I live in the UAE. I am 30 years old, female and a teacher.
I have pain that goes from my c1 c2 area, on the left and it goes down my left shoulder blade. The pain in the shoulder blades is manageable, but the neck is ridiculous, its tightens then I have to stretch it. Its a nightmare when Im trying to teach. Im very active, I run at least 3 times a week, mainly just to warm up my muscles. Ive done tried every holistic remedy I can find.
I am seeing a physio therapist and he is working hard the undo the damage within my shoulder blades. As he believes that that will eventually release the problem in the neck. I understand his view, as I agree, that's how it feels it would work out. However Ive been seeing him for 4 weeks now with a 2 week break (due to his holiday schedule) which was really bad 2 weeks for my pain.
I've had many different diagnosis, mild spondylosis etc I've been given many different anti inflammatry tablets - which in the first 3 days are like a wonder drug, the pain starts to feel as though it will get better, But it never gets better. Then they don't even touch the sides.
It feels like the top on my neck on the left where it joins the head has a blob of cement. Not painful when laying straight on my back, or sitting on the sofa with support, but very tight. However trying to take care of daily tasks like cleaning, excercise, teaching, driving, shopping, even just having a day out the enjoy, its a nightmare. In fact when Im busy with a task like running errands, can be a better day than relaxing as the spasms go haywire,
I have very easy lifestyle, Im not rich but I dont have any stress that isnt normal or unbearable, but this neck problem is driving me crazy. Had it for 2 years.
My doctor suggested surgery maybe. Im very nervous as dont want to be left paralyzed.
Ive tried chiro, physio, traction, heat theraphy, cold theraphy. Can anyone else tell me if they have a similar problem and what they have been through so far.
I really need to discuss this with someone.
Im not sure what answers Im looking for as I feel lost and mistrusting of my doctors and physio as they seem only interested in solving the problem until they get fed up with it.