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Can sinusitis cause stiff neck?

Can sinusitis cause stiff neck?

No: Sinusitis in and of itself should never cause a stiff neck. If someone has a stiff neck, they should look for other causes. Sinusitis can progress, when very severe, and cause meningitis, which can present with meningeal signs such as neck stiffness. ...Read more

Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more


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Meningitis, what does stiff neck mean?

Meningitis, what does stiff neck mean?

Meningitis: Stiff neck is a symptom and nuchal rigidity (or difficulty in passive movement of the neck) are due to inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord, which is part of meningitis. ...Read more

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How can one treat a stiff neck from headbanging?

How can one treat a stiff neck from headbanging?

SEE YOUR PCP!: I think that the 1st thing to be done is to determine why you are banging your head on a wall. This is an acceleration/deceleration injury. You may apply heat to the area, along with massages & light stretching exercises. Usage of otc nsaids may be helpful. Once the pain intensity decreases, strengthening excersises will be helpful in preventing future pain, if the head banging is stopped. See pcp. ...Read more

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Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Heat & exercises: Without more information, it is not possible to try to determine the cause of your pain. Would recommend trying an otc NSAID along with stretching exercises. If the pain persists then you need to see your pcp. ...Read more

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What should I do about an extremely stiff neck following a botox treatment for migraines?

What should I do about an extremely stiff neck following a botox treatment for migraines?

Follow up with your: Doctor to discuss options for treatment regarding this stiffness. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for stiff neck?

What are some treatments for stiff neck?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. All of these can cause stiffness and/or pain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (Advil, Aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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How do you cure a stiff neck overnight, but you can't afford a massage?

How do you cure a stiff neck overnight, but you can't afford a massage?

Heating pad: You can use heating pad and take some motrin.Self massaging the area helps too. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of stiff neck & shoulders?

What do I do to get rid of stiff neck & shoulders?

Massage: You might want to start with a massage and ask the therapist to focus on your neck and shoulders. If the "stiffness" doesn't clear up in a few weeks, see your doctor for further evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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What tests are done to diagonise occipitial neuralgia? I think I have it have had headache since august along with stiff neck. Drugs don't help

What tests are done to diagonise occipitial neuralgia? I think I have it have had headache since august along with stiff neck. Drugs don't help

Different Pain: Occipital neuralgia will present as brief but very intense pulses of pain that feels electrical. It will start at the base of your skull and run to the top of your head and/or to your face. This type of pain is often confused with cervicogenic (or neck generated) headache which is more continuous, dull aching in nature. The pain often begins at the base of the skull and is usually one sided. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent stiff neck?

What are some ways to prevent stiff neck?

Keep moving: Daily stretching is a good way to prevent a stiff neck. ...Read more

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Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Heat & exercises: Without more information, it is not possible to try to determine the cause of your pain. Would recommend trying an otc NSAID along with stretching exercises. If the pain persists then you need to see your pcp. ...Read more

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I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. Through manual therapy (ie: stretching, massage etc) your stiffness may subside. If this does not help, see an orthopedist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Fever and stiff neck, difficulty turning my head. Came on pretty suddenly and haven't had this stiffness before. Thoughts?

These are worrisome: Symtoms and may represent an inflammation of the meninges. You should be evaluated by a health care provider as soon as possible to exclude meningitis. Go soon and don't delay. ...Read more

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what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

Hot water: Definitely! The Japanese knew about this centuries ago - hence their tradition of onsen. A hot bath or shower will do wonders! Of course rest and stretching of tired muscles even with some massage thrown in can do wonders. Best to 'listen' to your body... Pain is the language it uses to tell you 'stop doing' this or that. It helps to pay attention sometimes. Now I recommend taking it easy. ...Read more

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Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Classic TMJ signs: You may have an expansion of the muscular component of your TMJ condition. See a neurouscular dentist with extensive TMJ training. ...Read more

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How can I cure a stiff neck?

How can I cure a stiff neck?

Neck Pain: Arthritic symptoms typically cause stiffness with inactivity that seems to loosen up as the day gets rolling. Don't waste money, but trying a couple different pillows could help. Taking an otc anti-inflammatory at bedtime could also help. Mckenzie pt, nsaid's, are reasonable as a first step. Md eval next. ...Read more

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How can you treat a stiff neck?

Neck pain in young: Based upon your age, serious problems are very unlikely without trauma. I would suspect you are feeling muscle aches or pains. Less likely is a disc herniation. Without further studies, only able to guess. Nonetheless, exact diagnosis not necessary to treat. Try some tylenol/nsaid's, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches. Mckenzie pt book available online for $10ish. If pain persists, see a doc. ...Read more

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How to relieve stiff neck pains?

How to relieve stiff neck pains?

Let me help you: Perform range-of-motion and strengthening exercises while pain symptoms are present, move on to low-stress exercises (e.g. Walking, swimming or cycling) after pain symptoms have improved (typically two to four weeks), avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and uncomfortable positions, use medication as directed maintain normal activity, consult your doctor. Good luck. Thank you. ...Read more

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How long should a stiff neck last?

How long should a stiff neck last?

STIFF NECK: If not associated with any sickness, just muscular strain with the help of hot compress and muscle relaxant, it last within a week. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a stiff neck?

What is the cause of a stiff neck?

Stiff enck causes: There are several muscles in the neck area and the ligaments over the cervical spine and the neck stiffness can be from any of these. The cervcial spine has discs and probelms wiht the disc themselves can cause the muscles around the neck to go into spasm as well. Auto accidents can cause this form the sudden jolt to the soine and the neck and upper back muscles. See you doc if it persists. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a stiff neck?

What are the symptoms of a stiff neck?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. All of these can cause stiffness and/or pain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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How do I check if I have a stiff neck?

Ummm...what?: Most people know when they have a stiff neck. It might help if you reposted with the reason you're asking this question. ...Read more

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I have had a stiff neck for a few days?

I have had a stiff neck for a few days?

Neck pain: Neck pain is due to muscle strain, disc problems, or facet joint pain. As long as there are no arm pain, numbness or weakness, you need to treat it conservatively: heat/cold, nsaids, physical therapy, brief course of cervical collar for a few days only. Posture is very important for neck. Also, I assume you keyboard a lot (obviously!), take frequent breaks, stretch, adjust the level of the screen. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help a stiff neck?

What is the best way to help a stiff neck?

Stiff neck: The easiest way to relieve a stiff neck is with a gentle massage and warm compress. If stiff neck is more severe and painful may requires muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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What causes a simple case of "stiff neck"?

What causes a simple case of "stiff neck"?

Usually positional: Tension is put on the neck muscles in an abnormal position....Maybe you slept in an unusualy fashion...Or you twisted to look at something and caused a spasm....Or. . ...Read more

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What is the best exercise for a stiff neck?

What is the best exercise for a stiff neck?

See below: Depends on why your neck is stiff. If you recall an injury it's best to take it easy for a week or so before resuming a workout. You may want to try moist heat and massage ...Read more

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How would begin stretching my stiff neck?

How would begin stretching my stiff neck?

See PT, physiatrist: If the neck is really stiff or limited rom, it is wise for someone to see a provider in physical medicine before undertaking a new exercise regimen, yoga classes, etc. Perhaps a call to a primary care provider can result in a referral to the correct person. ...Read more

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Do antinflammitories work for a stiff neck?

They can be as they: Also provide for an analgesic or pain relieving effect in addition to an antinflamatory one. Just note that they can be cross sensitive to someone with an Aspirin allergy or may not be tolerated by someone with gastrointestinal issues like reflux or history of an ulcer. Patients on blood thinners should not use typical antinflamatory drugs or if liver or kidney impairment present. ...Read more

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What are some good tricks to heal stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Gentle neck exercises and rub with menthol containing rubs along with good night's sleep usually work. If your neck is stiff form an accident you need to seea doctor. Yoga exercises for the neck are very helpful to releive chronic neck stiffness. ...Read more

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What's best used to take care of a stiff neck?

What's best used to take care of a stiff neck?

Anti-inflammatory: You may 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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Please tell me how long will a stiff neck last?

Please tell me how long will a stiff neck last?

More w increasing ag: Daily exercise is key to treatment. Gentle range of motion and walking! Pain may be reduced with over-the-counter medications (advil/aleve) ice will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing for upto 45 min, follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. See your doctor for worsening or persistent pain. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to correct a stiff neck?

What are some good ways to correct a stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Neck pain can be caused by and not limited to: incorrect positioning a for prolong period of time, facet arthropathy, muscle strain, bone spurs, degenerative disc disease, stress/tension, herniated disc, meningitis. The main contributor to pain is one's lifestyle. If neck pain persists it's important to see your pcp. They will most likely first recommend an nsaid, a muscle relaxant, and rest. ...Read more

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How long is a simple stiff neck supposed to last?

How long is a simple stiff neck supposed to last?

There no simple: Stiff neck. If you talking aout minor injury it should not last more than few days. If the stiff neck have other cause you have to address that cause for it to go away. Thank you. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy for a kid to have stiff neck?

Could it be healthy for a kid to have stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Having a stiff neck can have various causes. It doesn't really contribute to your best health. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a painful stiff neck! Help!?

What to do if I have a painful stiff neck! Help!?

Many: From just sleeping the right way (small flat pillow) & avoid prolonged positioning or an awkward one or overuse of the muscles with some activity to name a few. Treatment can be otc medication, heat applications and stretching while in a hot shower to avoiding activities that may aggravate your symptoms. If a smoker stop. Massage may help as well. If no better, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How did I get a stiff neck what could I do for it?

Many reasons: From just sleeping the wrong way to stress or prolonged positioning or an awkward one to overuse of the muscles with some activity to name a few. Treatment can be otc medication, heat applications and stretching while in a hot shower to avoiding activities that may aggravate your symptoms. If a smoker stop and if a couch potato, consider regular exercise. Massage may help as well. ...Read more

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Why did I get a stiff neck and body from working out?

Lactic acid.: Lactic acid builds up in our muscles as a result of vigorous exercise, and causes muscle soreness and fatigue. Rehydration during and after exercise with water or an electrolytic drink is helpful, and can speed up your post-exercise recovery. ...Read more