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So do I have tension headache or muscle soreness from bruxism?

So do I have tension headache or muscle soreness from bruxism?

Myofascial pain: With clenching or bruxism one usually thinks of the massaters as the muscles most involved. This will create pain in the jaw area. Another muscle that also is invoved with clenching is the temporalis. It will cause referred pain in the side of the head and over the eye. This type of referred pain is known as myofascial pain. ...Read more

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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


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Can tight shoulder/neck muscles cause headaches. Also headaches in forehead or that feel like sinus or eye strain? What about tmj, cause headaches?

Can tight shoulder/neck muscles cause headaches. Also headaches in forehead or that feel like sinus or eye strain? What about tmj, cause headaches?

All of the above: Can be part of a headache syndrome. See your doctor to define your symptoms by history and physician exam in order to create a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Chronic muscle tension i think from bad posture since being a child.. Muscles feel hard and ropy.. Get eye strain from tight muscles to help?

Chronic muscle tension i think from bad posture since being a child.. Muscles feel hard and ropy.. Get eye strain from tight muscles to help?

Eyestrain : Is from possible need for glasses and should not be related to bad posture type of muscle tension. See your eye doctor for an exam to start. ...Read more

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I have incredible muscle pain in trapezus muscle and levator scapulae muscle. I would like to get massage but need to know what kind??

I have incredible muscle pain in trapezus muscle and levator scapulae muscle. I would like to get massage but need to know what kind??

May need: I would start with a simple Swedish massage. Deep tissue may cause too much pain. You may need trigger point release also. Make sure u hydrate with water after a massage because Lactic Acid can build up and cause headaches and other issues. Also ice your back after the massage. ...Read more

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Can ALS cause muscle soreness and mild pain in my bicep. I have twitching there too. Could the twitching and soreness be just from a pulled muscle?

Can ALS cause muscle soreness and mild pain in my bicep. I have twitching there too. Could the twitching and soreness be just from a pulled muscle?

Check out my answer: I just sent you off an answer. You may relax. Your symptoms are not typical or even mildly suggestive of ALS. Your age is younger than any described case in history of what is referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease or the classical form of ALS. If there's no obvious reason for the soreness in the biceps and it persists you should see your doctor. But rest assured the diagnosis will not come back ALS. ...Read more

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What is a muscle contraction headache? I suffer paralysing headaches can handle light and sound but can't move, pain comes from my neck, very scary

What is a muscle contraction headache? I suffer paralysing headaches can handle light and sound but can't move, pain comes from my neck, very scary

Headaches: tension or muscular contraction headaches are related to contraction and/or spasm of the muscles of the face, forehead, temples, posterior neck and scalp. Usually brought on by stress, tension, anxiety, alcohol, street drugs, lack of sleep or adequate diet. Please consult with your PCP to rule out other causes such as anemia. ...Read more

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Really tired, jaw are also in some pain fro grinding. What should you do?

Really tired, jaw are also in some pain fro grinding. What should you do?

Dentist, stress mgmt: Sounds like you are under some stress and are grinding and clenching your teeth as a result, causing tmd / tmj. Try to control the stress as best as you can or see a primary care doctor for advice, and go to the dentist help with the jaw pain. ...Read more

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I clench my jaw often and am starting to have jaw pain. Are there any over-the-counter muscle relaxants I can take to stop clenching?

I clench my jaw often and am starting to have jaw pain. Are there any over-the-counter muscle relaxants I can take to stop clenching?

Dentist: Dental examination to check muscles of mastication and actual wear patterns on the teeth and radiographic views of the tempromandibular joint. ...Read more

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Can muscle tension from anxiety cause you to have a muscle sprain/muscle tear/muscle pull, etc?

Can muscle tension from anxiety cause you to have a muscle sprain/muscle tear/muscle pull, etc?

Only part of problem: John, While anxiety can increase muscle tone, this is not likely the biggest reason for a tear. More likely the injured muscle was tight from lack of stretching, or even over-stretching/weakness. A muscle tear or sprain is diagnosed through a physical exam by a doctor and confirmed with an MRI. Although if the pain improves spontaneously an MRI often will not alter the treatment plan. ...Read more

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I've been having severe muscle soreness due to long, intense football practices. Is there anything i can do to ease or relieve this discomfort?

I've been having severe muscle soreness due to long, intense football practices. Is there anything i can do to ease or relieve this discomfort?

Muscle soarness: Intense football practice, your coach needs to be informed that good physical conditioning needs some level a rest between practices, otherwise you and your teammates will burn out before the season starts. Most physical exercises are scheduled 3 times per week with a day of rest in between practices. You could also warm soaking baths or jacuzzi after practice to relax muscles. ...Read more

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I have neck tension and stiffness from anxiety. Should i try stretching my neck?

I have neck tension and stiffness from anxiety. Should i try stretching my neck?

You should: You should do what it takes to relieve anxiety. However it is best to be seen by your physician and get the appropriate treatments for your anxiety. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm experiencing frequent tightness at shoulder, neck and head. Headache and teeth grinding. Doctor say nothing to worry. Help!?

What to do if i'm experiencing frequent tightness at shoulder, neck and head. Headache and teeth grinding. Doctor say nothing to worry. Help!?

Myofascial pain: Often referred to as myofascial pain syndrome, is a regional muscle disorder that is one of the most common causes of persistent pain in the head, face and neck regions. Symptoms including increased muscle fatigue and stiffness, a mildly restricted range of motion, headache and vertigo. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or pain management specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can tension headaches be more of just head pressure and not pain?

Can tension headaches be more of just head pressure and not pain?

Yes: These are common and while not as severe as migraines, can have lesser known aggravating symptoms. I often see patients that have both migraines and tension type headaches. If there are any changes in symptoms, please go get yourself checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

A condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more