• Jo Jo
    September 29, 2008
    Sternocleidomastoid pain in left side of neck?
    Jo Jo
    September 29, 2008

    I would like to know how to find out if you have sternocleidomastoid. I have read several books written by Devin Starlanyl and I would like to know how you find out if you have this. It seems like I have quite a few of the symptoms, but what are all the symptoms? I am seeing my doctor tomorrow and wanted to discuss this with him. I have had chronic neck problems since I was a teenager. My mother would always ask me why I tilted my head in school pictures, and I would always say I thought I was holding my head straight. This went on for years.I find it difficult to check out the window to my left to see if I am clear to make a lane change. I usually have to turn my whole body, and it is scary to me. I need some expert advice. Thanks.



  • Cort
    Health Guide
    September 30, 2008
    Health Guide
    September 30, 2008

    I was unable to find anything for sternocleidomastoid or sternonoclidomastoiditis. Maybe you're referring to torticolis - a condition which often involves that muscle? Torticolis is caused by a spasming or shortening of the muscles of the neck that makes it difficult to turn your head to one side. (Its also called 'wry neck'). Its not dangerous just painful and unwieldy and is treated with muscle relaxants, the temporary use of a neck brace, etc. 


    If this doesn't fit you might want to check out the Symptom Checker featured on Health Central's web pages.

    Good luck!  

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