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Neck and head Chronic Pain

It's been about a month now since this whole thing started, and there are many factors that I think may be relevant.  First off, the pain starts on my right side just where the head meets the neck, and radiates forward.
I had a sinus infection that I was on antibiotics for - it was focused behind my eyes.  I missed a day but
finished the last three pills after that -  
I woke up out of nowhere with a headache radiating from that area, but all the way across the back (not on only one side).  It was untouchable with over the counter meds and lasted 4 days - then completely went away.  I figured it was no big deal.  3 days later it came back and lasted 6 days.  By now it was only on the right side and it's much more mild, but still completely untouchable with any pain killers.  My doctor ordered an MRI and gave me muscle relaxers.  Nothing helped and the MRI came back "normal."  That was 3 weeks ago and it is still here.  Sometimes it doesn't hurt too badly, but it always feels like there is something foreign poking the back of my brain.  At the time that it started I had been occasionally using adderall recreationally.  I am also a heavy drinker, but have never had any sort of chronic head pain.  The headaches that I've had never felt quite like this.

At the time that it started, I could hear a "click" in my neck when I turn it.  

I am getting more and more worried that it is serious, and that is not helping at all.  I am wondering if this has anything to do with the sinus infection or possibly a neck problem.  There was never any trauma...Please help me!  
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I know this is old, but it might help someone. This is called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or just TMJ. It happens when you grind your teeth or clench your jaw due to anxiety, stress, or probably adderall(which tends to make me clench all day) This is the joint that connects your jaw to your head. Long term grinding causes this joint/ disc associated to inflame or irritate the muscles around it. The pain can radiate into your ear and all the way down your neck. (Mine is excruciating and I initially thought it was a horrendous ear infection.) Hope this helps!
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First of all, it sounds like your headache is coming from stiffness or joint dysfunction of the upper levels of your cervical spine. You should see a physical therapist trained in spinal manual therapy who can mobilize any "stuck" joints in this area, which can cause severe headaches, eye/jaw pain, numbness in the tongue, or other strange pains and feelings around the head. The click in the neck has probably stopped because a joint that was moving abnormally is now stuck. This can lead to gradually worsening headache and other symptoms. The joints just need to be unstuck.
Furthermore, I have to urge you away from using adderall recreationally. This is a controversial drug and carries huge side effects ranging from headaches, sleeplessness, depression, psychosis, and schizophrenia to stroke, heart attacks, and death. Please take care of yourself. Hope this helps.
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