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Are lump on the back of neck and stress related?

Are lump on the back of neck and stress related?

Usually: Get a good massage. If that does not get the kink out see your family doc for evaluation and possible pt and treatment for anxiety if present. A couple of days of muscle relaxants could work well also. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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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?

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

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Hard lump-like knot on back of neck or spine. What could this be?

Hard lump-like knot on back of neck or spine. What could this be?

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

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16 year old female extremly bad headache knot on bottom of the hairline back of neck moves around when I rub it?

16 year old female extremly bad headache knot on bottom of the hairline back of neck moves around when I rub it?

Too vague: It may be muscular (spasm or cramp) or could be a lymph node or a growth.
See a doctor. Try applying heat to the area and using Excedrin advil or aleve (naproxen). But you should have it checked out if it doesn't clear up in a day or two. ...Read more

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Can stress cause painful knots all over your body-not just back and neck? (like arms and chest)

Can stress cause painful knots all over your body-not just back and neck? (like arms and chest)

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Problems: 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

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Back of neck is soleing...Is this from smoking?

Back of neck is soleing...Is this from smoking?

NO: I do not think you get swelling in your neck from smoking. ...Read more

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Nasuea, pain in back of neck and head. What is it?

Nasuea, pain in back of neck and head. What is it?

Nausea: Nausea assosiated with headaches can be related the the beginning process of a migraine headache. Usually other symptoms associated with migraines are photophobia, unilateral headache, nausea, sometimes vomiting, a aura prior to headache. ...Read more

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Can a dr. Cut out a cyst on back of neck?

Can a dr. Cut out a cyst on back of neck?

Quite often the: Answer is yes. Encourage medical evaluation to find out if this is an appropriate course of action for you. ...Read more

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I have constant aches at back of neck upper?

I have constant aches at back of neck upper?

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

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I have dark patches on the back of neck. Can this be diabetes?

I have dark patches on the back of neck. Can this be diabetes?

Can be: Acanthosis nigracans-
see dermatologist; can happen in type 2 diabetes

but usually a band not patches, so do see dermatologist to be sure nothing else going on. ...Read more

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How long will you have pain in the back of neck because of musle spasm?

How long will you have pain in the back of neck because of musle spasm?

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

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Back of neck tightened up after lifting weights. Can I go back to that weight?

Back of neck tightened up after lifting weights. Can I go back to that weight?

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

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Excruiating pain in back of neck, fraying and tearing feeling. What could this be?

Instability: Most probably is degenerative changes and weak ligaments attaching the vertebrae in the neck.
Best to see a prolotherapist o try to resolvve this problem without surgery or dangerous drugs.

Find a prolotherapist at www. Getprolo. Com or at www. Aaomed. Org. ...Read more

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I have folliculitis on the back of neck. Is there any medication available for this?

I have folliculitis on the back of neck. Is there any medication available for this?

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

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Excruciating pain in back of neck, fraying and tearing feeling. How can I deal with this?

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

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Can stress cause severe pain in back and neck? How does this happen? How can you relieve it naturally no pills

Can stress cause severe pain in back and neck? How does this happen? How can you relieve it naturally no pills

Yes: A lot of people "carry stress" in their musculoskeletal system. There are lots of non pharmaceutical ways to deal with it. First, address the stress. But then you can use heat, massage, yoga, stretching exercises, and meditation along with good nutrition and adequate rest. ...Read more

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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

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

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Fell on the back of neck and lost consciousness for a minute bc of the intense pain. Feeling fine now but why do we lose consciousness bc of pain? Thx

Emergency: If you fall and lost consciousness for any time. .. and hurt neck and back of head. .. always see MD ASAP!! Concussion happen as " brain go back and force " in scull. Also cervical spine (neck) needs to be examined. Any symptoms like yours are considered Emergency! ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

NECK STRAIN: Perhaps you use your neck for a long time that it becomes tense due to the stress or overuse. You take a muscle relaxant or warm compress over the neck area or see md. ...Read more

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Why might someone have lumps in the back of neck?

Why might someone have lumps in the back of neck?

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

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Bump on back of neck under my skin?

Bump on back of neck under my skin?

Many things: It could be many things from lymph node to a cyst or soft tissue mass like lipoma
So see a doctor that can examine you and either assured you or treat you ...Read more

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How can I evaluate glands in the back of neck?

How can I evaluate glands in the back of neck?

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

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Does witch hazel remove dark mark on back of neck?

Does witch hazel remove dark mark on back of neck?

Wtich hazel: Not necessarily. If you have a lesion on the back of the neck it may not remove it. However, it is a lot like alcohol when used as a wipe - and could remove soil marks. Please see this site for more info:
http://www. Witchhazeluses. Org/. ...Read more