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Doctor insights on: Pinched Nerve In Neck Muscle Spasms

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Nerve impingement: Of the neck is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. It can cause severe vision impairment and muscle spasms. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation.

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Get pain in head, neck, in between shoulders, hands and feet bones with muscle spasms. Get pully pain by my rib and left breast, utis. Pinched nerve?

Get pain in head, neck, in between shoulders, hands and feet bones with muscle spasms. Get pully pain by my rib and left breast, utis. Pinched nerve?

See your doctor: It could be any number of things, some of which possibly are dangerous. Dee your doctor as soon as possible.

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Someone I know hurt neck. Muscle spasms and twitching?

Someone I know hurt neck. Muscle spasms and twitching?

Muscle Twitching: Acutely compressed nerves can result in muscle twitching, muscle spasm and typical painful radiation patterns. This is due to the abnormal signal the nerves are now sending to the muscles which are reacting to its signal. Sometimes this is an involuntary action in which the nerve is reacting like a reflex arc that is on replay. This cycle of nerve signaling needs to be broken to improve this.

Dr. Robert Greer Dr. Greer
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Mark Sterling Dr. Sterling
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
26 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Anterior neck muscle spasms, pain from fatigue of spasms, hospital 2 days no dr's have checked us yet, resident dr's don't know what's wrong.

Anterior neck muscle spasms, pain from fatigue of spasms, hospital 2 days no dr's have checked us yet, resident dr's don't know what's wrong.

Probable torticollis: Muscle spasm in a young woman is rarely a serious problem, but assuming that there was no trauma and an x-ray of the neck was unremarkable, treatment is the key. Warm compresses, gentle stretching and range of movement exercises and occasionally anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxers should be able to get you home and recuperating.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I am having upper back and neck muscle spasms after a first rib resection. Will this go away on its own over time? Should I do/avoid anything?

I am having upper back and neck muscle spasms after a first rib resection. Will this go away on its own over time? Should I do/avoid anything?

Advice: Yes, part of healing may involve postop spasms, and local irritation but would advise you try some medications, and perhaps some physical therapy and massage. Would start some gentle exercises, which could be taught by your therapist. Ask your doctor for some recommendations re. People who are skilled in these areas.

Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Why/how would a minor panic attack cause a head/neck muscle spasm?

Why/how would a minor panic attack cause a head/neck muscle spasm?

Possibly: Anxiety often causes the tensing or spasming of muscles, particularly in the neck. If this continues or is particularly annoying, talk to your doctor of chiropractor about it.

Dr. Edwin Perez Dr. Perez
Pain Management
15 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Best ways to relieve neck muscle spasms/tension/soreness from strain or overuse? How long for something like this to go away?

Best ways to relieve neck muscle spasms/tension/soreness from strain or overuse? How long for something like this to go away?

2-6 weeks: Depending on the cause, 2-6 weeks is usually the time it takes for it to get better. If its not too severe consider light exercise and not total rest after 2 weeks.

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Can anxiety cause shoulder and neck muscle spasm on one side with dizziness?

Not directly: The link between anxiety and a specific spasm or physical symptom is indirect. Anxiety initiates the fight/flight response in humans. In actual threat it is life-saving. In emotional threat, it pumps the same chemicals through us and our bodies respond in unique (maybe common) ways. Maybe, thrown off balance, you get dizzy. Not running, your most vulnerable muscles read the signal and tighten. CBT

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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History of chronic neck muscle spasms. Now dx reversed cervical lordosis. Advised to wear neck brace during day & exercises. Scared of muscle atrophy.

History of chronic neck muscle spasms. Now dx reversed cervical lordosis. Advised to wear neck brace during day & exercises. Scared of muscle atrophy.

One in the same.: The reversal of the cervical lordosis (normal spinal curvature) to which you refer is due to the spasm of the neck muscles. The neck brace is meant to allow for natural relaxation of that muscle spasm.

Dr. Merrill Reuter Dr. Reuter
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
31 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

Second opinion: Chronic headache might cause anyone to worry. In satisfying differential diagnostic problems, doctors properly examine & test patients to rule in & rule out disorders. When no organic causes are discovered, only then should functional & psychological disorders rise to top of differential list. Sometimes definitive studies, including imaging studies, are therapeutic; as negative results are shown.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I feel ear fullness&neck muscle spasm on right side&balance prob spinning to the left side. It comes and goes. I've red nostril inside on the right side and now astigmatism. Could it be brain tumor?

I feel ear fullness&neck muscle spasm on right side&balance prob spinning to the left side. It comes and goes. I've red nostril inside on the right side and now astigmatism. Could it be brain tumor?

See below: Agree with need to evaluate and treat, but you could possess an inner ear problem called meniere's disease, and this could be pinned down by an otolaryngologist. If you have hearing loss focally on right side, and double vision, get MRI and "clear the air" regarding your concerns. Probably not tumor, but agree that you need a diagnosis.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm. These are my symptoms, what is it?

Imbalance, shortness of breath, light headed, dizziness, rapid heart rate, anxiety, hypertension, neck muscle spasm. These are my symptoms, what is it?

Time for an exam: These sound serious enough to see a doctor for an exam. I doubt that you can get a valid diagnosis any other way and whatever it is, you'll probably need some intervention. So, do it soon and start getting better. Best wishes!

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Dr. Robert Roschmann Dr. Roschmann
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve". This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD.

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Dr. William Betts Dr. Betts
Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Does pinched nerve in neck kills pec muscles?

Does pinched nerve in neck kills pec muscles?

It can: Nerve supply comes from the nerve roots leaving at c4-5, c5-6 and c6-7. If these are severely injured you may have pectoral wasting but you should have biceps, triceps and deltoid wasting long before pecs. See a neurologist.

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Dr. Arthur Sands Dr. Sands
Family Medicine
45 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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I take Xanax for anxiety, I have pinched nerve in neck, what muscle relaxers are safe to take w/xanax and buspar (buspirone)?

I take Xanax for anxiety, I have pinched nerve in neck, what muscle relaxers are safe to take w/xanax and buspar (buspirone)?

Try a Neck Pro: Neck pro is an ingenious cerivical traction device developed by an er doc for his neck pain (usually the result of cervical disk disease or osteoarthritis). You can purchase this on amazon. Com for ~$60. Have used it myself and on multiple patients with excellent results. Don't use if you have osteoporosis or neurological symptoms. Works best on chronic pain. Sometimes on acute symptoms.

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Dr. Nathaniel Drourr Dr. Drourr
Pain Management
25 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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Can a pinched nerve in the neck and back cause all muscles to be weak and lose strength. And should doctors apporate emediatley to avoid further comp?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck and back cause all muscles to be weak and lose strength. And should doctors apporate emediatley to avoid further comp?

Yes: A pinched nerve can certainly cause weakness and loss of sensation. These symptoms certainly need to be taken seriously. Surgery may very well be an option.

Dr. Stephen Daquino Dr. Daquino
Sports Medicine
17 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Do lymphnodes react to muscle spasms and pinched nerve in the body? I got an us of my l armpit and I looks like a reacting lymphnode. What can it be?

Inflammation: They react to anything inflammatory, like infection or injury. So even though they may not be reacting to the spasmed muscle, they may be reacting to the cause of the spasm, whatever that may be.

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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