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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?

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

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Had on & of headache at my back head & neck for 2 months & was gone. Now I feel tightness & stiffness @ back neck & squeezing my head when I get up?

Had on & of headache at my back head & neck for 2 months & was gone. Now I feel tightness & stiffness @ back neck & squeezing my head when I get up?

Tension: These sound very much like tension headaches and you may now be experiencing the direct pain and discomfort in the muscle groups which were affecting your temporalis muscles and producing headache. On the other hand, without seeing you cannot be sure. See a doctor if this keeps up. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Can anxiety causing my tight chest, neck, head, back and shoulders along with off balance feeling and feeling hot?

Can anxiety causing my tight chest, neck, head, back and shoulders along with off balance feeling and feeling hot?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. See doc first to rule out medical issues. ...Read more

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Tightness in chest, back pain that goes up through left shoulder, into neck and back of head. Otc pain meds do not help. Sleeping difficult. Help!

Tightness in chest, back pain that goes up through left shoulder, into neck and back of head. Otc pain meds do not help. Sleeping difficult. Help!

See a physician: It is impossible to adequately diagnose anything online, though anytime somebody complains of tightness in the chest and pain into the left arm it raises a concern of heart issues. Please see a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I am hearing a fluid sound in the back of head and neck on occasion. Like if water was going through a tight hose or something, What does this mean?

I am hearing a fluid sound in the back of head and neck on occasion. Like if water was going through a tight hose or something, What does this mean?

Sound: If the fluid sound occurs without head movements you could be experiencing intermittent tinnitus which may emanate from the inner ear. If the sounds occur with head movements they may come from structures like neck ligaments or vertebrae moving. Occasionally sounds are of blood circulating through blood vessels. Have your physician examine your blood pressure as well as ears, neck, carotid artery ...Read more

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Tight head at temples, back of head, and forehead. Getting over cold and have minor ear issues as well. Slightly sore neck as well. Muscle? Sinus?

Tight head at temples, back of head, and forehead. Getting over cold and have minor ear issues as well. Slightly sore neck as well. Muscle? Sinus?

Headache: Your pain may be due to a sinus infection as well as muscular because of your sore neck. Try ibuprofen-sinus for relief. ...Read more

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Feeling tightness and heaviness in my head neck and pain in my back. Feel like my head is about to explode what causing it?

Feeling tightness and heaviness in my head neck and pain in my back. Feel like my head is about to explode what causing it?

If in addition you: Feel pressure in the region of your sinuses. It could just be asinus infection. However if you are also having blurry vision, headaches, nausea. Go to your nearest emergency room!!! . While there, have them check thyroid hormones.
With the pain in your back, how long have you had it> any chance you could be pregnant again? ...Read more

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Neck hurts from the back of my head down and on both sides and it feels tight I lift alot of heavy stuff at work. What can I do?

Neck hurts from the back of my head down and on both sides and it feels tight I lift alot of heavy stuff at work. What can I do?

Neck pain: Would consider PT, massage, liftign techniques, Aleve (naproxen) if not allergic and or flexeril at night. Warm shower in AM, ice when home from work If lifting constantly consider breaks every 30 minutes for 1-2 minutes to shake out neck. May consider a few days of neck collar, sometimes at night it helps the neck from rolling all over f/u with doc /urgent care. . ...Read more

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Sharp tight pain in back of head?

Neuralgia: Most often this type of pain which is usually sharp and shooting is neuralgia which is an irritability/mild inflammation of a superficial nerve in the scalp and doesn't originate within the brain. It is more of a nuisance and is not serious. It usually resolves on its own. See your physician if you have persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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Why does the back of my neck and head hurts and feel tight in morning?

Why does the back of my neck and head hurts and feel tight in morning?

Tightness: This sounds like muscle stiffness. Try a new pillow. Physical therapy or chiropractic may help this. If persistent, see your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing some tightness and tingling in the sides and back of my head. I also have some stiffness on the left side of my neck.?

I am experiencing some tightness and tingling in the sides and back of my head. I also have some stiffness on the left side of my neck.?

Osteoarthritis: At your age degenerative disease of spine is most common cause of your symptoms. Tingling in head is from irritation or pinching of nerve in upper part of neck. ...Read more

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Snap in top of neck/base of head the other day. Had craniotomy 5 weeks ago. It's tight and hurts a bit. It happened when tilting head back. Help...

Snap in top of neck/base of head the other day. Had craniotomy 5 weeks ago. It's tight and hurts a bit. It happened when tilting head back. Help...

Might be related: Your symptoms may or may not be related to your recent surgery. Would follow up with your neurosurgeon for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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For the past 4 months the back of neck and sides feel tight when turning head and all day long done meditation herbs nothing works this is everyday?

For the past 4 months the back of neck and sides feel tight when turning head and all day long done meditation herbs nothing works this is everyday?

You need an evaluati: You need to see your physician and have an evaluation. This may be a muscle or pinched nerve or some type of inflammatory arthritis.since it is for four months you need to have it clarified. ...Read more

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I have been using a tight bra 4 over a year now./studying for hours for months/heavy back bag/4 a few days now I have mild neck to head pain what's it

I have been using a tight bra 4 over a year now./studying for hours for months/heavy back bag/4 a few days now I have mild neck to head pain what's it

Poor posture: Most individuals upper body/neck symptoms are related to poor upper body posture---slumping the shoulder. This leads to more headache-----affects the levator scapular muscle group--that attach to the upper cervical vertebrae cause dysfunction----and cervical strain symptoms---improve the posture and the symptoms will go ...Read more

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Stabbing pains in top right side of head started one week ago, usually followed by tight band feeling around back of head. Could it be serious?

Headache.: Although headaches can be serious, this sounds like a tension headache which is painful, but not serious. If the headache started suddenly, is associated with fever, neck stdffnes or light hurts your eyes if would get checked. ...Read more

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When I sleep in the night I feel pain in the back of my neck and I feel tightness in my back neck and during the day time II feel heaviness in my head?

When I sleep in the night I feel pain in the back of my neck and I feel tightness in my back neck and during the day time II feel heaviness in my head?

You need a good: Night sleep and a massage. Need eight hours of sleep everyday. May be related to type of work you do. Posture is one factor, working on the computer is another. Need to take a break in between. You can take some pain reliever and relax a bit. Consult with your physician, need more details and you need to be examined. ...Read more

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I'm having pain on the back of my neck on the right side accompanied by a tightness between my eyes. When I move my head quickly I feel a tightening?

Headache?: It is possible you are suffering from a muscle contraction headache, which might trigger tight feeling forehead or eyes, and neck pain. If there is fever with this you must see a doctor quickly. If not, you could try heat packs to the neck, or possibly a pain reliever. With any neck and head pain, it is usually good to see a doctor to make sure it is not meningitis. ...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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Tight pressure back of head and light headed been going on for a while now on and of for 3 months really bothersome?

Tight pressure back of head and light headed been going on for a while now on and of for 3 months really bothersome?

Sign of Tension: You may need medical help from your a doctor. If you do not have one, you should look for a family Physician as we all need a Primary care Physician (PCP) as a source for medical help.
Right now your symptoms sugggest a stressful period of time for you either in school, or at your job or may be in a family relationship. You should learn how to relax: by Breathing exercises and daily walks for exerc ...Read more

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My jaw, front of my neck, back of my head are numb and tight. I am wondering what this is given it's accompanied by a headache?

My jaw, front of my neck, back of my head are numb and tight. I am wondering what this is given it's accompanied by a headache?

Nondiagnostic: This constellation of symptoms require a thorough history and physical examination for diagnosis. Referral to a neurologist and/or an otolaryngologist May be recommended after your physician examines you. ...Read more

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I was having some tingling and tightness in the back of my head along with stiff neck. Now im having sinis pressure and drainage. Is this all related?

I was having some tingling and tightness in the back of my head along with stiff neck. Now im having sinis pressure and drainage. Is this all related?

Certainly could be..: It sounds like you have acute sinusitis. An important principle of head pain is that it can be referred to almost any other part of the head, so it can be difficult to know where it starts. Sinus pain often is referred to the back of the head and neck. I'm concerned about the 'stiff neck'. One complication of sinusitis is memingits, or a pus pocket in the sinuses. C a doc to make sure what it is. ...Read more

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I keep having tightness and tension at the back of my head down to my neck and jaw. I don't know what it is but it makes me wonder what this cause could be. It's doesn't feel like a headache migraine so what is it?

I keep having tightness and tension at the back of my head down to my neck and jaw. I don't know what it is but it makes me wonder what this cause could be. It's doesn't feel like a headache migraine so what is it?

Neck &jaw tension: This sounds like symptoms of bruxism (grinding or clenching your teeth). This can take place at night when you sleep, and also at various times during the day.
If at night, you should wear a nightguard. If during the day, you need make sure that your jaw is relaxed and your teeth are not held together except when you are eating.
It's best if you check with your dentist. ...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?

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