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Muscle (Definition)

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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What are the causes for neck pain. When I feel tensed emotionally, I feel sever neck pain. Some muscle on the back of neck bulges and it feels pain.

What are the causes for neck pain. When I feel tensed emotionally, I feel sever neck pain. Some muscle on the back of neck bulges and it feels pain.

Anti-inflammatory: Sharp neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Tingling and muscle spasms in arm after pulling muscles in back of neck a few months back? Possible cause?

Tingling and muscle spasms in arm after pulling muscles in back of neck a few months back? Possible cause?

Could be many causes: Suggest you seek an opinion from a physiatrist, as you may benefit from some diagnostic studies to pin down answer, which could lead to a rehabilitation program. ...Read more

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Should a hard lump on inner side of calf muscle be cause for concern? Lump is small. Recently had a similar hard lump on back of neck. 33 yr old male.

Should a hard lump on inner side of calf muscle be cause for concern? Lump is small. Recently had a similar hard lump on back of neck. 33 yr old male.

Get examined: Most "lumps" a person finds are benign should be evaluated by a doc at least for piece of mind. Special tests like an MRI or ultimately a biopsy may be in order. They should at least be sized and have a follow exam as well. ...Read more

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Tender lump on back of neck, closer to spine, on the right side. Very stiff upper back muscles and pain. Lump has gotten smaller with applied heat?

Tender lump on back of neck, closer to spine, on the right side. Very stiff upper back muscles and pain. Lump has gotten smaller with applied heat?

Lump DDx: The differential diagnosis (DDx) of "lump" is mass-ive. If resolving with heat may be a tight "knotted" muscle. Consider seeing your primary MD to help with history and physical exam. ...Read more

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I have increasing muscle pain and weakness in both arms and back of neck for about a month now. What can cause this.?

I have increasing muscle pain and weakness in both arms and back of neck for about a month now. What can cause this.?

Lots of choices: Stress, overuse, spasm, electrolyte imbalance, etc. Needs a good history and exam by your dr or urgent care to narrow down and make good treatment plan. For short term, can try local heat, but don't postpone dr visit. ...Read more

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Neck pain n muscles in neck spasaming s well as shoulders n arms n pain when moving my head n electric like shocks in back of neck?

Neck pain n muscles in neck spasaming s well as shoulders n arms n pain when moving my head n electric like shocks in back of neck?

Radiculopathy: It sounds like you are having a disc push on the nerves in your neck. You will want to have your physician evaluate your neck, and use ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory medication. If you are having weakness, or loss of function in your hands or arms seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Heating pad on back of neck makes blood vessels throb very strong? Why? What is this? Is it the vessels? Nerves? Muscles? Potential heart problem?

Heating pad on back of neck makes blood vessels throb very strong? Why? What is this? Is it the vessels? Nerves? Muscles? Potential heart problem?

Heat dilates: Heat typically dilated blood vessels and brings more blood flow to the area causing one to feel the throb. Try ice! ...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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Tissue an muscle damage 2 da back of my neck. Looks like a big swollen knot. Spreadn a lil 2 upper back. What posture should I be in when laying down?

Tissue an muscle damage 2 da back of my neck. Looks like a big swollen knot. Spreadn a lil 2 upper back. What posture should I be in when laying down?

Don't lie on back: If it hurts to lie on your back, don't. Otherwise it does't matter what posture as long as you're comfortable. ...Read more

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I started getting knots in my muscles between my shoulder blades and now my neck cracks and when I look down I c a shock all the way to back of feet?

I started getting knots in my muscles between my shoulder blades and now my neck cracks and when I look down I c a shock all the way to back of feet?

Lehermittes sign: Electrical shock sensations to feet and arms with neck motion should be evaluated to rule out cervical stenosis neck MRI with neuro exam should do the trick ...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 a knot (grape size) on the back of my neck (under skin between muscles), it moves right to left as I turn my neck, tender to push on, any idea?

I have a knot (grape size) on the back of my neck (under skin between muscles), it moves right to left as I turn my neck, tender to push on, any idea?

Normal lymph node: We have lymph nodes scattered throughout our body ; they are often detected in the neck where they sit on top of neck muscles. These nodes are little fluid strainers that take body lymph ; remove stray germs from things like bug bites. They are often pea sized at rest ; grow to dime sized when working. Within 2-3 wks they often shrink back down unless they are stimulated further. Ur doc can confirm. ...Read more

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I'm waking up to muscle pain in my upper back (knot), then it spreads to my neck and shoulder after a few weeks. What's the cause and remedy?

I'm waking up to muscle pain in my upper back (knot), then it spreads to my neck and shoulder after a few weeks. What's the cause and remedy?

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have a knot/lump with muscles under skin right in the back of my neck just below my skull, size of a marble, tender to touch, moves with neck movement?

I have a knot/lump with muscles under skin right in the back of my neck just below my skull, size of a marble, tender to touch, moves with neck movement?

Adenitis/ cyst: Get checked by pmd. If you have unhealthy scalp, can have adenitis. A cyst might be there slowly getting bigger over years, or if you mash it. ...Read more

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What muscles in the shoulder and neck causes dizziness, headache, tightness in the neck, little knots near the spine on my neck, I suffer from anxiety?

What muscles in the shoulder and neck causes dizziness, headache, tightness in the neck, little knots near the spine on my neck, I suffer from anxiety?

Neck muscles: The muscles of the neck which also attach to the scalp muscles in the back if the head are causes of these symptoms when there is abnormal tension in those muscles. You could profit from stress management therapy. Discuss this with your physician. ...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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Lower back pain, daily "muscle knots" in the back of both shoulders, occasional coughing and throat clearing...What is going on with me?

Lower back pain, daily "muscle knots" in the back of both shoulders, occasional coughing and throat clearing...What is going on with me?

Several different: Things with your symptoms. See your doctor for an evaluation to sort out all of the various symptoms to come up with diagnoses and a treatment plan. ...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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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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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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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more