About three years ago, I began having pain in my neck, specifically at the C1 vertebra, where the neck meets the skull. I visited my Dr. and he did a manual examination (about 30 sec) and gave me stretching exercises. However, the pain continued. I visited a Chiro, who prescribed x-rays, and said the pain came from my neck not curving. He did manipulations for months, but it would provide temp. relief at best, which became less with time. I went without care, then went to another chiro who did massage and adjustments, but again the same result. At this point, I visited an ortho, who took an MRI and said there was no need for surgery so sent me to another Dr. who prescribed physical therapy and said it was neuritis and some arthritis in the C7 region where there is quite a bit of tissue buildup. Nothing. Finally, I tried steroid injections. Nothing. I have tried muscle relaxants, narcotic pain meds, special pillows, supports and massage. Nothing. I even saw a doctor who said sinus infection and put me on antibiotics. Nothing. I am worried about the number of meds I take just to function.
My pain becomes progressively worse throughout the day, like a poker being shoved up through my neck to the top of my head. There is facial pain involved, and headaches that become so debilitating that I often don't function for more than 4 hours a day. The top vertebra feels like it is being crushed against the skull itself. The pain is on both sides - though it used to be worse on the right side, now it is equal. I am 22, and feel that this pain is restricting my life. Recently, my face has begun tingling. It began with my nose, and now my chin and cheek feel as if there are ants. The pain has limited my activity to the point I have gained weight. It is important to know my mother has the same problems as I do and hasn't been diagnosed, but my aunt and father recently underwent fusions in the cervical spine after years of pain and Drs. claiming their discs were fine. Please help.