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Is my condition a neurological problem or muscle problem? I have been having lower back pain for several months. I have been told that I have a weak back and tense muscles. I have taken aquatherapy. Help very little, may need to keep doing that. I have st

Is my condition a neurological problem or muscle problem? I have been having lower back pain for several months. I have been told that I have a weak back and tense muscles. I have taken aquatherapy. Help very little, may need to keep doing that. I have st

See PCP: Chronic lower back pain without associated leg pain, numbness or tingling most likely does not have a neurological basis. This is usually associated with spondylitis, degenerative disc disease or spinal instability. There may problems in other organ areas such as liver, kidney pancreas, stomach, etc. See your pcp for a thorough evaluation & referral to the appropriate specialist if necessary. ...Read more

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 literally can relax my muscles and they will tighten back within 10 mins whether standing or sitting. I cant massage my muscles everytime they tense?

I literally can relax my muscles and they will tighten back within 10 mins whether standing or sitting. I cant massage my muscles everytime they tense?

Tense muscles can: Be loosened w/massage or hot shower but if they tighten up significantly and quickly you need to find the root of the muscle tension. Low magnesium is one possibility. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. Consider seeing a mental health professional for stress management. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can tense muscles in my back cause a preasurre like sensation in my left side chest with spasm like feelings every once in a while?

Can tense muscles in my back cause a preasurre like sensation in my left side chest with spasm like feelings every once in a while?

Muscle pain: With your age being young and low risk for life threatening disease such as heart attack or aortic dissection, muscle pain like costochondritis from strenous activities or even position on sleep or use of accessory muscles of breathing like coughing wil most likely be the reason. However if the pain is very severe and causes lightheadedness and shortness of breath, you need to be examined. ...Read more

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Pain for couple days in left side of back. Hurts a lot when I move, tense up my muscles and take deep breaths. Pain is sharp. What can this be?

Pain for couple days in left side of back. Hurts a lot when I move, tense up my muscles and take deep breaths. Pain is sharp. What can this be?

Muscle strain: You may have strained some muscles in your back. Now when you stretch then you feel the pain. Try a non steroidal like ibuprofen. ...Read more

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I'm sixteen have had back pain for a year no one can figure it out. All my muscles are tense, when I stand things go black, I start to shake a lot.

I'm sixteen have had back pain for a year no one can figure it out. All my muscles are tense, when I stand things go black, I start to shake a lot.

Back pain: If all of your tests were normal, you might experience some muscle pain or spasm. I recommend stretching exercise, eating healthy food, massage, accupunture. ..

If your pain persists, talk to your doctor for possible muscle relaxant medication. ...Read more

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I feel like a muscle between my spine and left shoulder blade is constantly tense. What can I do?

I feel like a muscle between my spine and left shoulder blade is constantly tense. What can I do?

Stretch: Muscle stretching may help. A physical therapist can show you exercises for this. Your doctor or a physical medicine specialist can prescribe this. You could also try heat, cold, massage. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and sometimes it causes my back muscles to tense up and I get a tingling feeling on the left side of my face. I this normal?

I have anxiety and sometimes it causes my back muscles to tense up and I get a tingling feeling on the left side of my face. I this normal?

Certainly: Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways to include muscle tightness as well as tingling sensations and many other symptoms. Make an appointment with your doc or a HealyhTap provider to provide more details. ...Read more

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Near my tailbone gets swollen, it feels like muscles are tense, back gets tired when standing for long time, swelling goes away after rubbing it.?

Near my tailbone gets swollen, it feels like muscles are tense, back gets tired when standing for long time, swelling goes away after rubbing it.?

Need to get routine: A routine exercise and stretching program should really help. If your hamstring muscles are tight, that will tilt your pelvis and may be adding to back fatigue and muscle irritation. Just as important is a regular light exercise of walking, biking, swimming or other cardio for 20-30 minutes daily. Lastly a strenghtening routine - like pilates will really help. ...Read more

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I keep feeling the back of my neck muscles twitch. Sometimes without the twitching my neck hurts a lot and feels tense. What could this possibly be?!

I keep feeling the back of my neck muscles twitch. Sometimes without the twitching my neck hurts a lot and feels tense. What could this possibly be?!

You need an exam: Sorry for your dilemma. Your description fits with patients that have cervical spine disease causing an injury to the nerve root.

In cervical radiculopathy with nerve root involvement the muscle can spontaneously fire giving rise to fasciculations which is what you are appreciating with the twitching.

I would advise that you see your primary care doctor as there is treatment available. ...Read more

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Hello, I have relapsed since two weeks quitting marijuana..... Will the withdrawals come back as hard? How long can I expect tense muscles as well?

Hello, I have relapsed since two weeks quitting marijuana..... Will the withdrawals come back as hard? How long can I expect tense muscles as well?

Relapse: There is no way to predict how your body will react physically in a relapse. But, your brain is another story. Please get to a meeting. Call your sponsor. Reach out and talk to someone in the program. Relapse is part of recovery. You will do better if you do not use today. ...Read more

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My back is always tense. Its dufficult for me to sleep at night. I have tried heat/cold, muscle relaxers, massages, & ben gay, but no luck. Any suggestions?

My back is always tense. Its dufficult for me to sleep at night. I have tried heat/cold, muscle relaxers, massages, & ben gay, but no luck. Any suggestions?

Underlying causes: We presume that you have had a thorough medical evaluation to determine the cause of the muscle tension. If not, consider doing so. Back tension can be due to many things - underlying arthritis, degenerative disk disease, or muscle pull. Was there a recent or even distant injury? Are you on medications? Some can actually cause dystonia or muscle tension. Discontinuing them may help.? Work respite. ...Read more

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Dad has pain in left lower back. Says it's back pain, muscle feels tense around his rib cage. But the pain is not always there. Is it his kidneys?

See below: Back pain is one symptom felt by somebody who has kidney stone or mass but musculoskeletal pain is a more common cause of back pain, especially with muscle spasms. Have his dr examine him to get accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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When I tense my muscles I can feel like little lumps along the muscle wich I can break up with my fingers but comes back? My muscles are sore also

When I tense my muscles I can feel like little lumps along the muscle wich I can break up with my fingers but comes back? My muscles are sore also

Muscles: If you are getting sore with these lumps after exercising it is probably a build up of lactic acid. Massage therapy works as does a foam roller among other things. ...Read more

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Very stringy and tense muscles of cervical spine can cause littles spasms of the larynx?

Very stringy and tense muscles of cervical spine can cause littles spasms of the larynx?

NO: There is no connection between the muscles of the neck itself and the larynx!
Hope this answers your question. ..if not ask again. I'll watch for it! ...Read more

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Hands have been very cold...I feel weak, anxious, and muscles are tense & achy in neck/back of shoulders. More than just stress and poor diet?

Hands have been very cold...I feel weak, anxious, and muscles are tense & achy in neck/back of shoulders. More than just stress and poor diet?

Possibly.: There are many conditions that can cause your symptoms among them are low blood sugar, hypothyroidism, poor sleep and diet, poor posture, medications, and of course anxiety. Please see your pcp so he can give you a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Taking geodon (ziprasidone) and I have a muscle in the neck on the right side back and is tense. Do I need congentin or change med. Previously on seroquel, celexa?

Needs an examination: First things always first. If you're having muscle tension, stiffness, or pain in a specific muscle of the neck then, your doctor needs to know in order to determine its cause. After that a better decision can be made on medications to take, change, add, or subtract from your list. You list things such as jaw pain & an orthodontic retainer which could be contributing to muscle pain as well. ...Read more

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Low back pain for 4 months, tender when touched, right on and around spine. Not pain just uncomfortable. Could it be bone CA? Or tense muscle?

Low back pain for 4 months, tender when touched, right on and around spine. Not pain just uncomfortable. Could it be bone CA? Or tense muscle?

If its muscle: (some give when palpated) its less likely to be due to a metastatic lesion. If the bone itself is tender I recommend getting a bone scan. If not sure have your doctor examine you. I hope this is just a tender muscle. Knowing is so much better than worrying. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and I can't relax them at all. I'm very tired a

What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and I can't relax them at all. I'm very tired a

Physician evaluation: Muscle twitches are often seen in normal individuals after exercise, with physical or emotional stress, as part of a syndrome called benign fasciculation syndrome and may be caused by a wide variety of other problems such as electrolyte abnormalities, thyroid disease, and nerve root compression. Cramps can also be a side effect of cholesterol control medications. You should be evaluated by your md. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Ligament weakness: The pt is making unstable ligaments more unstable and more painful.

Prolotherapy can rebuild the ligaments and stop the pain permanently.

Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find out about and find a doctor to do prolotherapy on you. ...Read more

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Restless legs, constant crying, muscle twitching, wakes up a lot @nite, constant worry on health, tingling, can't focus, very tense upper back/neck muscle is this anxiety? Wifes symptoms, can't help her : (

Restless legs, constant crying, muscle twitching, wakes up a lot @nite, constant worry on health, tingling, can't focus, very tense upper back/neck muscle is this anxiety? Wifes symptoms, can't help her : (

Need psych evaluatio: You are describing elements of depression
(crying spells, sleep disturbance and inability to concentrate). Need full psychiatric evaluation to rule out medical disorders as cause and treatment asap. ...Read more