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I'm 25 and I feel like this?

Hello everybody. I'd like to start off my post with, I'm am a horrible writer with terrible grammar so please don't judge. :smiley:" alt=":smiley:" height="20" /> 

Anyways, as the title says, I'm 25 years old(male) and feel like....  I'm 50. Trying to start back at the beginning will be tough as I've always had a bad memory but we'll try.
  So, back in October of last year(2015) I started working out, ditched all caffeine, and changed my diet. After doing so I went down hill hard. Lasted about 2 weeks and my body said "nope" and had me ridden to the couch. I had: Lost all energy, felt nauseated, kind of dizzy/light headed, and had a particular pain directly at the base of my skull just at the start of my spine. 

  Of course, my wife went me to the doctor after about a week. Long story short, after draining me of 50 gallons of blood, a 24/hr heart monitor, and a 3 MRI's later.. I still have no answers. That pesky pain, which all the doctors I've seen have been told about since day one, has now become a daily struggle. Some days being much worse than others. It seems to have migrated to either side of my spine at the base of my skull. I'm getting most of the symptoms that come with the wiki about occipital neuralgia. ( I know, google isn't a doctor) The rest of my neck along with my shoulders are tight and knotted. It's very worrisome to me when I get a shooting/stabbing pain usually on one side of my head.

  Now, I mentioned 3 MRI's earlier. I had three because they had found a small singular lesion on my brain. So, obviously (and respectfully) my  GP points her fingers to that and just wants to feed me with migraine and anti-anxiety medication and sent me home. I did speak to an neurologist which more or less ended with, "You're brain is perfectly normal, there isn't anything wrong with it. Here take home some anti-anxiety medication, oh and these migraine pills too." (Did you notice the pattern?) All of this had taken place between OCT 2015- Feb 2016.

  By this time my neck had begun feeling worse and worse as the days went by. I finally went to a chiropractor hopeful for some relief.  He set me with a 3 days a week manipulation plan, and after the third or so day I felt like this was it. This is what was going to fix me! That stabbing/shooting pain I was getting vanished and I started feeling better. He also had done an X-ray and showed me that my c-spine had almost no curve. A month or so went by before I had realized I had plateaued and then soon after began down hill again. My symptoms were back along with some vision changes. The easiest way to describe the vision change would be to say my distant viewing seems to diminish some times. The worst my neck feels, the worse my vision is. My eyes also feel tired maybe even dry. 

  So here we are in latter part of June, when a health fair had popped up at work. One of the booths was a PT new to town and was giving  free 'screenings' to those of us whom attended. She felt around and did a few tests and told me I had some loss of rang of motion in my neck and quite a bit of strength difference between my arms. I later feed this information to my GP hoping she would refer me to, at least, get an actual exam done. Surprisingly, It worked. She had me go this morning to the clinic's PT.  He basically gave most of the same responses the screening had given. Loss of range, mostly forward motion in my neck. He also commented on my tight trapezius and neck muscles. He sent me home with some stretches to do and an appointment in a couple days for some actual manipulation. I was kind of hoping he would have  gave some sort of diagnosis, but maybe i'm being impatient.  Anybody with PT experience know when or if the PT actually tells a specific diagnosis?
   Anyways, that's my story so far. Well, at least what I can recall that the moment.(It's late) Hope to hear of anybody with similar issues as my own. It's terrible feeling this way, every day all day. 


  • LizLiz Posts: 2,602
    edited 07/23/2019 - 1:08 PM
    hello justind

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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,496

    Welcome to the forum.  I am sorry about your pain and the run-around that you are getting.

    I don't think that a PT should be making diagnosis, they should be working on you based on a previous diagnosis from a Dr.  They may do some tests to determine exactly how/what to work on.

    A few thoughts that I have:
        1. I am 50 ish and have only recently learned that I must be my own medical advocate.  That means pushing the Dr to keep doing things to help me.   Like tell the Dr about your PT experience and getting a prescription for PT
        2. Ask to see a specialist, get a referral to a Pain Management Dr and a Nerologist.
        3. Don't let them tell you that you are too young.
        4. Read and ask questions here, there are a lot of great fellow patients here willing to offer advice from their experience

    And last don't give up.

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  • JustinDJJustinD IllinoisPosts: 3
    edited 06/25/2016 - 1:15 PM
    Thanks for the reply!

      I've noticed I need to be a little more assertive about what I'd like to do/try next. Which is pretty much the only reason why I've started PT. Speaking of pt, I had my second appointment on Friday. The PTA had me do some stretching and found a large trigger point right next to my right shoulder blade on my trapezius. After attempting to work it out for a while she ended the session with heat and electric stim. She did tell me that I would be sore today in that area. However, I wasn't expecting it to exacerbate all of my current symptoms. Has anyone else had this happen? I'm also not sure if kneading the trigger point may have aggravated more nerves but while attempting to sleep last night I was getting strange pains in my finger  tips and even in my eyelashes. 

    Almost forgot to mention, directly afterwards I kind of had a loss of sensation feeling in my face and left arm.
  • JustinDJJustinD IllinoisPosts: 3
    Today was a special day in it's own. Been awful hot recently and it's really affecting me unlike usual. Nobody likes 95+ degree days but this was awful. Literally intensified all of my symptoms. I also noticed some slurring randomly. Ugh. Continued dizziness with vision blurriness especially as I'm trying to type this. Also getting random muscle spasms in my neck and shoulder blade area.
  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,496


    Seems like a rough couple of days.

    I have had similar experiences with PT.  You should discuss this with your PT to see what they think. But I found that keeping at it would help.

    I would also discuss the spasms with your doctor and insist on a muscle relaxer.

    I hope things get better for you soon.

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