On the 24th February 2014 I made an appointment with a local osteopath for tennis elbow).
The osteopath massaged my arms etc then continued to unwilling talk me into a neck munipulation to my upper neck. He sat me on my back and "adjusted" my neck to the left. I heard loud cracks at the time of the munipulation.( 1st ever munipulation ) He sat me up and told me to go home and ice my neck ( which I did ). At the time there was no pain what so ever. For some reason he didn't manipulate my neck to the right, which I thought was strange.
3-4 days past and with no problems what so ever. On the 4th night at about 3am I woke up in enormous amount of neck pain and a massive headache. My neck hurt enormously, I couldn't turn my neck to the left, but to the right was ok. It was sore to touch in the c2 right side as well. I COULD ACTAULLY FEEL MY C2 twisted to the right. The pain lasted about a week with super bad headaches on the right side. I had full straight headaches 24/7, also my face was warm and very red and had a feeling of warm water always pouring out my right ear (for the first 6 months). After the first week my neck pain subsided. I could turn my neck left or right with no pain what so ever. It's been 1 year and 9 months since That manipulation. Gradually after those first 6 months now Every morning starts off fine. About midday I start to get a pressure/tight feeling in my c2 right side area, it doesn't hurt, just feels a slight pressure and a little tight. From there the pain shoots up into the right side of the back of my head. I feel pain on top of my head a short time later (right side), Then after an hour longer this turns into a full on headache/ miagraine. About once every 2-3 months I don't have a headache at all for a day, My neck feels good with no pressure build up at all in the c2 area. But sure enough, the headaches return in their very own pattern once again. The longest I've gone with no headaches or neck pain was about 10 days. This was about 9 months after the incident ( no treatment. Had gone for no reason). The headaches come with no reason at all. It doesn't matter if I'm working or not working. Resting or not resting, the headaches are there. Since June 2014 I started getting pvc's( heart palpitations). Since December 2014 I haven't worked at all. That's when late December 2014 I got appendicitis out of nowhere, my bowels become inflamed and now I have been told I have crohns decease. Before my munipulation I was fit and strong. 90kg ( 200pnds) now I am 77kg ( 170pnds). My daily headaches continue. I never get headaches on the left side. The headache always starts off from the right then turns into a front headache as the day progesses.
This is a list of treatments I've tried. And dates roughly when I received them. Note that I didnt get any scans or test until after 3 months after the incident.
Special mri ( pin point pain area then scanned ) 20/11/2014
Ct in hospital with dye. 2/10/2014
All scans came back ok.
Seen a pain management doctor and have I received
- nerve block in office to the occipital nerve.
- sent out for c2/c3 and c3/c4 facet injection.
None of them helped what so ever.
I've tried physio
Chiro with about 30 neck munipulation.
The dry needling aggravated my headaches as well as the remedial massages. The chiro neck munipulation made me feel foggy for days after but didn't help or aggravate the headache at all.
I've also seen 2 neurologist who have had no idea what is going on. They have tried me on lyrica, topamax ( topiramate ), prednisone , Celebrex and Amitriptyline which have not helped at all either. I've also tried a migraine abort drug. tried them for 3 months. I have also tried prednisone for 2 months on a strong dose of 40mg and tapering, with no help as well.
Also note, prior to this I have never had any neck trouble, pain or injuries what so ever in my life. I've never had a neck headache or a headache from the back of my head in my life. About once a year I'd get a headache behind my eyes from being in the sun all day, that was it.
Do you have any idea what happen?? Please help