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I have dull headaches which are now more sharp. I hear high pitched ringing in ears and also buzzing. I feel a sharp neck pain at base of skull. Could it be a TMJ flare up? What should I do?

I have dull headaches which are now more sharp. I hear high pitched ringing in ears and also buzzing. I feel a sharp neck pain at base of skull. Could it be a TMJ flare up? What should I do?

Likely TMJ: Headaches and ear pain are many of the presenting chief complaints of patients with tmj. You can sort out the ringing by protruding your jaw forward when the ringing occurs. It protrusion of you jaw changes or eliminates the ringing sound then there is a jaw connection. Either way you should see a dentist specially trained in tmj. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

See md: See your MD, and have a good check up. Maybe muscle strain or may be way your child sleeps--pillow etc. One additional possibility could be eye issues causing her to cock her head to one side to avoid double vision. Any history of trauma? ...Read more

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Awful head ache, which began 7 days ago at base of skull and back of neck. Base of skull and neck pain worse with movement, causes?

Awful head ache, which began 7 days ago at base of skull and back of neck. Base of skull and neck pain worse with movement, causes?

You have been evalau: From your background information I see you have been evaluated. Was the MRI of the brain or the neck? How was the diagnosis of benign intercranial hypertension made? When you discuss this with your physician. Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker and can cause headaches. Was it given for headaches. Your physician can help clarify this. ...Read more

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6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

Yeah...that'll smart: You may be suffering from the residua of POSTCONCUSSIVE syndrome (PCS). I don't know how you were at the type you got hit...for example, from what height did that hammer come down? You could calculate the amount of Force that you took on the head and neck using F=ma but I think seeing your doctor for a referral to a neurologist for possible PCS and management would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Obtain brain &cspine: Consider obtaining a brain and cervical spine MRI to evaluate for possible cause coming from the spine or the back of the head. All migraines deserve one Brain MRI and an evaluation of triggers for the Migraines by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Myofascial: This could be many things, from a simple sprain strain to myofascial neck pain to occipital neuralgia. Would advise you see a physiatrist or neurologist, who will determine first whether or not you need a ct scan of the head done, based on the severity and pattern of your headaches. ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Overuse syndrome: Several thoughts, all of which need you to see your regular physician. The training and competition especially with swimming necessitates repetetive motion. Your muscles and fascia have nerves that can become irritated and could require an injection at the base of your head. Occipital neuralgia can easily be diagnosed by a neurologist or physiatrist (rehab specialist). ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

PERHAPS DISC?: Sounds like more than a cervical strain. You may have suffered a disc displacement, but you could have cervical spondyolosis, or even some issues in the proximal brachial plexus. Suggest evaluation with either an md or do physician, and perhaps some films of the neck. ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

MUST c physician: Base of skull is protecting crucial part of your upper spinal cord and portion of your posterior brain, cerebellum, basal ganglia. Stop any movement or manipulation of head and neck, and see physician immediately. Since you will need imaging of cervical spine, probably best to go orthopedist, spine specialist, or er. Get advise from ur primary physician first. This may be more than neck strain! ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

MUST c physician: Base of skull is protecting crucial part of your upper spinal cord and portion of your posterior brain, cerebellum, basal ganglia. Stop any movement or manipulation of head and neck, and see physician immediately. Since you will need imaging of cervical spine, probably best to go orthopedist, spine specialist, or er. Get advise from ur primary physician first. This may be more than neck strain! ...Read more

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Lightheaded, sore at base of skull pain in neck Aswell as stiffness. Sometimes pain inbetween shoulder blades. Happend after working out?

Lightheaded, sore at base of skull pain in neck Aswell as stiffness. Sometimes pain inbetween shoulder blades. Happend after working out?

Muscular strain/ER: This does sound like strain of the poster neck muscles (sternocleidomastoid) and the inter scapular muscles from overuse or overloading; however head and neck pain with associated severe neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, or weakness should be evaluated in the ER-ASAP-an examination is necessary. ...Read more

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33 yr old F, dull aching pain and a pressure like feeling @ base of skull, pressure all over head, feels like a balloon, stiff neck. No fever?

33 yr old F, dull aching pain and a pressure like feeling @ base of skull, pressure all over head, feels like a balloon, stiff neck. No fever?

Sounds likes: A very bad headache. Maybe even a migraine. 80% of migraines are associated with neck pain. Does light or sound make it worse? Are you nauseated? A hazy feeling in the head is common with a migraine. Not knowing what you are taking or have taken it is hard to give treatment advice. At the onset I take 3 excedrine to try to ward off my headaches. ...Read more

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Neck pain at base of skull, headaches, facial tingling and numbness, ringing in ears, shoulder burning, and low back pain. What could cause all this?

Neck pain at base of skull, headaches, facial tingling and numbness, ringing in ears, shoulder burning, and low back pain. What could cause all this?

Fibromyalgia: 25y female with "HA, facial tingling, neck/low back/shoulder pain" & tinnitus. This symptom constellation comports with Fibromyalgia, FM, wherein muscle tension headache, TMJ, TOS & widespread soft tissue spasms co-generate global pain. Symptoms cross tissue/organ systems. General medical evaluation needed, & if no specific diagnosis then FM shifts to top of differential diagnostic list. ...Read more

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Right side neck pain, ear pressure, heavy head, spot at base of skull sore. Dr said c spine strain from X-ray. Been this way for 2 months. Any ideas?

Right side neck pain, ear pressure, heavy head, spot at base of skull sore. Dr said c spine strain from X-ray. Been this way for 2 months. Any ideas?

Second opinion: With the symptoms that you have, and an answer that did not provide relief, you should obtain a second opinion, preferable from an ear, nose and throat specialist, as ear problems may produce these symptoms ...Read more

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What can be used against stiff neck pain?

Neck pain: You cannot basically "get rid of stiff neck pain." stiff neck pain is typically associated with arthritis and degenerative spine disease. Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication can alleviate neck pain. Avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous physical/work activities are also important in preventing neck injury. ...Read more

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Howcan I get rid of stiff neck pain?

Howcan I get rid of stiff neck pain?

Rest: I would rest for a day or so. I would recommend anti-inflammatory medications. If the pain persists see your orthopedic spinal specialist and get involved in a physical therapy program. ...Read more

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Stiff neck & pain when I press on vertebrae. What could be wrong?

Stiff neck & pain when I press on vertebrae. What could be wrong?

Arthritis: Arthritis causes joint pain and stiffness. Pain, stiffness, and inflammation can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Follow directions on label. Gentle range of motion exercise should help too. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent stiff neck/neck pain after lifting weights?

What can I do to prevent stiff neck/neck pain after lifting weights?

Modify your: Technique as well as look to change your amount of weight and reps or look to use a bench to support your upper back, neck and head or even change from free weights to machines or vice versa. It may be a good idea to due a light cardio warmup and stretching before and after while not overdoing it as well. If issues persist, see your doctor for evaluation and recommendations. ...Read more

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Stiff neck, pain in neck when head is moved side to side. Headaches, cold sensations in head. Symptoms come and go?

Stiff neck, pain in neck when head is moved side to side. Headaches, cold sensations in head. Symptoms come and go?

Exercise: It may help to exercise enough so that you sweat, that will raise core body temperature and relax the muscles.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have neck pain on the back side of my neck near my back on the bones. I keep getting some sort of neck pain every month. (usually stiff neck)?

I have neck pain on the back side of my neck near my back on the bones. I keep getting some sort of neck pain every month. (usually stiff neck)?

Soft tissue: At your age, the pain is most likely due to soft tissue inflammation (myofasciitis) or deconditioning or possibly early degenerative disc. If you have had symptoms > 6 weeks I would certainly recommend evaluation with a physician. ...Read more

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I had a headache, stiff neck, neck pain, and vomiting for a whole week. It left for about three days and now its back. What could it be?

? Pseudotumor cerebri: You could have pseudotumor cerebri, a condition that mimics having a brain tumor. But because these are also symptoms of a real brain tumor you need to get it checked out. See a neurologist who can do the proper studies and help you get an answer. ...Read more

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Chronic stiff neck/neck pain and pain often goes to the back of my head and I get dizzy when I move my head in certain ways. +neuro problems. Help?!

Stiff neck: Any old trauma or whiplashes. You are welcome to check with the neurologist first to exclude rare but serious problems but most cases are helped by an osteopath, physiatrist or chiropractor. ...Read more

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Stiff neck - 3 weeks back - went to chiropractor - was ok - after 3 weeks again stiff neck pain. How long it would be? How to treat or best method f

Stiff neck - 3 weeks back - went to chiropractor - was ok - after 3 weeks again stiff neck pain. How long it would be? How to treat or best method f

Needs evaluation: There are many causes for a stiffness of the neck. You should see a neurologist or rheumatologist for evaluation. NEVER let a chiropractor manipulate your neck. NEVER. There are many severe injuries from chiropractic manipulation of the neck. ...Read more

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Neck pain on my right side? Recently I've had a stiff neck cause by a lot of shoulder tension. I put some ice on my neck it burns and is very tender.

Muscle spasm: Sounds like some spasming of the muscles. Ice is a good choice. Try some icy-hot cream or patches. See your chiropractor as soon as possible and take ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) for the pain. A massage therapist may help as well. ...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