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Man aged 88 has stiff neck three weeks now jaw locked

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man aged 88 has stiff neck three weeks now jaw locked
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your queries.
Have you ever had this before?
Do you have any other medical problems?
Are you on any medications for anything other than what you have mentioned?
At what time did this stiffness start? Did it start when you woke up in the morning three weeks back or just started randomly at anytime of the day?
Please let me know.
Kind regards
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

angina arthrits

jaw this morning neck stiff for up to three weeks

amlodipine 5mg

atenolol 25mg

rimipril 10 mg

atorvastatin 20mg

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Osteoarthritis of the neck bones i.e. the cervical vertebrae, very commonly, cause a stiff neck at your age.
Since you mentioned you already are diagnosed with arthritis, this would be the most likely cause.
In addition to pain medications like ibuprofen or motrin (which should be taken with omeprazole 20 mg once daily to protect your stomach) I would recommend that you should also take a muscle relaxant to help with your stiff neck in the form of cyclobenzaprine which comes by the name of flexiril (this is a prescription medication).
Stiff neck can take anywhere from four to eight weeks to settle especially in the age group that you are in.
Massage therapy and heat therapy can also help with your symptoms so you should continue doing that as well.
Stiffness of the jaw is also most likely related to arthritis of your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ).
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