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.
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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.