Hi Folks. I hope you are well.
Over the past 2 + years I have been suffering with neck and upper back problems and it is bewildering the amount of symptoms that seem to stem from the problem. I always have a feeling that my head is too heavy for my neck and upper back to support and there is a burning and tightness in my upper thoracic region, most of the time. There is also at times what I can only describe as a creeping sensation in my neck and shoulders. I have quite a lot of burning and numbness in my hands and feet along with strange neuralgic feelings in my forearms from time to time. The pain also often radiates to my chest manifesting itself as a band like tightness. This can be extremely distressing as it feels like heart pain. This may sound silly but at times reading the paper on the bus on the way to work is a real effort for my arms. The tire very quickly when held in the reading position. I also suffer badly with trapped wind and indigestion fullness and reflux.
I had a whiplash injury in 2005 where my head and neck was violently snapped forward towards my sternum. I remember at the time feeling that I had got away with it as apart from the initial shock of the actual incident, there seemed to be no lasting pain. It was certainly violent. Could the symptoms that I am experiencing now be a latent result of that trauma in 2005.
I am afraid to say that my GP has not been very helpfull with my situation so any advise would be much appreciated. I really sympathise with those suffering from chronic pain.