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What can cause a headache, sore stiff neck and lower back pain? My sinuses are also hurting.

What can cause a headache, sore stiff neck and lower back pain? My sinuses are also hurting.

May or may not: Be related. Fever, infection around brain can lead to these symptoms. Sinus problems if they extend can lead to this. An evaluation is in order. And if you have fever, a visit to the emergency room right away necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Got a stiff neck ,along with lower back pain , with a bad cold and cough.

Got a stiff neck ,along with lower back pain , with a bad cold and cough.

Possible viral inf: Sounds like what happens when you get a viral infection. So long as no fever or neurological signs of problems, no lessening of mental status or function, etc. then, conservative treatment and steady as she goes.....hydration (water best), you can certainly do an anti-inflammatory such as Motrin or Naprosyn...or if you prefer smething like a couple of ES Tylenol (acetaminophen) per label instructions, REST... ...Read more

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I have gotten a stiff neck along with lower back pain ,so do i visit a neurologist or orthopedist ?

I have gotten a stiff neck along with lower back pain ,so do i visit a neurologist or orthopedist ?

Stiff neck and back: pain are common problems. Primary care doctors can often deal with this as can chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists. Private practice neurologists will vary a bit in their approach and are well trained to treat these problems conservatively. Orthopedic surgeons like to order scans and operate on things. I would go with a conservative approach first (read up on both topics) ...Read more

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Was cleaning ear and removed a blood clot from my ear have a stiff neck and extreme upper and lower back pain and debilitated fatigue?

Was cleaning ear and removed a blood clot from my ear have a stiff neck and extreme upper and lower back pain and debilitated fatigue?

Possible meningitis: Rarely ear infection can penetrate into the skull and cause an abscess and meningitis, but considering your neck stiffness, neck pain and low back pain and fatigue i would recommend medical consultation. You should go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Started w/ lower back pain last Wed. Pain started moving up my back on Fri. Today I had all over back pain along with a stiff neck right side. Why?

Started w/ lower back pain last Wed. Pain started moving up my back on Fri. Today I had all over back pain along with a stiff neck right side. Why?

See a physician: This is an unusual description - not typical for routine back/neck pains, which typically stay within one part of the spine. I would recommend that you see a physician for further evaluation, and consider workup for systemic conditions. ...Read more

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I'm feeling stiff in my neck, both side of upper and lower back pain and I'm also feeling pain inboth side of hip and both side of lower back?

Exam: get examined and diagnosed. I would suggest OTC NSAIDS like Advil or Aleve (naproxen) if not allergic to these; however, a medical examination is imperative to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Lower back pain (bad in a.M.), calves hurting, walking changes my breathing. Neck gets stiff and travels up around carotid muscle area. What is it?

Lower back pain (bad in a.M.), calves hurting, walking changes my breathing.  Neck gets stiff and travels up around carotid muscle area. What is it?

Stenosis: You may have nerve pressure in your low back. You could also have cervical symptoms related to early arthritis of the neck. You should have an exam and imaging to check out the neck and low back. ...Read more

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How often can I use steam sauna for neck and lower back pain?

Often: As often as you want, as long as you keep yourself hydrated to replace the fluid you lose in sweat. Stop if you're dizzy or thirsty. ...Read more

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Within the last couple months i started experiencing neck and lower back pain. Should i seek treat via pt or chiropracter?

Within the last couple months i started experiencing neck and lower back pain. Should i seek treat via pt or chiropracter?

See an MD : First see an MD experienced in back pain to ensure that this is musculoskeletal and not nerve or cardiac or ulcer or gallbladder etc. related. He/she may then refer you to a PT who can help with heat, stretching, massage , strengthening etc ...Read more

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What is the real difference between joint mobilization and joint manipulation, in the context of treating neck and lower back pain?

What is the real difference between joint mobilization and joint manipulation, in the context of treating neck and lower back pain?

See below: There are probably no specific differences but there are various manipulation and mobilization techniques. Some come from chiropractic, some from osteopathic medicine and some from physical therapy. There are techniques that involve hi velocity, low amplitude thrusting techniques as well as more gentle manipulations like muscle energy technique and counterstrain technique.All seek to move joints. ...Read more

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Neck and lower back pain and stomach ache and knee pain?

Probably > 1 cause: Could be viral symptoms, esp if fever present. If these persist or worsen give your PCP a visit. ...Read more

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What is better for me to take hydrocodone or oxycodone im on hydrocodone now for neck and lower back pain due to a bad car wreck.

What is better for me to take hydrocodone or oxycodone im on hydrocodone now for neck and lower back pain due to a bad car wreck.

Neither Actually: But your needs are determined by your level of pain. You will be better off in the long run to come off of either or both of these medications. There are other sorts of pain relief treatments, seek a good spine/pain specialist that will help you out. ...Read more

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Chronic neck and lower back pain. Tingling burning in shoulders and legs. and headaches. What is wrong?

Chronic neck and lower back pain. Tingling burning in shoulders and legs.  and headaches. What is wrong?

Consult Physician: You have headache,neck and back pain ,burning in shoulders and legs.It is impossible to guess what is causing your symptoms without a more detailed history including past and family history and examination. If indicated the doctor may order some tests like blood test and/or imaging like X-ray /cat scan or MRI ...Read more

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Does extreme anxiety cause neck and lower back pain, dizziness, and shortness of breath?

Does extreme anxiety cause neck and lower back pain, dizziness, and shortness of breath?

Actually, yes: It's amazing what anxiety can do! Have medical tests and if results are negative for back and lung problems or heart issues - it leaves anxiety as a prime suspect. The good news will be that 1. you now know'll you are healthy in important ways and 2. CBT therapy works well for learning anxiety mgmt skills. It's a good thing! ...Read more

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I suffer from daily neck and lower back pain. Lately I notice I shake when doing things. My hands/arms shake when pushing against something. ?

I suffer from daily neck and lower back pain. Lately I notice I shake when doing things. My hands/arms shake when pushing against something. ?

See a neurologist: There could be many reasons for your hands/arms shaking from being deconditioned (i.e. out of shape) to your muscles spasming due to your severe pain which is trying to protect your painful areas of your neck and back. I recommend a face to face evaluation by a physician (such as a neurologist). They may need to send you for other tests such as MRIs if they deem your shaking due to true weakness ...Read more

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Redish pink/brown spotting for 2 wks. Nauseous a lot to the point i can't move or i puke. Neck and lower back pain. Tired a lot. Negitive hpt. ?

Get a check up: Based on the information you have provided, it is difficult to give you the best advice. Kindly, contact your doctor. Sorry, could not give you a better advice. Good luck ! ...Read more

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My son says the back of his throat kinds hurts, the back of his neck and lower back pain. Fever of 101?

EMERGENCY!: Fever coupled with neck/back pain should be checked out immediately. It may only be muscle tightening from the fever, but could also be meningitis. Let a doctor make that call. Do not wait! ...Read more

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Why would my dr. Give me duloxetine for neck and lower back pain i was getting oxycodone and lyrica (pregabalin) but stopped seeing dr. After i got a abscess in my neck from shots he was giving me

Why would my dr. Give me duloxetine for neck and lower back pain i was getting oxycodone and lyrica (pregabalin) but stopped seeing dr. After i got a abscess in my neck from shots he was giving me

Cymbalta (duloxetine): Duloxetine is a good medicine for pain, anxiety, depression and nerve style pain. Just because your were on oxycodone doesn't mean you need to be back on it. Lyrica (pregabalin) on the other hand might be needed and you might want to ask your doctor about restarting that. If you need opiate pain medicines and your doctor will not rx it, you should seek a pain management referral. ...Read more

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Lower back pain when bending neck?

Couple of things: Sounds as if either there's traction on the cord sometimes referred to as a tethered cord...or you may be experiencing a funny thing called Lhermitte's sign though your description's not classic. Have you recently developed SEVERE migraine like headaches by chance with fever? Hopefully not..just a question. In any event, any of these possibilities deserves a workup by a doctor. Cheers! ...Read more

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Can neck arthritus cause lower back pain?

Lower back pain: Hello, arthritis is an autoimmune condition that can affect many different areas of the body. It is most likely that if arthritis exists in your neck, then the same condition probably exists in your lower back as we'll. Follow up with your doctor for therapy that may improve both areas of discomfort. ...Read more

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Can neck arthritus bring on lower back pain?

Sometimes: Gait and posture changes done to accommodate neck problems may precipitate issues in the lower back. ...Read more

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What kids are problems are associated with high cervical neck paind and lower back pain?

Neck/back pain: In a person of your age without other symptoms of nerve pressure: arm/leg pain, numbness, weakness, coordination problems, then likely none. Neck/back pain is a common complaint affecting 80% of us during our lifetimes. Try some core strengthening, tylenol/nsaid's, salonpas hot patches, and follow up with your doc if not getting better. ...Read more

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Lower back pain and stiffness not from injury had for one month does not get better or worse pain moderate male 41.?

Lower back  pain and stiffness  not from injury  had for one month does not get better or worse pain moderate  male 41.?

Lot of reasons: Time for a check up. In the next 5-10 years, all your friends are in need of a check up. Better sooner than later. Continue performing the maintenance on your body to keep up good health for the next 40 years. If u had a car that was made in 1973, would u think its time for an overhaul ? ...Read more

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I have lower back pain by buttocks area what is it? Have neck arthritus

I have lower back pain by buttocks area what is it? Have neck arthritus

possibly SI joint: The sacroiliac joint is where the hip bones join the spine. Arthritis of this joint is often felt as pain in the buttocks sometimes extending down the thigh. It can be easily treated by an injection in the joint. ...Read more

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Have really bad lower back pain in the past 2 days is a medicated hot and cold patch ok? It went from being my upper and neck and now it's lower

Have really bad lower back pain in the past 2 days is a medicated hot and cold  patch ok? It went from being my upper and neck and now it's lower

2 Days Back Pain: Use ice over heat for acute (new) areas of pain. For many folks, heat aggravates the already acutely inflammed body part. Topical medications like diclofenac gel (dull, ache, throbbing pain) or lidocaine gel (burn, stab, sharp, pins & needles etc.) may be beneficial for your acute symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...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