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Severe neck tension?

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Anxiety attacks and neck tension? Anyone else? Seems the more tense my shoulders are the more attacks I have...
 
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TLC, hi..
my first symptom was dizziness.. so I went to an ear doc (suspecting it might be an inner ear issue). The doctor ruled out an inner ear disturbance, but noticed how stiff my neck was.. He administered a couple trigger point injections at the base of my neck. My injection sites were tender, but my neck muscles relaxed almost instantly. It cleared up my dizziness for the next 8 months. But I noticed it re-stiffening & I started developing killer insomnia.
I believe neck stiffness is a symptom of nervous tension. The doc was wise to diagnose & treat me with the shots.. but I think we both mistakenly overlooked the root cause (anxious tension). I'm now treating the neck tension more holistically, albeit imperfectly.. stretching, relaxation, prayer, staring less @ computer screen, etc..
There's info online about trigger points, daily neck stretches, etc..
 
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TLC, hi..
my first symptom was dizziness.. so I went to an ear doc (suspecting it might be an inner ear issue). The doctor ruled out an inner ear disturbance, but noticed how stiff my neck was.. He administered a couple trigger point injections at the base of my neck. My injection sites were tender, but my neck muscles relaxed almost instantly. It cleared up my dizziness for the next 8 months. But I noticed it re-stiffening & I started developing killer insomnia.
I believe neck stiffness is a symptom of nervous tension. The doc was wise to diagnose & treat me with the shots.. but I think we both mistakenly overlooked the root cause (anxious tension). I'm now treating the neck tension more holistically, albeit imperfectly.. stretching, relaxation, prayer, staring less @ computer screen, etc..
There's info online about trigger points, daily neck stretches, etc..
Yes, I haven’t really slept in almost two months! Wake up every night at the same times between 2:45-4:30! Toss and turn! I’m so exhausted... which makes my neck worse then I have anxiety Attacks in the middle of Walgreens! Ugh!
 
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I have the same issues and never related the neck tension (which I have pretty much constantly), my insomnia and dizziness. This all makes perfect sense and so glad you both posted
 

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Yes TLC, my neck tension is where i feel my anxiety starting from. My neck and shoulders start to stiffen, and it almost feels like its never gonna stop. My neck also feels like i have 100 lbs wrapped around it, laying on my shoulders. All other symptoms soon follow! My sleep problems are very similar to yours also except the hours are different. Even after many months of this, im still trying to figure out some relief....so if u find something that wotks, please share, and i will definately do the same!
 
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I know sleep is key! So exercise is next on my list. The elliptical for 30 minutes 2x a day... I’ll let ya know if it helps my neck and shoulder tension and if my sleep pattern changes! Thanks to all for your input! ☺️

This sure has been a journey for me the last 2-3 Months. Started with my neck... then sinuses... then ER for a horrific stomach bug... now back to neck and no sleep. Ugh. Which all circles back to the loss of my mom.
 
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TLC, I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. My mom passed a few years ago and it’s still so very hard. I’m glad to see you are trying to stay positive and proactive. Let us know how the exercise helps.
 
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TLC, I’m so sorry for the loss if your mom. My mom passed a few years ago and it’s still so very hard. I’m glad to see you are trying to stay positive and proactive. Let us know how the exercise helps.
Thank you. My best friend (mom) passed away 8 Months ago. Everyday is so hard not talking to her. She was my calm.
So sorry for your loss as well.
 
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Yeah seems to be related. I wonder if I had anxiety so bad that is how I sprained my neck in the first place a couple years ago... from being so frozen in fear and not moving my neck enough or something and causing a lot of stress on it with the worry. (I don't really do anything physically dangerous enough to warrant getting a sprained neck).
 
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I've had bad panic attacks recently after believing my medication is not working anymore and my neck is so tense I tried a neck massager but it was so uncomfortable I could not stand it now I am doing neck exercises and a neck heating pad it seems to be helping.
 
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Yes. I truly believe for myself anyway... that when I’m tense and have extreme neck tension my anxiety starts. Yoga, stretches, other forms of exercise and rest for me. Hope you feel better!
 
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Thank you all! I still have neck tension...but I’ve been using Epsom salt baths and Epsom salt lotion on my neck. I read that magnesium helps relax and calm nerves. So far, so good! I think it has helped, as the pain is less and my anxiety has lessened.
 
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