In the past four weeks my life has changed dramatically for the worse. I have been experiencing painful muscle spasms in the back of my neck which has led to headaches, muscle stiffness, and limited range of motion. It has caused me to miss almost two weeks of work and has severely limited my activities. I have received a CT scan, X-rays, and an MRI which I was told were all normal. I've been prescribed muscle relaxants and pain medications which have barely taken the edge off the pain. I had an appointment with a pain management specialist today who informed me that the MRI I had was done only for my head and not my neck (despite my having told the doctor that my neck was the primary issue.). So I have yet another MRI scheduled in two days. In the meantime I will be starting physical therapy tomorrow, and somehow trying to make it through the day at work (I'm a teacher) because I can't use up any more sick days.
I am all for doing the therapy if it will help me get my life back to normal (went from being an exercise nut to spending all my time lying in bed because that's the only thing that makes the pain go away.). I have suffered no major injury and all of this seems to have come out of nowhere. However, if the doctors aren't even certain what the underlying cause of my pain is, then I find it strange that they're recommending PT.
Is this normal? Is there a chance that physical therapy could make it worse (whatever "it" ends up being)?
Thanks for your replies. Just looking to commiserate with those who had experience with debilitating pain.