For a while now I have neck pain with shoulder and upper back pain. I can feel the muscles in my neck and shoulder to be very tight. I have noticed that taking meds like Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, do nothing to relieve the pain. If I take something that relaxes the nerves like Klonopin or a sleeping pill (Lunesta), I feel better while the drug is in effect but I actually feel much worse after its wears out. For example if normal pain/siffness level is 5, if I take Lunesta the it can go down to 2 but the next day the pain level is 8-9.
Note: I think I have muscle tightness all over (e.g., calves, lower back) but it is the neck, and shoulders that I notice the most.