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Neck/shoulder pain & tension for months

tinybubblesttinybubbles Posts: 1
edited 01/16/2016 - 3:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hoping to get some advice + feedback of symptoms I have been having over the past 3 months.

All day, everyday for the past 3 months (since beginning of October) I have had severe neck/shoulder tension and pain accompanied by tension headaches. Originally it started at the base of skull and straight down the neck. I have full range of motion but neck feels extremely tight.
Saw a chiropractor who took x-rays.. everything looked fine.. in fact he said my alignment was great.
After several visits to my PCP and an assortment of pain meds later (that did not work - ibuprofun/tylenal, steroid pill, ultracet, vicodin and one other i cant remember the name) I went to urgent care who took another set of xrays. Still, everything looked fine.

Went to an orthopedic doctor who told me I had poor neck posture and prescribed 6 weeks of physical therapy.
I have been in physical therapy for the full six weeks (and will continue). The pain has not got better and actually has spread to my shoulders. Now the majority of pain and stiffness/tightness is in my shoulders - from the moment i wake up to the moment i go back to sleep. At times there is a faint cracking/clicking in the back of my neck when i walk and I have noticed my ears feeling plugged.

This week I started dry needling (have not seen any improvements) and just received an MRI (waiting on results)

I am 23 years old, healthy, never had any major medical issues before. Before my pain started I went to the gym 3-4x a week. Now it's whenever I can get past the pain and force myself to go. My social life has drastically decreased. Sleep is worse. Have been thinking about taking a leave from work since I leave early most days.
I use moist heat and ice daily. Have received massages... tried all kinds of creams. Was even wearing a soft neck brace at one point. Nothing as worked.

Possible factors:
I drive a lot for work (several hours a day).. mostly out in the community. Sit either in the car or at a desk most of the day.
Back in august I was rear ended (very very minor.. had no problems the months following)
Beginning of october i fell over backwards, where I sprained my wrist (soon after I started seeing the neck problems)
Under a lot of stress/high anxiety with my job over the past year

No matter how many times i mention these factors above.. doctors/chirpractors/physical therapist do not consider them the cause.
Any thoughts on what might be going on and how to fix this problem?

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