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Neck Stiff For Years
I have stiff neck for 10 years now and I always feel some pinch feeling at left side occipital. I did nucleoplasty in jan 2010 but I still have some pinch at occipital. How to cure it?
First find a cause:
There are many reasons that a person can suffer from a stiff neck that is not necessarily from greater occipital neuralgia. A MRI can be useful in determining whether you have cervical spondylosis, chiari malformation, or other structural cause.
If not make sure it is not due to a head tilt as is seen in cervical dystonia. Here Botox can be quite useful. Good luck to your recovery. ...Read more
I have neck arthritus, just stiffness, no pain. I eat right, exercise religiously do everything needed. Will I be in pain for years to come?
See pcp: For stretching exercises. I have found that sleeping without a pillow helps. Hot moist pack, zostrix (capsaicin) sometimes helps. ...Read more
I am 58 years, I have h/o postherpetic neuropathy n bell's palsy and now I have pain in my neck mostly stiffness can't move it?
I've been having lightheadedness, trouble breathing, and neck stiffness. I had a head injury 4-1/2 years ago and have dealt with lightheadedness since?
Without more: Information and examining you it will be hard to explain your symptoms and recommend appropriate therapy. See your health care provider for reevaluation. ...Read more
I've had 3 bad wis teeth for 5 years. The infections are causing pain and stiffness in my neck even on/after levaquin (levofloxacin). No ins, no moolah, what do I do?
$ an issue: If you think you have problems now, just wait and these types of situations can go downhill very quickly. Infections can spread to the rest of your body causing serious complications, even death. Consider a local dental school, hospital based dental residency program and check out the resources on this website: http://www. Freedentalcare. Us/. ...Read more
I have stiffness in my right neck and shoulder in the middle of the curve that has been there for some years...I also have tingling I n my right leg, arm and face...the tingling increases as I massage my neck curve? Any ideas? Type of doctor?
R/O DISC DISEASE: Your description of the pain sounds neuropathic in nature. You need a full exam and focused Neuro exam. Full lab tests including TFTS /Vit b12/Vit d/ Lyme disease. If symptoms persist & If reflexes are weak or foot drop is present. Mri of cervical spine is needed to rule out arthritis /herniated disc or mass effect. ...Read more
22 year old female suffering from neck clicking and grinding when I turn head side to side followed by stiffness. Osteoporosis is in my family?
Not osteoporosis: Not symptoms of osteoporosis see doctor rule out unlikely djd at your age, try massage relaxation and cervical traction if clicking is painless ignore it, you have 14 knuckle size joints facet joints in your neck they can pop and click from time to time normally I always attributed this to anxiety and muscle tension painless clicking and grinding should be ignored my opinion good luck ...Read more
I have been taking adipex-p for the last week and have had neck stiffness. I took adipex-p about a year ago and did not have this. Help!?
None: None with the very rare possibility of inflammatory bowel disease causing spondylitis and shoulder issues. While other bowel diseases such as Whipple's disease can cause aching but not in the areas you describe. The symptoms you experience are much more likely to be unrelated to any GI issues. ...Read more
What is the most likely diagnosis for left flank or left hypochondriac pain accompanied with left shoulder and neck stiffness in a 23 year old male?
See details: This is the third time you have asked basically the same question. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist and have the issue evaluated. ...Read more
I have had various ailments like cancer of the thyroid 30 years ago, secondary liver cancer, primary unknown 12 years ago, c-diff three years ago and I have so much soreness and stiffness I have difficulty standing up from a sitting position or getting in
What is the question: Your list of illnesses is quite severe. But you never said what you wanted. ...Read more
Muscles or joints:
In the absence of a fever or other signs of infection, a stiff neck usually is the result of muscle hyperactivity or possibly arthritis.
Depending on your age, as always, you need a diagnosis. Heat, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory meds may help. But as I so often emphasize in these short answers, seek a diagnosis. Treatment will logically follow. Seeing a physiatrist comes first. ...Read more
Why do I wake up with pain and stiffness around the back of my neck and across my shoulders every morning its been going on for weeks I am 54?
Most likely: This is degenerative changes in the cervical spine that will present with this morning pain & stiffness in this typical pattern that improves as you become active or with a hot shower. Your age is fairly typical for its onset & it can stay like this, improve or worsen. You can try some simple steps like sleeping with a thin pillow, doing some neck exercises and if smoking, stop. Get checked. ...Read more
Yes, but as directed:
Neck strengthening, range of motion and stretching are all important. However, these should be appropriate and not haphazard. Ask your primary to send you to physical therapy for a few sessions to teach you a home exercise program. If you have ben cleared, here is a site with some decent exercises:
http://www. Spine-health. Com/conditions/neck-pain/neck-stretches. ...Read more
Cervical DDD: Based upon age, you have cervical degenerative disc disease/spondylosis/arthritis. Like wrinkles of skin, arthritis is a certainty if we live long enough. After age 60, almost all people have arthritic changes. Stiff and painful is likely from inflammation from the above. Try some tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve if safe for you, salonpas hot patches, ice/heat. If not effective, you may benefit from mckenzie pt. ...Read more
Neck cracking: Absolutely nothing in and of itself. The act of manipulating your neck or stretching to the point of a pop likely causes a reflex response that relaxes muscle spasm. The relaxed muscles likely ease stiffness. Crepitus (pops and cracks) can occur in a completely painless neck without stiffness too. I would try some exercises that keep movement painfree—mckenzie, treat your own neck ($8.32 online). ...Read more