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    Pain is big business these days. Theres heaps of different things pain specialists can do. Id keep pushing for referrals

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    Im the same op. Not even panadeine forte helps. Ive tried Everything and i mean everything. It's horrendous. I just suffer everyday allday. I really give up.

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    OP,that sounds really difficult living in pain every day. You have so many different suggestions on here, it must be hard to know which ones to take. My 2c worth - I second the migraines. I suffer from horribly debilitating migraines,unfortunately not very often, & they always begin in my neck. Another thing I was thinking is, do you have one regular GP who you see? My GP is a champion, & she knows everything about me &the kids, so sometimes I'll go to her with a symptom & she will relate it back to another medical condition or something that has happened previously, & she is just so good at tying everything together. If you dont have a good GP, maybe get on a local FB page &ask for recommendations. I also agree with physio - i know you said youve tried it, but I think it is definitely worth another shot? One last thing - could it possibly be related to anxiety at all? NOT AT ALL that its 'all in your head' or anything like that, but maybe related to holding tension in your neck when yourw feeling stressed or anxious? I really hope you can find some answers.

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    It sounds awful! And frustrating that you're not feeling heard.

    I think you should look into seeing a pain psychologist - it's not about counseling, I'm certainly not suggesting it's all in your head! Pain is a huge topic in psychology and there are ways a specialized psychologist can help with chronic pain. It's worth exploring if you're not getting any relief from physio. Perhaps you need a more holistic approach to the problem (eg a combo of moderate pain relief, Physio, psych).

    I have a pesky disc in my lower back, it's not as bad as what yours sounds like but when it flares up its so debilitating! I sometimes vomit from the pain. Thankfully Physio sorts it out after a few sessions but it's hard looking after kids when you're dealing with so much pain.

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    I second getting blood tests.
    What about fibro myalgia ? Been tested for that?
    I also second a naturopath, sometimes they are fantastic at diagnosing and treating ailments.
    Do you drink much soft drink sweetened with artificial sweeteners ? They are supposed to be really bad for your joints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    Is there any chance it could be migraines? I went through so many tests on my neck over the years all showing nothing wrong, physio, chiro ... Only to discover it was migraines!
    PS we thought it was neck pain because I had a pain and tightening all down one side of my neck, from base of skull down to top of shoulder, and it almost felt like swollen lumps, about half way up. I felt some relief if massaged in a downwards direction from base of skull to shoulder. Also felt like a radiating headache up around to my forehead, around the front of my head. Most doctors put it down to tension, not sitting correctly at my desk etc therefore putting pressure on my neck. Migraine medication (inderal) fixed it up I only get it rarely now.

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    When did the pain occur? Was it before or after kids? I have had back and neck issues after giving birth.

    I see you're in qld are you in Brisbane? Highly recommend the women's practice, fantastic physio's

    Yes I'm sore a few days after but I continue with exercises and it's helped.

    I would also look at things like the ergonomics of chairs etc.
    turns out my office chair was 10cm too long for me, so I was constantly over compensating, since getting a new chair majority of my pain has disappeared.

    As others have suggested also ask for blood work etc to be done.

    Unfortunately a few rotten apples who fake illness ruin it for those who actually are in pain. GP are likely to be reluctant to just hand over scrips due to Dr hopping etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cue View Post
    It sounds awful! And frustrating that you're not feeling heard.

    I think you should look into seeing a pain psychologist - it's not about counseling, I'm certainly not suggesting it's all in your head! Pain is a huge topic in psychology and there are ways a specialized psychologist can help with chronic pain. It's worth exploring if you're not getting any relief from physio. Perhaps you need a more holistic approach to the problem (eg a combo of moderate pain relief, Physio, psych).

    I have a pesky disc in my lower back, it's not as bad as what yours sounds like but when it flares up its so debilitating! I sometimes vomit from the pain. Thankfully Physio sorts it out after a few sessions but it's hard looking after kids when you're dealing with so much pain.
    Just with this, turns out when I'm stressed or under pressure my whole core tightens right up the middle, which causes my muscles to tighten. I've now also got breathing techniques and help to identify triggers before it happens

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    Do you know that chronic pain and anxiety often go hand in hand? Especially neck/shoulder pain.
    Once again, I think you need to get your anxiety under control.

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