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Hi everyone, I stumbled across this website tonight looking for some comfort and answers. I'm a 35 year old male who used to workout, golf, etc. Now I'm on light duty at work and wondering what the heck is going on with me and why am I not getting better or fixed? I was a lucky recipient of acquiring CRPS(Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome or RSD) in 2006 from a volleyball accident in my ankle. I've gone down hill ever since then. In late 2007, I started experiencing excruciating pain in my neck/trapezius area. I dealt with it for awhile until I could not bare it anymore. I went to a chiropractor and continued to go hoping it would go away. I had an opportunity to take a voluntary layoff at work and chose to do so since my neck was still bothering me as well as my ankle. I was off for 2 1/2 months and in that time was able to get rid of the pain in my neck. I went back to work and within 2 weeks I had the pain in my left side of my neck as well as having numbness in my left pinky/ring finger. I had muscle spasms and my neck seized up with excruciating pain. I went to the doctor and had a neuro-metrix test which showed moderate neuropathy in both arms. I was put on light duty at work and was ordered to have an MRI. I found out I have bulged discs at C5-C6 bi-lateral, C7(left side) and T1-T2(right side) as well as numbness from my left elbow(ulnar) to my left ring/pinky finger. I have been dealing with this since April 08' and in the that time, I've had 4 cortisone injections as well as a EMG stating that I have left ulnar neuropathy. The problem is that I still experience burning/tingling in my neck, my left and right shoulder goes numb, my right pinky/ring finger is numb sometimes when I wake up and I have muscle twitches all over my body which really makes me nervous. I go to work everyday which is at a factory and have to walk around in pain without anyone understanding or believing me. I just want to be fixed so I can go on with my life. I alreay deal with CRPS, now I have to deal with another chronic pain in my neck. Sorry to ramble, I guess what I'm looking for is some advice. I'm a tough person which is probably part of the problem so it's hard for me to deal with this. I've looked into lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, fasciculitis sp? to see if anything sounds familiar but just like the t.v. commmercials, a lot of people could probably relate. Bottom line, I have pain in my neck, my arm/shoulder is or goes numb, and I twitch all over all the time. I have had bed sweats at night and had trouble sleeping, but some of that could be attributed to my CRPS. Any info as far as who I should talk to or see would be greatly appreciated. Again, sorry for the long rambling, but I'm all out of answers.