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Front neck ache

So for a couple of days, after a heavy meal at night, I started feeling like a pressure/stiffness in my front neck. Also I get tired chewing food. Is not painful when I'm working or anything, is just a bothersome ache.

I was wondering if anyone had any idea of what it was.

Thanks for your time.
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Welcome. Sorry your neck is hurting.  We have different things in the front of our neck that can cause pain. The most common is muscle pain.  There are both outer and inner muscles of the front of neck that can become strained. Poor posture or prolonged periods of holding the head in a certain position or even sleeping on it wrong could result in muscle strain.  And obviously any type of traumatic event that leads to whiplash would cause muscle issues in the front of the neck. Issues with the airway (even something like acid reflux), infection of the blood vessels there are less common causes of pain.  A tooth issue such as an abscess can result in pain.  Issues with thyroid or parathyroid can cause pain in that location as can a lymph node.  So, it is best to see a doctor if this continues. Gentle stretching may help in the mean time.  Let us know how you are doing.
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Hello~It sounds like it may be a TMJ issue.

The temporomandibular  joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders — a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD — can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
•Pain or tenderness of your jaw
•Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
•Aching pain in and around your ear
•Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
•Aching facial pain
•Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew.

Seek medical attention if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, or if you can't open or close your jaw completely. Your doctor, your dentist or a TMJ specialist can discuss possible causes and treatments for your problem.
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