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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

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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I've been to dr's for neck pain due to stress. I am too nitpicky. Can you give me examples of being nitpicky?

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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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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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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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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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