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Neck pain and anxiety

Rawbs21RRawbs21 Posts: 3
edited 06/19/2015 - 5:03 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I couldn't find a post that directly fit my portfolio of problems, and no 2 people are the same. So here's a list of all the problems I've been getting.

It started maybe 3 months ago when I was slowly getting more and more ill, my stomach was constantly in pain and producing too much acid I have been to the doctor for this but everyone once in a while when I don't eat or drink enough on time my stomach spasms so hard that it feels like it bruises I'm not sure if this is anxiety and panic mixed with lack of nutrients.

Anyway, while this was happening I had a massive pain under my left shoulder blade like it was full of electric, I had quite a big knot under it too, I've been paying to see a sports therapist since who has worn the knot down and it's pretty much gone but she told me that my shoulders and neck were inflamed and very very tense (only on the left side again) she did some work on them yesterday (felt like she just squeezed them as hard as she could for a few minutes) but I still feel massively tense, I've been using deep heat pads on it but after reading a few articles that all this could be linked (the stomach problems and the pain under my shoulder blade) I've had full blood works done an ecg to check my heart and ultrasounds on all my organs in chest down to my bladder, I was wondering what your thoughts were.
Some other symptoms I get are;
• Bouts of dizziness where I feel like I'm falling backwards and to the rights
• night terrors, where I'll just be falling asleep and I'll feel like I can't catch my breath and I go into a panic (this only happens when I'm really stressing, like when I have test results due - so probably down to anxiety)
• misalignment of some of my spine, I'm seeing s chiropractor who has just examined me and not done any scans or x-Rays. He's 'adjusted me' 2 times so far but I'm not quite sure what that does. He pokes my back with a stick and aligns my feet. I've not seen any benefit from it so far.
• a feeling of compression in my chest, I can't put my finger on what's wrong but I know something isn't right. There's no massive pain but I feel short of breath sometimes and like I have to put my hand on my chest to help it..
• constant niggling in my shoulder, I find myself holding my left shoulder with my right hand a lot without realising cause it comforts the discomfort I'm feeling.
• muscle tension that refers around my body. Sometimes in my leg or down my arm and sometimes in the left side of my head. I've visited a&e (ER for you Americans) 2-3 times as this has worried me. Only to be discharged with 'nothing wrong'
• weak feeling in my left wrist and the upper part off left pec, if I'm not holding my shoulder I find myself holding my left pec / shoulder joint.
• nausea. Only on and off. But it effects me eating and drinking which only makes me worse.

I was signed off work for 6 weeks with anxiety, my doctor seems reluctant to look into any of my problems and only after pushing hard referred me to see a physiotherapist, but these referrals can take up to 4 weeks to come through, so for another 3 and a half weeks I'm going to be struggling. Does anyone have any idea what's wrong with me?

- When did this first start?
About 3-4, months ago

- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
No accident or trauma, my shoulder blades (where the big knot was) was grinding when doing over head presses at the gym, I thought nothing of it but it got progressively worse over the course of around a month. Then my shoulder started hurting, radiating under the shoulder blade and my stomach got weird after that.
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
I've been to see my GP but I think he's sick of me as I go almost once a week to tell him my new symptoms, he's adament I just have anxiety, although I feel really ill at times. He's referred me to see a physiotherapist which I haven't seen yet. I've been to see a chiropractor, who said I have misalignments in t1 t4-t5 and one lower in my back I can't remember which number, but it's almost in line with the middle of my abdomen.

- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
I've only seen the chiro so far,

- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
No tests like these have been done!

- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
Just paracetamol for the pain and deep heat to relieve some muscle strain.

- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)

- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
I'm not sure.

- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
He's useless... Haha

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

Here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - When did this first start?- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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  • I just wanted to drop a quick line that pain definitely causes anxiety for me, which would explain all your symptoms of not feeling "right", stomach issues... pain causes anxiety.

    Try to get tot he source and relieve the pain, seems like you have a trigger point? You can try to relieve the anxiety if all else fails, living with pain/anxiety is no joke.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Have you tried to get referral ( if needed) to seek therapy for possible anxiety?

    When my pain issues began, it was a very confusing time for me, as in trying to figure out what was wrong, how to stop the pain, undergoing testing, etc...

    I was depressed with anxiety and I saw a psychiatrist, and I had talk therapy for years.
    Although, I continue to see my psychiatrist for medication management, ( and I do feel better and have for years) ..seeking help does not necessarily mean it will be a forever thing for you or others.

    But I think psychological specialist can be very helpful during certain transitions we face in life!
    Medications may be needed, again not necessarily forever.
    But if some of your symptoms are related to anxiety, they can be lessened and that's one thing under control as you move forward with your other health issues.

    You might learn ways of coping with whatever the outcome of some of your tests are....
    So you are best able to handle the uncertainty of your health.
    And as you continue to to work with doctors to find relief for your other symptoms.

    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • Hey thanks for your reply.

    Yeah unfortunately the NHS in England is pretty substandard when it comes to mental health problems, I was put forward for therapy about 4 months ago and still haven't heard back, I spoke to a friend who works in the mental health profession and she said they prioritise suicidal people etc first so I'm not holding my breath on hearing back from them anytime soon. I visited a charity called MIND who have been fantastic. I fully recommend them if anyone else suffers from health anxiety. They seen me within 2-3 days of contacting them and now I go to therapy (group) every Friday and I can pop in to see them almost whenever I need too. I'm trying not to take meds for any mind altering problems as I'd like to deal with the source of the problem rather than just trying to mask it.
  • xcaligurlxxcaligurl Posts: 3
    edited 06/19/2015 - 4:09 PM
    I have suffered from anxiety for years. You need to find a doctor to treat your anxiety and a good doctor for your spine issues. I would be very leery of a Chiropractor adjusting me and he hasn't taken x-ray to ensure there is nothing broken or any type of conditions that will be worsened by an adjustment.
    June 25, 2015 C3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 Fusion
  • I think there is some oversimplification going on, you have too many symptoms to attribute this to anxiety. Furthermore, anxiety does not appear for no reason. I suspect it is being driven by a fear on oncoming pain and concern that your doctors are not going to get it right.

    Keep searching my friend and don't mistake anxiety for real issues including pain. You seem to have a high tolerance for it and that may be getting in the way of figuring out the issue.
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  • HI! I'm overwhelmed by the amount of responses. Thank you for all your time. I've been for A soft tissue massage since I posted the last post and it's helped greatly, I'm trying to ignore all the times I get anxious from the weird sensations and it's helping to keep me less tense. I'm hoping I might just be stuck in a cycle of anxiety - makes me tense - makes me panic - causes pain. Etc

    And touch wood I've been feeling better. The whole of yesterday I tried to relax as much as possible, went for a walk and tried to do some minor exercises. I'm still getting the electric type feeling in my shoulder and some pains into my leg when I use it but I hope when Chiro & therapist see me again they can help relive that :)

    You're all awesome. Thank you.
  • Weird sensations mean something is going on that you have not experienced before. Odd Electric feelings and pain in areas that have no anatomical reason for pain point back to a nerve injury or a nerve condition.

    The high pain tolerance is great on a battlefield but in this case you'll have to push it aside and try to pinpoint all of the pain spots on your body. A magic marker will help. Pain can absolutely cause anxiety especially when you know the pain is coming and you have no means to stop it.

    Your new goal in life is to figure out the cause of the pain and a way to correct it. And by all means there is no reason to live in pain during the search, find relief for it.
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