I have had neck pain and headaches on and off for over 20 years. The pain radiates from neck over the top of my head into the front of my face. My chiropractor has keep the problem mostly under control, but lately the relief has only lasted a few days at a time (before, I had been going once a month for maintenance). For the past two years, though, I have also had balance issues that have not been present before (not classic dizziness, but rather imbalance that seems related to head movement). I have had ear pain, pressure, and tinnitus for about 10 years. I have mentioned this to various docs, but they look in my ears and tell me nothing is wrong.
For the balance issues, my primary care doc sent me to an ENT. She did allergy testing. Based on the results, she recommended allergy shots, which I am currently doing. She thinks that will help with some of the headaches and the balance (she thinks it's inner ear related). She also ordered balance testing, which came up with a result of something along the lines of "central nervous system problem disrupting saccadic eye movement." So I went to a neurologist. He thinks that I am having migraines and sent me for a head MRI, which showed nothing out of the ordinary. He gave me meds to help with the pain (which do very little) and said that I could try an everyday migraine med, which I declined for now. He said I could also do nerve testing at some point in the future.
At the same time as all of this, I was seeing an orthopedist, who ordered an xray and upper spine MRI. She found that my neck was very straight and not curved at all, but that was not necessary remarkable. She also noted the beginnings of a bulging disc and arthritis, but neither was very advanced enough to be the obvious cause of the pain. I then tried PT - exercises and dry needling. I got a little more range of motion, but nothing else. From there, the ortho sent me to get a steroid injection in my neck. This did nothing and that doc said that I needed to now discuss with the orthopedist whether she wanted me to try RFA. I am waiting now to get botox in my shoulder muscles, which are extremely tight (always have been). I have waited 2 months to see this doc, but was just told that my appointment had to he rescheduled and the next available appointment wasn't until April 26.
I think that my shoulder muscles are pulling my upper vertebrae out of whack and that my balance is ear-related. The ortho and neuro docs, however, seem to think that I should have pain or numbness down my arms based on my symptoms. The allergy shots could take another several months to show improvement, so the jury is still out on that.
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