It could very well be everything you mentioned happening at once. But be sure to have a MRI to rule out structural problems. I suffered for many years with neck pain and it got progressively worse over the years. I went to the doctor many times and went thru physical therapy, was put on muscle relaxers and nerve pain medications - I even had a mouth guard fitted. All of it just simmered down the pain but it didn't go away. Finally when nothing worked, my primary sent me to a neurologist and I had a MRI. It was then found that I have 2 bulging discs (one might be slightly herniated) in my neck. My neuro doc said that I was highly inflammed in that area and my muscles were constantly tensing up to help counteract the inflammation - so basically it was a vicous cycle. I went thru a series of epidural cortesteroid injections and finally the inflammation went down but my muscles still tense up. I now take a muscle relaxer every night to help with the stiffness. I also found that having the right pillow when I sleep helps tremendously. Good luck when you see a specialist about this.
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