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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 yvonne, Community Member, asks

Q: can stress cause neck and shoulder pain

every so often I get muscle pain in my neck that flows down my shoulder or back it feels like my muscles are all tied up so my husband will try to rub them out useing icey hot which does help but it takes a while for me to start feeling better I do have numbness or tingleing in my hands that has been there for yrs doctor does't know why.

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
4/22/10 9:45pm



Thank you for your question and welcome to


I am not a medical professional and would not be able to give you medical advice.


However, stress can, and often does, cause muscle tightness which can lead to neck and shoulder pain. You should talk to your doctor to make sure there is no physical cause for your pain and what types of things you can do to manage it.


How wonderful that your husband is willing to rub out the tightness! There are many places that offer massages but there isn't anything better than having your husband help!


Hot showers may also help, as may heating pads or portable massagers. You can also try other sports creams and use when you start to feel the tightness building up.


For more information:



Anxiety - An Essential Tool: Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)




Merely Me, Health Guide
4/23/10 9:34pm

Hi Yvonne


My ears perked up when you said you had numbness and tingles in your hands.  Here is information from Medline Plus about this symptom.  Has your doctor run any tests to see what is causing this?  It would be worth checking out as things like Diabetes or Multiple Sclerosis can cause well as many other things.  I have MS myself so I am especially aware of possible symptoms.


Thanks for coming to this site and we hope to hear more from you.

yvonne, Community Member
4/24/10 10:04pm

yes they ruled out ms and I do have type 2 diebetes and I was just diagnosed with it last year the tinging in my hands I have had for 6 years and they did a test for carpaltunnel don't have that. any other input would help don't know what to do about it or who to see about it.  thanks

sabeer, Community Member
1/13/14 1:59pm

my advice,

Your level of affectedness by anxiety and panic is not severe but strong enough to affect your life and your person on a regular basis.

You tends to let things get to you. You are an over reactor and you're probably very emotional. You're sensitive and take things personally. You

're a worrier and a "what-if" thinker. You might have a hard time being assertive, especially with certain people. You probably don't manage stress well.


so please try to avoid anxiety and worry about your life,personal and future, keep on smile and change your lifestyle.





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By yvonne, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/08/14, First Published: 04/20/10