It's been so long that most of the story now seems fuzzy.
In 2001 I was kicked in the forehead, blacked out, and landed on my head during a soccer game. Dx with a concussion, had slight amnesia for a few hours, and then started the neck pain. It is a constant burning,aching on both sides of my spine from the top of my shoulders to the base of my skull. The pain isn't always the same constant burning feeling. There are times that it gets worse, but never times that it gets better. Occasionally I have noticed that my left hand goes numb (the 1 million pin pricks kind of numb) when doing everyday things (riding my motorcycle, typing, anything that requires using my hands alot). I have to stop and shake them out and it goes away. Whenever I engage in physical activity from running, to going up the stairs too fast I become very dizzy as if I'm extremely out of shape but 10 times worse.
I went through all of the conventional routes beginning with my PCP in 2001. I went through Xrays, MRI's, CAT scans. I went to a chiropractor, accupuncture, massage therapist, neurologist. I even went to an ENT to see if it was my ears causing the dizziness. However, none of them were ever able to find anything "wrong". I did 2 sets of cortisone injections. The first I had about a month's worth of slight relief, the second I got zero relief. I took NSAID's for a while, and they told me to take aleve daily, other than that no meds. I'm not a HUGE fan of pain killers, can't take them and work so they were out of the question.
In 2004 I gave up trying to go to the doctors to get relief as they all came back scratching their heads, unsure of what was causing the pain. I am constantly trying to crack my neck in search of relief, and at times I get that one good pop and feel good for a minute or two, but then it's right back to the pain (and trying to pop it again). A few months ago I had a friend who had an occipital artery aneurysm that they attributed to forcefully cracking his neck. This brought me back to the desire to seek help again, as I surely do not want to suffer that fate from constantly cracking my neck.
I have a new PCP, who at one point specialized in neurology. When I first met with him I explained my history and gave him my chart to look over and set up a second appt. so he had time to review all my documentation. Last Oct. I hurt my shoulder and while they were taking xrays I had them take one of my neck (I actually work in the operating room at a hospital so it was a little perk). Upon meeting with the PCP the second time he said that he was kind of in the dark about the whole situation as well, and that I did all of the "normal" therapies that he would have suggested. He set me up for an MRI, saying that hopefully after 10 years maybe whatever is causing the pain is bad enough that they will be able to spot it.
I'm so lost and depressed over the situation. It's hard to enjoy myself anymore because of the constant nagging neck pain. I still engage in my sports and what not, I just know going in that I will be extremely dizzy, have a massive headache the next day, and tremendous amounts of neck pain the next day. My fear is that my MRI will again show nothing tomorrow, and I'll be left where I was 10 years ago.
Not sure if anyone here can give me any advice or direction, I more or less just needed an outlet to vent some frustration. For once in my life I pray that the test tomorrow actually shows something wrong with me, so that there might be a light at the end of this horrific tunnel.