I've had this problem for 15 years. The pain is awful, takes days or even weeks to fade, and comes on for no apparent reason. Standard OTC meds like NSAIDs and acetaminophen do little if anything for it. I have a chronic pain disorder, and presumably this neck/shoulder pain is part of it, but the docs I've been seeing, including neurologists, rheumatologists, and physiatrists, can't come up with a diagnosis, and the EMG, NCV, MRI, EEG, or other tests that have been done are all normal.
Anxiety/stress is a possible cause, as are a variety of neuromuscular disorders, joint disorders, etc. Pursue a full medical evaluation to find out what, if anything, can be diagnosed.
Hope you can rest and recover quickly.
The problem may be a compressed nerve, however you should be evaluated at an ER because every once in a while meningitis has such a presentation and timely intervention means the difference between life and death.
That means go there now - not tomorrow.
NOT SURE BUT I WOULD GET AN XRAY DONE OR POSSIB;E MRI
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I agree with Caregiver, either it is a compressed nerve or it can be meningitis. Third possibility is a wrong posture while sleeping that caused muscle strain. Overexposure to cold wind can also have similar presentation. Please consult a doctor ASAP or go to ER. Take care!
Went to the doctor's. They said it definitely wasn't meningitis (plus I've been vaccinated for it). They actually had a second doctor come in to examine me and they both agreed that it felt like muscle spasms. Prescribed me with Flexeril and was advised to apply heat. Hope it helps :/