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Neck Stiffness

Neck stiffness causes difficulty in moving and soreness of the neck. The common causes are sleeping in a wrong position, injury to the neck, poor posture while sitting, keeping the neck in an awkward position for a long time, and any pathology in the cervical spine.

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I am 19 years old, having random contractions and muscle twitches. Is it due to syrinx or could be something else?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male, with 250 lbs of random muscle twitches and contractions, constant fatigue, abnormal pressure in the cranial cavity (not pain but noticeable enough to cause discomfort), neck stiffness, lower back stiffness, and pain, occasional tinnitus, unsteady hands. I have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, the syrinx can be a possible cause of this, You need to get another MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) done of the cervical spine - and compare it to the old one to see for any growth of the syrinx, some of these symptoms can also be due to calcium deficiency, so n...  Read Full »

I have lower back pain, a tight neck, and numbness and tingling on the back of my neck. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For a few years, I have struggled with lower back pain. It is not a constant thing, but it comes and goes. The worst pain is when I lay flat on my back for longer than a few minutes, and when I move to get up, the pain kicks in full force. I have to force threw it in order to get up. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your query and concern. Your back muscles are weak, and you have nerve impingement too. I suggest you follow these: 1. Avoid lifting heavy weights. 2. Avoid arching your back. Instead, bend your knees to pick up something from the floor. 3. Avoid sitting...  Read Full »

What causes neck stiffness along with dizziness and pressure in the head?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had neck stiffness for the past four months. It is accompanied by dizziness, feeling of pressure in the head and nose. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, and your symptoms could be suggestive of cervicogenic headaches and peripheral vertigo. A wrong posture or a sinus infection can lead to this clinical situation. I would recommend consulting with your doctor for a physical examination and s...  Read Full »

I have tension-type headaches. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had occasional headaches since September, which usually last a few days. The first time was just before I was diagnosed with COVID-19, so I attributed it to that. However, it has happened three to four times since and I have always tested negative. This time, I have had the headach...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to know some details of your symptoms. 1. How frequently have you had those headaches? How many times in a month approximately? 2. One episode of headache usually lasts for how long duration? Is it associated with any nausea or vomiting or fever or nasal ...  Read Full »

I have intermittent headaches and stiffness in my neck. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27-year-old male taking 20 mg of Atorvastatin and 81 mg of Aspirin daily. I was diagnosed with a TIA two years ago. The TIA was diagnosed based on my symptoms; no clear cause was found. I am trying to determine whether I have a pinched nerve or cervical artery dissection. I had int...  Read Full »

Dr. Shivam Om Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Based on your description, there is intermittent pain in the neck which radiates to the scalp causing headaches and sometimes shooting numbness in the left arm. These symptoms seem more likely due to a pinched nerve (cervical radiculopathy) w...  Read Full »

Are mild arthritic changes in my spine limiting my neck movement?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a disk herniation from C2 to C3, which seems to have cleared up in the most recent image. I also have sporadic twitching of muscles all over my body, and the main problem now is the rotation of the head, and sometimes the head tilts left. My MRI reports suggest mild arthritic cha...  Read Full »

Dr. Mrinal Kumar Acharya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report suggests (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) degenerative disk disease, and the disk bulging is mainly due to the degeneration, which is causing indentati...  Read Full »

I have stiffness in my shoulder, neck, and head. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was doing exercise in the gym with heavy weight lifting. When I stopped, I got a problem with my shoulders, neck, and head. I feel pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulder, and a frontal pressure headache. When I rotate my hands, I feel my muscles overlapping with sounds. I can feel ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. You have musculoskeletal pain due to severe muscle spasms. You should not worry about any neurological cause. I advise warm massages twice daily and usage of deep heat cream thrice daily for two weeks. Physiotherapy sessions will also be ...  Read Full »

Are my neck stiffness and dizziness caused by disk problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 46 years old, 6 feet tall, and weighs 270 pounds (I recently lost 20 lbs). I am regularly active with CrossFit and weight training. About a year ago, I started getting strange symptoms. I have been to the doctor more in the last ten months than in my life combined. I am extremely fru...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Regarding heat flashes, they could be partially explained by GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and atrial fibrillation episodes. However, I suggest you check your thyroid hormone levels to exclude possible ...  Read Full »

I need an opinion regarding my neck x-ray.

Query: Hi doctor, I need an opinion regarding the x-rays of my neck. I met with two car accidents and have chronic neck pain and stiffness. What could be wrong?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will recommend sending me a detailed history and clinical examination findings as well as I would like to recommend an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) cervical spine. Flexion and extensi...  Read Full »

I have chronic neck and back pain with severe neck stiffness. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chronic neck and back pain that can cause either severe neck stiffness or sharp pain. Most of the pain seems to originate in the front of the neck (SCM muscle) or the cervical spine area. Pain radiates to mid-back and causes spasms of my shoulder blades. Lots of popping when tur...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhav Ramesh Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have studied your case. Due to compression of this nerve root, there can be a sharp pain in your arm and back with a shoulder. I will advise you to send your MRI cervical spine for better diagnosis. For these symptoms, analgesic and neurotropic medication can be st...  Read Full »

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