I just graduated college this past spring and was supposed to start a job this summer, but am unable to due to brutal constant neck pain. It began my junior year of college, first when I was looking down studying or writing, and progressively got worse to the point where it has been almost constant for the past year plus. The pain is dull aching/discomfort on both sides of the neck right next to the vertebra towards the base of the cervical spine. It is still worst when looking down, bad when sitting in general, a bit better when up moving around, and lying down gives some relief. I have been to all kinds of practitioners: doctors/chiros/PTs/acupuncturists etc. and have had no results. The xrays and MRI have only revealed that I lack the normal curvature of the spine, not only in the cervical, but also in the thoracic and lumbar (I have some less severe low back pain as well). I have pretty much not been comfortable for over a year and the pain completely dominates my life. Lying down and being active are the only things that give me enough relief to make life bearable. Even writing this post was a challenge. If anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated. The doctors keep telling me that having no curve in my spine isn't normal, but doesn't necessarily cause pain and they don't really know what is wrong with me. I have always been active and generally healthy, so this pain taking over my life at age 21-22 has been shocking. Has anyone heard of something like this?