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Doctor insights on: Swollen Neck Muscles

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I got bit by gnats in my neck and right below my eye now my eye is swollen and hurts and my neck muscles are very sore am i allergic?

I got bit by gnats in my neck and right below my eye now my eye is swollen and hurts and my neck muscles are very sore am i allergic?

No: This sounds more like a toxic reaction or an infection. Are you sure that these bites were from gnats and not from another insect such as spiders. Best to get checked since it involves your eyes. ...Read more

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Can health anxiety make you feel like you have swollen glands in your neck when you don't? Or could it just be sore neck muscles?

Can health anxiety make you feel like you have swollen glands in your neck when you don't? Or could it just be sore neck muscles?

Yes: You can feel a throat constriction or globus sensation from anxiety. You can have a sore neck from non-cancer lymph nodes (eg a viral throat infection or bacterial such as strep throat) or from muscle strains. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes make neck muscles tight?

Swollen lymph nodes make neck muscles tight?

No, no effect on mus: But they can be tender if there is infection in the throat. ...Read more

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How can I strenghten neck muscles?

Isometrics : A gentle means to strengthen muscles of the neck is to realize that the periodic stress of a muscle keeps it toned. As to the neck, one can use their own hands and arms to press the neck from different directions, or resist the neck as it attempts to move in different directions. Walking, with attendant head bobbing is another way. Swimming is an excellent way to tone muscles of the neck. ...Read more

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Will crunches make your neck muscles big?

Will crunches make your neck muscles big?

Not if done properly: The head and neck should be as relaxed as feasible for any core muscle work. While they work to stabilize the head, neck muscles are unlikely to hypertrophy without specific maneuvers versus significant weight against those isolated muscles themselves. Make sure to focus on obliques and transverse abdominus, not just crunches, to strengthen and stabilize core. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of a headache caused by neck muscles issues?

What are the characteristics of a headache caused by neck muscles issues?

Many types: Many types of headaches are associated with neck muscle pain, including migraines and occipital neuralgia. A neurologist can review your history and symptoms to help determine what kind of headache you have. It would be helpful for you to log your headaches (location, duration, frequency, intensity) and take the log when you see the neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/headache.html ...Read more

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Hello, I will like to know how to care for my mum who has swollen muscles around her neck. ?

Hello, I will like to know how to care for my mum who has swollen muscles around her neck.
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It is best: It is best to be properly evaluated by a doctor in person. Swollen muscles can be indicative of many different health maladies. Does your mother have any other symptoms? Sometimes a massage with a warm, wet towel will alleviate pain associated with sore muscles. ...Read more

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Can stretching your neck muscles while poking and prodding at your neck muscles and tendons leave pain in that region afterwards? Thank you

 Can stretching your neck muscles while poking and prodding at your neck muscles and tendons leave pain in that region afterwards? Thank you

It depends: When doing stretches, always use proper technique. Do not press too hard with your fingers if you want to massage yourself. This does not sound like disease, but if any concerns still remain, see your doctor for a proper exam. ...Read more

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The LHS of my neck has a swollen vertical muscle (?) which is about 3 or 4 or 5 CM thick! Its not painful but I worry about it (I'm 79!)

The LHS of my neck has a swollen vertical  muscle  (?) which is about 3 or 4 or 5 CM thick! Its not painful but I worry about it (I'm 79!)

Thick neck: Seek medical attention this week May be an enlarged lymph node underneath from lung , or swollen thyroid. Ff it is not pulsating less likely to be and aneurysm of the carotid. But seek attention this week . ...Read more

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Why do infants have such weak neck muscles?

Why do infants have such weak neck muscles?

Big head!: Infants have overall relatively low muscle tone and coordination because they have not used their muscles much, and their neurologic systems are still developing. Neck muscles seem especially poor in part due to the relatively large head which is out of proportion to the neck to begin with. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from getting large neck muscles?

How can I prevent myself from getting large neck muscles?

Weights: Almost any upper body weight lifting activates your neck muscles.Always start with a certified trainer who can demonstrate proper technique.Lower weights and higher reps lessen the chance for muscle hypertrophy. ...Read more

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Pulled neck muscles while exercising now have pain and nausea. How do I get well from this?

Pulled neck muscles while exercising now have pain and nausea.  How do I get well from this?

Do the following: Rest on a flat surface with a thin soft pillow under you head and neck, start taking advil (ibuprofen) 600 mg - 800 mg three times per day for 3-5 days, drink plenty of fluids, have someone massage your neck and upper back with bengay or apply hot towel over your neck to increase blood circulation into the neck muscles. If not improved, call your doctor to have an exam. If this is a recurrent condition: xrays. ...Read more

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Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Left shoulder and neck muscles continuously hurt and can't seem to get any relief. Why is this happening to me?

Time for doc eval: In a patient your age, this is often due to myofascial dysfunction- meaning strained, inflexible and restricted soft tissues in your area of pain. Often seen in young women who do a lot of reading, typing, desk & computer work. X-rays can evaluate the cervical spine and shoulder. Physical therapy, stress reduction, trigger point injections & improving posture can be helpful for myofascial pain. ...Read more

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