Wasn't sure whether to post under chronic neck pain or the neck pain forum but here goes.
About 8 years ago I was doing some heavy lifting, random yard work etc. That evening my neck started hurting some, felt like a sprain perhaps. The next morning I woke up to severe pain (couldn't even turn my head). I went directly to an urgent care where they diagnosed it as neck strain, put me on pain relievers and muscle relaxants and a collar. I followed up with my doctor at the time after about a week because I was feeling no relief. I was told that my neck pain was due to stress. :-/ I saw several doctors over the next year and continued to deal with pain all the time almost daily headaches. Each time I was told that I needed to find a way to destress myself. I was put on several muscle relaxants which never seemed to fully help the pain. One doctor even went so far as to massage my neck and to tell me that I needed to just quit worrying so much and the pain would dissipate over time. I threw my hands up for many years and dealt with the pain.
Finally last year after my husband was involved in a motorcycle accident and received wonderful care from a new doctor I went to see him. He looked at my neck, told me he could see spasms. Put me on one muscle relaxant after another..Soma, Skelaxin and one other. He asked me to wear a neck brace which I did but it seemed to cause even more pain. Finally after months of him trying to treat me he sent me in to get an MRI. After seeing the results he referred me to a neurologist which I will finally get to see next week. I am hoping for a miracle.
My MRI results were as follows:
MRI CERVICAL SPINE WITHOUT CONTRAST
Findings: The sagittal images demonstrate mild reversal of the normal cervical lordotic curvature. This is most commonly seen with muscle spasm. No evidence of subluxation is demonstrated. The certebral body and disc space heights are well-maintained at all cervical levels. The cervical spinal cord is normal in signal intensity and contour.
The C7-T1, C-6-C-7, C5-C6, C4-C5,C#-C4 and C2-C3 levels demonstrate no evidence of disc bulge, focal disc herniation, central canal stenoisi or neural foraminal narrowing.
Ok, I've researched this a bit on the internet and can't find too much info except technical medical talk that I can't make head nor tails of. Does anyone know what this means? Is this a correctable condition? I am so tired of the pain everyday, and the headaches are intolerable. I have had a new symptom over the past few weeks also. I have developed over the years of this a habit of twisting my neck trying to relieve the pain and sometimes when I do this I feel something almost like a band that goes up behind my left ear that pulls really tight.
Anyway, thanks for reading my post. Any advice or anyone who has experienced anything similar please advise me. I am at my wits end!