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Hi Bill, muscle relaxers did nothing for me when I had this problem. Only hands on kneading the knots and tension out by a therapist helped me. You can ask to have your neck, and upper back checked by a therapist or a neuro. BTW, these spots are called trigger poinhts, you need to ask specifically to have them checked. What happens if when they are pressed on, they bring on your symptoms, this is how they find out the source. Here is how the therapist explained it to me. When you have a deep muscle strain, where it is pulled or stretched too much, it tightens back up into a knot. Untill this is taken care of, the person will continue to have symptoms that come and go and move around, and this can and does go on for months and months, it did to me also. I spent months in therapy for my neck because my neck was in bad shap. I also had relapses if I over stretched these muscles again, yet ran to the doctor instead of therapy because the symptoms can really fool a person. I had no neck pain at the time I went back to the doc., just light headedness, pressure, dizzy spells. I had ignored very obvious symptoms of neck pain and stiffness weeks before this, so all it did was settle deeper ( I thought it went away ) and i then went on to have other less obvious symptoms, and running to the doc who thought i had a virus. The muscles in our necks are connected to our skull naturally, and when one muscle is knotted or strained, it pulls the ones next to it taut, and can be the cause of constant pressure. I had severe whiplash from a car accident, I had no broken bones, but my symptoms included many things I never would have thought of, such as light headedness, pressure in my head, a knot or lump in my scalp, an off balance feeling. If deep muscle problems are the source, no medicine will help, I know because I was in treatments for months. It may help with the pain a bit, but in the end, physical therapy by a person who does deep soft tissue work is what works best. I hope you find help. Good luck.

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