usually wake up once or twice throughout the night with headache (headache doesn't seem to cause the waking up). while getting out of bed, my neck, and upper back are extremely stiff. a dull headache is always present. after moving around a little and stretching, i become less stiff, but the headache is still in upper shoulders, neck, back of head, and wraps up and around to my eyes. i can turn my head further to the left (and easier), than i can turning my head to the right. if i try to correct my posture by pushing shoulders back and dropping them, i get pain "under," and around my right shoulder blade area. headache usually lasts all day long with the mornings and nights being the worst. mid day is usually the best with all symptoms. i try to sleep on my back with a smaller pillow. i usually end up on my side, but i've managed to go the whole night on my back and the same symptoms come either way. if i try putting my chin to my chest or shrugging shoulders up high, i feel i stiffness in my upper spine. i also have an area to the left of my spine around c6 or c7 that hurts really bad if i lightly pinch the skin next to it. sensation isn't the greatest around this area either. left side of spine is completely fine, and i have no pain when lightly pinching skin.
i've had multiple MRI's on my brain and cervical neck. MRI showed a spot on my brain, but the doctor said that is wasn't cancer related or linked to MS. she isn't concerned about it (doesn't mean that i'm not). MRI of the cervical neck showed that i have bulging disks, but the doctor said that the pain and symptoms i'm having aren't related.
i've tried taking magnesium, muscle relaxer, chiropractic, massages, posture pump, ibuprofen, tylenol, exercising, and i'm currently eating "healthy."