I started having the same symptoms out of nowhere, no injuries, no accidents, etc.
LIttle I know that this will be a long journey. I went to see a doctor and he spent 5 minutes with me prescribing pain killers and muscle relaxants. None of them worked.
I have pain in the neck radiating to middle finger (the finger pain is on and off) and lots of pain in the right shoulder blade next to the spine.
I went to see a chiropractor after hearing the miracles they can do ( I guess it works for some people). After 3 visits I started feeling even worse. Remember ifyou are not feeling comfortable stop seeing your choropractor. These techniques could very dangerous. All of the nerves from the brain to the body go through the neck, and the chiropractor is twisting this like he is doing his laundry. We did X-ray and nothing abnormal
Then next logical step was to see a professional, a Neurologist (they have no interest in doing a surgery as neurosurgeons, so it's a good starting point). We did MRI. It showed some little to mild disk bulge...normal wear and tear. No visible pinched nerves, etc. We did several tests with some electricity in my arm to test the nerve response in the root of C6 C7 nerves, all normal. However, they pain is still there. He told me that I should not feel such pain but I do, as KHoward pointed, nothing visible but present pain. So he told me take some more painkillers try PT.
I am in my 4 month. My life is on standby. I forgot what is "normal" and a day without pain. Several missed days at work and nice bills from the doctors. First thought in the morning is how bad it will be today. I do walk with painkillers in my pockets, trying not to take them as long as the pain is bearable.
Enrolled for Yoga classes (3weeks now), doing some swimming and jakuzzi. Hopefully something will help. Next step will be steroid shot probably. I still can't comprehend it, how if there is nothing visible on these scans we can all have pain.
I thought at 29 yrs I am young for this, but as Khoward is 23yrs old there are other people even in their teen age years. It's depressing...I did not see successfull story for now. Looks like these things are for life. I wait for the day I will wake up and this pain will go away.
Thanks for the book recommendation