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Newbie with chronic neck and shoulder problem ..HELP PLS!
this is my 1st post on this forum so i would greatly appreciate anyones help on this.. please excuse my lengthy post but i thought rather than posting bits of information i would write it up in one go.
i am a 27 year old male suffering from severe chronic neck and shoulder related pain. To give you some background information I am computer technician which means I sit at a desk most of the day. I have been told I have slightly rounded shoulders due to this but I have never suffered from any bone or muscular related problems. I had a car accident in Jan 2009 which resulted in impact from the right hand side. There was no initial injuries or symptoms related to this.
This problem started in oct 2009 where originally it was neck pain on the right hand side in the C1-C2 area. It was mild/tolerable pain which I had treatment for by a physiotherapist who diagnosed me with a slipped/herniated disk. To no avail the symptoms progressed and I went to an osteopath who was unable to diagnose what the problem was but stated the problem area is in the levator scapular, the rhomboid muscle, behind the shoulder blade which is what is causing the pain in the neck.
The treatment from the osteopath included some spinal/neck manipulation which provided temporary relief. However the problem still persisted which led me to a chiropractor. This provided no relief at all and may have aggravated the problem further
I have had an mri scan of the neck about 7 months ago which showed no obtrusions of the neck. The symptoms have become progressively worse and have or include upper back/ neck and shoulder tension. Dizziness/feeling off balance/ chronic headaches from the back of the neck, an episode of severe migraine which led to temporary memory loss, a clicking sound in the lower neck region when tilting my head back, strained, taut muscles in most part of the neck and muscle knots pretty much in the whole right side of the neck /upper back and shoulder region.
I am now receiving treatment from a sport massage therapist for the last 4 months who provides temporary relief with acupressure and deep massage but requires me to re-visit every 2 weeks. Again the diagnosis of this practitioner corresponds to the diagnosis of the osteopath however he is unable to specify on what the cause is i.e. pinched nerve, slipped disc, nerve damage. In addition to this I am now experiencing a noticeable numbing pain from the back of my arm down to the elbow.
Other non- muscoskeletal symptoms include IBS, anxiety and mild depression, sporadic muscle spasms around the whole body and consistent foot cramps at night. I refuse to take pain killers on a regular basis due to my IBS.
Any ideas/ thoughts/ suggestions are welcome as i am on my last tethers.