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Neck tightness on left side of spine & right above collar bone on left side. Ribs tight. Trouble breathing sometimes. Gastritis. What could connect?

Neck tightness on left side of spine & right above collar bone on left side. Ribs tight. Trouble breathing sometimes. Gastritis. What could connect?

Medical evaluation: Could be many possibilities, an evaluation from your doctor is advised. Gastritis can not explain all those symptoms. Could be something muscular. ...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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Hi! I have had a very bad stuff neck on the left side for about three weeks. It hurts and feels very tight when I lean my head to the right?

Hi! I have had a very bad stuff neck on the left side for about three weeks. It hurts and feels very tight when I lean my head to the right?

Several possibilitie: The most common cause is muscular. Spam, strain or pull.
Swollen lymph nodes could also cause this.
Try massage and anti inflammatories, like alleve. If things don't abate, see your dr. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a tight neck, jaw and ear on my left side?

Hi, I have a tight neck, jaw and ear on my left side?

Fall?: If you had any trauma to your neck by fall or striking, you might have some muscle spasm. If this is just tightness out of the "blue", you need to see a physician for a good check- up, regardless of the reason for the pain. You might try a heating pad for ten minutes every half hour if you wish and some motrin if you are not allergic to it, and take with a meal or snack. ...Read more

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For years, Iv been feeling a tense, tight and tingly sensation from left side neck to left side of chest. Is it anxiety?

For years, Iv been feeling a tense, tight and tingly sensation from left side neck to left side of chest. Is it anxiety?

It could be anxiety: I am a licensed psychologist. Anxiety can cause physical, somatic symptoms such as muscle tension, and tingly sensations. But, what you described also could be due to a medical condition. First see your MD, and have any organic/medical condition get ruled out. And, if there is nothing medical, then yes, it could be anxiety. ...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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I'm having tightness in the left side of my neck and toward the front of it. It's not constant, it comes and goes. The pressure goes to my head too?

I'm having tightness in the left side of my neck and toward the front of it. It's not constant, it comes and goes. The pressure goes to my head too?

Several causes: Are possible. The most likely cause is muscular. If one is involved in motor vehicular accident or sudden stop or fall, sports any of these can cause the pain. The pain is frequently in the sternocleidomastoid muscle This is a large muscle that involves all of the areas you. If persists see your doc. ...Read more

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Recently when I breathe I feel tightness in my upper left chest and going toward my left side of my neck, why?

Recently when I breathe I feel tightness in my upper left chest and going toward my left side of my neck, why?

R/O PERICARDITIS: You may have inflammation of the heart=PERICARDITIS vs inflammation of the lungs =PLEURITIS. Myocarditis is much more serious and can be suggested by an abnormal echo. Often they are post viral. They tend to resolve with rest/hydration /NSAID (indocin) if it persists as course of prednisone may be needed. You need a prompt evaluation EKG/CXR AND LABS. See your doctor for eval. ...Read more

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Neck pain that's tight, and feels like I need to stretch neck back forth It's left side and it effects left side of back. Burning feeling left of face?

Neck pain that's tight, and feels like I need to stretch neck back forth It's left side and it effects left side of back. Burning feeling left of face?

Muscle Spasm: This sounds like a muscle spasm. I would apply heat, little bit of massage may also help relax those tight muscles and you may take Ibuprofen for pain as needed. ...Read more

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I have been having tightness on left side of neck for a couple of days. Is it heart related?

I have been having tightness on left side of neck for a couple of days. Is it heart related?

Not necessarily: There are a number of things that can cause neck pains, cardiac, may be one, muskuloskeletal is another. An evaluation by your dr is needed for proper diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tight pain around my heart and pain in my shoulder on the left side and on my neck the left side as well?

Tight pain around my heart and pain in my shoulder on the left side and on my neck the left side as well?

Low risk: Your age makes you low risk for heart disease as chest pain, but then one cannot judge just by age. There are multiple other risk factors and contributors to heart disease. Check with your primary doctor. Gastroesophageal reflux can mimick chest pain from heart disease. ...Read more

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Tightness on left side of head, shoulder and heaviness on left neck & ear subsides after lying down. Y?

Tightness on left side of head, shoulder and heaviness on left neck & ear subsides after lying down. Y?

You need an exam: Tightness on one side of the head and shoulder along with neck and ear heaviness, that is relieved by lying down, suggest a mechanical cause. It may be due to several possibilities. These would include, among others, muscle strain in the neck/shoulder area and possibly a pinched nerve coming from your neck. Although the latter would usually cause pain, when turning your head to either side. ...Read more

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Why does the right neck/side of face go numb and tingly for 10 sec when slightly strained by moving it to look to my left? It constantly feels tight.

Why does the right neck/side of face go numb and tingly for 10 sec when slightly strained by moving it to look to my left? It constantly feels tight.

Muscle tension: If you stretch the neck by looking towards the left and the tingling is on the right side, that is produced by muscle tension; the opposite may be produced by neck spondylosis and reduced size of the neural foramina. It is probably muscle tension and a very benign problem that could goes away with massage, ice and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Hi, I have tightness & pain in left side of my neck I can notice size difference between left & right side Bloods normal pain in chest & arm echo norm?

Hi, I have tightness & pain in left side of my neck I can notice size difference between left & right side Bloods normal pain in chest & arm echo norm?

Cardiology Consult: No age given, or history? You need to be examined. Pain in neck can be from vertebrae (bones) in neck with arthritis & this may explain Lft arm & Chest pain. Chest pain can be sign of cardiac disease (if in right age group) & freqly radiates to arm & neck, so going to cardiologist is the best way to proceed. Echo can be NL if no Heart damage. Internist could see U & send to Cardiology. Do soon. ...Read more

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Often I feel a weird tight sensation down my left side. From neck to left side of chest. When I laugh usually I feel the sensation. Is it sign of seizure

Often I feel a weird tight sensation down my left side. From neck to left side of chest. When I laugh usually I feel the sensation. Is it sign of seizure

Unlikely: A siezure. Much more likely a PINCHED NERVE in your neck at the C6-C7 level!

Ask your medical care provider about this and the possibility of a NECK MRI to see if this "hunch" is correct!
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Neck of left still has a big lump they said its my lymp note and a week ago my right side of my neck feels tight and hurts, both ears don't feel right?

Neck of left still has a big lump they said its my lymp note and a week ago my right side of my neck feels tight and hurts, both ears don't feel right?

You need to be seen: You don't say who diagnosed this as a lymph node, but obviously it is getting worse, not better and could be an infection or something more serious. Please be checked, even checked again if you have been physically seen as it takes time to be able to diagnose certain things. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes the left front big muscle/vein on your neck to be larger than the right plus muscle tightness and slight pain on left side of neck?

Can anyone tell me what causes the left front big muscle/vein on your neck to be larger than the right plus muscle tightness and slight pain on left side of neck?

Pinched Nerve/Muscle: Most times back pain that is sudden onset will resolve. He should use anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, aleve around the clock and even tylenol (acetaminophen) to help. If this does not resolve you should see your doctor for a muscle relaxant as well. If it still does not resolve, I would recommend seeing a spine specialist for a full evaluation and testing. You may need to get an MRI to see inside. ...Read more

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Head ache on just left side, also tingles and feels tight, third day running now constant with on off stuff neck ideas?

Head ache on just left side, also tingles and feels tight, third day running now constant with on off stuff neck ideas?

Many possibilities: The intermittent stiff neck is what is concerning here- it may be the effects of a muscle spasm like torticollis, but without further information, it is best to discuss your situation in person with a healthcare provider today in order to rule out other diagnoses such as meningitis and migraine headache. All the best. ...Read more

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I have about 6 ulcers under my tongue which are painful also left side of my neck is tender and tight is this due to the ulcers? Thanks

I have about 6 ulcers under my tongue which are painful also left side of my neck is tender and tight is this due to the ulcers? Thanks

Maybe: I would suggest an evaluation by a physician to make sure you don't have something serious or infectious that needs treatment. ...Read more

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What causes an unbalance feeling & tightness on left side of head & shoulder &uncomfortableness in left ear & neck when resting on my back in chair?

What causes an unbalance feeling & tightness on left side of head & shoulder &uncomfortableness in left ear & neck when resting on my back in chair?

See below: Pressure on upper cervical nerves by the upper cervical spine can do this. The best approach is to sit in an upright posture or to place a pillow under your head when sitting on that hair. ...Read more

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I have tingles down my left arm, nauseous, tight chest and neck pain & a headache all of the left side. What is it?

I have tingles down my left arm, nauseous, tight chest and neck pain & a headache all of the left side. What is it?

2 B sure get checked: Stress can manifest in many ways--emotional lability, lack of energy/drive, decreased libido/performance, hives/other skin manifestations, chest pain, air hunger, perioral numbess/tingling, tingling in fingers/toes, overindulgence in food ; substances, GI spasms with resulting diarrhea/constipation/nausea ; abdominal discomfort, headaches ; more significant neurologic problems. But get checked now. ...Read more

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Tender hard lump less than dime size on left front neck? Tendons? ... Tight muscles both sides. Pain down to shoulder when touched. Not like lymph lump

Get it checked: A long list of things can cause a lump like that - some more serious than others. Since it is painful, you should have it evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Ok can low blood flow in the body cause muscle twiching in the arm and legs and back. Also have tightness on left side vain on neck and it feel compre?

Ok can low blood flow in the body cause muscle twiching in the arm and legs and back. Also have tightness on left side vain on neck and it feel compre?

Twitching: Muscle tightness and twitching is usually an indication of magnesium, potassium or calcium deficiency, mostly magnesium. Low blood flow would cause lowering of blood pressure and dizziness, fatigue. If we are talking about compression locally like a limb, reducing blood flow, or falling asleep from lack of blood flow that usually exhibits and pins and needles sensation. ...Read more

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My neck and shoulder hurt on my left side but I get a sharp pain when I swallow liquids not food my muscles feel tight I have bad anxiety nd I'm worrd?

My neck and shoulder hurt on my left side but I get a sharp pain when I swallow liquids not food my muscles feel tight I have bad anxiety nd I'm worrd?

Muscle spasms: Even young people can start experiencing neck problems due to neck nerve root irritation. This can occur because of lifting heavy things, sports injuries or other accidents. Repetitive stress injuries can also initiate the symptoms, sleeping on the stomach with the neck twisted to one side can kink the neck nerves. Drinking cold liquids can initiate muscle spasms. See family md for treatment. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Also neck swelling on the left side but no lumps or nodules. Is it cancer?

Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Also neck swelling on the left side but no lumps or nodules. Is it cancer?

Asthma: You will need a proper evaluation by your doctor including a chest xray & tests for asthma. Swelling in the neck on the left side may represent a prominence related to the upper segment of the left lung. May be related to symptoms of shortness of breath & not necessarily cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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For years, Iv been feeling a Weird tense, tight, weak and tingly feeling from left side neck to left side of arm. No headaches. Is it brain tumor?

For years, Iv been feeling a Weird tense, tight, weak and tingly feeling from left side neck to left side of arm. No headaches. Is it brain tumor?

Very unlikely: It may be an issue with cervical vertebrae that is affecting the nerves coming out of the cervical spinal cord. It would be prudent to consult a neurologist.
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