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Doctor insights on: Sternocleidomastoid Muscle Swollen

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Pain pushing chin back base of skull Slight swollen sternocleidomastoid muscle enlarged lymph node top of jaw, crackling noise in neck?

Pain pushing chin back base of skull Slight swollen sternocleidomastoid muscle enlarged lymph node top of jaw, crackling noise in neck?

Much more is needed-: -larger on both sides? Painful, age, node tender or just there? Also any co-morbidities. All is important 2 even hazard a guess. Best 2 C Ur PCP, 4 a hands on exam & history taken. ...Read more

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In what way can the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle affect the tongue?

In what way can the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle affect the tongue?

Sternocleidomastoid: It doesn't affect the tongue at all. It is connected to the mastoid process behind the ear and goes to the clavicle. It does not impact tongue motion. The tongue itself is mainly a muscle called the genioglossus. Many other muscles impact the motion of the tongue. ...Read more

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Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

No: SCM is located in the front @ the sternum adjacent 2 the prox sterno-clavicular joint and at the side of Ur scull behind the ear along the area of the mastoid. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have induration just below earflap and 2 cm above the mandibular angle between ramus of the mandible and sternocleidomastoid muscle?

Is it normal to have induration just below earflap and 2 cm above the mandibular angle between ramus of the mandible and sternocleidomastoid muscle?

Not normal: Induration is never a normal finding. When tissue becomes inflamed either from an infectious or non infectious source, hormones are released in the local area that result in a series of events causing redness, warmth, pain, and swelling as the capillaries in the area become more "leaky" causing induration. The area you describe has many different potential causes. See your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What happens if the sternocleidomastoid muscle were visibly showing?

What happens if the sternocleidomastoid muscle were visibly showing?

SCM muscle: Usually becomes more visible with loss of neck fat. No adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Are sternocleidomastoid muscle syndrome and tmjd related? Does one problem cause a flare up of the other? Symptoms of both seem similar.

Often related: The muscles of the head and neck area are often involved in temporomandibular joint disorder.
Muscle spasm is a common finding and many different sets of muscles can become tender/spasmotic when the condition flares.
Muscle spasm is the body's mechanism to prevent movement of a painful joint. ...Read more

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I have itchy areas along my sternocleidomastoid muscle on both sides of my neck it s symmetrical there is not redness or bumps yet but it s constantly?

I have itchy areas along my sternocleidomastoid muscle on both sides of my neck it s symmetrical there is not redness or bumps yet but it s constantly?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Sternocleidomastoid: The sternocleidomastoid is involved in head/neck turning and flexion. It has no direct role in speech or laryngeal function. ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid muscle on the right side of my neck is enlarged. Feels a bit stiff. No tenderness or pain. Noticeable larger than left side.?

Probably spasm: The stiff Muscle can be inflammed and feels swollen. Try to apply Moist heat/Ice. Use Anti inflammtory medicine like Aleve (naproxen) or Advil. May apply topical Muscle relaxant. If not better in 3 days Get examined. ...Read more

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Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Neck Bump: Any "bump" present this long needs further evaluation. Most bumps due to infections of the upper respiratory tract resolve within a few weeks of the infection. A bump present longer than a couple of months needs urgent evaluation. Go see your doctor. You may need to see an ent. ...Read more

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I have multiple baby shotty soft moveable lymph nodes I can feel posterior to my sternocleidomastoid muscle. And cervical. Doc said they r ok.?

I have multiple baby shotty soft moveable lymph nodes I can feel posterior to my sternocleidomastoid muscle. And cervical. Doc said they r ok.?

Probably OK: Without personally evaluating these it is difficult to know what these are. Lymph nodes help clean up infection for a living and when they are earning their keep they may become mildly enlarged, generally soft, mobile and non-tender. Suspect your physician is correct. ...Read more

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Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?

Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?

Yes: But you may have this in reverse order. TMJ disease can result in muscle spasm and aches, sometimes with bruxism. ...Read more

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I have tight sternocleidomastoid muscle, plus scalene and painful tmj joint but normal opening. No neurological symptoms. Could all this be muscle?

Yes, muscle spasms: It is difficult to make a suggestion without more history but TMJ can cause muscle spasms, but not usually in the SCM and scalenes. The SCM muscle may be spastic by the way you sleep or use it and also may be caused by a virus. Try ibuprofen and if not relieved in 2-3 days see a doctor as there may be something under the muscle causing it. ...Read more

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Woke up today with a stiff neck from below ear downwards, feel unwell and lump on sternocleidomastoid muscle. My neck really tender hurts to touch?

Woke up today with a stiff neck from below ear downwards, feel unwell and lump on sternocleidomastoid muscle. My neck really tender hurts to touch?

Get checked out: A lump on your sternocleidomastoid could be a lymph node. In that case, you might have an infection or inflammation. There are many causes of stiff neck, but in the setting of swollen lymph nodes, I would be sure to be checked out. Meningitis can cause stiff neck, for example, and you don't want to miss that diagnosis. I would see a doc asap. ...Read more

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Today the muscle from the ear, known as sternocleidomastoid, has swollen. I have to pain in the mouth or gums. Only the swelling on the side.?

Today the muscle from the ear, known as sternocleidomastoid, has swollen. I have to pain in the mouth or gums. Only the swelling on the side.?

Neck swelling: What you describe is not likely a swollen muscle, but a neck mass, swollen gland, or other infectious entity. Whether or not there is pain in the mouth or gums is immaterial. See a surgeon for an exam. ...Read more

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I suffer chronic costochondritis but have tried loads what helps I've had it for 6 yrs. I have noticed my muscle swollen on left side of chest 2nd rib?

I suffer chronic costochondritis but have tried loads what helps I've had it for 6 yrs. I have noticed my muscle swollen on left side of chest 2nd rib?

Costochondritis....: Costochondritis is caused by inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall. Anti-inflammatory meds, like ibuprofen, are given to relieve the pain of the inflammation. Physical therapy modalities can also be helpful so have your doctor send you to physical therapy for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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The whole right back muscle swollen out 1 1/2 in. To 2 in. Knuckles on hand are hurting loss of grip. Knees hurt as well, knuckles are swollen too?

The whole right back muscle swollen out 1 1/2 in. To 2 in. Knuckles on hand are hurting loss of grip. Knees hurt as well, knuckles are swollen too?

Have it evaluated: It sounds as is you have an inflammatory arthritis. If this onset occurred suddenly it may be viral. There are numerous other causes, however. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Can tight sternocleidomastoid. Muscle make mastoid proces more prominent on one side. Also have ear pressure and numbness on a cheek all same side

Can tight sternocleidomastoid. Muscle make mastoid proces more prominent on one side. Also have ear pressure and numbness on a cheek all same side

Yes: The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle inserts into the sternoclavicular area and then runs up into an insertion directly into the mastoid process Thus, if the SCM muscle is in spasm or tight, it will pull on the mastoid process likely causing inflammation and swelling. The masseter muscle in your cheek is also connected to the mastoid process, and, could tighten w/ hyperspasmodic activity in former ...Read more

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Can sternocleidomastoid muscle tightness make mastoids process more prominent than on the other side? Also have ear pressure and slight cheek numbnes

I suppose: It is theoretically possible to get a so-called "tug lesion" (bone overgrowth at the tendon insertion) at the mastoid process due to long-standing, sustained abnormal muscle traction or dysfunction, but I have never seen it or heard of it in that location. Most likely there is another reason for what you are feeling. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers help with a injured sternocleidomastoid?

Maybe a little: Muscle injuries generally respond well to ice, rest, stretching, and time. Medications like nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc...) can help decrease inflammation in and around the muscle. Muscle relaxers can sometimes be helpful, but have the undesirable side effects of drowsiness and sometimes disorientation. Consult with your physician to decide what combination of treatments is best for you. ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid as well as scalene and other neck musclesstays flexed for 2-3 seconds after I relax the muscles. Also I begin to feel a twitch in my lower lip upon relase of flexing the muscles. Is this a sign of muscular disease?

Dystonia? Stress?: 2 possibilities come to mind quickly. 1 is mechanically induced muscle spasm which could be postural and/or due to skeletal abnormalities. 2 dystonia (regional) in which mechanisms in the nervous system mis-program muscle relaxation and contraction. This requires neurological assessment. ...Read more

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How can I relieve swollen arm muscles?

How can I relieve swollen arm muscles?

Swollen arm muscles: First step in treatment is to discontinue the cause and rest for the arm. Cold compresses for the first few days will prevent more swelling. Therafter, warm compresses will induce reabsorption of tissue fluid that caused the swelling. ...Read more

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What medicine help with a swollen arm muscle?

What medicine help with a swollen arm muscle?

Swollen arm: Elevate arm, pain releaf, depending on cause of swelling, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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The masseter face muscles are swollen. What can I do to reduce the swelling?

Icing, Advil (ibuprofen)...: The masseter muscle is one of the muscles of mastication (biting), and it is an extremely powerful muscle, that is constantly in use. If it is bilateral and painful you must rule out mumps (inflammation of the parotid glands) that are deeper but very near. Most likely from night grinding, over-use, over-stretched. Ice, advil, (ibuprofen) limit to soft diet, reduce over opening. Moist heat too. If no relief>dr. ...Read more

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Muscle on my side below armpit is slightly swollen and painful; it's been so for about a week?

Be checked: If you did not injure it, probably the two most common causes would be swollen lymph nodes as there are a chain of lymph nodes in that area that can become swollen and tender if inflamed, or some form of infectious process. I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Near my tailbone gets swollen, it feels like muscles are tense, back gets tired when standing for long time, swelling goes away after rubbing it.?

Need to get routine: A routine exercise and stretching program should really help. If your hamstring muscles are tight, that will tilt your pelvis and may be adding to back fatigue and muscle irritation. Just as important is a regular light exercise of walking, biking, swimming or other cardio for 20-30 minutes daily. Lastly a strenghtening routine - like pilates will really help. ...Read more

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Tissue an muscle damage 2 da back of my neck. Looks like a big swollen knot. Spreadn a lil 2 upper back. What posture should I be in when laying down?

Tissue an muscle damage 2 da back of my neck. Looks like a big swollen knot. Spreadn a lil 2 upper back. What posture should I be in when laying down?

Don't lie on back: If it hurts to lie on your back, don't. Otherwise it does't matter what posture as long as you're comfortable. ...Read more