Pain, Lump Or Bulge And Stiff Neck

Last Editorial Review: 6/15/2020

It is very common to wake up with a stiff neck. A muscle spasm can cause a stiff neck, which usually gets better quickly with warm compresses and over-the-counter pain medicine. But if you have a stiff neck and you have other symptoms such as fever or headache, it could be something much more serious like meningitis. You need to call your doctor right away. Also call right away if you have pain, numbness, or weakness in your arms or legs or other symptoms and signs along with your stiff neck.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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