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My neck often cramps when I yawn while sitting in

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Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019
Question: My neck often cramps when I yawn while sitting in a chair in the evening. A cramp occurs on my right side behind my ear. I suspect arthritis may be causing it. Any suggestions?
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (5 minutes later)
My neck cramp is relieved by rubbing my neck over the cramped muscle with my fingers
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (3 minutes later)
I did have a physical 6 months ago and I mentioned my problem of neck cramps and he didn't reply.
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Spondylosis could be contributory

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for using the Ask a Doctor service.

I have gone carefully through your query. Your neck pain could be due to muscle spasm. Hot compress should provide relief. The vicious cycle of pain and spasm needs to be broken and I would insist you to take paracetamol or acetaminophen 500 mg two tablets together twice or thrice daily for next 3 days. This should ease the problem and make it go away. If it does not spondylosis could be another cause to consider. I would insist you to get a X Ray of Cervical spine (AP and lateral) done and to see a physical therapist with the reports. Based on the findings he would be able to demonstrate to you proper exercises that should provide relief.

Feel free to write back.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
Thank you Dr Saha. Dick Jacobson
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Glad to be of service.

Detailed Answer:
Feel free to write back in case of further queries.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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My neck often cramps when I yawn while sitting in

My neck cramp is relieved by rubbing my neck over the cramped muscle with my fingers