I need your help!
Tomorrow will be one month since I developed neck pain/stiffness that is triggering a headache whenever I sit or stand for more than 30 minutes. I am having multiple headaches every day, which are only relieved when I lie down, and that is starting not to work now. 🙁 I’ve had an x-ray and MRI on my neck, and nothing abnormal showed up. My specialist believes the muscles/fascia in my neck are so tight, it is triggering tension headaches.
So far, I’ve been doing the following to try to loosen up the muscles/fascia: massage therapy, myofascial release, chiropractic. dry needling, active release technique, tennis balls (to release tight spots), foam roller and various types of stretches.
I have an appointment next month to get trigger point injections with lidocaine.
Do any of you know anything else I can do to loosen up these muscles in my neck/upper back? I need to get these trapezius muscles released! Help! I really need to get this issue fixed because it’s affecting every part of my life. I am having to spend hours each day in bed. If you know of any type of bodywork, stretches, devices, ANYTHING that will help with this, please leave it in the comments.
Update as of Sept. 9, 2018: So, it turns out I was initially misdiagnosed. After doing a bunch of bodywork and dry needling without relief, my doctor conceded my headaches are NOT tension headaches caused by tight muscles and referred me to neurology. Since then, I’ve seen a couple of specialists in neurology, and they believe I have a spinal fluid leak, possibly linked to the back surgery I had in May. I’m scheduled to have a test later this month to look for the leak. If they can find it, then they will do a blood patch to fix it. For now, I am still in bed and unable to work. 10 weeks and counting…
Fibromyalgia News Today: Neurotransmitters may have important role in fibromyalgia
From the article: “Supported by these results, the team believes that norepinephrine ‘may be an accurate predictor’ of fibromyalgia that is associated with worse physical health status, which “may greatly help in the diagnosis and treatment of this syndrome.”
LymeDisease.org: Tick-borne viruses? We don’t know what we don’t know
From the article: “From 1900 to 2000, there were only 12 tick-borne pathogens known to cause human disease in the U.S. However, over the past 17 years, scientists have identified dozens of new ones. This includes 16 new species of Borrelia—the spiral-shaped bacteria that causes Lyme disease, relapsing fever Borreliosis and other ‘Lyme-like’ illnesses. During that same period, the CDC estimates a 320% increase in the number of Lyme disease cases.”
Health Rising: Ron Davis finally gets his big grant
From the article: “The big multi-year, multi-million dollar RO1 grant to the Stanford Genome Center titled ‘Molecular and Single Cell Immunology of ME/CFS’ lasts for five years and pays out a cool $745,000 this year.”
Gates Way to Health: What causes chronic migraines? (YouTube video, almost 3 minutes)
Dr. Randall Gates, D.C., board certified chiropractic neurologist, explores the balance between the brain and body to get to the ROOT of chronic migraine pain. If you’re interested in learning more, there is a link to a full podcast in the YouTube video description. (Posting since migraines are a common comorbidity of fibromyalgia.)
This is an older article, but it might still be useful to those of you who deal with localized pain in the feet, hips, back, etc.
I’ve got a backlog of articles saved for you guys so here are a few extras this week…
Alternative Pain Treatment Directory: Neurofeedback for chronic pain
Pain News Network: BioWave device helps Vietnam vet with chronic pain
CFS Unravelled: Got ME/CFS/fibromyalgia? Stop doing this to avoid three problems! (YouTube video, 10 minutes)