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Could neck pain be posture related?

Could neck pain be posture related?

Maybe: Without a history of trauma, neck pain can be caused to poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. Try placing a lumbar support behind your lower back when sitting to help straighten your shoulders. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

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


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Neck and shoulder pain due to stress?

Neck and shoulder pain due to stress?

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 more

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Could neck pain and hip pain be related?

Could neck pain and hip pain be related?

Not likely: The neck and hip both have their own unique anatomy and are likely not connected although in some cases pain in the hip or neck may alter your posture or how you walk which can irritate the other parts of your body. ...Read more

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Can stress/anxiety cause upper back muscle pain ?

Can stress/anxiety cause upper back muscle pain ?

Sometimes: However, there are numerous other causes for the same pain. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Could neck tension be related to back weakness?

Could neck tension be related to back weakness?

Yes: Posture can affect every level along your spine and frequently one issue in one part leads to another issue in another part. Take a look at Alexander technique or yoga to improve your overall posture, strength, and balance. ...Read more

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Are joint pain and stress related?

Are joint pain and stress related?

Yes!: Stress worsens all pain and cause both emotional and physical pain! ...Read more

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Can stress, overfatigue or anxiety trigger back pain?

Can stress, overfatigue or anxiety trigger back pain?

Yes: Among many other physical symptoms. It's a great reason to resolve those issues in CBT therapy or w/ mindfullness meditation, yoga, etc. Do it! So many hings will feel better! ...Read more

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Back related nerve pain or is this anxiety disorder?

Back related nerve pain or is this anxiety disorder?

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

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Can stress cause neuropathic pain?

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Can stress cause neuropathic pain?

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 more

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Can stress cause lower back pain?

Can stress cause lower back pain?

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

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Is back pain related to costochondrtitis ?

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 more

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Could worry and stress cause muscle spasm in injury?

Could worry and stress cause muscle spasm in injury?

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 more

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Could pinched nerve(s) in back cause muscle pain throughout body?

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

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Can chronic neck pain trigger migraines?

Can chronic neck pain trigger migraines?

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 more

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Could pain in shoulder be caused by stress?

Could pain in shoulder be caused by stress?

Yes: Stress could cause muscular pain between the shoulder and neck area. Stress can also worsen existing arthritis pains. However, stress cannot new bone and joint problems (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, etc.) nor cause rotator cuff problems. ...Read more

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Can stress cause arm pain and pressure?

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

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What to do about my stress-related neck pain/stiffness?

What to do about my stress-related neck pain/stiffness?

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

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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

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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 more

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Can stress make you feel sick like neck pain teeth pain?

Can stress make you feel sick like neck pain teeth pain?

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 more

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Can stress cause chest, back, neck pain....And can it cause heartburn?

Can stress cause chest, back, neck pain....And can it cause heartburn?

Yes: Yes, stress can manifest itself in multiple ways in terms of symptoms from gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and other organ systems as well as your energy levels. Stress can can have significant negative impacts if prolonged. You should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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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.

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.

What is happening : in your life? Are you stressed at work? Dealing with family problems? Worried about a family member or friend? You daytime stresses may be invading your sleep. Consider talking to a psychologist to search for ways to reduce stress or cope with life's challenges. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress cause sore throart, neck pain, no voice, tired ?

No, but: It can make you more vulnerable to germs in your environment. Sounds like you caught something. Try OTC for symptom relief and if you have a fever, call your Dr to ask if you should come in for an exam. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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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?!

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 more

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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?

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

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I got hms, recent back n neck pain, dizziness (lightheaded, spin), vomitting feel n headache. Stress n lack of sleep(finals). And advice?

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

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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?

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?

Concern?: If the problem is not solved, if you are still in pain, then obviously you are still concerned right? Have you gotten a chest xray? I would also consider a rheumatologist (this is a connective tissue specialist) for another opinion of possible connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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Head has lots of pressure & shooting sharp pains n it mra & CT & MRI all normal neck pain & lightheaded very stressed out lately?

Head has lots of pressure & shooting sharp pains n it mra & CT & MRI all normal neck pain & lightheaded very stressed out lately?

Neck muscles : Tight neck muscles can irritate the nerves going to the head/scalp and cause headaches. Check with your physician for evaluation. Referral to a physical medicine specialist might be needed. ...Read more

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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 more

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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