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What could cause chronic lower back stiffness symptoms in an 18 year old female?

What could cause chronic lower back stiffness symptoms in an 18 year old female?

Many things: Including an old injury, posture problems, not enough exercise, or to much of the same exercise causing an over use injury. Even vitamin d deficiency has been linked to lower back pain. ...Read more

Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more


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Few days ago, I woke up with neck pain/stiffness. Symptoms relieved after a couple days. Now I woke up with pain at the center base of my right palm.

Few days ago, I woke up with neck pain/stiffness. Symptoms relieved after a couple days. Now I woke up with pain at the center base of my right palm.

Not sure the events: Are related, but pain in the neck followed by pain/weakness of a limb is never a good thing... if they are connected. Or they may be completely random, separate things. Either way you should see a healthcare provider for further examination and hopefully diagnosis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Headaches, arm and leg pain with tingling, and neck stiffness. Symptoms all happen together. Could low lying cerebellar tonsils cause my symptoms?

Hemiplegic Migraine: Migraine is a complex neurological disorder. Such symptoms could signal an other serious problem that requires treatment soon. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Are sleep deprivation and neck stiffness related symptoms?

Are sleep deprivation and neck stiffness related symptoms?

Could be: You may have aches and pains, listlessness, decreased concentration when you are deprived of sleep. ...Read more

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DDx pain Symptoms:stiffness-spine back&neck, hyperaesthesia, Allodynia, Paraesthesia, 9/10 pain Findings:Undissipated Central canal, few overactive reflexs

DDx pain Symptoms:stiffness-spine back&neck, hyperaesthesia, Allodynia, Paraesthesia, 9/10 pain Findings:Undissipated Central canal, few overactive reflexs

Several possibilitie: Your history is not entirely clear. I am assuming that the stiffness is only in the neck? Or the entire spine? Is there a history of fever? If so meningitis should be in the differential. Also, where are the hyperesthesia, allodynia and parresthesia complaints present? I am assuming in the limbs limbs possibly. If so, central nervous conditions should be entertaihed such as MS or T myelitis. ...Read more

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Normal crp/esr, joint pain, tiredness, hypermobile, steroids help symptoms, morning stiffness... What's going on? Thank you!

Normal crp/esr, joint pain, tiredness, hypermobile, steroids help symptoms, morning stiffness... What's going on? Thank you!

Rheumatology: Cannot possibly make a diagnosis or provide advice based upon what you have conveyed. My advice is to see a Rheumatologist and get professionally evaluated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a dull pain for 2 weeks now on the bottom right side of my head. Like a stiffness or dull pain. No other symptoms. Should I see a DR?

I have a dull pain for 2 weeks now on the bottom right side of my head. Like a stiffness or dull pain. No other symptoms. Should I see a DR?

See your physician: There are many types of headaches and many reasons for each type. You should see your primary care physician first who can refer you to a neurologist. It would be helpful for you to keep a "headache calendar" by noting down the frequency, duration, location, and intensity of your headaches, along with associated symptoms. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/headache. Html ...Read more

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What is the complication of untreated juvenile athritis for 5 years? My symptoms now is very mild. Morning stiffness now is much lesse sometime none.

What is the complication of untreated juvenile athritis for 5 years? My symptoms now is very mild. Morning stiffness now is much lesse sometime none.

It depends: There are several subtypes of juvenile inflammatory arthritis. Some can cause significantly joint damage if untreated and others won't. ...Read more

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Symptoms are low grade fever, very sleepy all the time, randomly s.O.B, pain, swelling, and stiffness in left knee (replacement with popliteal cyst)?

Symptoms are low grade fever, very sleepy all the time, randomly s.O.B, pain, swelling, and stiffness in left knee (replacement with popliteal cyst)?

R/O infection: Believe you need to see the surgeon that implanted your knee to rule out a low grade infected total knee. ...Read more

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I have back pain and stiffness when I wake up. Is this possibly whiplash and what are ways to alleviate the symptoms?

I have back pain and stiffness when I wake up. Is this possibly whiplash and what are ways to alleviate the symptoms?

No: Whiplash syndrome usually is related to a fall or accident. It does not appear that you have any relation to those events. Nonetheless, you have signs of arthritic symptoms due to degenerative disc disease. I would see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Neck stiffness x2days, difficulty looking down, no other symptoms. Any suggestions? Healthy, no meds, just real bad neck pain.

Neck stiffness x2days, difficulty looking down, no other symptoms. Any suggestions? Healthy, no meds, just real bad neck pain.

Neck support: Try cervical pillow, warm compresses & aleve (naproxen) OTC. You can use up to 2 aleve (naproxen) twice a day with food. Check with you local doctor if not better. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Been have on and off again migraines for the past 2 days with pressure on left side with stiffness in the neck no other symptoms, should I be worried?

Been have on and off again migraines for the past 2 days with pressure on left side with stiffness in the neck no other symptoms, should I be worried?

Not worried: Do you have migraines periodically and does this seem like a "typical" migraine for you? Try taking some Excederin Migraine and consider a massage to loosen up the muscles in your neck. If you have any sinus symptoms such as fever, cough, nasal drainage or stuffiness, then you may have a sinus infection and should see your doctor or urgent care. ...Read more

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I am post men. An lots of terrible symptoms. Cant take HRT or drugs for anxiety. Balance trouble, headache, back stiffness, help?

I am post men. An lots of terrible symptoms. Cant take HRT or drugs for anxiety. Balance trouble, headache, back stiffness, help?

It's been awhile: I've noticed your questions for awhile now and I see how difficult it's been for you. Since you can't take the usual meds, I'm really urging you to have a good psych eval and follow up w/ the right talk therapy to learn skills for managing for health and emotional challenges. An eval will point to the best plan for you. Hope it works out well! ...Read more

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Can symptoms from meningitis come and go? I had the worst headache of my life and neck stiffness but now I only have the stiffness

Can symptoms from meningitis come and go? I had the worst headache of my life and neck stiffness but now I only have the stiffness

Neck stiffness: You must see your primary doctor - she/he will take your recent medical history, examine you, and order labs and images.
When the results are available (probably next day) your doctor will decide what does or does not need intervention.

Hope all goes well! ...Read more

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Is joint pain and stiffness a normal symptom with bronchitis?

Is joint pain and stiffness a normal symptom with bronchitis?

It is not uncommon: Body aches, joint pain and tiredness usually due to infection. In most cases, the cause is a virus and plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding smoking, and possibly a prescription for an inhaled bronchodilator and OTC NSAIDs may be very helpful. ...Read more

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Do the symptoms of piriformis syndrome and/or sciatica include thigh stiffness?

Do the symptoms of piriformis syndrome and/or sciatica include thigh stiffness?

Pyriformis/sciatic: Yes thigh stiffness in the back of the thigh can certainly be present in the conditions above. Pain should also be present to some extent. ...Read more

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I've had fever, severe neck stiffness, and headache. I get migraines occasionally, but not with these symptoms - is this cause for concern?

I've had fever, severe neck stiffness, and headache. I get migraines occasionally, but not with these symptoms - is this cause for concern?

Contact your doctor: You may well have an infection, likely viral, but hard to pinpoint at this time. The migraines can kick up secondarily but the primary issue seems infectious. Contact your doctor ASAP and get this addressed.
If your fever is high, and you start getting delirious, a lumbar puncture is advised. ...Read more

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After a head to head hit in a recent football game, I got a slight stiffness/crick in my neck that soon went away. No other symptoms. Head concussion?

After a head to head hit in a recent football game, I got a slight stiffness/crick in my neck that soon went away. No other symptoms. Head concussion?

YouGotACrickcussion: If you have no symptoms now you're sitting pretty! And just a little neck stiffness does not qualify as a true concussion. More like a neck strain. With a concussion, the brain gets a good bounce inside the skull & you'd be left with a headache & other symptoms. You may or may not have blacked out, but the symptoms last a while, sometimes a long while. The spinal cord can experience something similar. ...Read more

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What is joint stiffness and pain, plus fever symptoms of?

What is joint stiffness and pain, plus fever symptoms of?

Joint stiffness: These symptoms are common with infections/ inflammation. Viral/ bacterial/rickettsial/ parasites can cause these symptoms. Viral illnesses are the most common etiology. Other causes may include rheumatological causes/auto-immune diseases, inflammation following infections but are less common. ...Read more

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For that last 8mths I've had symptoms simular to fibromyalgia. Stiffness tenderness and pain all over. Isn't that also symptoms of hiv?

For that last 8mths I've had symptoms simular to fibromyalgia. Stiffness tenderness and pain all over. Isn't that also symptoms of hiv?

NO: Typically with HIV there are no symptoms until the disease has progressed. The symptoms of HIV do not include the symptoms of fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Acute vs chronic hep b...Are the symptoms for both generally the same in the early stages? Some stiffness, joint pain, ab pain? Or are they different?

Acute vs chronic hep b...Are the symptoms for both generally the same in the early stages? Some stiffness, joint pain, ab pain? Or are they different?

Very different: Acute hep b has a wide variation of presentations, from no symptoms at all, to making you very sick. Same goes for chronic hep b, depending on how far along the disease is, although it is usually asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can hip stiffness be a symptom of developmental hip dysplasia?

Can hip stiffness be a symptom of developmental hip dysplasia?

Yes: Loss of motion can be symptomatic of many different things. The most common is osteoarthritis. In terms of dysphasia you will need an x-ray. If you are having hip problems and haven't seen anyone I suggest you see someone for an exam and xrays. ...Read more

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I have had neck pain for about 5 days, at first I thought it was my bad sinus headache. Now I have no symptoms but neck paun and stiffness. Worried...

See a doctor: This is impossible to diagnose over the internet. If you are concerned about these symptoms go and get examined and assessed appropriately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can myelomalacia cause neck stiffness, headaches, pain through neck, arms and back? I've had a crick in my neck with all of these symptoms for 6 days.

Can myelomalacia cause neck stiffness, headaches, pain through neck, arms and back? I've had a crick in my neck with all of these symptoms for 6 days.

Neck: Yes. Myelomalacia can cause all of the above symptoms if in the cervical spine region. At upper levels would be less likely to cause arm symptoms than mid to lower levels. Headache would be more common with upper levels. Seeing physician whether neurosurgeon or neurologist would be recommended for anyone with an MRI showing myelomalacia. ...Read more

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Can back pain (pain along d spine) be the only symptom for meningitis without having headache, fever and neck stiffness?

Can back pain (pain along d spine) be the only symptom for meningitis without having headache, fever and neck stiffness?

Not likely: Not likely. Usually you'd have some meningeal irritation signs as well. But if you have significant back pain, especially if persisting, seek medical care. If there is associated fevers, chills, neck pain, neck stiffness, photophobia then seek immediate medical care. ...Read more

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I have <1cm hyperechoic lesion at mid-lower right kidney. No symptoms outside mild back stiffness. Urine/IVC/liver = normal. How worried should be?

I have <1cm hyperechoic lesion at mid-lower right kidney. No symptoms outside mild back stiffness. Urine/IVC/liver = normal. How worried should be?

Possible cancer: A hyperechoic lesion should be evaluated. Check to see if Hgb increasing or blood in urine. An angiogram of kidney should be performed because of increased vascularity of kidney tumors and a PET scan would also indicate if lesion is possibly malignant. A needle bx then required to make histologic dx. ...Read more