This is my first post on the website, but I figured if nothing else it could be theraputic after dealing with chronic pain for almost a year now!
I am looking to find anyone with similar experiences and if so if anyone thinks that a second opinion would be beneficial for me.
My Background: I was in a motor vehicle accident almost a year ago. Since then I have had persistent neck pain. I also developed TMD problems 3 months or so after the accident and ended up finding out the disk in my jaw was displaced (of which was more painful than the neck at that point).
My neck pain is deep aching, and I occasionally get a non-radiating pinch around C3 if I my neck is turned far enough to the left. My shoulders are always tight and painful, my neck is always stiff, and when the pain is "flaring" up really bad it's as if I have been kicked in the back of the head. My jaw is always stiff now, and it gets knocked out of place again when my neck is flaring up. I cannot control my jaw clenching when I am in neck pain, so then my face hurts too.
I've been seen by Chiro/massage therapists right after the accident, Physical Therapy (for neck, and everntually a PT specializing in the jaw), a Physiatrist (speciliazing in the spine/neck), Acupuncture, and I am just about giving up now.
I had an MRI which was cleared, and ended up having cervial facet injections (as they suspected facet syndrome) in c2 c3... during the procedure was the most pain free I have been in months and I didn't want them to take the IV out.
Since the facet injection did not provide me much relief esp. since I had a painful cortisone flair, my Physiatrist is saying my pain is myofascial. I guess I can accept that, but it does not make sense that just my muscles would cause such long standing pain, and such PAINFUL pain.