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muscle problem in neck no arthritis need diagnosis

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  • Posted By: teresasalyer
  • October 31, 2008
  • 01:35 PM


Ten years ago, I developed tight muscles in my neck. The dr. said I had 'soft tissue' damage.

Well, it is now 10 years later and I have extreme muscle tightness in my neck (now shoulders and extremely tight as well.)

I do stretches and heat. If I didn't I wouldn't be able to turn my neck side to side.

I have a hard lump on the side of my neck a little past the back of my ear on the right side. (Not near the ear.)
It has always been there, massage, heat, stretches or not. It does not move around.

I sometimes use a shoulder support, to keep my shoulders back.

I do have rounded shoulders due to all this over 10 yeaars.
I'm 54 now.

No tingling at all anywhere.

Could it still be 'soft muscle' damage after 10 years. I thought by this point the damage would have healed.

Again, my muscles are extremely tight.

I have followed the 'guaifenesin' protocol by Dr. St. Amand, who believes that neck symptoms are a result of fibromyalgia.
After 9 days of taking guaifenesin (the theory is that phosphate elimination -lacking the gene to eliminate the phosphates, and they build up in the body causing fibromyalgia symptoms.
After 9 days, I do experience more discomfort (lots!) as the guaifenesin is supposed to be pulling out the phosphates from affected areas. So, I believe that this theory may be correct and I do have fibromyalgia. But, again, it is just a theory!

Neck. Shoulders. Muscles extremely tight. No tingling. 10 years of this with no let up. Stretches don't help, neither does heat or muscle relaxants, neither does massage.

I'm so tired of this discomfort from extreme muscle tightness after 10 years.

What do I have? Fibromyalgia, or soft muscle tissue that never healed?

My mother has MS. Is this some sort of muscle/neurological problem?


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  • Fibromyalgia does tend to attack neck and shoulder area cus I also get the headaches that go along with it and the horrible tension. Most I do really besides living on Ibuprophen is moist heat and muscle relaxants when needed. Another syndrome that sometimes goes along with the FMS is Myofascial Pain Syndrome which tends to make U sore all over especially when u press on certain areas can send signals to different parts of body...called referred pain/ triggerpoints. http://www.sover.net/~devstar/ Have you been tested for MS since your mom has it? I imagine you have. I hope you find some relief soon! As EvErCat
    kitcat48 80 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
    • 11:27 PM
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  • I have recently been suffering from stiff muscles on both sides of my neck. I have been applying Synalar 0.025% for eczema at the base of my scalp for about two months now. Could this have trigged this stiffness? I apply moist heat, but it does not help. Does fibromyalgia just suddenly start up like this? What is soft muscle damage? Am I just getting old?? Thanks for any input.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
    • 11:35 PM
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  • Hi Cat, Thanks so much for your information. Teresa
    teresasalyer 6 Replies
    • November 1, 2008
    • 01:45 PM
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  • I hope you find some relief soon! What you're describing is a lot like what I'm facing, and have been for quite a while. I've had the muscle tightness and headaches from it since 2000, but not as bad as you've described until the past few months. Until now, something worked -- you know, I could always find some sort of treatment, medication, something to help. But now, so far, nothing is working. Please post AND pm me if you find something that loosens those tight muscles for you!
    mommy2paisley 3 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 02:58 PM
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