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Can bad neck and shouder tension from stress and anxiety cause paralysis?

Can bad neck and shouder tension from stress and anxiety cause paralysis?

Get diagnosis: Have your doctor do an examination to make sure there are no serious medical problems causing the tension. If the findings are that there are no known medical causes, then find a psychologist who will diagnose you, and then may teach your tried and true methods of controlling and reducing anxiety. ...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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Can chronic neck tension cause tingling sensations in throat (while moving head or laughing, etc...)?

Can  chronic neck tension cause tingling sensations in throat (while moving head or laughing, etc...)?

Not likely: Tingling or itchy sensation in your throat this time of year is likely ragweed allergy. Chronic neck tension is more likely to cause neck, shoulder, back pain, and maybe headache. It could change your voice if tensing all of the muscles in the area. Try an otc antihistamine like allegra, (fexofenadine) some ibuprofen, and relax. ...Read more

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Neck and shoulder pain due to stress?

Neck and shoulder pain due to stress?

Stress relievers: I am right there with you! that is where i feel my stress. Make sure to carve out time during your day (at least 45 minutes) just for you. Read, take a walk or a hot bath. You can also try moist heat while you watch your favorite show on television. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid caffeine. Exercise (play) also helps! ...Read more

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Neck shoulder pain headache shoulder pain from a injury neck feel like it posing and cause headaches . Why?

Neck shoulder pain headache shoulder pain from a injury neck feel like it posing and cause headaches . Why?

Gravity: Shoulder, neck, ; headache pains are causally related in 40's female post-cervical injury. Head weighs about ten pounds ; injured ; strained neck muscles become spastic to prevent painful cervical tilt; a cervical self-preservative splinting process. The trick is to resolve muscle spasm to prevent muscle deconditioning and weakness from disuse. Few weeks of disuse can further weaken muscles. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a sore feeling in the legs? Possibly from increased muscle tension

Can anxiety cause a sore feeling in the legs? Possibly from increased muscle tension

Yes: It is a bit rare though. Most anxiety related soreness happens in the jaw, shoulders, neck etc. Places where we may hold onto stress and tension more often. ...Read more

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Can trapezius pain and spasm be caused by strain, and or anxiety?

Can trapezius pain and spasm be caused by strain, and or anxiety?

Yes, strain in the: traps is a common place for anxiety to manifest itself. Get your situation checked out w/your doc first and then seek massage or deep tissue bodywork and stress management, perhaps w/help from a mental health professional. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can tight shoulder/neck muscles cause headaches. Also headaches in forehead or that feel like sinus or eye strain? What about tmj, cause headaches?

Can tight shoulder/neck muscles cause headaches. Also headaches in forehead or that feel like sinus or eye strain? What about tmj, cause headaches?

All of the above: Can be part of a headache syndrome. See your doctor to define your symptoms by history and physician exam in order to create a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can stress, overfatigue or anxiety trigger back pain?

Can stress, overfatigue or anxiety trigger back pain?

Yes: Among many other physical symptoms. It's a great reason to resolve those issues in CBT therapy or w/ mindfullness meditation, yoga, etc. Do it! So many hings will feel better! ...Read more

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Can severe muscle tension in the neck cause persistent migraines?

Can severe muscle tension in the neck cause persistent migraines?

Migraine: Yes it could be associated with headaches. Anyone having a persistant headache should be evauluated by their physician. ...Read more

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Can pain from the levator scapula also cause arm pain ?

Can pain from the levator scapula also cause arm pain ?

Possibly related: Pain in the levator scapulae and arm can both be related to an overuse syndrome, postural issues (like carrying a heavy backpack or purse only on the right side daily) or both can be caused by a cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the neck). If your symptoms warrant, you should see a physician (orthopaedic surgeon or physical medicine ; rehab doc) for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause chest pain triggered by stress or anxiety?

Many possibillities: Possibilities include muscular pain, cardiac, psychological or stress itself. Go see your dr for an ekg and blood test which will test for diabetes, kidney, liver ailments and cholesterol level. If there's strong family history of heart disease, your dr may recommend a treadmill to rule out coronary artery disease. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I get vertigo and chest muscle tension from a bulging disc in the neck?

Can I get vertigo and chest muscle tension from a bulging disc in the neck?

Interesting: A disc issue in the neck should not cause vertigo or dizziness. It can, in severe cases, cause issues with ambulation and gait stability. As far as chest muscle tension, there can be associated/referred pain that can be occasionally associated with lower cervical disc issues. Make sure there is no cardiac/heart issues in the presence of chest tension. ...Read more

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I often wake up with neck pain and a severe tension headache. Why am I getting "stressed" while sleeping? My pillow and mattress are good quality.

I often wake up with neck pain and a severe tension headache. Why am I getting "stressed" while sleeping? My pillow and mattress are good quality.

What is happening : in your life? Are you stressed at work? Dealing with family problems? Worried about a family member or friend? You daytime stresses may be invading your sleep. Consider talking to a psychologist to search for ways to reduce stress or cope with life's challenges. ...Read more

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I've been to dr's for neck pain due to stress. I am too nitpicky. Can you give me examples of being nitpicky?

Being nitpicky!: In my opinion there is no such thing as being nitpicky when a patient is suffering from pain and a doctor recommends a treatment. I would expect all my patients to ask about the treatments, side effects, complications and outcomes. If a physician does not like you asking questions about your own body, i would think it is time to change the physician not your questioning! keep asking. ...Read more

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What to do about my stress-related neck pain/stiffness?

What to do about my stress-related neck pain/stiffness?

Muscular pain - help: Pain generators likely muscular - have someone apply gentle pressure to the sore muscle areas for 1-2 min at a time. Pain likely to subside after 3-4 sessions. If no relief have doctor check for greater occipital neuralgia (treatable with injections) etc. Other options - yoga, biofeedback, keep neck warm with hoodie, scarf etc. John e sarno's book (amazon) has helped many folks with chronic pain. ...Read more

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Neck pain along with same side headache pain.. What's causing this feels like it could be TMJ related.. Stress? What can I do

Neck pain: Muscle spasm is a symptom of an overactive fight or flight system that is usually what we call stress. I suggest you look for modalities to decrease stress: meditation, yoga, acupuncture, massage, rolfing, feldenkrais. Consider seeing a chiropractor, too. Besides my work, consider seeing a therapist for talk therapy. ...Read more

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Can stress make you feel sick like neck pain teeth pain?

Can stress make you feel sick like neck pain teeth pain?

Absolutely: We all go through stressful periods in our lives. Often times this leads to sub-conscious tooth grinding/clenching or posturing of the head/neck. Over time, the muscles involved become over worked and can develop tiny trigger-points (knots) that can be quite painful. Stress-relief and relaxation exercises can help. See a massage therapist, dentist, chiropractor to see what can be done. ...Read more

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I got hms, recent back n neck pain, dizziness (lightheaded, spin), vomitting feel n headache. Stress n lack of sleep(finals). And advice?

Anxiety: Anxiety is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, chest pain, palpitations, tremors, and parasthesia. Rec.: see your pcp for evaluation. ...Read more

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Head has lots of pressure & shooting sharp pains n it mra & CT & MRI all normal neck pain & lightheaded very stressed out lately?

Head has lots of pressure & shooting sharp pains n it mra & CT & MRI all normal neck pain & lightheaded very stressed out lately?

Neck muscles : Tight neck muscles can irritate the nerves going to the head/scalp and cause headaches. Check with your physician for evaluation. Referral to a physical medicine specialist might be needed. ...Read more

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Can stress cause chest, back, neck pain....And can it cause heartburn?

Can stress cause chest, back, neck pain....And can it cause heartburn?

Yes: Yes, stress can manifest itself in multiple ways in terms of symptoms from gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and other organ systems as well as your energy levels. Stress can can have significant negative impacts if prolonged. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a headache on top of the head and forehead everyday all day and bad neck pain? Stress & don't work out enough

Other reason: High cervical disc displacements, such as c34, can give headaches that radiate from back of neck over the top of head. Mri of the cervical spine will answer this question. Stress can also reside in neck but usually give bifrontal headaches from wincing and overuse of the frontalis muscle. These are called tension headaches. ...Read more

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I have this sharp throbbing neck pain on the back of my neck, left side by my spine every time i move my head from side to side. Occured during stress?

I have this sharp throbbing neck pain on the back of my neck, left side by my spine every time i move my head from side to side. Occured during stress?

See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more

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I am 30 yo male.My girlfriend makes me very stressed, after the arguments often i get chest heaviness and a severe left arm and neck pain.Why?

Pinched nerve: Neck pain that runs down the arm with or without numbness and tingling sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. This is usually caused by a protruding disc or bone spur touching one of your spinal nerves as it leaves your neck. Your neck muscle are probably tensing up which puts pressure on your "neck bones" causing the symptoms to worsen. ...Read more

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Started as neck pain/weakness down the sides, has moved up into my jaw and temples. No form of impact or injury. Is it stress? Or is something wrong?

Started as neck pain/weakness down the sides, has moved up into my jaw and temples. No form of impact or injury. Is it stress? Or is something wrong?

TMJ ?: 27 yo female with unilateral "neck, jaw & temple" pain absent trauma might have Temporal Mandibular Disorder, sometimes called "TMJ". Differential diagnosis might include cranial nerve disorders. See a primary care doctor to begin. At some point a specialist and MRI might be necessary. Seek care urgently if there is severe headache, fever, dizziness, or ipsilateral arm weakness. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress cause sore throart, neck pain, no voice, tired ?

No, but: It can make you more vulnerable to germs in your environment. Sounds like you caught something. Try OTC for symptom relief and if you have a fever, call your Dr to ask if you should come in for an exam. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Gastritis symptoms, upper back pain where i have a hump at my neck, neck pain, headaches, fatigue, could this all be stress, seen many docs too?!

Gastritis symptoms, upper back pain where i have a hump at my neck, neck pain, headaches, fatigue, could this all be stress, seen many docs too?!

Stress: Yes: stress can play a role in digestive issues, muscular pain/spasm. fatigue, anxiety, depression weight gain/loss etc. If your medical workup, including GI evaluation is otherwise normal, I suggest several sessions with a clinical psychotherapist to address stress issues. ...Read more

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I have a vertigo. It's triggered if I have a migraine, cold, or stress. Sometimes my ears ring. I also have neck pain, athritis rhematoid. Advise?

I have a vertigo. It's triggered if I have a migraine, cold, or stress. Sometimes my ears ring. I also have neck pain, athritis rhematoid. Advise?

Migraine: Migraine is a common cause of vertigo. Vertigo is a sensation of movement when you are not moving. Not all dizziness is vertigo, and many people use it incorrectly. I recommend seeing an ENT, getting an audiogram and reviewing it all to see if it makes sense that it is migraine causing your symptoms. Need to rule out Meniere's disease, BPPV, others. ...Read more

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Chest pain, hard to breath, back and neck pain, diagnosed with costo and anxiety.Normal 2d echo jan 2013, ecg, stress test, endoscopy..Do I have to worry?

Chest pain, hard to breath, back and neck pain, diagnosed with costo and anxiety.Normal 2d echo jan 2013, ecg, stress test, endoscopy..Do I have to worry?

Concern?: If the problem is not solved, if you are still in pain, then obviously you are still concerned right? Have you gotten a chest xray? I would also consider a rheumatologist (this is a connective tissue specialist) for another opinion of possible connective tissue disease. ...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