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Neck "Bulges" When Stressed

09/20/2011

Question:

I was talking with a friend today who remarked that when I`m talking about stressful topics, the side of my neck "bulges" (her word). She told me I should get this checked out by my dr. right away. (She is the wife of a doctor.)

What`s up?

Answer:

It is really hard to know exactly what this is without seeing it. It?s not uncommon for the neck muscles to become tense during stressful times, but I am unsure from your description if it is both sides or just one side of your neck that bulges. This would be a good time to follow the advice of your friend, even if she isn?t a doctor.

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W. Fred Miser, MD W. Fred Miser, MD
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Director of Ohio State Medicine Residency Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University