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I've had headaches for over a month and I've had a occasional stiff neck also occasional double vision. What are possible issues? And what do I do?

I've had headaches for over a month and I've had a occasional stiff neck also occasional double vision. What are possible issues? And what do I do?

Rule out neuro: The scariest possible problems would concern the brain such as meningitis. Please see a physician for a comprehensive physical exam including neurological exam or a neurology specialist ASAP. If your symptoms worsen, to ER/911. ...Read more

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...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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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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Fever and stiff neck, difficulty turning my head. Came on pretty suddenly and haven't had this stiffness before. Thoughts?

These are worrisome: symtoms and may represent an inflammation of the meninges. You should be evaluated by a health care provider as soon as possible to exclude meningitis. Go soon and don't delay. ...Read more

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what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

 what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

Hot water: Definitely! The Japanese knew about this centuries ago - hence their tradition of onsen. A hot bath or shower will do wonders! Of course rest and stretching of tired muscles even with some massage thrown in can do wonders. Best to 'listen' to your body... Pain is the language it uses to tell you 'stop doing' this or that. It helps to pay attention sometimes. Now I recommend taking it easy. ...Read more

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I experienced a two weeks of cluster headaches .i still got blurred fuzzy vision with occasional sharp pains in my head with stiff neck .pls help ?

I  experienced a two weeks of cluster headaches .i still  got blurred fuzzy vision with occasional sharp pains in my head with stiff neck .pls help ?

Likely migraines: Cluster headaches are headaches on one side of the head with eye tearing and/or nose running on that same side of the head that make you agitated and pace that last 15-180 minutes untreated. Migraines last 4+ hours untreated and are more often associated with nausea and blurred vision. The distinction matters since we treat them differently. Feel free to consult me if you'd like to further discuss ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck all the time, my thumb and next two fingers go numb at night when i sleep occasionally?

I have a stiff neck all the time, my thumb and next two fingers go numb at night when i sleep occasionally?

Nerve pinch: A stiff neck could be muscular or you might have some arthritis. Numbness of thumb and next fingers could be from a pinch nerve in your neck or carpal tunnel syndome (nerve pinch of the nerve at the wrist). There are other things but these two are common. Start with simple stretches to your neck and upper back, a beginner yoga class might help. See your doctor if no resolution, physical therapy. ...Read more

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I have had a stiff neck for some time on one side extending to shoulder. Also increasingly annoyin tinnitus. Nausea occasionally i work at a computer, and i also do gym, which involves crunches and this strains the neck. I had thought that this was the ca

There : There are many potential causes to your stated clinical symptoms. Stiff neck by it self can be caused by extraneous and/or sustained activities in or around the neck area. They can occur with no clear cause too. The tinnitus and eye floaters can be independent of the stiff neck however. Apparently one affects hearing and the other one vision. A visit to your primary care doctor should be in order. From neurological perspective, they could all be from the same etiology, especially if they are on the same side of the body. In the latter case, some form of brain imaging (mri or ct scan) should be considered. ...Read more

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My 16 year old daughter has a stiff neck, headache, ear ache, throat ache, and occasional stomach pains. What could this be? Should i be concerned?

My 16 year old daughter has a stiff neck, headache, ear ache, throat ache, and occasional stomach pains. What could this be? Should i be concerned?

Stiff neck, headache: Definitely sounds like she needs an evaluation. Does she have fever? If she has changes in altertness then it requires emergent evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

I have a stiff neck, sore throat, productive cough (clear mucus), both ears hurt, and occasionally I sneeze out yellow mucus. Any ideas?

Varies: Certainly among the more common causes are an infectious process such as in the sinuses for example; "allergies" can be another cause. A good medical checkup is sometimes a good place to start. ...Read more

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How can I cure a stiff neck?

How can I cure a stiff neck?

Neck Pain: Arthritic symptoms typically cause stiffness with inactivity that seems to loosen up as the day gets rolling. Don't waste money, but trying a couple different pillows could help. Taking an otc anti-inflammatory at bedtime could also help. Mckenzie pt, nsaid's, are reasonable as a first step. Md eval next. ...Read more

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How can you treat a stiff neck?

Neck pain in young: Based upon your age, serious problems are very unlikely without trauma. I would suspect you are feeling muscle aches or pains. Less likely is a disc herniation. Without further studies, only able to guess. Nonetheless, exact diagnosis not necessary to treat. Try some tylenol/nsaid's, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches. Mckenzie pt book available online for $10ish. If pain persists, see a doc. ...Read more

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How to relieve stiff neck pains?

How to relieve stiff neck pains?

Let me help you: Perform range-of-motion and strengthening exercises while pain symptoms are present, move on to low-stress exercises (e.g. Walking, swimming or cycling) after pain symptoms have improved (typically two to four weeks), avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and uncomfortable positions , use medication as directed maintain normal activity , consult your doctor . Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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How long should a stiff neck last?

How long should a stiff neck last?

STIFF NECK: If not associated with any sickness, just muscular strain with the help of hot compress and muscle relaxant, it last within a week. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a stiff neck?

What is the cause of a stiff neck?

Stiff enck causes: There are several muscles in the neck area and the ligaments over the cervical spine and the neck stiffness can be from any of these . The cervcial spine has discs and probelms wiht the disc themselves can cause the muscles around the neck to go into spasm as well. Auto accidents can cause this form the sudden jolt to the soine and the neck and upper back muscles. See you doc if it persists. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a stiff neck?

What are the symptoms of a stiff neck?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. All of these can cause stiffness and/or pain. 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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