So I'm in so much pain and doctors can't figure it out. I've had neck and headache problems for a long long time but I've literally had a headache nonstop for 4 months now that hasn't gone away even though the neck pain usually isn't too bad in the morning and progresses through the day depending how much I do. I always read that you should do stretches on your neck to help it feel better, but when I do I pretty much want to die for the next 24 hours. And it's not that I'm over stretching or doing it wrong. I've been to massage therapists and PT people before. I'm doing it right. Oh and it's weird but before or soon after my neck starts hurting it heats up a lot. Like it is radiating heat from it. Even sometimes before it starts hurting, when my neck gets hot I know I'm about to have neck pain and a head ache
I just had MRIs of my brain and neck. They said nothing remarkable except sinus blockage that could be causing the headaches but Ive had sinus headaches and they aren't this severe. I am only 27 but my upper back and neck are curved into a hump. Even if I stand up straight I can't have good posture because my spine is in that hump, but the vertebrae are still all spaced fine is what the radiologist said. I did PT several years ago when I was having severe headaches and neck pain (but never a constant 4 month headache) and the therapist basically told me it was unfixable. If I just did all those exercises and focused on my posture every day forever I could keep it from getting worse.
Then 4 years ago I went to a neurologist who said my headaches are migraines (I don't know if I agree) so he put me on Elavil (amitripltillin) to prevent headaches which helped significantly. And I also have a history of passing out which ended up being deemed a heart issue so I got put on Propanolol, which also happens to help prevent migraines and that helped significantly too. It seems my neck pain and headaches are connected. if one hurts, the other hurts...So the last 4 years my neck and head pain were manageable and didn't get really bad again til recently. And I have increased my dosage of both of those meds. And the dr even prescribed Topamax as well 3 months ago when I was dying in pain. Over the years, I have tried Yoga, massage, chiropractor, acupuncture, inversion table, essential oils, nutritional things, chiropractors, PT, stretching, posture and neck exercises, nerve block injections, TMJ surgery, hot/cold therapy, and probably some other random things I can't think of right now