This site has been very comforting for me as of late but I've decided to reach out with my story. I'm a healthy (I think!) 31 year old female who is going on 6 months of constant and spreading pain.
It began this spring when I was working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week on a laptop (hunched over like a Neanderthal, I now recognize). Also began going to the gym lifting my little heart out and wincing at the pain at the back of my head each time I tried to look in the mirror a tree my dumbell posture. (Dumb, alright). I began noticing a tingling nerve sensation at the back of my neck about the size of a quarter while I was on my laptop. Then tingling down my arm. I would shake it out and move on. Came and went only as I worked on my laptop. 3 months later I was working less but the pain was constant and moved to my left hand as well.
Between July and now (December) the pain has spread to my wrists, shoulders, lower back, and feet. My feet are numb and tingly all the time. My neck cracks when it never used to and driving gives me such great electric shocks down my neck, shoulders and even into my toes that I avoid it as much as possible. Walking and baths seem to be best. (And wine). I have gone to physio, chiro, osteo, massage, acupuncture. No help. I have had an MRI of head and neck - all clear. I have had an insane amount of bloodwork. I am desperate. I hate Lyrica.
Chiro thinks possible spinal cord compression. Doctor thinks I'm crazy but also wants to keep ruling out MS but I know this all started with my Neanderthal laptop posture and 3-month gym habit. I have an EMG the end of February with a Neurologist which is great but I can't wait till then for what may be more question marks. Or a four month wait for a full spine MRI (Canada is great but there's a long wait). This is hurting my work, my relationship, my life overall, in so many ways. I know many of you have experienced similar frustrations and have done your research. Any suggestions or words of support would be so greatly appreciated!
Kelly (in New Brunswick)