I am new to this community and this is my first post. I have come here looking for advice or information from anyone who may be experiencing the same thing I am, because I have no idea what is wrong with me, and so far I havent gotten a lot of answers.
For about 3 years now I have been suffering from chronic neck and shoulder(blade) pain. But when I say pain... it's less like stabbing pains, and more like slight achey feeling with a major need to pop and crack things or put pressure on certain spots. When this started I cant pinpoint any major event that would have caused an injury. The only thing that happened was I had taken a new job that was a desk job and very sedentary. When it first started bothering me, it was focused in the middle of my neck, like a knot. And I would lay on an ice bottle for relief or anything that would put pressure on the area, then eventually it migrated and the knot went away, but I was left with "hot spots" in my shoulder blades that felt like they had tension and needed rubbed out, but it all seemed connected to the need to stretch my neck. Whenever I move my neck it makes constant crackling noise and sometimes big pops.
I have gone to the doctor, they took an xray of my neck and said it looked fine. The Dr suggested PT so I went to that for about 3 months and learned to stretch and do exercises to strengthen my back and shoulder blade muscles. This would make me feel better during, but there was no relief afterward. I tried going in for deep tissue massages, and dry needling, both of which would give me maybe a day of relief. The only other things that slightly helps is steroid shots in the spots I feel are the "triggers". I am only 31 yrs old and I have a 2 year old daughter to chase after, but having this constant need to stretch and pop my neck and shoulders makes enjoying life pretty difficult some days.
Can anyone tell me what they think is causing this and what I can do (if anything) to get long term relief?