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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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Sharp pain in head only. Last a couple secs nausea dizznies and spaced out neck pain tightness in back of headlightheadness shouks I go to er?

Migraines: The symptoms that you describe are likely a tension migraine. Going to the emergency room is not necessary unless symptoms worsen. Call your doctor in the morning to get an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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History of migraines. MRI in January clear. Two weeks have had headache on and off. Dull aching back of head/neck. Tight muscles in shoulder. What2do?

History of migraines. MRI in January clear. Two weeks have had headache on and off. Dull aching back of head/neck. Tight muscles in shoulder. What2do?

Help your neck: Chicken or egg it doesn't matter. Find ways to get your neck muscles to relax and your condition will improve. A loving MASSAGE from a loving partner might be a start. Warm moist soaks on the neck could help. Get really angry and scream and shout, herbs, meds, acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, good sex, there are many options but remember prevention is best. All the best. ...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!

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 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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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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Have head tension/pressure, applied heat pad now have throbbing in back of head and neck. Why is that? Is this serious?

Have head tension/pressure, applied heat pad now have throbbing in back of head and neck. Why is that? Is this serious?

Headaches/Neck pain: The association of headaches and neck pain may be seen in cases of tension, problems with posture, lack of sleep, and with trauma or lesions of the cervical spine. The most appropriate course of action is seeing a medical doctor to start a diagnostic process and treatment. Chiropractic doctors may help the posture and release tension in neck and back. Exercise and relaxation are very helpful. ...Read more

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I have a lump about the size of a pea on the back of my head right above my hairline. I also noticed a rash on my neck that looks like a heat rash.

I have a lump about the size of a pea on the back of my head right above my hairline. I also noticed a rash on my neck that looks like a heat rash.

Cyst: The pea-sized bump is probably a hair follicle cyst called an epidermal or pilar cyst. The redness or heat rash worries me in that the cyst ruptured and the skin around it is now getting infected. You may need to see a dermatologsit and have the cyst removed and then take a 10 day course of oral antibiotics ...Read more

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Hi ER drs :) what are good places to ice in order to prevent/cure minor heat stroke? How's top of head, forehead, back of head, neck, armpits? Others?

Hi ER drs :) what are good places to ice in order to prevent/cure minor heat stroke? How's top of head, forehead, back of head, neck, armpits? Others?

Heat stroke: Ice is not recommended for heat stroke. The putative mechanism is that the vasoconstriction it induces may delay heat loss. Luke warm water is recommended to the entire body with more emphasis in the groin and Scilla where the deep blood vessels can help with heat dissipation ...Read more