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Neck pain causing other pain/issues ???

Hello,

Here's the scoop on my issues: 2 years ago, I fell going down some carpeted stairs in my home and that's when it all started. At that point, I was in my 13th year working in a bank (mostly bank teller), mostly stressful high tension job, doing repetitive motions, standing 6-9 hours a day, at a non-ergonomically friendly workstation, in front of a monitor screen.

After the fall on the stairs, as weird as it sounds, not only was pain a factor, but depression and anxiety came into the picture, which I do have a history of. I went to my PCP Dr, who focused more on treating my anxiety and depression (with medication, of course), rather than my physical pain. She did prescribe me Naproxen and referred me to PT, which I failed to set up and go.

Since then, I've had Xrays, MRI's done, been to 4 different Physical therapists, Chiropractors, a biofeedback specialist, had counseling, spinal decompression, massage therapy, dry needling, cupping, electrical stimulation, Trigger point injections, Radio frequency Ablation/Lesioning, Acupuncture, OTC medications, Rx medications, been tested for lupus, & RA (which came back negative), & even had surgery on my right Rotator cuff earlier this year, which was torn. Unfortunately, most of these treatments /medications have not been a success.

Today, my neck and upper back (mostly right side), feel extremely sore and ache. They feel tense about 90% of the time (not sure if anxiety related), but the pain and the anxiety seem to go hand in hand like they want to be friends. I'm finished with my PT for my shoulder (rotator cuff) but now back in PT for my neck and upper back. This new PT Im seeing seems to be knowledgeable, he's foreign, from Italy, had a specialized training in Physical therapy, and his techniques are different than the other 4 PT's I've seen in the last 2 years. I've been going to him for just over a month now so it's still too soon to tell if the therapy is working, but I'm seeing a tiny bit of improvement. However, my achiness, tension, and pains are still there and I feel like these sensations radiate or move when I do certain stretches or motions. Not sure if that's called Referred pain?? Anyhow, the pain radiates or moves from my neck down to my upper back (shoulder blade area) or from my neck down to my right wrist and hand area. This usually happens when I tilt my head to the right to do a mild stretch or if I use a tennis ball to do some acupressure on my right shoulder blade area.

No doctors, specialists, counselors, therapists, etc., have been able to help me figure out what my condition is or how to correctly treat me. My PCP and Pain Mgmt Dr say that I just need to continue the Physical therapy. And of course, the PT I'm seeing agrees.

Anyone else out there going thru something like me or even similar to my situation? Or know someone who is and what worked for you or them?? Any info is a help. Oh, and I'm 40 years old, the fall was when I was 37, one Dr that I saw told me that my condition isn't severe enough for surgery and that I should RUN if any other Dr tells me different. I'm not able to work at the moment because of this injury and the effects it's having on me at the moment.

Help! Any feedback is welcomed.

Thanks!

-Rachel


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Comments

  • Take a look at "Atlas Sublexation," and see what you come up with. I recently had a very simple procedure done which gave instant relief from many of my symptoms. Not all are gone, but I injured myself five years ago, and my upper left trapezius muscles were tense every waking moment until recently.

    Good Luck!

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