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I wake up with a stiff neck every morning. What can I do?

I wake up with a stiff neck every morning. What can I do?

Get examination: If this has been going on for an extended period of time I would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nature. It could be as gimle as the pillow you use or the position you sleep in. Try placing a towel wrapped around your neck, secured by a pin and se if the extra support stop your pain. If do then try getting a pillow with a neck contour for support. ...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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While pt for herniated disks provide some daily relief, every morning I wake up with a stiff neck negating the pt benefit. What can I do?

While pt for herniated disks provide some daily relief, every morning I wake up with a stiff neck negating the pt benefit. What can I do?

Sleeping habits: Yes, sleeping positions and pillow conditions can negate all pt and medical help. Try an orthopaedic non allergenic pillow. ...Read more

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Dentist appt. Monday regarding possible TMJ - what can I do in the meantime to help. Stiff neck. Headache. Crackng jaw... Slight vertigo every morning?

Dentist appt. Monday regarding possible TMJ - what can I do in the meantime to help. Stiff neck. Headache. Crackng jaw... Slight vertigo every morning?

Simple things: You can try some over-the-counter medications, moist heat, ice, a soft diet, and gentle massage. Gentle stretching may also benefit your condition. I would also suggest avoiding things that make it worse. ...Read more

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I wake every morning with a stiff neck. It go's behind ear and makes my cheek feel heavy. My vision is blurry and floaters. I am also off balance3mont?

I wake every morning with a stiff neck. It go's behind ear and makes my cheek feel heavy. My vision is blurry and floaters. I am also off balance3mont?

CervicogenicHeadache: Most headache disorders are accompanied occasionally, and sometimes frequently, by neck pain. Conversely, most disorders related to anatomic disturbances of the cervical spine have an element of headache associated with them. The first symptoms are stiff neck, headache, facial pain, vision disturbances and feeling unwell. ...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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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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Sarah woke up this morning with an extremely stiff neck. As the day goes on it seems to get worse. Anything we can do?

Sarah woke up this morning with an extremely stiff neck. As the day goes on it seems to get worse. Anything we can do?

?: If Sarah has fever, or if she's drowsy or confused or has a headache, this is a medical emergency in which minutes count - take her to the closest ER right now. If she's perfectly well except that her neck hurts, a neck brace and some Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil will go a long way in relieving her symptoms which are muscular and will just take time to fully subside. ...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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Morning headache and stiff neck. Is it serious?

Morning headache and stiff neck. Is it serious?

Depends: Really depends on many factors. Most headaches and stiff necks are not serious but a few can be. So if this is happening to you frequently you should discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a stiff neck on my left side. Any advice on sleeping with a stiff neck?

I woke up this morning with a stiff neck on my left side. Any advice on sleeping with a stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Gentle range of motion exercises after icing the area - if this does not improve it, get yourself checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Morning stiff neck and a unbearable shooting pain. Please help how do I get over this!?

Morning stiff neck and a unbearable shooting pain. Please help how do I get over this!?

Exercise, ice, heat: Gentle range of motion, stretching and walking or any low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Ice for about 45 minutes will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. See dr. If persist. ...Read more

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I have a buisy 6yr old. He woke up this morning wth a stiff neck. What can I give him to get rid of it?

I have a buisy 6yr old. He woke up this morning wth a stiff neck. What can I give him to get rid of it?

Try Tylenol (acetaminophen): If he has no other complaints like a headache or that lights are bothering him and he is otherwise acting normally, try some tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Yes: Irritation to the neck and scalp muscles can give you headaches and dizziness. If your neck pain resolves after heavy muscle use but your other symptoms remain for more that a few days without improving I would suggest following with your doctor. ...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 started getting nausea last night and a very sore and stiff neck later the night I started with a headach. This morning still feeling the same.

I started getting nausea last night and a very sore and stiff neck later the night I started with a headach. This morning still feeling the same.

Stiff neck nausea: Sensitive to light? Eye pain? Please seek medical attention today at ER urgent care, could be sore throat like strep, or could be meningitis viral or very rarely bacterial or increased pressure in head f/u/ today w/ doc ...Read more

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Can you develop symptoms of naegleria fowleri after seven days. I woke up this morning with a stiff neck but no sign of headaches or fever?

Can you develop symptoms of naegleria fowleri after seven days. I woke up this morning with a stiff neck but no sign of headaches or fever?

Yes but you would be: Really sick. N. fowleri infection causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis which destroys brain tissue. Sx's usually begin within 2 to 15 days of exposure & may include sudden fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea / vomiting, light sensitivity, feeling tired, confusion, loss of balance, hallucinations, seizures & death.
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I woke up this morning with complete body aching and stiff neck hurts to move and fatigue and nausea?

Sounds like the flu: The flu virus often causes aching throughout and fatigue. A stiff neck can be a concerning sign of meningitis, fatigue, or just a viral infection. Nausea could be related to the flu, changes in your blood chemistry or bowels, a medical side effect, or other things. Do you have a fever? If you have a fever you need to go see the doctor. Can you eat? If you cannot eat you should also see ur Dr ...Read more

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I am 17yrs old symptoms: pounding headache moodswings dizziness stiff neck/shoulder/back heavy head almost imposible to get my headup in the morning?

I am 17yrs old symptoms: pounding headache moodswings dizziness stiff neck/shoulder/back heavy head almost imposible to get my headup in the morning?

See your doctor: Although this could be viral; but the younger the age the more likely chance of bacterial infection. With stiff neck and not being able to get your headup I would worry about meningitis that can become dangerous. See your family md asap. If rapid decline go to nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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Wake in the middle of night and in morning with head pressure not bad pain and stiff neck dry eyes sometimes all day worse when shaking head?

Wake in the middle of night and in morning with head pressure not bad pain and stiff neck dry eyes sometimes all day worse when shaking head?

Tension Type HA: Once a diagnosis of Tension Type Headache (TTH) has been made, effective management involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management (Psychological support), and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an Orofacial Pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more