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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


Dr. Vikram Patel Dr. Patel
Pain Management
33 years in practice
Gujarat University, B. J. Medical College
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Back pain on spine, chest tightness, abdomen pain, headaches. Any new ideas of what the cause might be?

Back pain on spine, chest tightness, abdomen pain, headaches. Any new ideas of what the cause might be?

Multiple symptoms: I have been seeing your post for several days and cannot come up with a logical answer. If you have these multiple symptoms for a long time, you should seek some medical advise from a doctor who can examine you thoroughly. It could be more than one reason for these symptoms.

Dr. Ronald Herring Dr. Herring
Anesthesiology
13 years in practice
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What cause the muscles around the spine feels "tight" or more likely feels "dehydrated", not ache, not pain? 7 weeks ago, I had auto accident. Car pushed me down. Fell backword on the street. Passed out for a brief time. Thank god. No bones broken, non

What cause the muscles around the spine feels "tight" or more likely feels "dehydrated", not ache, not pain? 7 weeks ago, I had auto accident. Car pushed me down. Fell backword on the street. Passed out for a brief time. Thank god. No bones broken, non

Fell down: You probably have a minor strain of some of the muscles and ligaments attached to the lower spine. Try some moist heat on it for 20 minutes at a time. I am more concerned about the "passed out" comment. If you hit your head that hard then you had a significant concussion.

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Dr. Anifat Balogun Dr. Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Would an infected tonsil or a stone cause a pain in the back of the neck and sore swellen, achy upper spine? And tight muscles in the upper back?

Would an infected tonsil or a stone cause a pain in the back of the neck and sore swellen, achy upper spine? And tight muscles in the upper back?

Not usually: Infected tonsil (s) is usually associated with throat pain, fever, difficulty/pain swallowing, and perhaps ear pain. Please make an appointment to see your doctor to find why you are experiencing the symptoms you described.

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Dr. Thomas Knecht Dr. Knecht
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
27 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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So I have psoriasis and rashes from taken lithium nd my spine is very tight special around T3 n T4 is Synthroid (thyroxine) tha next step for anti inflammatory?

So I have psoriasis and rashes from taken lithium nd my spine is very tight special around T3 n T4 is Synthroid (thyroxine) tha next step for anti inflammatory?

Not Synthroid (thyroxine): Hi. Synthroid (levothyroxine) is thyroid hormone, and is not an anti-inflammatory. Do you mean hydrocortisone? Hydrocortisone (and drugs like it: prednisone, triamcinolone, etc) are anti-inflammatory glucocorticoids, and can be used in a variety of types of arthritis. There are other great treatments for psoriatic arthritis if that's what this is, but not Synthroid! It's used to treat hypothyroid.

Dr. Clarene Cress Dr. Cress
Pediatrics
years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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18yrs old. Fell off roof 8 months ago. Had persistent "tightness" in spine, shoulders to skull, since, that makes turning head most ways sting. Ideas?

18yrs old. Fell off roof 8 months ago. Had persistent "tightness" in spine, shoulders to skull, since, that makes turning head most ways sting. Ideas?

Pinched nerve: It could be related to residual muscle spasm and sprain, but there could be a herniated disc causing impingement on nerves. Start with an exam by your doctor who may start cervical x-rays and recommend PT if normal, but if no response, I recommend MRI to assess for herniated disc. Best wishes

Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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When leaning head to chest, center of chest pulls esp after standing. Could it be back/neck muscles are tight? Chest&spine xrays OK. Heart tests normal.

When leaning head to chest, center of chest pulls esp after standing. Could it be back/neck muscles are tight? Chest&spine xrays OK. Heart tests normal.

Suspect muscle: I agree this sounds muscular but there are other possibilities. You could ask your physician to clarify

Dr. Christopher Smith Dr. Smith
Family Medicine
37 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Back pain: Plain film XRays are not enough to determine persistent Los back pain. You need and MRI. Talk with your doctor it sounds like a disc problem. But would need to know your full medical history

Dr. Timothy Bell Dr. Bell
Family Medicine
18 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What usually causes tightness in the lower spine?

What usually causes tightness in the lower spine?

Muscle tightness: Depending on age, muscles in lumbar spine tighten to protect the nerves and to stabilize vertebra in response to pain (acute) or strain (chronic). Other stimuli can be deconditioning and suddenly over working muscles like weekend warriors, or bending, stooping, or leaning forward for long periods. Uti does not usually start in lumbar spine. Other conditions could be more serious, seek medical adv.

Dr. Douglas Linville II Dr. Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
26 years in practice
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What are the causes of tightness and numbness in the lower spine?

What are the causes of tightness and numbness in the lower spine?

Muscle tension: Really, nothing to speak of causes only numbness in the lower spine. All I would surmise would be spasms/tension that could conceivably cause only numbness along with tightness. Address the muscle spasm with stretching, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, core exercises, and the rest should subside.

Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Dr. Henry Ng Dr. Ng
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
16 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
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How to confirm sideway slant of the spine? I suspect my spine is slanted to one side giving a tight feeling to one side of my body under the rib cage

How to confirm sideway slant of the spine? I suspect my spine is slanted to one side giving a tight feeling to one side of my body under the rib cage

Exam and X-rays: Some people have a degree of kyphoscoliosis which can make the spine appear to slant to one side. You health provider can determine if you have this condition. Many cases are mild and do not require any specific treatment.

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Dr. Mark Fisher Dr. Fisher
Neurology
30 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I've been doin spinal cord stretches and my spine and my back feels tight any thoughts doctors what it might be?

I've been doin spinal cord stretches and my spine and my back feels tight any thoughts doctors what it might be?

Right question?: Are you sure you mean "spinal cord stretches"? The spinal cord can bend and twist, but not only would you damage your spinal cord by truly stretching it, truly stretching it is probably impossible without applying so much external traction you'd also rupture a lot of joints and muscle attachments. Ever hear of a device called the rack? The tightness is most likely just muscular.

Dr. Forrest Jones Dr. Jones
Family Medicine
years in practice
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I have severe muscle tightness & pain around my middle back & my spine. Very painful. Hard to move. Muscles in other parts feel different.?

I have severe muscle tightness & pain around my middle back & my spine. Very painful. Hard to move. Muscles in other parts feel different.?

Muscle strain: It sounds like you have back muscle strain from weak back & core muscles, & poor posture. Plan on starting exercises to build your back and core strength and flexibility, as well as your overall fitness. This might be all the help you need.

Dr. Robert Milam Dr. Milam
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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When I push on my tight lower left back about 2 inches to the left of my spine my left thigh radiates w pain, also when getting up from chair. Knot?

When I push on my tight lower left back about 2 inches to the left of my spine my left thigh radiates w pain, also when getting up from chair. Knot?

Trigger point: This knot is probably a trigger point. Sometimes the knot can be a source of pain or a symptom of an underlying problem such as a disc herniation or pinched nerve, both possibilities given your age.

Dr. Christopher Pham Dr. Pham
Neurosurgery
21 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What causes a pressure in the back at middle of the spine it dosent really hurt it just feels like the skin is tight in that area and should I worry?

What causes a pressure in the back at middle of the spine it dosent really hurt it just feels like the skin is tight in that area and should I worry?

Back pain: You may experience a muscle spasm or stiffness. This condition can be alleviated with resting and avoidance strenuous physical activities and heavy lifting. Over-the-counter topical pain ointment can be useful to alleviate the muscle spasm. If the pain is progressively getting worse with pain radiation to the lower extremity, MRI is warranted to further evaluate the cause of pain.

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can tight painful bear hugs cause ant spinal damage? Spine hurts after receiving one several hours ago. Very tight hug, made me yell at the time.

No: It is unlikely there could be serious injury to the spinal column itself by the mechanism of getting a "bear hug". That being said, other injuries could occur including injury to the ribs or abdomen. Don't hesitate to be seen if you think you have sustained a serious injury.

Dr. Robert Gluck Dr. Gluck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
35 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Is there an injection for the scm muscle in my neck to make it calm down and not get so tight, stiff and aggravated, and pull my spine out of alignment nearly as easily as often, get lasting relief?

Is there an injection for the scm muscle in my neck to make it calm down and not get so tight, stiff and aggravated, and pull my spine out of alignment nearly as easily as often, get lasting relief?

Neck spasm: Yes, botulinum toxin, though the relief is often temporary. There are all sorts of other treatments you should explore short of neck injections i.E therapeutic modalities.

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Dr. Edward Seegers Dr. Seegers
Internal Medicine
42 years in practice
University of Cape Town Faculty of Medicine
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What does it mean if I have joint noises of the spine when turning my body? Muscles feel tight also.

What does it mean if I have joint noises of the spine when turning my body? Muscles feel tight also.

Spine noise: LeeP ~ at 19 yo it simply means you need to see more of the sunshine and less of a computer screen. Your muscles sound contracted and stiff. It sounds as though you really must do more exercise or at least mobilisation of all joints by exercise or even walking. You will FEEL so much more healthy as well!

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Dr. Shawn Dalton-bethea Dr. Dalton-bethea
Pain Management
16 years in practice
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
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How can I determine if my spine is out of alignment or if it's tight muscles that are causing back pain or numbness?

Spine Align & Muscle: Have you done any PT or had chiropractic tx? Could help you with determining if you have primarily a muscular source +/- a spinal source. Can pick up some spinal changes with direct exam of the back. Other spinal changes can only be seen on plain x-rays, CT, MRI, etc. See if your PCP will prescribe a topical muscle relaxant. (Flexeril) If it eases ALL symptoms, then maybe muscles are only issue.