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Please help undiagnosed neck pain causing misery

Hello I am posting as a new user desperate for some advice! It's a long story but I will try to keep it short!

I am a 28yr old male, slim build (58kg), normally fit and healthy. I used to work out 2x a week lifting at the gym with no known injuries.

In May this year, I woke up one day with pain and stiffness in my neck. The pain moved positions, left side, right side, towards my ears and right around the back. The pain around the back of the neck felt like burning.

My doctors diagnosed me with swollen lymph glands in my neck due to possible virus and said they were most likely the cause of discomfort. (Medical term cervical lymphadenopathy)

Based on that theory, I was sent for various blood tests which were all normal, no signs of inflammation. I also experienced similar pain under my arms which I located to being the side of my ribs.

My symptoms lead to bone blood profile and a full body CT scan.

Bloods still normal, CT scan showed no abnormalities in Bones or lymph nodes.

So that's the background. Today my doctors (in the UK) have given up trying to find out what's wrong - I feel they are afraid to admit they got it wrong - this pain has nothing to do with my lymph nodes!

So where am I at today?

Well, the pains have changed but now settled to be fairly consistent.

The back of my neck is stiff and hurts slightly more to bend head forward. Feeling my neck, there are no tender spots and its very difficult to describe the pain and location,, the best word is stiff.
The last few days this pain has been felt going down towards my back and to the left shoulder blade although today its just my neck. I still have discomfort under my arms but not sure this is linked.

I am taking regular ibuprofen and sometimes this is effective, sometimes it isn't.

Has anyone got the slightest idea what is wrong? I am considering seeing a chiropractor/osteopath but I don't know what would be best.


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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I would recommend seeing a specialist. It could very well be that you strained a muscle. Have they given you a muscle relaxer to help with spasms?
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • stemming from the neck area, have you consulted with a board certified spine surgeon? Either an ortho or a neurosurgeon that specializes in the spine might be a good place to start. Lifting weights if not done properly can cause injury to your spine and the locations of the pain on the rest of your body can give the doctor some clues as to what levels of the spine might be effected and the severity of it...
    I would not suggest seeing a chiropractor and allowing any adjustments until you have confirmed that there is not spine damage.
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