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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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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...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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Week+ of a stiff neck. Can't look left/right or down. Tried different pillows and sleeping different, no luck. Pain was gone yesterday back today?

Week+ of a stiff neck. Can't look left/right or down. Tried different pillows and sleeping different, no luck. Pain was gone yesterday back today?

It is pesky: Often a stiff neck results from sleeping awkwardly, particularly in a cold or drafty room. It is good news that the pain improved and not surprising that it returned. Continue to sleep in comfortable position, use moist heat and then do gentle range of motion stretching 2-3 times daily. You can take ibuprofen. Avoid further injury. It will be gone, I predict, in another week. Best wishes:) ...Read more

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I have a painful stiff neck — can't turn to the rigtht. Any advice?

I have a painful stiff neck — can't turn to the rigtht. Any advice?

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. Plus you have to rest your neck. ...Read more

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For the last month, I wake in the morning with a very stiff neck (can't turn to left) and my face and body are extremely swollen. No change in diet.

For the last month, I wake in the morning with a very stiff neck (can't turn to left) and my face and body are extremely swollen. No change in diet.

Hard to say: Your swelling concerns me the most. Whole-body swelling can be caused by heart-failure, liver damage, kidney failure, and certain medications, among other causes. With the combination of neck pain and swelling, nothing specific comes to mind. Please see a provider who will do a good physical exam and ask you more questions to try to figure this out. You deserve an answer! ...Read more

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I have aspergers syndrome. I now I got stiff neck, can't feel sleepy, twitching, increased heart pulse, body tempreature can I have sporadic fatal insomni?

I have aspergers syndrome. I now I got stiff neck, can't feel sleepy, twitching, increased heart pulse, body tempreature can I have sporadic fatal insomni?

Not likely: No connection between asperger's and fatal familial insomnia. Any family history of the latter? Symptoms you describe are not often associated with a sleep disorder except for sleepiness. Actually your "syndrome" sounds closer to encephalitis than asperger's or ffi. ...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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I have stiff neck for a few days and I don't feel well, what can it be?

I have stiff neck for a few days and I don't feel well, what can it be?

See a doc: A stiff neck can be many things, I would advise you see your doc just to be sure. Especially if you are having a headache or a fever (>101.3 F), Nausea or Vomitting, or eye pain or ear pain. It might be as innocent as muscle soreness; but a stiff neck with other symptoms like the ones I described should be looked at by a physician. ...Read more

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Today I have a painful stiff neck and can't turn to the left. Any advice?

Heat: The Best treatment that I know of for a stiff neck is heat either in the form of hot showers or baths or moist heat pack applied several times per day. Massage can be extremely helpful as well. If it does not get better or if you have any symptoms such as severe headache, visual problems, nausea, vomiting you should see your doctor urgently. Usually a stiff neck is benign and will go awayin a few days. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a stiff neck that is painful all around. Can't turn it either side or tip forward without a sharp pain?

I woke up this morning with a stiff neck that is painful all around. Can't turn it either side or tip forward without a sharp pain?

Urgent care / ER: Your symptoms are concerning for meningitis, which can be fatal. Go to urgent care or the ER immediately. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000680.htm ...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