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Doctor insights on: Tightening Face Muscles

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Can anxiety cause muscles in face to tighten up while sleeping?

Can anxiety cause muscles in face to tighten up while sleeping?

Yes: Certainly. Whenever one is anxious, our muscles tense up. Anxiety can also cause tooth grinding which will lead to pain and tense facial muscles. Grinding teeth usually does occur when asleep. ...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'm not able to exhale fully. My back muscles are tight, I have rounded shoulders and forward head posture. Does this have anything to do with it?

I'm not able to exhale fully. My back muscles are tight, I have rounded shoulders and forward head posture. Does this have anything to do with it?

More info needed: How long has this been going on? Do you exercise? Have any history of asthma? Try taking a hot shower and see if this helps your "tight" back muscles. The warm moist air will be easier to breathe. You really should see a physician and describe these symptoms to the doctor who can examine you.

Good luck ...Read more

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I have a spot on my head that hurts when I leave a certain way and my neck muscle on the left is tight. Is this tension?

Could be: Band like headaches could describe tension headache and neck pain can result from muscle tension. Examination to rule out any associated neurological or eye abnormality is prudent. ...Read more

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I moved my eyes to the left& all of a sudden the top of my head felt like it popped like when muscles tight& it's released. That how it felt. Y was that?

Trochleitis?: People report a "pop" in the orbit associated with the inflammatory condition known as trochleitis, which might be associated with your arthritis. The trochlea is a little connective tissue pulley that redirects the superior oblique muscle, a globe depressor (in adduction) and incyclotorsion (in abduction). You might try the NSAID medication you use for your arthritis. See an eyemd if persistent. ...Read more

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My head feel heavy and my back neck muscle tight and I have flu last days now it is better?

My head feel heavy and my back neck muscle tight and I have flu last days now it is better?

After the "flu"...: If you were suffering of the flu or a similar type of illness even when it is resolved your muscles may stay sore for a few days and it should resolve soon as long as everything else is doing better. Continue with the recommendations given if you saw a doctor for this and if not drink plenty of fluids and rest while you are still feeling sick. If worse try to see your dr. For evaluation soon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain above your temples after having a top tooth pulled? Pain feels like the muscles in my head tight

Is it normal to have pain above your temples after having a top tooth pulled? Pain feels like the muscles in my head tight

Not unusual: It is not unusual to have some muscle strain in the head and neck area after an extraction. There is a tendency for most people to tense up a little. That along with some stretching of your jaw in the open position can lead to some temporary muscle strain. Try using moist head on your temples (not in the extraction area) and/or take an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen 800mg tonight. ...Read more

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Does muscle tension in the head cause my eyes to be heavy and I feel my vision is less than before my head feels so tight at the back and sides!

Does muscle tension in the head cause my eyes to be heavy and I feel my vision is less than before my head feels so tight at the back and sides!

Tensn headache: It seems you are suffering from tension headaches, although migraines are also possible ANS can affect your vision, you may need to see a neurologist to define your headaches and tret them properly. ...Read more

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Does over thinking cause head muscle tension since I was diagnosed with GERD my life went down a dark hole and now my head feels tight for 8months now?

Does over thinking cause head muscle tension since I was diagnosed with GERD my life went down a dark hole and now my head feels tight for 8months now?

Muscle tension: Stress can play a huge role in gastrointestinal reflux. This stress can lead to muscle tension over thinking all the contributing factors, and must be dealt with. I recommend dawnbuse. Com as a website that you can go to for free to learn relaxation techniques not only for your head but for your gut. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can strained or tight neck muscles make the muscles throughout your head hurt? Almost like a sharp sensation?

Can strained or tight neck muscles make the muscles throughout your head hurt? Almost like a sharp sensation?

Definitely, yes: Tension Type Headache. More muscle tenderness has been found in patients with TTH than in non-headache controls. However, it is not unusual for patients with TTH to experience stubbing pain in the head musculature. The pains are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles and other muscles pain as well as the pericranial muscles.
See an orofacial specialist. ...Read more

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Muscle tightness in head while at work that causes some dizziness. I'm a programmer. I have anxiety and some tight muscles in my back too?

Muscle tightness in head while at work that causes some dizziness. I'm a programmer. I have anxiety and some tight muscles in my back too?

Tension headache: Do you have any pain associated with the dizziness? If the sides is on both sides of your head and feels like a vice squeezing your temples, you could have recurring tension type headaches. Try Ibuprofen 800 mg to see if you can get some relief and please let me know if you do! ...Read more

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Can chronic neck pain refer pain to the face? I have bilateral face pain and it eases with neck massage! I have tight muscles on neck and face.

Can chronic neck pain refer pain to the face? I have bilateral face pain and it eases with neck massage! I have tight muscles on neck and face.

Yes it can: Especially if that neck pain comes from nerve pain (neuropathy) and not muscle pain (myopathy). If your neck muscles are rigid and taut all the time, then the pain is most likely myopathic and will require a combination of anti-inflammatory medicines, muscle relaxant medicines, and manipulation/masssage. Heat application also helps. If it is neuropathic pain, then you need xrays of neck. ...Read more

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Why do my muscles feel tight and I get tingling sensation in my head after the bath I am going to the doc soon I just want to know causes for this?

Why do my muscles feel tight and I get tingling sensation in my head after the bath I am going to the doc soon I just want to know causes for this?

Could be a couple th: A few things could cause this a mineral or electrolyte imbalance or could simply be from being in the hot wet water for too long keep your appointment with the physician to evaluate. Also if you're on a diuretic or sometimes other medications could cause this symptom ...Read more

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Face and part of neck feels tight as if I was wearing a mask that dried. Has happened a lot ever since I had a muscle spasm in my neck when I yawned?

Face and part of neck feels tight as if I was wearing a mask that dried. Has happened a lot ever since I had a muscle spasm in my neck when I yawned?

Muscle Spasm: The tightness is residual muscle spasm in your neck affecting the plates a and perivertebral muscles. Need to take a nice hot shower, and the spasm should get better. ...Read more

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I have really tight neck, shoulder and upper back muscles. Doctor said that they are causing my tight head and off balance feeling. Can they cause it?

I have really tight neck, shoulder and upper back muscles. Doctor said that they are causing my tight head and off balance feeling. Can they cause it?

Yes: All of us that work out have a tendency to neglect stretching. Stretches, yoga or meditation should probably take 10 to 15 minutes within the hour at the gym. Our modern life with electronic media puts a lot of strain on the muscles of the neck and upper torso, which can create headaches and muscle imbalance. If you have trouble stretching yourself, consider treating yourself to a massage! ...Read more

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Ok so I was like raising my eyebrows and then all the sudden I got what felt like a muscle cramp in my head. Is this normal? My muscle feel tight in my face also. Also got a headache.

Ok so I was like raising my eyebrows and then all the sudden I got what felt like a muscle cramp in my head. Is this normal? My muscle feel tight in my face also. Also got a headache.

Normal: Sustained contraction of any muscle can cause cramps. Some times low potassium in the blood can cause similar symptoms. Home remedies if it is due to low potassium is to have one to two servings of banana and or oranges. Contraction of forhead muscles can cause headaches occassionally. ...Read more

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Hey I got head numbness on right side and neck muscle tight during sleep and I have been diagnosed with multilevel of degenerative disc disease?

Hey I got head numbness on right side and neck muscle tight during sleep and I have been diagnosed with multilevel of degenerative disc disease?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. However, a 26 year would not likely have enough degenerative disc disease to cause your issues. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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It feels like my muscles on my head get really tight n I get a numbness also I've had CT scan and all was ok what other possibilities could there be?

It feels like my muscles on my head get really tight n I get a numbness also I've had CT scan and all was ok what other possibilities could there be?

Hard to say: Given numbness, it sounds neurological in nature. However, it's hard to be more specific with these symptoms alone and a negative ct scan of the head doesn't exclude very much. My advice would be to continue to follow up with your doctor until you get a diagnosis. If there is trouble getting to the bottom of the issue, see a good neurologist. I hope this helps some. ...Read more

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Could sleeping on a poor pillow be the cause of tight neck muscles and tight muscles throughout the head? Have very poor posture also.

Could sleeping on a poor pillow be the cause of tight neck muscles and tight muscles throughout the head? Have very poor posture also.

Maybe? But see a doc: Many things can cause neck pain. Certainly sleeping on a pillow that's not the right fit for you can cause such things. I note that you talk about foot numbness in "conditions". That raises the possibility of disc issues in your back, and possibly your neck. To further assess that, you really need a good physical examination and some imaging to look into the issue. Please see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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When leaning head to chest, center of chest pulls esp after standing. Could it be back/neck muscles are tight? Chest&spine xrays OK. Heart tests normal.

Suspect muscle: I agree this sounds muscular but there are other possibilities. You could ask your physician
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When I yawned I had a muscle spasm in my neck then part of my face goes numb and my face feels tight not tingly. This has happened twice. What is it?

When I yawned I had a muscle spasm in my neck then part of my face goes numb and my face feels tight not tingly. This has happened twice. What is it?

Muscle cramps.: It could be muscle cramps. We can get cramps in that area, just as we can in our thighs, calves, shoulders, etc. You can try stretching your neck, jaw and chin muscles when this happens, and it may alleviate the cramping. ...Read more

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I have been having twitches in my face and a burning sensation as well a tight cord like muscle or nerve that's tight and sore but it's pulsing and m?

I have been having twitches in my face and a burning sensation as well a tight cord like muscle or nerve that's tight and sore but it's pulsing and m?

Anxiety?: Facial twitching is usually not a sign of a serious disorder and is most often due to anxiety, which may be
causing your symptoms. But if your symptoms persist see your physician. See my checklist "overcoming anxiety and stress." ...Read more

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Sore when moving Hair on head RT side by neck. On and off x few yrs. Feels like Ponytail Was to tight. Muscle ache in neck as well

Sore when moving Hair on head RT side by neck. On and off x few yrs. Feels like Ponytail Was to tight. Muscle ache in neck as well

Nerve: This symptom may be caused by an occipital neuralgia which is an irritability/mild inflammation of the nerve which exits from the neck and courses behind the ear and up into the scalp. At times the nerve is pinched by a bulging intervertebral disc or spur. If you have further concerns, consult a neurologist for evaluation and imaging tests may be ordered and appropriate therapy prescribed. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause every muscle in your body to be tight constantly? Never had this issue before anxiety. Every muscle including face and fingers are tight. Been to pcp and hospitals with panic attacks/symptoms. What can I do?

Can anxiety cause every muscle in your body to be tight constantly? Never had this issue before anxiety. Every muscle including face and fingers are tight. Been to pcp and hospitals with panic attacks/symptoms. What can I do?

Panic Attacks: If you have already been cleared for good physical health by your PCP then it would be good to consult with a Clinical Psychologist to sort out what is causing the anxiety and to get relief. L Medication can also be added to help. ...Read more

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I have very tight muscles at side of neck and back of head- slightly muffled ears and when lean forward it pulls on something in my ear. What is it?

Tight musces: Most probably it sternocleidomastoid muscle over strech injury due to position. I will suggst warm bath, onconter pain med and message for few days ...Read more

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I have a developmental venous anomaly in my left temporal lobe. Can that be the cause of twitching on the right side of my face/tight muscle cheek?

I have a developmental venous anomaly in my left temporal lobe. Can that be the cause of twitching on the right side of my face/tight muscle cheek?

Actually, yes: You could be having "simple partial motor seizures." I assume you have a neurologist. If not, you'll need one. ...Read more

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I got tension on left face, canine teeth, upper lower lip, left tongue, muscle feels tight on tmj, mild pain around ear. Is this TMJ?

I got tension on left face, canine teeth, upper lower lip, left tongue, muscle feels tight on tmj, mild pain around ear. Is this TMJ?

Possibly: Go visit your dentist and consider how you can decrease the stress and anxiety in your life. TMJ is almost always caused or at least worsened by stress ...Read more