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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


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Was using a ball to work out tight spots in my back. When the ball crosses my upper spine it's very tender & painful. Could that be just from muscles?

Was using a ball to work out tight spots in my back. When the ball crosses my upper spine it's very tender & painful. Could that be just from muscles?

Yes: Unless you are having other symptoms such as weakness in the upper extremities or a rash in the area then it's likely from your muscles. You can also have someone feel up and down the bony part of your spine to make sure there is no tenderness over the area. ...Read more

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What can cause inner tight disscomfort and pain with pressure? Spine MRI clear have this for 2 months or so my doc says anxiety but I think it's bs..

What can cause inner tight disscomfort and pain with pressure? Spine MRI clear have this for 2 months or so my doc says anxiety but I think it's bs..

Tight discomfort?: It sounds like your doctor has been trying to work with you about your discomfort, making suggestions based on a workup of your complaints. However, if you feel this assessment is "bs, " you can seek out a second opinion from another doctor who can take your history and examine you. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Painful tight muscles from reverse lordosis of cervical spine?

Neck spasm: Significant muscle spasms usually will cause reversed lordosis of the neck spine. You will need an evaluation from a rehabilitation medicine specialist and probably undergo physical therapy also. ...Read more

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Is there a muscle that runs along the spine in the back that if it became tight wood appear swollen and cause pain in lower back wrapping around

Is there a muscle that runs along the spine in the back that if it became tight wood appear swollen and cause pain in lower back wrapping around

Para spinal muscles: Yes there are strong muscles called para spinal muscles. They include erector spinae their job is to keep your posture upright they can go into spasm and become roppy in case of back pain or sprain. ...Read more

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I have OA in spine, herniated L5 disc, with annular tear. Can this be causing my upper leg muscles behind the leg, to be tight, and painful? Thanks.

I have OA in spine, herniated L5 disc, with annular tear. Can this be causing my upper leg muscles behind the leg, to be tight, and painful? Thanks.

Possible: If there is nerve or spinal cord compression, you certainly can have symptoms that cause leg symptoms that you describe. If you doctor, does not see nerve or spinal cord compression then further workup may be necessary to explain your symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

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Have soft lump on neck near spine, ringing in ears, fatigue, tightness on neck and occasional headaches?

Have soft lump on neck near spine, ringing in ears, fatigue, tightness on neck and occasional headaches?

Lump: Size? Duration? Did it appear at same to e as other symptoms? Important that you see your Physician for examination and applicable diagnostic procedures. ...Read more

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Why does the muscle left of my lumbar spine heart? The pain is like a pintch and tight feeling. Cures? Treatments?

Why does the muscle left of my lumbar spine heart? The pain is like a pintch and tight feeling. Cures? Treatments?

Sprain/strain: At your age, the most common reason for paraspinal muscle pain would be sprain/strain. This can happen even if you don't recall the exact injury. Conservative treatment including progressive activity, anti-inflammatory meds, physical therapy, ice and/or heat, and topical over the counter treatments such as aspercreme should help. ...Read more