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By May 24, 2010 - 5:20am
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I've been plagued by the idea that I may have aneurysm for years, but now I suspect it might be hypertension.

I have these issues about my neck. Sometimes I feel sudden stiffness and severe pain in my neck, like the veins inside are twisting and clenching tightly together. It's been totally random years ago, but just recently I had "attacks" with alarming patterns. Once, it happened while I was very angry and frustrated, listening to loud music. Then, it also happened as I was in P.E class, doing exercises under the hot afternoon sun.

I don't think I know much risk factors out there that will support that, though. I'm young, and only couple or so of my many relatives have hypertension. Yes, I'm fat, but at 5 feet 2 inches and 132 pounds, I still hang by the thread on the normal classification according to BMI. I do eat some fatty foods, but it's not like I eat in monster proportions (in fact, lots of my slim friends digest twice as much fat and calories as I do, and I swear I exercise more than they do too). Neither my mom or dad have hypertension issues, but my grandfather and grandmother do have heart disease (but I don't think that's significantly relevant anyway).

Thank you for your time and more power!

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Hi S-

Hypertension is becoming more common in young people due to poor diet, but I'm not certain that is your issue. Hypertension is called the silent killer because you cannot feel it. Some people get headaches when their pressure is high, but for the most part you would not feel it. There are not sensory nerves in your veins. That is why you can have a clot and not be aware of it until the tissue around the area starts to die. We do have a page on hypertension: http://www.empowher.com/condition/high-blood-pressure

It sounds like you may be having neck problems, though. Sometimes when you get angry or stressed, those muscles tense and that can also give you a tension headache, which is very unpleasant.

Have you seen your health care provider about this? The best thing to do is to go get a checkup and make sure everything is alright. Usually if you go in for a visit they will take your blood pressure as part of the exam, and then you can discuss your neck issue just to be sure is is muscular and not something more serious.

Thank you for writing. Please let us know how you do.

May 24, 2010 - 6:48am
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