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Reason for neck stiffness - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   I have had a stiff neck for few days and extrmem fatigue. I have also developed pain in lower back and in the base of my skull. The base skull hurts to touch. I have also aching legs. What should I do?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Your age?
User :   33
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Any recent history of fever
User :   Not that I am aware of but not feeling very well
Doctor :   Did you atleast check your temp
Doctor :   And i would suggest you to check your heamoglobin levels too
User :   yeah its ok
Doctor :   As i suspect an infection
Doctor :   You will also need a workup on blood
Doctor :   The most probable causes for neck stifness are
Doctor :   1. menungitis
Doctor :   *meningitis
Doctor :   cervical spondylitis
User :   I got bit by a tick few weeks ago
Doctor :   But it will be associated with inflamation , redness and itching
Doctor :   Do you have these symtpoms
Doctor :   *symptoms
User :   no
Doctor :   then it not related to ticks
Doctor :   All you need is an workup on blood to rule out infection
Doctor :   Then were your recent work days stressfull
Doctor :   Did you follow work ergonomics( right working posture)
User :   I teach dont sit
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you relex inbetween classes
User :   no
Doctor :   *relax
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I would suggest you to try relaxing between work and use neck straps for neck support
Doctor :   And along use hot fomentation for two times a day for two days
Doctor :   These are just for temproary relief
Doctor :   till you get your self examined by a doc
Doctor :   Avoid using pillows in the night for few days that might also help
Doctor :   And apply some muscle relaxt creams like Bengay
User :   I feel dizzy and sick too
Doctor :   Porbably you have an infection plz get your self examined as your symptoms are more than three days
Doctor :   And workup will helkp us suggest the right antibiotics
User :   OK do I need to do it ASAP or ok for few days
Doctor :   My suggestion is ASAP
Doctor :   today being sunday you can have an appiontment for tommorow
User :   Yes just with school will try for tom so
Doctor :   Yes that will help you for sure
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me'
Doctor :   Bye for now
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