I have constant pressure behind my ears, down my neck,

Patient

Q: I have constant pressure behind my ears, down my neck, and where my spine and skull connect. I don't have much feeling in my lower back I can only really feel pressure and randomly things go numb like above my lip and my nose, my fingers, and parts of my toes. Also, one of my arms at a time will start hurting so bad that I can barely write or make a fist (it's almost always my left arm). I have always had extremely tight muscles in my back and always had to be taken to the doctor for it as a child. I was diagnosed in elementary with migraines. In high school I had mono for 2 months before finally going to the doctor and being diagnosed with it. It came back a year later. My father has rheumatoid arthritis and I know that can be genetic. Also, as a child I always had problems with the lymph nodes being swollen and hurting behind my ears. I started to have back pain really bad my freshman year in high school. It finally got so bad that my grades started dropping and I couldn't hold my head up because of the pain in class sometimes. Finally, I told someone my junior year of high school and started seeing a chiropractor. It seemed to help, but never fully fixed it. After about a year of going I was in a car accident. I wouldn't go the doctor, but instead waited for two weeks until my appointment with my chiropractor. He started the whole process over including x-rays which I have a picture of. The pain got so bad that I could barely walk from the parkinglot to school, I couldn't carry my own bookbag, and I couldn't hold my head up for long periods. I couldn't even wear coats because the weight on my neck and shoulders hurt too much. The wreck was almost two years ago and the pain hasn't gotten better. The only relief I get is when I lay down at night. I feel fine when I first wake up, but after about an hour the pain and pressure behind my ears, down my neck, and where my scull connects to my spine starts. I also feel like it is always swollen behind my ears constantly, but I've gotten too use to it to really tell. Things like cigarette smoke really sets off the pain. I've been doing my own research because I feel like no one can give me an answer and I feel alot of pain and pressure in the areas where the occipital, retroauricular, superficial cervical, and parotid nodes are if that helps any. I'm only 19 and I don't feel like my body should constantly be in so much pain so by giving you all this information I was wondering if it could all or some be related and some possibilities of what it could be.

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