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Doctor insights on: Lump On My Neck Muscles Symptoms

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I have a lump on my neck and if I clench my teeth my neck muscles expand and the lump is more prominent, what could it be?

I have a lump on my neck and if I clench my teeth my neck muscles expand and the lump is more prominent, what could it be?

Suspicious lump?: Regardless the cause... I would advise you to have the lumps on your neck examined by a primary care specialist (e.g. ENT, OFP). Any suspicious lump that does not resolve itself in 2-3 weeks should be evaluated. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can tight neck muscles cause stinging eye pain and temple aches? Been havin these symptoms for 5 years started after being stressed a lot

Can tight neck muscles cause stinging eye pain and temple aches? Been havin these symptoms for 5 years started after being stressed a lot

No: Tight muscles may occur in association with variety of conditions including stress. The tight neck muscles are not usually associated with stinging eye pain. ...Read more

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I have numerous symptoms, left sided weakness lump on throat feeling, brain fog, mentally out there feeloing, tense muscles, aniexty.

I have numerous symptoms, left sided weakness lump on throat feeling, brain fog, mentally out there feeloing, tense muscles, aniexty.

Go to the Doctor: Please understand you are talking to medical professionals on the internet. You need URGENT medical attention. Please sign off of the internet and go see your doctor today. Now. ...Read more

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I've had a pretty hard lump on my neck for as long as I can remember, only on the right side. It almost feels attached to muscle. Should I be worried?

I've had a pretty hard lump on my neck for as long as I can remember, only on the right side. It almost feels attached to muscle. Should I be worried?

Have it checked: It is always a good idea to have a unilateral (on one side) area that is different from the other side examined to be sure that there are no issues present. Without it being examined by a physician there is no way to know if it is typical or not. Please have your doctor look at it to help determine how next to take care of it, if needed. ...Read more

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Why do infants have such weak neck muscles?

Why do infants have such weak neck muscles?

Big head!: Infants have overall relatively low muscle tone and coordination because they have not used their muscles much, and their neurologic systems are still developing. Neck muscles seem especially poor in part due to the relatively large head which is out of proportion to the neck to begin with. ...Read more

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Can a muscle knot in the neck feel like a lump?

Can a muscle knot in the neck feel like a lump?

YES: Certainly muscle cramps and spasms can feel like a lump; however, so can other conditions. Try SAdvil or Aleve (naproxen) for pain (if not allergic) and BioFreeze linament for the muscle area. ...Read more

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Hard lump in neck that feels like grissle — muscle?

Hard lump in neck that feels like grissle — muscle?

A few things: Can be an abscess from a tooth, a swollen lymph node, enlarged salivary gland, thyroid mass, cyst, tumor, etc. Whatever it is, not normal. See ENT doc ASAP. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from getting large neck muscles?

How can I prevent myself from getting large neck muscles?

Weights: Almost any upper body weight lifting activates your neck muscles. Always start with a certified trainer who can demonstrate proper technique. Lower weights and higher reps lessen the chance for muscle hypertrophy. ...Read more

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Pulled neck muscles while exercising now have pain and nausea. How do I get well from this?

Pulled neck muscles while exercising now have pain and nausea.  How do I get well from this?

Do the following: Rest on a flat surface with a thin soft pillow under you head and neck, start taking advil (ibuprofen) 600 mg — 800 mg three times per day for 3-5 days, drink plenty of fluids, have someone massage your neck and upper back with bengay or apply hot towel over your neck to increase blood circulation into the neck muscles. If not improved, call your doctor to have an exam. If this is a recurrent condition: xrays. ...Read more

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If you have a muscle knot in your neck, can it cause you to be able to feel a lump or a bump?

No: A muscle spasm feel like a knot. Rest, warm shower and NSAIDs may help. Do not check frequently it will worsen the spasm. Takes 1 to 2 wks for relief. ...Read more

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Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Time for doc eval: In a patient your age, this is often due to myofascial dysfunction- meaning strained, inflexible and restricted soft tissues in your area of pain. Often seen in young women who do a lot of reading, typing, desk & computer work. X-rays can evaluate the cervical spine and shoulder. Physical therapy, stress reduction, trigger point injections & improving posture can be helpful for myofascial pain. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a buffalo hump and hypertonic neck muscles because protecting something?

Fat vs muscle: A buffalo hump is due to excess fat tissue above the upper spine. Fat feels completely different from muscle and should be easy to tell the difference. A buffalo hump is seen in people who are significantly overweight. It can also be associated with excess cortisol (cushings syndrome). ...Read more

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I fell form my truck & banged my head on the ground now I struggle to lift my head up & my neck muscles are protruding?

I fell form my truck & banged my head on the ground now I struggle to lift my head up & my neck muscles are protruding?

Doctor can evaluate: A doctor at the E.R. Can evaluate to see if there is a neck injury, which can be quite dangerous (a risk of spinal cord injury). In general, possible spine injury victims should be transported by ambulance on a backboard, wearing a special neck collar. Afterwards, if only a minor sprain or strain, the physiatrist or orthopedic doctor can examine and refer one to physical therapy for help. ...Read more

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How easy is it to get a concussion.like can you get one on the power of your own neck muscles or by standing up too quickly.

How easy is it to get a concussion.like can you get one on the power of your own neck muscles or by standing up too quickly.

Probably not: Concussions are based largely on impact to the head. Other injuries can result from head movements like whiplash that don't involve impact and may produce post-concussive symptoms because the brain was moving around inside the skull and made an impact within the skull. The G-forces involved in whiplash are pretty extreme. Very hard for us to generate these forces ourselves. ...Read more

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I have a lump in the back of my neck for years that will not go away. It is firm and it feels like it's fixed to my muscle. Three weeks ago I had xrays?

I have a lump in the back of my neck for years that will not go away. It is firm and it feels like it's fixed to my muscle. Three weeks ago I had xrays?

Neck lump: It could be a cyst or a lipoma. Good news is, most things that are there for many years and don't cause problem in that time usually don't ever cause problems. But it's good to get it checked out. Other than xray, your doctor might suggest further imaging (MRI) and/or a biopsy to know for sure. ...Read more