I hope some people on this forum could give me some guidance as to what my pain could be caused by....
I've had chronic pain for a little over a year, now. It is in my back, shoulders, and neck. Sometimes it feels like pain in the muscles but a lot of times it feels deeper than that, but not my actual spine, maybe ligaments? Other joints give me problems too. I have stiffness and excessive cracking in my neck, hands, toes, and ankles. I'm 23 years old. My dad has chronic back pain, too, but I'm not sure how similar his is to mine.
I have been to a chiropractor for many visits, to my family doctor 2x, and to a neurologist once. None have helped at all. They have prescribed a few drugs, like nortriptyline and lexapro, taken an MRI of my neck (it was "normal") and done an x-ray of my back (which was not very clear because of a faulty machine at the chiropractor's office). They have also done blood work, but there has been no diagnoses. They only suggest that it could be something similar to fibromyalgia.
I am training to be a sleep technologist, a job which will have me sitting for about 8 hours a night. Already during clinicals sitting for this long makes my pain nearly unbearable.
Please, do you have any suggestions on what this could be or what I can do about it?