Hello everyone! if you have the time please read and respond

Hi everyone thank you for the big warm welcome. I apologize for the delay responding. You know life and all that stuff gets in the way some times.

I’m in a bit of a bind and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me. A few years ago I started developing symptoms (I won’t say it’s Chiari since I haven’t been diagnosed yet).

It was simply chronic neck pain and I had thought it was my posture and the way I was sleeping and sitting at work. I changed things up to be more comfortable and to put less stress on my back and neck.

The pain kept persisting and I went to several doctors and had x-rays (no issues found) and had chiropractic adjustments. Nothing helped. I was given anti iflamitories and muscle relaxers which didn’t help.

The only thing that ever help remove the pain was when my dentist prescribed me Vicodin. It didn’t make me feel drugged or slow it just made m pe feel normal if that makes sense.
However, I didnt want to have to take drugs to feel normal I just wanted an answer.

I couldn’t find one howerever and I have since lost my job and I am now unemployed and uninsured. This isn’t all bad since it gives me opportunity to go back to school. But, new symptoms have arrived and the pain is getting worse.

Now my right side of my neck is always stiff and my should joint pops and feels loose and it hurts as well. I also have a persistent ringing in my ears now. Sometimes it not intense enough to notice but it can be annoying when trying to sleep.

Another issue I’ve encountered is that now I never feel rested when I sleep. Even if I sleep for 8 or more hours. I fall asleep but I never feel well rested. This is true even with sleep medication such as Tylenol pm.

I feel I’m at the point where I need to get MRI done and I tried to get one when I had insurance but the doctors where always against for some reason. Seems short of losing all feeling in a limb won’t get you an MRI.

I was hoping that maybe someone here might share my situation Nd have some advice on how I can get an MRI done for free or at a affordable price. I should note that part of the reason I lost my job was due to illness from my pain. I had called in quite a bit as the pain was very debilitating especially when I had to sit at a desk for 8 plus hours.

Again thank you everyone and I hope I didn’t rant on for to long.

Im at the point that I just want to know or sure what it is. I. Tired of doctors diagnosing me with just guess work.

I am sorry to hear about your health issues. They all sound like what many of us go through with Chiari.Do you get migraines? If you do then you can go to the ER and often they will do an MRI if it's bad enough. The only other thing I can think of is state or federal govt help like Medicaid or if your state has a program. I hope you find the answers you are looking for. I will say a prayer for you.

sounds like chiari as well as the possibility of a syrnix, please get check.