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What does cervical spondylosis feel like, a tight neck?

What does cervical spondylosis feel like, a tight neck?

Nerve damage: Stiff neck is a symptom, however, nerve damage manifesting as weakness, numbness and muscle wasting in the legs and urinary symptoms may be more troublesome. ...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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Chronic r arm/shoulder pain x6yrs. 2 wrist surgeries & radial nerve release gave zero relief. Current CT angio neck report said modest cervical spondylosis. Could this be the cause of my arm pain?

Chronic r arm/shoulder pain x6yrs. 2 wrist surgeries & radial nerve release gave zero relief. Current CT angio neck report said modest cervical spondylosis. Could this be the cause of my arm pain?

Absolutely: Cervical spondylosis is a much more common cause of radiculopathy and nerve pain than thoracic outlet syndrome, a cervical rib, a brachial plexopathy or shoulder impingement syndrome, particularly with confirmed cervical spondylosis. Have a spine specialist consult. The history is extremely important and the patterns. Emg/ncv' s are sometimes helpful, but not always. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Have cervical spondylosis. Did neck traction 3 times, started at mininum weight n increase 1kg every time. Now feel tension at throat. Is it related?

Unlikely anything : Is happening other than there are front or anterior neck muscles that may be strained from the traction to explain your symptoms . If it persists or worsens, get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Feel slight pain in my neck. I also have cervical spondylosis. What could be wrong?

Neck pain: Cervical spondylosis can certainly cause neck pain.........And so can other things. Check with your doctor to see what's going on. ...Read more

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My mother (age 62) has cervical spondylosis and has excruciating pain in neck. What can she do for the pain?

A few thoughts: The usual answer is surgery, such as laminectomy or fusion or various pain medications.In my practice, I find that treating the peripheral nerves with neuroprolotherapy (NPT) is more effective.Though most drs. attribute the pain to the spondylosis (bony overgrowth), the pain is often due to swollen nerves (dorsal rami, for instance).NPT reduces the swelling & pain for some people. ...Read more

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Ear pain & pressure. Could it be related to cervical spondylosis? Having some pain down neck and upper back, too.

Ear pain & pressure. Could it be related to cervical spondylosis? Having some pain down neck and upper back, too.

Quick exam: The pains on your neck and back are likely from the c-spine problem. The ear problem could be, but presumptive diagnosis without proof would be wrong. Go to your doctor and a quick look at your ear and an examination of your spine and movements can help your md make proper dx, or more exam and referral if needed.. ...Read more

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cervical spondylosis have any connection to the node neck tension and narrowing neck bites in the trachea and breathlessness?

 cervical spondylosis have any connection to the node neck tension and narrowing neck bites in the trachea and breathlessness?

??????: Sorry, your question is not in understandable English. Please have someone with a better command of English help you. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mother in law aged 62 has cervical spondylosis, she has excruciating pain in neck , also?

What do you suggest if my mother in law aged 62 has cervical spondylosis, she has excruciating pain in neck , also?

See below. : There are many reasons for cervical pain, with or without spondylosis. Have her seen by an orthopedic specialist. An MRI might be required for a better evaluation. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis c5-c6, c6-c7, in pain, wearing neck brace. Was told hanging my head upside down is good for recovery. Any truth in that?

This would be like: Doing traction by letting gravity do the pulling off loading your neck. Traction may help if the position is tolerable for you for this degenerative issue in your neck. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis creating tension on artery, I get vertigo due to this when I bend my neck slightly down, is it dangerous? could I get a stroke?

Cervical spondylosis creating tension on artery, I get vertigo due to this when I bend my neck slightly down, is it dangerous? could I get a stroke?

See Neurologist: If you get vertigo, nausea, vomiting, or faintness by your head being in different positions then, you need a neurologist for a workup and plan to approach patient with either a neurosurgeon or orthopedist as necessary. I believe chances are extremely low for a stroke from what you've described, however, your neurologist can better answer that question.

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Dr said I have cervical spondylosis I have lots of pain on my shoulders arms and i get cramps when i move my hands and neck i get dizziness at times?

Very general: Spondylosis is a very general diagnosis and at your age would not be that significant. If your pain is traveling down one or both arms and there is weakness, the next step is a MRI scan. Most neck pain will resolve in time and with conservative care. If you have had the problem for more than a few months and it is not improving then you need to see a specialist for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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What happens to the neck bones in cervical spondylosis?

What happens to the neck bones in cervical spondylosis?

Osteophytes: The vertebrae of the the spinal column become irregularly thickened and may have irregular projections. These irregularities cause narrowing of the spinal canal and impinge on the spinal cord leading to neurological deficits. ...Read more

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Hit in neck 7wks ago mri-chronic cervical spondylosis c56c67 degenerative bony narrowings left sided associated mild left facet arthropathy. Worried?

Hit in neck 7wks ago mri-chronic cervical spondylosis c56c67 degenerative bony narrowings left sided associated mild left facet arthropathy. Worried?

Common findings: The MRI seems to describe very common degenerative type changes at typical locations in the neck. They are described as chronic, which indicates these are due to wear and tear over time and not likely related to your being hit in the neck. These changes will likely continue to happen over the course of a lifetime and may be a source of pain in your neck and/or arms from time to time. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis. Strained neck 3 weeks ago. Did 5 sessions of physio. Took celebrax. Not much improvement. Next course of action by doctor?

Time: Just give it more time. You note some improvement over 3 weeks. This could take another 3-9 weeks to resolve. Continue your current treatment as long as you continue to improve. If you do not or worsen, then follow up with your doctor for further evaluation which may include a change in medication or further imaging like a MRI or both. ...Read more

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Does cracking your neck/back do any harm? I have cervical spondylosis and a torn l4/l5 disc. I get relief from stiffness w/ cracking.

Does cracking your neck/back do any harm? I have cervical spondylosis and a torn l4/l5 disc. I get relief from stiffness w/ cracking.

If it feels good: The noise made when you crack your neck is thought to be from cavitation-- it happens when the volume of the joint space suddenly expands, like when you open a soda can. Its good that you can relieve some of your stiffness. If you incorporated core strengthening, gentle yoga type stretching with controlled breathing exercises and normal motion patterns, you will have your best chance of healing. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis without myelopathy. I was walking when struck by a suv in may of 2012. No neck or shoulder problems before. Why now?

Cervical spondylosis without myelopathy. I was walking when struck by a suv in may of 2012. No neck or shoulder problems before. Why now?

You got hit by a SUV: All 62 year olds have spondylosis which is the aging of the spine. You sustained an injury to the structures of your neck that in a number of patients can exceed one year from time of injury in the distribution you describe. See a spine specialist for an evaluation and treatment suggestions as even a yonger person without pre existing spondylosis can also experience prolonged symptoms. ...Read more

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Sometimes my sternum pops when i move my head back. I have cervical spondylosis and neck pops, but this is sternum. Why does it pop?

For the similar : Reason your neck does as with motion certain structures can change position and cause this sound or sensation which can range from muscle, tendon, ligament or joint mobilization. There is nothing harmful about this. ...Read more

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Pain in Lt shoulder blade/neck,pins& needles, clumsiness & arm weakness. Mri showed cervical Osteophyte. Does this mean I have cervical spondylosis?

Pain in Lt shoulder blade/neck,pins& needles, clumsiness & arm weakness. Mri showed cervical Osteophyte. Does this mean I have cervical spondylosis?

Spondylitis: is another term for degenerative arthritis of the spine, and osteophytes are a manifestation of degenerative change, so the answer is yes. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis n herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Neck, shoulder pain. Tingling sensation on hand. Going for chiropractic treatment. Any danger?

Cervical spondylosis n herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Neck, shoulder pain. Tingling sensation on hand. Going for chiropractic treatment. Any danger?

Depends: Please alert the chiropractor to your herniated discs. Gentle chiropractic may not cause additional damage. In presence of neural signs or symptoms (tingling), robust neck manipulation is not advised (can cause nerve damage). Who advised chiropractic over seeing a spine specialist for this? ...Read more

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41yo male-pain in back of neck, radiating 2 left shoulder, sometime 2 left hand joint, fingers x10 days; dx cervical spondylosis.best treatment option?

41yo male-pain in back of neck, radiating 2 left shoulder, sometime 2 left hand joint, fingers x10 days; dx cervical spondylosis.best treatment option?

Varies: So, essentially you have a "pinched nerve" in the neck. Mild cases may respond to medication and rest; moderate cases traction with physical therapy; severe usually get an MRI and then epidural steroid injections or surgery. ...Read more

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Cervical spondylosis can cause unconsciousness for some time is it ok?

No: You should be evaluated and imaging done to figure out the cause of losing consciousness. I deal with the neck every day as a spine surgeon and do not attribute falling unconscious with spondylosis or bone spurs of the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Can cervical spondylosis cause chest pain?

Can cervical spondylosis cause chest pain?

Many type of spondyl: There r many types of spondylosis, or misalignment of the vertebra, & many causes so it is hard to say w/o a full eval. Lordosis (backwards), kyphosis (forwards), & scoliosis (sidewards) often cause pain related to muscle spasms (not nerve damage). See your doctor for referral to a local spine specialist and physiatrist (rehab doc) for muscle strengthening. Consider HealthTap Prime 4 evaluation.TY ...Read more

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Can moderate to severe cervical spondylosis cause you to have headaches?

Can moderate to severe cervical spondylosis cause you to have  headaches?

YES: Cervical spondylosis is associated with a particular form of headaches. This is called occipital neuralgia. The head ache is in the posterior aspect of the head. It usually respond to a change in pillows, otc medication such as tyelenol, advil or aleve (naproxen). Exercises are good at relieving associated tightness of the cervical muscles. Occasionally local injections are needed to alleviate these headache. ...Read more

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Can cervical spondylosis, if left untreated, cause lumbar spondylosis?

Can cervical spondylosis, if left untreated, cause lumbar spondylosis?

No: Cervical spondylosis has nothing to do with the lumbar one. Both can co-exist, though, but none is caused by the presence of the other. ...Read more

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Cervical (Neck) Spondylosis (Definition)

A condition involving changes to the bones, discs, and joints of the neck. These changes are caused by the normal wear-and-tear of aging. With age, the discs of the cervical spine gradually break down, lose fluid, and become stiffer. ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more