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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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Back stiffness and pain, also rib pain that wakens me at night and fealing scary, also pain in my left buttock and increasing with sitting on a chair?

Back stiffness and pain, also rib pain that wakens me at night and fealing scary, also pain in my left buttock and increasing with sitting on a chair?

Back pain: Visit with a osteopath who remembers how to manipulate. Rule out ankylosing spondylitis and similar disorders but otherwise he can fix it. Show him this note. Don't be scared. He will track this down. ...Read more

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What causes stiffness and tightness in the entire upper abdomen into the ribs?

What causes stiffness and tightness in the entire upper abdomen into the ribs?

Many things: Anything from gas to ulcers can cause these feelings. If you're able to keep fluids down and not have a high fever, things should be fine. If symptoms worsen, see your family doctor. ...Read more

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What causes stiffness and tightness in the entire upper abdomen up into the ribs?

See below: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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What are the causes of stiffness and tightness in the entire upper abdomen upto the ribs?

What are the causes of stiffness and tightness in the entire upper abdomen upto the ribs?

See below: This potentially dangerous problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Pain lower right side, just below ribs, pelvic/hip area, & entire lower back. Difficult moving, joints & muscle stiffness & pain. What could it be?

Pain lower right side, just below ribs, pelvic/hip area, & entire lower back. Difficult moving, joints & muscle stiffness & pain. What could it be?

Possible UTI: While there are a myriad of causes for low back pain, your location description, gender and arthralgias (joint pain) raise concern for an upper urinary tract infection even without typical urinary symptoms. I'd seek medical attention to include a possible urinalysis. While most causes for chronic low back are non-urgent, this hints at something of a more serious nature if untreated. ...Read more

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Sore and swollen knee, leg, foot, hip and rib. Numbness and tightening muscles, stiffness all on right side and severe pain at times.?

Sore and swollen knee, leg, foot, hip and rib. Numbness and tightening muscles, stiffness all on right side and severe pain at times.?

You need an eval: Some of the reasons for your symptoms are things that need immediate care depending how long you have been suffering with those symptoms. Please see a medical doctor right away. If your right sided symptoms are signs of a stroke, than you need to be in a hospital now. Depends on how long you have been dealing with this, so if just today, go to the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

No narcotics: If you are not getting relief, I suggest calling your prescribing physician and after stopping opioids and NSAIDS and ask about the use of a steroid dose pack (Medrol (methylprednisolone) or prednisone). Narcotics will not cure the inflammation. ...Read more

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Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Not normal!: Need to see your PCP and get further work up. Jaw stiffness along with all the inflammation in your body needs to be investigated and worked up with labs, and possible imaging. Discuss with your doctor. Don't delay! Mild relief is not enough. You are only treating symptoms. Let your doctor take the next steps! ...Read more

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7 days upper back pain, at times extreme. Low energy, sore throat, body stiffness, Left side lower rib pain, body aches?

Pain malaise: Pneumonia, pulmonary embolism are just 2 of several diagnoses that come to mind-you need immediate detailed history and examination ...Read more

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Does scoliosis causes stiffness when opening the chest or rotating the chest?

Does scoliosis causes stiffness when opening the chest or rotating the chest?

Yes: Scoliosis, an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine can significantly limit rib movement. Occasionally, this can be severe enough to impair breathing. More often, however, people describe the sensation your feeling of tightness or stiffness of the chest with rotation. In some mild/moderate cases, osteopaths, pts, or chiropractors may be able to work on reducing the scoliosis and pain. ...Read more

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Last two days I'm been have stiffness in shoulders neck an upper chest. Would getting a massage help?

Last two days I'm been have stiffness in shoulders neck an upper chest. Would getting a massage help?

Yes: You may also want to try applying moist heat to your neck 2-3 times per day and start a short course of anti-inflammatory such as advil or aleve (naproxen). Make sure you have a good lumbar support if you sit in a chair several hours per day. This will help with posture and will reduce stress on the neck. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks or worsens I recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a 21 year old female, experiencing upper chest stiffness sensation when I get out of bed in the mornings. Diminishes when I start my daily routine?

I'm a 21 year old female, experiencing upper chest stiffness sensation when I get out of bed in the mornings. Diminishes when I start my daily routine?

Arthritis? Myositis?: This sensation could indicate many different things. Questions that need to be answered: any chest tightness/wheezing/cough associated? Any heartburn/reflux? Any joint pain? Rashes? Anyone in family with autoimmune conditions or rheumatoid arthritis? This kind of complaint likely needs a good history and physical exam by a physician. ...Read more

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I am having a heavy pressure in my chest and stiffness in my neck. What could this be?

I am having a heavy pressure in my chest and stiffness in my neck. What could this be?

Chest pain: Better get to a medical person right away! This could be pulmonary embolism or problem with your heart, call ems to evaluate you as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have pain in my upper chest, shoulders and sternum, which feels like stiffness. What could this be?

I have pain in my upper chest, shoulders and sternum, which feels like stiffness. What could this be?

Strain or viral or: Heart /lungs; if cough likely viral infection unless worse fevers /sweats then bacterial. If chest pain like a weight on chest radiating down left arm could be heart, if recent workout can be muscle soreness. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad head, neck, face, chest pains, stiffness, heavyness. Took a X-ray. Please tell me if I'm normal?

What to do if I have bad head, neck, face, chest pains, stiffness, heavyness. Took a X-ray. Please tell me if I'm normal?

Need more info: Your symptoms are very broad. I would need to know what kind of xray was done. Also where is the stiffness?
Which symptom is the worst?
Is the heaviness in your chest or your arms/legs? ...Read more

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Stiffness, pain in left chest. Saw doctor 2 months ago, said it wasn't serious. Still feel it randomly, should I be worry? It is from stress?

Musculoskeletal: Pain like this, especially sharp fleeting pain, is usually musculoskeletal and is unlikely to be related to heart disease or other serious conditions in an otherwise healthy young person. ...Read more

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Upper right side neck pain, stiffness an dizziness an vision trouble, upper right side back an chest pain an vertigo why?

Upper right side neck pain, stiffness an dizziness an vision trouble, upper right side back an chest pain an vertigo why?

Neck pain: Neck pain can cause dizziness or imbalance. Vision problems and vertigo are more likely coming from the brain. An MRI rather than a CT of the brain and cervical spine may yield more information. You need a thorough evaluation with a neurologist or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Hi, I sound wheezing every night from last ten days not in day and also bit stiffness on upper back and chest so what it could be? Not cough really

Hi, I sound wheezing every night from last ten days not in day and also bit stiffness on upper back and chest so what it could be? Not cough really

ProbNot preoccupying: If I were to guess, i'd say you have an upper respiratory infection (bronchitis). You may have underlying asthma that is usually dormant but gets unmasked when you have bronchitis. The pain is mainly "pleurisy" that is bruising of the lung lining which causes pain. Ibuprofen typically helps. A simple inhaler may remove the wheezing, to use when needed or when you catch a cold. ...Read more

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For the past week, my chest has been hurting consistently. There's numbness in my left arm, sharp pains, a burning feeling, and stiffness. Any idea?

For the past week, my chest has been hurting consistently. There's numbness in my left arm, sharp pains, a burning feeling, and stiffness. Any idea?

Possible disc injury: Being 21 years old makes it unlikely that this pain is cardiac in nature. More likely you have a disc injury in your neck which is causing this issue. A c6-7 disc injury frequently causes chest (pectoralis) pain which can radiate into the tricep and arm. It can also cause numbness/tingling down the arm to the index and middle finger. I recommend you see a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Hi, I sound wheezing every night from last ten days not in day and also bit stiffness on upper back and chest so what it could be? Not cough no smoke

Wheezing: There are different causes, large airway obstruction due to asthma, chronic bronchitis, tumor, tracheal stenosis, left side heart failure; clot in some cases. If at night it may be acid reflux. Please see your doctor for thorough exam and diagnostic tests. Thanks. ...Read more

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Pain/stiffness in upper back/neck. What should I do? I'm having severe pain/stiffness in my upper-left back. It's extremely difficult to turn my head, and the pain has spread to my upper chest and is beginning to affect my right upper-back/shoulder. The p

I: I recommend seeing your primary care physician for proper assessment. There are many causes of neck/shoulder pain and stiffness including arthritis, strained muscle, rotator cuff teat, etc. The initial treatment for most of these problems are rest for a few days, regular anti-inflammatory medications (if you have no medical disorders prohibiting them, such as ulcers, kidney failure, allergy, but not limited to these) and then physical therapy. People who do not respond to these treatments should see a pain doctor, orthopedics or spine surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could be causing my nightly left side chest pain? It's dull and achy, but can become sharp. It is causing stiffness in my neck and shoulders and I also have occasional blurred vision and a terrible time concentrating. Been happening every night for a

Physical appointment: It sounds like you have a constellation of symptoms bothering you right now. It would be a good idea to visit a physician to work out the different causes of your left sided chest pain along with your other symptoms. Be ready to tell your doctor about your medical history, any medications you take and allergies you have. A physical examination and check of your vital signs in person is a good idea ...Read more

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What could tightness in upper chest, stiffness in neck and pressure in ears indicate?

What could tightness in upper chest, stiffness in neck and pressure in ears indicate?

Chest/neck tight: Likely upper respiratory infection. May be viral or bacterial such as strep (have seen neck tightness with strep) or mycoplasma. Do you have a headache? fever? Can you bend your neck? The neck stiffness is worrisome as could be meningitis (viral meningitis-bacterial one is very ill). So would seek medical attention in ER as soon as possible. May need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Computer guy posture. Hunched over, neck out. Now, upper back pains, also left side chest muscle sensations, stiffness. Anxiety as well. What to do?

Computer guy posture. Hunched over, neck out. Now, upper back pains, also left side chest muscle sensations, stiffness. Anxiety as well. What to do?

Stretch: If you have computer guy posture you may have homer simpson body habitus too. Try stretching or working out. Get some resistance bands and focus on scapular strengthening. Try to improve your posture or evaluate your work station to make your posture better. ...Read more

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Large hard mass on right collar bone with off and on chest pain and neck stiffness?

Large hard mass on right collar bone with off and on chest pain and neck stiffness?

Mass: If this is a new swelling, I would be concerned for an infection. Other possibilities would be bony mass or possible dislocation of clavicle and sternum. ...Read more

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Stiffness on back left side of neck left arm weakness dull ache mid to left side of chest?

Stiffness on back left side of neck left arm weakness dull ache mid to left side of chest?

Need a physical exam: And imaging like X ray and MRI to figure out of you have disk disease in the neck that causes your symptoms. Call a pain specialist and make an appointment. ...Read more

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55 female- nail fungus, lower back pain & stiffness, iritis, and chest pain- all this in 1 month-it's the chest pain that' scares me- what happening?

Any unexplained: chest pain, especially coupled with other symptoms should be evaluated at the ER TODAY! - Have someone drive you or call a taxi service. ...Read more

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Lupus & struggling w/prednisone drop from 6mg to 5.5 mg. Get pleuritic chest pain, muscles pain/stiffness, brain fog (mini flare or withdrawal sx)?

Lupus & struggling w/prednisone drop from 6mg to 5.5 mg. Get pleuritic chest pain, muscles pain/stiffness, brain fog (mini flare or withdrawal sx)?

Alternate: If you need to come off the prednisone check with your specialist because some stay on a low dose everday for life to decrease symptoms you may start with 6 then next day 5.5 then 6 and alternate for a couple of weeks before decreasing to 5.5 alternating with 5 SOmeimtes though it still small even going 6 then 5 3/4 is possible to slowly decrease ...Read more

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Causes of weird body stiffness?

Many possibilities.: Nearly 700 of them, in fact! Please read this: http://www. Rightdiagnosis. Com/symptoms/stiffness/common. Htm. ...Read more

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What can be done for morning stiffness?

What can be done for morning stiffness?

Etiology: Morning stiffness can be done to a variety of causes from arthritis, fibromyalgia, connective tissue diseases, pmr, etc. The point is that there can be a variety of causes and you need an evaluation. ...Read more