Greetings! Hoping that somebody may be able to relate to my ongoing struggle/challenges with chronic neck and head pain.
I am a relatively healthy 32 year old male. Used to be in fantastic shape, but balancing work/life has become a full time job.
About a decade ago, I fractured my C7. No surgery, was told to use a collar for a period of time and went on my merry way. I also have a straight cervical spine.
About 2.5 years ago, I started having a tight /tender feeling in the back, right side of my scull. The pain ran from the base of my neck up and stopped in that location (behind the ear). I'd compare it to an overly stretched rubber band.
As time went on, it became progressively worse and expanded to both sides of the head and neck.
Today, the pain and tightness is always there and my daily question isn't will/won't I experience pain, it's just how tolerable will it be. It worsens with weight training and is starting to seriously take a toll on my quality of life. Also, occasionally, the pain will cause pressure on the my eyes and cause me to squint.
I feel that I've tried everything to this point, including : trigger point injections, anti-inflammatory, physical therapy, chiropractic, occipital nerve block and spinal steroid injection. None of which resulted in any relief.
Would love to get back into hardcore exercise mode again, but can't compel myself to deal with the additional pain/tightness. Would also love to get my positive attitude back - seems like I can turn it on (positivity) at work, but it shuts off when I walk through the door at home.
I appreciate and related experience that the group might have!
Have a great weekend.