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Stress Related Neck Pain
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
Stress relievers: I am right there with you! that is where i feel my stress. Make sure to carve out time during your day (at least 45 minutes) just for you. Read, take a walk or a hot bath. You can also try moist heat while you watch your favorite show on television. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and avoid caffeine. Exercise (play) also helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Back pain or anxiety: Obviously, you are going to need an evaluation of the cause of your back pain. It should never be assumed that a psychiatric condition causes a physical symptom unless the physical symptom has been adequately worked up. Anxiety can causes neck and shoulder pain and low back pain. www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/symptoms/back-pains how anxiety causes back pain: and how to stop it. ...Read more
Neuropathic pain: Is result of disease or damage to the somatosensory nerves, such as in spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, herpes zoster, hiv, tumors, nutritional deficiencies, toxins or direct nerve injury. Stress is not direct cause, but can exacerbate the pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress is a factor: Stress can cause many things as high blood pressure, weight gain, anxiety, etc. Stress can tense your nerves in turn tighten your muscles to where they go into spasm. See the many stress relief searches online to see what can work for you. If those don't help see your physician. ...Read more
Generally no: When people are referring to costochondritis, they are generally talking about the cartilage in front attacked to the ribs and sternum. Usually it presents as chest pain. I am unaware of it presented as isolated back. It is possible mechanical changes indirectly effect the back. Also an inflammatory process like a rheumatologic process could effect both independently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By altering posture: People who worry or stress tend to have altered body posture and causes strain - esp worry and stress cause muscle tension and lead to chronic neck pain, which is often burning in quality. People who worry also tend to keep their body rigid while driving with a tendency to whiplash injuries. It depends on body posture and not being loose and relaxed with flow of movements in body uninterrupted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: If you are talking about the lower back, then answer is no. However, many conditions can cause generalized pain including pain in the spine. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Yes: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain and/or headaches. These are called cervicogenic headaches and are different from true migraines. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more
Muscular pain - help: Pain generators likely muscular - have someone apply gentle pressure to the sore muscle areas for 1-2 min at a time. Pain likely to subside after 3-4 sessions. If no relief have doctor check for greater occipital neuralgia (treatable with injections) etc. Other options - yoga, biofeedback, keep neck warm with hoodie, scarf etc. John e sarno's book (amazon) has helped many folks with chronic pain. ...Read more
I've been to dr's for neck pain due to stress. I am too nitpicky. Can you give me examples of being nitpicky?
Being nitpicky!: In my opinion there is no such thing as being nitpicky when a patient is suffering from pain and a doctor recommends a treatment. I would expect all my patients to ask about the treatments, side effects, complications and outcomes. If a physician does not like you asking questions about your own body, i would think it is time to change the physician not your questioning! keep asking. ...Read more
Neck pain along with same side headache pain.. What's causing this feels like it could be TMJ related.. Stress? What can I do
Neck pain: Muscle spasm is a symptom of an overactive fight or flight system that is usually what we call stress. I suggest you look for modalities to decrease stress: meditation, yoga, acupuncture, massage, rolfing, feldenkrais. Consider seeing a chiropractor, too. Besides my work, consider seeing a therapist for talk therapy. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I've been having chest and neck pain for the last week my BP is high even with meds i think its anixety? Cuz when i get stressed the pain is bad
Absolutely: We all go through stressful periods in our lives. Often times this leads to sub-conscious tooth grinding/clenching or posturing of the head/neck. Over time, the muscles involved become over worked and can develop tiny trigger-points (knots) that can be quite painful. Stress-relief and relaxation exercises can help. See a massage therapist, dentist, chiropractor to see what can be done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does it mean when you have a headache on top of the head and forehead everyday all day and bad neck pain? Stress & don't work out enough
Other reason: High cervical disc displacements, such as c34, can give headaches that radiate from back of neck over the top of head. Mri of the cervical spine will answer this question. Stress can also reside in neck but usually give bifrontal headaches from wincing and overuse of the frontalis muscle. These are called tension headaches. ...Read more
I am 30 yo male.My girlfriend makes me very stressed, after the arguments often i get chest heaviness and a severe left arm and neck pain.Why?
Pinched nerve: Neck pain that runs down the arm with or without numbness and tingling sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. This is usually caused by a protruding disc or bone spur touching one of your spinal nerves as it leaves your neck. Your neck muscle are probably tensing up which puts pressure on your "neck bones" causing the symptoms to worsen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have this sharp throbbing neck pain on the back of my neck, left side by my spine every time i move my head from side to side. Occured during stress?
See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Started as neck pain/weakness down the sides, has moved up into my jaw and temples. No form of impact or injury. Is it stress? Or is something wrong?
TMJ ?: 27 yo female with unilateral "neck, jaw & temple" pain absent trauma might have Temporal Mandibular Disorder, sometimes called "TMJ". Differential diagnosis might include cranial nerve disorders. See a primary care doctor to begin. At some point a specialist and MRI might be necessary. Seek care urgently if there is severe headache, fever, dizziness, or ipsilateral arm weakness. ...Read more
I often wake up with neck pain and a severe tension headache. Why am I getting "stressed" while sleeping? My pillow and mattress are good quality.
28.NoFam hist of HD.Non-Smoker.5'6'' 152#. BP119/76.Tot Chol 220.NormEKG,Stress&ECHO.3wks of numb acrss chest on&off. Slight Neck pain. Heart related?
Gastritis symptoms, upper back pain where i have a hump at my neck, neck pain, headaches, fatigue, could this all be stress, seen many docs too?!
Stress: Yes: stress can play a role in digestive issues, muscular pain/spasm. fatigue, anxiety, depression weight gain/loss etc. If your medical workup, including GI evaluation is otherwise normal, I suggest several sessions with a clinical psychotherapist to address stress issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a vertigo. It's triggered if I have a migraine, cold, or stress. Sometimes my ears ring. I also have neck pain, athritis rhematoid. Advise?
Migraine: Migraine is a common cause of vertigo. Vertigo is a sensation of movement when you are not moving. Not all dizziness is vertigo, and many people use it incorrectly. I recommend seeing an ENT, getting an audiogram and reviewing it all to see if it makes sense that it is migraine causing your symptoms. Need to rule out Meniere's disease, BPPV, others. ...Read more
29/healthy/female below both ribs chest tightness and on/off neck pain. No cough but plenty of sinus issues and stress lately. Anxiety or pneumonia?
Check uo: Sounds more like nerves but need an exam to be sure. ...Read more
I got hms, recent back n neck pain, dizziness (lightheaded, spin), vomitting feel n headache. Stress n lack of sleep(finals). And advice?
Anxiety: Anxiety is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, chest pain, palpitations, tremors, and parasthesia. Rec.: see your pcp for evaluation. ...Read more
Chest pain, hard to breath, back and neck pain, diagnosed with costo and anxiety.Normal 2d echo jan 2013, ecg, stress test, endoscopy..Do I have to worry?
Head has lots of pressure & shooting sharp pains n it mra & CT & MRI all normal neck pain & lightheaded very stressed out lately?
Left arm, leg back pain some tingling and neck pain, blood-work came back fine, MRI of neck 1 yr ago fine, stressed ? At times tightness around arm
Nerve impingement: Of the neck is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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