Pain questions with attempts at answers - nothing personal.

How? why? when? where? - pain questions - hopefully of general interest.
If it is your question, please don't take it as medical advice, as the question is the only thing I know about you.


Q "Where can sinus pain be felt?"
A Anywhere from your neck up, but mostly in your face and forehead.

Q "Can a Trapezius muscle cause headache?"
A Certainly, and then one can bring on or aggravate the headache by pinching upper Trapezius.

Q "Will accupuncture help eye shingle pain?"
A Well worth trying at the early stage or later. The "surround the dragon" technique may be used here.

Q "Are tension headaches dangerous?"
A No, but can be very debilitating, and probably are responsible for car accidents which are dangerous.

Q "Would you get a pain in neck or head from gingivitis?"
A This inflammation of our gums usually causes pain just there, not elsewhere. Severe gingivitis might cause painful swelling of lymph glands in the neck.

Q "Can an inflamed gullet cause pain in the throat and bloating?"
A Yes to throat pain. It is quite difficult to tell where pain is coming from, in the gullet. Bloating is more likely to be a symptom from one's stomach, than from gullet. It suggests difficulty digesting one's food.


Q ?"Reason an inner thigh muscle would malfuction."
A These are the adductor  muscles, which get very sore when you first take up horse riding.
Malfunction here is usually tightness and soreness, usually due to low back, sacroiliac or hip joint problems. Any weakness is usually due to lack of use from limping, but many illnesses including overactive thyroid, can cause it too.

Q "Can tight muscles in neck cause lymph node swelling?"
A No, but the lymph nodes sitting over tight muscles, will be easier to feel even if not enlarged. The reverse does occur - inflamed lymph nodes do frequently cause tight muscles.

Q "How are you tested for carpal tunnel (syndrome)?"
A First on your story; Pins and needles in fingers, involving thumb but not the fifth finger.
Examination; pins and needles or numbness, from holding the wrist bent right forwards for a minute or two.
Nerve conduction testing for slow nerve impulses across your wrist.

Q "How to stop using your jaw muscle?"
A Use multiple different ways of reminding yourself to keep your teeth apart, and keep on changing them (not your teeth.) Play with a small stone in your mouth; put up notices; put your tongue in the babies natural tongue position, touching inside your lower lip; send yourself messages on your phone.

Q "How to unblock one side of your nose?"
A One method is to pinch your nose and repeatedly nod your head.

Q "Can osteoarthritis of the thumb cause pain in the elbow and shoulder?"
A It is often suggested that problems at the end of the limb can cause symptoms further back up the limb, but I don't believe this.
It is possible that one might get such a pattern by repeatedly using the limb in an awkward way, but I haven't had to suggest such a mechanism.
If someone knows how to examine the muscles and joints, they will always find something further up to explain the pain there (and often the pain at the end of the limb as well.)

Q "Can being unfit cause chest pain?"
A Yes but please check ASAP that you haven't heart disease. It is unpredictable and dangerous, and more likely in unfit people.

Q "Can alcohol cause inflammation in joints?"
A Damage of our intestine from alcohol can increase absorption of undigested and partly digested food, and so any food intolerance reactions (including inflammatory arthritis.)

Q "Can you have breast pain in only one breast with fibrocystic breast disease?"
A This would have to be possible, but I'd be looking pretty hard for another cause. With no history of injury to your breast, look at the neck and upper back.

Q "Can you twist an organ in your abdomen?"
A Yes and it can be very painful. It happens, but I don't know whether it is something you can bring on yourself. The start of your large bowel on the right side, and your ovary, can twist around enough to strangle themselves.

Q "how to release tension in the scalp?"
A Putting your scalp muscles under continuous stretch until they release, is covered on this site. Rolfing is similar. Massage stretches briefly and repetitively. Attention to posture and undoing spinal fixations help prevent the tension returning. Meditation reduces any antecedent emotional tension. Improvement of body chemistry can improve relaxation.

Q "can pain in your thumb come from your neck?"
A Yes, by at least three mechanisms.
The common one is via spreading tightness and soreness of scapular, arm and forearm muscles. Pain from deep structures such as (neck here) joints and muscles, can be referred, felt at a distance. Where this is felt, muscles tighten up and ultimately get sore too, and so it goes on down the arm to the thumb.
Another possibility is from pressure on the median nerve from swelling in the carpal tunnel in front of the wrist bones. This can be caused by joint derangement in the neck, altering the little nerves controlling blood vessels at the wrist.
Thirdly pressure on the 6th cervical nerve root, where it leaves the spine, could irritate that nerve and cause the pain.

Q "Can a hard lump in the groin be a hernia?"
A Yes if the hernia were strangled or stuck, when it would also be painful. A swollen lymph node could also be a possibility, as could a sebaceous cyst. Any hard lump appearing anywhere, warrants a medical check.

Q "Can tense back muscles give you pins and needles in arm?"
A Yes, but this means nerve tissue is involved as well, usually pinched and possibly inflamed, somewhere where there is pressure on the nerve. This can be where the nerve leaves the spine, or where it passes through a muscle or under an edge of fascia ( the shiny silvery layer of tough tissue on the surface of muscles and between them.)

Q "Can sacroiliac joint cause pain in opposite hip?"
A Yes, and often so. The stuck joint causes abnormal movement on the other side, with strain on ligaments and pain.




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