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Doctor insights on: Neck Stiffness And Cracking

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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more


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Shoulder blade pain and neck stiffness and cracking in the neck what could that be?

Shoulder, neck pain: Need to be evaluated, could be shoulder or neck related arithritis. ...Read more

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25 m, hypothroidism-12.5 mcg throx, earthquake feeling and throbbingin back of head, in legs sometimes, stiffness in neck, cracking sound in back of skul?

25 m, hypothroidism-12.5 mcg throx, earthquake feeling and throbbingin back of head, in legs sometimes, stiffness in neck, cracking sound in back of skul?

Thyroxine dose: I don't know what is causing your symptoms. However, if you are truly hypothyroid, 12.5 mcg of thyroxine will not do much of anything. It is very low and will not replace what your thyroid is supposed to make. ...Read more

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I have neck stiffness what do I do?

I have neck stiffness what do I do?

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

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Best way to relieve severe neck stiffness?

Best way to relieve severe neck stiffness?

Neck stiffness: Massage, heat, ice, traction all help. Using a cervical support pillow. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or over the counter antiinflammatory meds can help. Also topical cream and gels may provide some relief. Ultimately range of motion exercises are best for stiffness. ...Read more

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Why did I wake up with neck stiffness this morning?

Why did I wake up with neck stiffness this morning?

????????: Could be the way you slept, stress, developing underlying arthritis of the cervical spine...If it persist see your orthopaedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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I have ongoing neck stiffness. What is a quick way to relieve while at work etc?

I have ongoing neck stiffness. What is a quick way to relieve while at work etc?

Posture: While at work, make sure that you are sitting with good posture. Also, make sure that if you are working with a computer, that the screen is elevated, so you don't keep looking down while working. If spending time on the phone, a headset may help. I would also recommend an evaluation with a physical therapist, so you can learn neck stabilization exercises. Stress relaxation may help as well. ...Read more

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What causes constant headaches and neck stiffness?

What causes constant headaches and neck stiffness?

Many things: Headaches could be coming from tension, eye strain, tooth grinding, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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My mother has neck stiffness, what should I do for her?

My mother has neck stiffness, what should I do for her?

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

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Are sleep deprivation and neck stiffness related symptoms?

Are sleep deprivation and neck stiffness related symptoms?

Could be: You may have aches and pains, listlessness, decreased concentration when you are deprived of sleep. ...Read more

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Is there something to help me sleep without neck stiffness?

Yes: If you are getting a stiff neck from sleeping, then the most likely cause is an uncomfortable position during sleep, such as sleeping on a couch or a chair. Find the cause first. ...Read more

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Headaches and neck stiffness only towards nighttime? Wassup?

Headaches and neck stiffness only towards nighttime? Wassup?

Stress likely: Your neck is the crux of stress and constant movement. Most everything anyone does at any job necessitates bending your head down to look, type, study or use your hands. Neck stiffness and headache occuring at the end of a day generally points to overuse or stress motion. Try to unwind at the end of your day doing gentle neck and shoulder muscle releases and rehydrate & you may see improvement. ...Read more

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What is the reason of headache and neck stiffness every evening?

What is the reason of headache and neck stiffness every evening?

Stress likely: Your neck is the crux of stress and constant movement. Most everything anyone does at any job necessitates bending your head down to look, type, study or use your hands. Neck stiffness and headache occuring at the end of a day generally points to overuse or stress motion. Try to unwind at the end of your day doing gentle neck and shoulder muscle releases and rehydrate & you may see improvement. ...Read more

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How can you deal with sudden neck stiffness due to sleeping funny?

See below: Gentle stretching of the neck should work it out. Also heat to the painful area, use of anti-inflammatories if it is safe for you to take these should also help. The pain should go away after a day or two in most cases. ...Read more

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What is the reason of headache and neck stiffness every other day?

What is the reason of headache and neck stiffness every other day?

Many things: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have neck stiffness and headache after too much sugar?

Is it possible to have neck stiffness and headache after too much sugar?

IT DEPENDS: If you are diabetic you can have headache but not stiff neck due to hyperglycemia. Headache and neck stiffness occurs in infectious illness like meningitis, otitis media, etc. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of headaches and neck stiffness only toward nighttime?

What could be the cause of headaches and neck stiffness only toward nighttime?

Tension headache: Evening neck pain and headache is fairly common in individuals who work on computer terminals. It is associated with abnormal neck posture. Another consideration is your work environment. Are there any allergens, dust, fragrance or other factors that may be causing nasal congestion and tension headache. Attention to posture & allergens may resolve it. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with sudden neck stiffness due to sleeping funkily?

What is a good way to deal with sudden neck stiffness due to sleeping funkily?

Things to try: Gentle stretching or a massage. If you are able, then try simple analgesic. With acute muscle injuries sometimes a cold pack will help but if persistent, gentle heat. ...Read more

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Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Heat & exercises: Without more information, it is not possible to try to determine the cause of your pain. Would recommend trying an otc NSAID along with stretching exercises. If the pain persists then you need to see your pcp. ...Read more

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Neck stiffness x2days, difficulty looking down, no other symptoms. Any suggestions? Healthy, no meds, just real bad neck pain.

Neck stiffness x2days, difficulty looking down, no other symptoms. Any suggestions? Healthy, no meds, just real bad neck pain.

Neck support: Try cervical pillow, warm compresses & aleve (naproxen) OTC. You can use up to 2 aleve (naproxen) twice a day with food. Check with you local doctor if not better. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Wondering why I have had severe neck stiffness and migraine that has not gone away in 3 wks. Began immediately after Radio Freqrency neroblation?

Wondering why I have had severe neck stiffness and migraine that has not gone away in 3 wks. Began immediately after Radio Freqrency neroblation?

Call your doctor: The pain management doctor who performed the procedure needs to know this and is the one who can best help you. It is common to have neck soreness in the areas of ablation which neck soreness can trigger headaches. ...Read more

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Why neck stiffness cannot be illicited in infants to diagnose meningitis?

Why neck stiffness cannot be illicited in infants to diagnose meningitis?

Immune system: Infants, especially neonates, still have developing immune systems; the neck stiffness is a manifestation of inflammation, which requires an intact robust immune response. Due to this, many of the classic adult signs of infection are often muted or absent in infant infections. ...Read more

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I have neck stiffness, soreness, with earache.

Family practice: You have a serious ear infection and should be seen soon for treatment. Don't try to wait it out. You could develope a ruptured ear drum or something more serious. ...Read more

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Hard knot on left bottom side of head, headaches as neck stiffness.?

Hard knot on left bottom side of head, headaches as neck stiffness.?

Strain: Assuming you are not ill with a fever this sounds a lot like localized muscle spasm due to neck strain or perhaps sleep position. Headache goes along with it. Neck exercises can help. ...Read more

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I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. Through manual therapy (ie: stretching, massage etc) your stiffness may subside. If this does not help, see an orthopedist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I Ha sever headaches n neck stiffness after spinal anaesthesia what is management?

I Ha sever headaches n neck stiffness after spinal anaesthesia what is management?

Spinal Headaches: Spinal anesthesia includes a lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, to put anesthesic into the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The needle hole can continue to "leak" a small amount of CSF and give headache worse with sitting or standing. If it lasts more than 2-3 days get a Blood Patch to cure it by sealing the pinhole with a bit of your own blood. Call the Dr or go to ER! ...Read more

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Neck stiffness from sleeping position, have been applying icy hot for 2 days - suggestions?

Neck stiffness from sleeping position, have been applying icy hot for 2 days - suggestions?

Try a: Neck supporter pillow at night. Also biofreeze might work better than icy hot. Aleve2-3 twice a day will help reduce inflammation. Gentle rotation is great for getting it going again! ...Read more

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I am 2 days post op after a total thyroidectomy. What can I do for shoulder and neck stiffness?

I am 2 days post op after a total thyroidectomy. What can I do for shoulder and neck stiffness?

Do not disturb: At only 2 days out, you certainly would not want to disturb anything. Best thing is just very gentle active stretching and possibly very gentle massage to the back of the neck but by no means around R over the incision site. This stiffness in all probability is secondary to the way you had to be positioned to get to the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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I have neck stiffness and headaches and it gets worse with running what can I do to relieve this?

I have neck stiffness and headaches and it gets worse with running what can I do to relieve this?

There are options: Would need more information to assist which I'd be happy to do. Please make a virtual consult appointment to discuss further. Thanks! ...Read more