hit back head. 9/8 sore stiff neck front. Swoll. Musc right side. Treating @ home. Is it worth get. Seen? Or is it muscle strain?

Buckd off horse 9/7 hit back head. 9/8 sore stiff neck front. Swoll. Musc right side. Treating @ home. Is it worth get. Seen? Or is it muscle strain?

Its definitely muscl: Strain BUT have it checked to ensure you haven't broken any bones in the C spine.
If its was a simple strain, then its already been 2 months since injury and it should have been greatly improved.
Besides soreness and swelling, are you getting any other symptoms?
I suggest have it seen, so as to remove any doubt that a bony injury occurred.
good luck. ...Read more

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Fell and hit my head on concrete floor 6 months ago. Have had a MRI and CT scan both are clear. I still have stiff neck, pain to turn my head, burning?

Fell and hit my head on concrete floor 6 months ago. Have had a MRI and CT scan both are clear. I still have stiff neck, pain to turn my head, burning?

? cervical spine: What was studies by CT and MRI, head or cervical spine. Your symptoms may be related to injury of cervical spine. Should be evaluated by physician with physical examination and appropriate testing. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

See your doctor: If you truly have a stiff neck--cannot touch your chin to your chest or move head from side to side, you must be seen urgently by your doctor or emergency room--if you have fever this becomes more urgent.
If you have any scalp problems this may cause tiny bumps or if you pull your hair tight as some do for braids, this may be related. See your physician. ...Read more

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Went to er- fainted, hit head on sidewalk and the ct was normal. Today I have stiff neck, really bad nausea and feel really sick to my stomach.?

Went to er- fainted, hit head on sidewalk and the ct was normal. Today I have stiff neck, really bad nausea and feel really sick to my stomach.?

Followup: I would probably be seen. Usually when you are seen in the ER, you are given a followup appointment with the specialist that was on call for the ER when you were there. You need to followup to reevaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Orthostatic headache: These headaches tend to be postural, i.e when patient develops a headache while vertical and the headache is relieved when horizontal. See your PCP for evaluation and tests. ...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 intermittent pain in my head above and higher over my left ear. I also have a stiff neck for around two weeks. Pain is sharp.?

I have intermittent pain in my head above and higher over my left ear. I also have a stiff neck for around two weeks. Pain is sharp.?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What causes a very stiff neck and my head to feel super heavy?

Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain, stiffness, and headaches you can also get neck pain/stiffness from a muscle strain. See your physician if these symptoms do not clear up. ...Read more

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Friend and I knocked heads yesterday's really hard. Got an instant headache. I still have headache and now when I chew it hurts. Also stiff neck.

Friend and I knocked heads yesterday's really hard. Got an instant headache. I still have headache and now when I chew it hurts. Also stiff neck.

Post traumatic HA: Head hits can lead to daily headache, plus muscle tightness of face, jaw and neck. Likely this will resolve on it's own within 4 weeks or less. For the first 2 weeks, it's okay to take over-the counter Ibuprofen or Naproxen as needed. If it persists beyond 2 weeks, get in to a neurologist for evaluation and management. Good luck! ...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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Stiff neck unable to turn head! Vertebrae problems?

Stiff neck unable to turn head! Vertebrae problems?

Head turning: It may be a vertebral problem but it may be a muscular problem. You may have torticollis or a wry neck. If you do it will respond to heat or ice treatment and analgesics or muscle relaxants. If no response see your doctor for further evaluation and xrays of your cervical vertebrae. ...Read more

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Got stiff neck and headaches if I shake my head. Help?

Muscle contraction: There are many things we need to know. Do you have a fever? If you do you need to see if physician. If it is a muscle contraction headache it may improve with heat. You could have a sinus infection too. You would best see your physician to clarify this ...Read more

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Bumped head 9 hours ago. Stiff neck immediately, headache pain level 1 starting 1 hour ago. Neck. Still stiff. Am I Ok? Besides stated, feel fine.

Bumped head 9 hours ago. Stiff neck immediately, headache pain level 1 starting 1 hour ago. Neck. Still stiff. Am I Ok? Besides stated, feel fine.

Should be evaluated.: History suggestive of trauma to your neck or possibly brain. You should be evaluated by a neurologist just to be sure that there is no serious trauma. ...Read more