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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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3 yrs of many docs, PT, tests, imaging, studies, still have bilateral winged scapulas and chronic muscle pain in neck+shoulders. What to do? Tests=normal

3 yrs of many docs, PT, tests, imaging, studies, still have bilateral winged scapulas and chronic muscle pain in neck+shoulders. What to do? Tests=normal

Syrinx @ your age: It can be caused by several things such as muscular dystrophy (typically children), injury to the long thoracic nerve (would have to involve both sides so unlikely though this rarely seen with weight training), and damage to the upper spinal cord, which should be apparent on MRI of the cervical spine. Syrinx is one such cord injury that may develop over time in someone your age. ...Read more

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I've had neck pain for 2 weeks now. When I try to tilt my head back there is a sharp pain down my back muscles. Is there a stretch to loosen this?

I've had neck pain for 2 weeks now. When I try to tilt my head back there is a sharp pain down my back muscles. Is there a stretch to loosen this?

Not normal: You should see your doctor about this. The symptoms of sharp pain when tilting your head back is worrisome for some type of nerve entrapment or infection. If you are having fever, numbness, or headache, please seek urgent medical attention. Otherwise, please see your primary care doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Left neck pain when I turn head left or upward. It's been off-on for a few months, mostly "on" had unremarkable physical exam 2 months ago. Muscle?

Left neck pain when I turn head left or upward. It's been off-on for a few months, mostly "on" had unremarkable physical exam 2 months ago. Muscle?

Maybe: This could be caused by a muscle problem, disk, or joint problem in your neck. With your symptoms the treatment will probably be the same for all 3 problems. Talk to your doctor about a physical therapy referral. ...Read more

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Neck pain due to texting? Got headaches sometimes. Affected neck posture? Is it due to muscle tightness or spasm? When I extend my head it relieves.

Neck pain due to texting? Got headaches sometimes. Affected neck posture? Is it due to muscle tightness or spasm? When I extend my head it relieves.

Texting: At your age this is muscular. Yes it is directly due to you constantly flexing and looking down due to texting. You have to modify this is you do not want neck issues as you get older. ...Read more

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I dance hip hop&have really bad neck pain. Muscles ache when move my head in circles. Is this my neck muscles just sore and getting stronger or worse?

I dance hip hop&have really bad neck pain. Muscles ache when move my head in circles. Is this my neck muscles just sore and getting stronger or worse?

Neck pain: Can have many causes and the rigors of hip hop dancing certainly can aggravate the pain. I recommend an in person evaluation. ...Read more

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Deg. Disc, hern. Disc, when I sit, stand my mid back goes numb roughly the radius of a cantaloupe. Neck pain that pulls a muscle in head leaning forwd?

Deg. Disc, hern. Disc, when I sit, stand my mid back goes numb roughly the radius of a cantaloupe. Neck pain that pulls a muscle in head leaning forwd?

Bulging disc: Caused by bending the neck forwards, poor posture, using your arms in front of the body and lifting excessive weight. A thorough examination from a pain management specialist is usually sufficient to diagnose a neck disc bulge. A special physiotherapy management, rest and nsaids will ameliorate the condition in most cases.
Rec.: see pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Shoulder & neck pain for long time (years). Looks only muscle pain, tried physical therapies &massage, helps sort period. Looking for long term solutio?

NSAID: I suspect that you may be having muscle and shoulder pain as a consequence of referred pain arising actually from some arthritis changes in the neck. There are no cures. OTC NSAIDs such as Naproxen and Ibuprofen may give you upwards of 30 to 60% relief of your symptoms. If you have no problems that would prevent you from using them them consider a NSAID trial for 2 to 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Is tramadol effective for headache (back of head) and neck pain (tension). or would a muscle relaxer be more effective?

Is tramadol effective for headache (back of head) and neck pain (tension). or would a muscle relaxer be more effective?

Tramadol: Tramadol is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to moderately severe pain, headache and neck pain included. Tramadol is not technically classified as an opioid analgesic. Instead, it is classified as a centrally acting synthetic analgesic compound and therefore is not a scheduled narcotic drug. ...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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18yr old recurring muscle knots trapezius area on left side&neck pain. Occas. Base of head pain& headache. Now left ring and mddle fingers numb. Worry?

18yr old recurring muscle knots trapezius area on left side&neck pain. Occas. Base of head pain& headache. Now left ring and mddle fingers numb. Worry?

Be checked: I would not worry, but I do think it would be wise to be checked. Numbness in your arm in the pattern you are describing is usually associated with an abnormality in the cervical spine. A detailed exam and probably an MRI would go a long way to establish the cause. ...Read more

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Neck. Pain shoulder pain scaping and cracking and popping when I turn my head plus been having painless. Muscle twitching in legs when at rest?

Neck. Pain shoulder pain scaping and cracking and popping when I turn my head plus been having painless. Muscle twitching in legs when at rest?

Neck pain: The crackling and popping in the neck are the facet joints in the cervical spine that are akin to cracking your knuckles. That is not a concern. What is a concern is the neck and shoulder pain associated with twitching or cramping in the legs. This may be a sign of pressure on the spinal cord from a disc. An MRI of the cervical spine and an evaluation with a neurosurgeon would be a good decision. ...Read more

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Why does my headache not go away with anything, it causes neck pain and pressure in my head. I take Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aspirin, muscle relaxant nothing helps?

Can be Aurable....: For most people, dealing with a headache goes no further than taking a common over the counter medication, maybe relaxing for awhile, and the pain is gone. Bu, t there are some headaches that come with much more intensiveness, in clusters, or with vision and sensory distortions that simply defy the usual headache treatment remedies. Your needs will best be met by seeking out a headache specialist. ...Read more

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I have recently had a tummy bug and still not feeling well! Have still got head aches neck pain and really sore calf muscles any ideas?

Viral syndrome: If "tummy bug" was due to a virus which sounds like it was, the same bug is causing a viral syndrome manifesting as described. Or a new bug came along. Cannot rule out meningitis in setting of a viral syndrome, headache and neck pain and would require further evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

No heart attack: The pain probably is due to joint or muscle and is not heart attack, so you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My mom who is 52 years old has muscle pain from her neck radiating to the left occipital part of her head. Is it bcoz of her job? She's a secretary

See anwser: Being a secretary has nothing to do with it however holding the head steady in one position for a long time could cause the muscles to get tired and painful. Frequent change of position may help, if pain continues and is not resolved by adopting simple measures such as heat, warm compresses, tylenol, (acetaminophen) then she needs more in depth examination to rule out other sources of pain such as neck arthritis ...Read more

Dr. Raj Upadya
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Muscle Pain (Definition)

Also known as myalgia, muscle pain is a result of overuse or stretching of the muscle. Muscle pain can occur either becuase of an infection or because of a mechanical injury. It can be acute, or chronic pain that ...Read more


Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more