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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 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 »

Will cervical syrinx at C6 cause pain and numbness in neck and hands?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having significant neck pain that goes out into my shoulders a bit. Pain is accompanied by severe stiffness. Also, my hands have been falling asleep about seven or eight times a week (roughly) and even ache a bit. I thought I might be dealing with a pinched nerve, but all my s...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It may very well be the syrinx. A syrinx can cause pain and temperature sensory deficits to occur early but may not be recognized for years. Syringomyelia typically causes numbness, weakness, atrophy, and often fasciculation, and reduced reflexes of the hands and arm...  Read Full »

My neck has become very stiff that I cannot rotate my head easily in either direction. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,My neck has become very stiff that I cannot rotate my head easily in either direction. Even after two months of exercise (self-selected), there is no improvement. What could be possible causes and possible solutions?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Is it just a stiff neck or also do you have electric shooting pain in the arms and numbness or weakness? If it is only the former, then, oddly, the stiffness has not improved over a period is two months. I will advise you to have an X-ray cervical spine AP and latera...  Read Full »

I feel fatigued with tightness in my neck and jaw after working with smartphones. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been going through some stressful events for the last three weeks. I worked a lot on repairing smartphones, where I sometimes needed to bend my neck forward. Also, I have used smartphones quite more than usual. I feel fatigued, and I have tight neck without pain for the last thr...  Read Full »

Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Muscular strain can definitely be the cause of your symptoms. But there could be other factors too causing fatigue, such as low vitamin d3 levels, thyroid hormone imbalance, vitamin deficiency. Do you do a lot of work indoors, or do you have less exposure to sunlight...  Read Full »

I feel like there is pressure on the back of my head, and my neck and back are stiff. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 34 years old. My height is five feet and nine inches. My neck got stiff, and then the stiffness moved to the back of my ear. Now I feel pressure on the back of my head. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Neck stiffness happens due to cervical muscle spasms. To reduce the neck pain avoid lifting heavy weights, avoid arching your back. Instead, bend your knees to pick up something from the floor, avoid sitting fo...  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 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, I weigh 250 lbs and experience 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...  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 chronic neck pain. Please review my X-ray reports.

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 »

Will cervical spondylosis cause problem during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. For the past one year, I am suffering from heaviness of head and neck stiffness. Even though I am living my normal life, sometimes the heaviness of head becomes extreme. I feel it is spinning even at the slightest movement of neck and it is accompanied by bowel ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi,Welcome to to the history and information given by you, it does not look like you have a gastrointestinal disorder. But, better is to get an ultrasonography of your abdomen and rule it out. In cervical spine you have only a small disc. So, it is just the start of arthritis a...  Read Full »

What could cause stiffness in back without muscle weakness and morning joint pains?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I am an IT employee with chronic back muscle tightness but no pain at all in the thoracic region along the spine between shoulder blades and lats and traps and neck area for six months. It started with mild discomfort and progressed slowly. When side bending o...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Stiffness in the upper and middle back and shoulder blade muscles without any weakness and joint pain which is more in the morning hours. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) spine shows some degenerative disc diseases and you also tried muscle relaxant without any impro...  Read Full »

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