I have been having neck pain on the right side (Probably from muscle spasms for a long time), the pain does go up the back of my head on the right side and it sometimes radiates to my shoulder. I was rear ended last Sunday and spent the next 3 days with ice packs taking pain killers and muscle relaxers. I went to the doctor, he x-rayed it and told me my neck is too straight probably from muscle spasms and gave me more muscle relaxers and pain pills. He said if I wasn't better in two weeks, he would send me to an orthopedic dr. The car accident really made a bad situation worse. I have Rheumatoid arthritis and SLE so most of the time, doctors blame the neck probs on that. I have had trigger point injections as well as a occipital nerve block done in the past. Today, I think I need both done ASAP. Can anyone hazard a guess as to what is causing my neck pain, muscle spasms, etc?