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I am 29 years old and have been suffering with chronic neck pain for 2 years now. It came on all of a sudden with no injury and was initially diagnosed by my doctor with a pulled muscle and given an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer...neither did much for the pain. Then the doctor recanted his initial diagnosis and said I must have bursitis and kept me on the meds which I told him weren't working. Two months later I went back to tell him it hadn't gotten better and he put me in physical therapy and gave me Vicodin. The Vicodin helped and the PT lasted 4 weeks with no huge improvement and ultimately ended with traction which helped...for about 5 months when the pain came back. To make a VERY long story short I got a second opinion was put on steroids, Tylenol #3 and Flexiril. Then was given Valium and finally Ambien. I had an MRI and it showed moderate degeneration in my C6 and C7. No painkillers are working, the Valium had no affect at all and with the Ambien, I take it and am awake 4 hours later in pain. Not to many people around me, family, friends, even my husband understand what it is like to live with this pain for 2 years. It is taking a HUGE toll on me mentaly, my work is suffering, my social life is suffering as is my marriage. I have finally been refered to an orthopedic surgeon in a couple weeks and am hopeful that somehow I can be pain free for the first time in 2 years. I'm only 29 and feel like I am much older physically and mentally. Is depression and anxiety a major player in chronic pain or am I just going crazy after 2 years?