Hello! I am new to this site and desperate for some help! I've been having severe restlessness in my lower neck and upper shoulder for a few years. It has been getting progressively worse lately. It is to the point where I can't sleep for more than a few hours without being woken up by it. It is so unbearable most of the time that I have the urge to stab myself in the shoulder! If I have even one beer or glass of wine I don't sleep at all and it makes it so much worse. I had a massage right before this started and the masseuse pressed way to hard, I'm not sure that is the cause of this but it is in the same time period.
I have seen what feels like every doctor in my area and NOTHING. I have been seeing a chiropractor for a year,therapy, pain management, primary care doctors, an orthopedic surgeon and a rehabilitation doctor. I've had an MRI, X-rays, every muscle relaxer imaginable, trigger point injections, pain patches, anti-inflammatories heat, cold and even the restless leg syndrome drug mirapex. I've heard every explanation from muscle issues to built up lactic acid.
Literally, no one has been able to help me, and after every doctor's appointment I have left in tears and gotten more and more depressed. I feel like because I don't say that I have "pain" per-say they don't take me seriously. Trust me, if it were pain I wouldn't be reaching out to strangers on the internet! I cannot go on much longer and I don't know what else to do. I'm only 23 years old and I can't sleep or even go out with my friends! Why will these doctors not take me seriously? I'm at the end of my rope and I just don't know what to do. If there are ANY suggestions or advice you have no idea how grateful I would be. Thank you so much!!