About Me: Female, Seattle, WA, member since Aug 2009
I've had constant neck pain & headaches for over 6 years. It is a tight, aching, burning, strangling pain. And it is constant - it is there 24 hours a day.
I've been to over 60 doctors in almost every specialty you can think of, with no firm diagnosis and no resolution. I've tried many medications - none seem to give any real relief. I've had numerous MRIs, xrays, and cat scans - all showing that everything is aparently "normal." I've also had Botox shots in my neck and back of head, physical therapy, massage, and many types of "alternative" treatments (chiro, osteo, neuro-cranial restructuring). I've had cortisol shots in my cervical facet joints and diagnotic shots in various upper vertebrae (C1 - C4), as well an epidural in my spinal cord. I've also gone the "dental" route and have seen many dentists, tmj specialists, and orthodontists. I've been fitted with various orthodontal appliances (upper & lower splints). I've traveled out of state, across the country and even out of country, searching for anyone who can help. All of these years later, I still have no diagnosis and no relief from the constant 24/7 pain in my neck and base of head.
My hope is that someone will be able to offer some help, and ultimately some hope.
Hi meeperneeper, I have had an severe sharp pain in my right throat, that radiates into my ear for about a month and have seen my internist and and ENT, had a strep test, scope through nose into throat, neck CT -- all normal. My pain isn't constant, but occurs every few minutes. Talking, swallowing, lying down all painful. By the way I also practice yoga and the pain started a week after I stopped going to class. Last night I went back and although felt relaxed, it did not improve. I have had issues with TMJ in the past, but always accompany tingling discomfort in front of my ears and headaches, both of which I've had none.
A NUCCA chiropractor was also suggested to me and I have an appt for tomorrow morning. Wondering if you tried it and what were your results? Thanks and good luck.
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