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Knot On Back Of Neck Due To Stress
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
52 yr old female with a lot of stress for 4 yrs and having tightning pain in back of neck on left side under skull since 1 week ago and getting more painful radiating behind left ear and cheekbone. Most pain from neck under skull?
Stress: Most likely. I would see see your pcp to make sure. ...Read more
I had EKG/ABI/Stress Echocardiogram/Chest XR/Carotid US=normal. But when I lie down I can feel blood pumping back of neck/head. Some more testing?
Not likely: If all those tests were done and everything is normal. Don't think you'll get more info from your md. A thorough medical exam would provide equally useful info. In addition to properly answer your question note detail and description on when this happens is needed. ...Read more
Neck soreness/pain, left side, clavicle, side and back of neck. Several swollen nodes for more than 2 months. Haven't felt sick just pain. Ent thinks muscleissue. Lots of stress over months. Any idea?
TMD: I would ask your dentist to evaluate your lower jaw position and feel for clicking in the jaw joint area in front of the ear. When the lower jaw deviates to one side the muscles go into spasm on one side and become stretched on opposite side leading to soreness and tiredness of all the muscles in the head and neck area. ...Read more
Neck anatomy: Other than lipoma, this could also be just normal anatomy -- at the base of the neck, the C7 and t1 spinous processes are much longer than the spinous processes above them, which results in a "bump" at the cervicothoracic junction which is actually normal. Nothing needs to be done about that. ...Read more
16 year old female extremly bad headache knot on bottom of the hairline back of neck moves around when I rub it?
Yes: Stress can cause variety of symptoms, in a variety of body parts and systems. It is often the case that stress response for a given person is like his/her "signature": although it usually differs from person to person, an individual has a typical for him/her stress response. Learning your own unique way of how your body and mind respond to stress can help alleviate these symptoms better. ...Read more
Small lump on the back of my sons back of neck if it could be a knot in the muscle where he works out he has had headaches hurts to push on it?
Get him examined: To be checked for fatty tumor, cyst, lymph gland or muscular knot. Take care! ...Read more
For 3 days I have had 1 pea sized knot and one smaller knot on side of neck but more towards back of neck. They don't hurt and I don't fever or anything?
Lymph node: What your feeling is a lymph node. Its a small connection of drainage sacks containing the bodies immune cells. When something passes by them that stimulates them...They divide and concor...And the sac enlarges. They generally don't hurt. And are generally not accompanied by fever. ...Read more
I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?
Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Cancer at your age would be unusual, but not impossible. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure. ...Read more
Dear Dr, feeling in my eyes lights are too bright feel dizzy with very sore sides of neck front and tight jaw knot in back of neck sleep apnea 6 weeks?
You must make an appointment as soon as possible to see your doctor.
If there is a delay in seeing the doctor I recommend you go to the Emergency Room as soon as you can.
Age 33 is a bit young to have all these symptoms. I hope you are not smoking. ...Read more
Strain: Could be several reasons, anything from a cervical sprain/strain to pain because of a disc herniation, or spinal stenosis or myofascial neck pain. Without a more detailed history and physical examination it's hard to determine. I would advise you seek the advice of a local physiatrist, who would be able to help you. ...Read more
Varies: Back/neck pain can take days to truly overcome depending on the severity and treatment. Most pain from muscle spasms can be treated effectively with some rest (initially), medication (anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, pain medications, and/or muscle relaxants), heat/ice and appropriate amounts of low impact exercise/stretching/physical therapy. Immediate flare-ups should continue to improve. ...Read more
Likely: Sounds like muscle spasms and without other symptoms. Most spasms can be treated effectively with some rest (initially), medication (anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, pain medications, and/or muscle relaxants), heat/ice and appropriate amounts of low impact exercise/stretching/physical therapy. After improving you should be able to return to same weight, unless it does it again. ...Read more
Dermatology referral: The proper treatment for your folliculitis depends on the type and severity of your condition. Creams or pills are used to control bacterial infections. Creams, shampoos or pills are used to fight fungal infections. Light therapy with a medicated cream and laser hair removal are also treatment options for some cases. I highly suggest you make an appointment to see a Dermatologist. ...Read more
Conservatively: If the pain occurred suddenly apply ice and consider otc non-inflammatory medication. Perform active range of motion exercises to loosen up the neck muscles. Your physician can refer you to a physical therapist. If the pain persists, you may require a comprehensive history and physical exam, neck x-ray and possibly MRI for diagnosis and treatment by a specialist. ...Read more
Can stress cause severe pain in back and neck? How does this happen? How can you relieve it naturally no pills
I have this knot on my neck what could it be? Its been stressing me because I don't want anything to be wrong with it
Many possibilities: Rather than describing characteristics of these which would help in diagnosis lets just say that at your age the chances are overwhelming that this is benign. But just in the rare chance that it is something severe, go see a doctor and have it examined. ...Read more
Have an enlarged bump left side back of neck for 6 months. Dr keeps saying not to worry that it would go away but it hsnt it now seems larger advice?
Lump: In the back of the neck could be several things. One is lipoma which unless symptomatic need not be take out except for cosmetic reason. It can slowly grow. The other is sebaceous cyst which can get infected and a lymph node which, if persistent that long, needs to be worked up. There is also a doweger's hump or simply a fat pad. Tell you doctor in concerns you. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm 16 years old and from time to time I get this pain on the back of my neck it's really tense some say its a stress hump but I don't know what it is?
Cysts and lymphnodes: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Get it checked...: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more