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Constant Neck and Back Pain

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Hi, does anyone else have constant neck, shoulder, and back pain? I don't know if it's directly related to my ADHD or if it's because of stress? Although my stress is related to just my life of living with ADHD. Or maybe it's because I don't eat well or exercise which again, ADHD...

My pain is excruciating, nothing brings me comfort, sitting, standing, lying down all comes with so much pain. I wake up constantly because of the pain.

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I'm on this forum as my 40 year old son is currently on the waiting list (in the UK) to see if he's got ADHD. I've been on the thyroid forum on here for many years as I have severe hypothyroid (very low levels of thyroid hormone).When I was under medicated for thyroid, I had horrendous neck & shoulder pain. Nothing would make the pain go away. I would suggest that you get a full thyroid blood test. I hope you can manage that as you're in USA. Thyroid hormone is needed in every cell of our body to make it work properly. I actually think my son has inherited a dodgy thyroid from me, and having researched ADHD a lot, it does seem that symptoms of low thyroid levels (hypothyroidism) cross over with symptoms of ADHD. Good luck

Thank you marigold. I've never heard about thyroid issues being common with ADHD, but will certainly look into this. Really appreciate the info. And I hope your son can get the help he needs. I'm finally trying to figure out what help I need, it's so overwhelming...

There are quite a few medical papers now, though they're difficult to find, which connect ADHD with thyroid problems.

I carry my tension in my neck and upper back. I also read that guanfacine can cause muscle pain and leg cramps. Some things are not listed on your meds as common side effects. I recommend that you do internet searches for your symptoms and the meds you're on. For instance I did a search for "Lexapro Diarrhea" and was able to identify it as the source of my issue despite having seen many doctors about it and it not being a common listed side effect.

Could you have a pinched nerve? ADHD does not cause back, shoulder or neck pain.

I also have neck , back and shoulder pain, it’s definitely caused from stress. These things can turn into serious issues like Fibromyalgia. A acupunturist and chiropractor keep me going. Good luck!

Adhd definitely affects muscle movement and causes muscle pain. The brain also regulates muscle movement (motor regulation). And the lack of ability in the brain to regulate this properly is what long term can cause pain. Female adhd research reports a lot of Fibromyalgia in female with adhd. But muscle pain is very common with adhders overall. This is also what can cause bad handwriting, or other motor regulation like throwing a ball not too hard and not too soft. Etc. Bad examples maybe, but I hope you get my point. In the children’s psychiatric award in the hospital in my town, physiotherapists can tell by examinating children’s muscles, if they have adhd, and even if they are on medication or not. There’s quite a bit of research on this now. You can find it on the internet. Research also shows stimulants can have effect on this. I’m on Vyvanse and it helps me with so many things, but not so much my pain. In the past, before diagnosis, I did neurofeedback, and that did help my pain.

Chronic pain is common in people with ADHD. Our nervous systems are running on all pistons so pain can be an issue. I had back pain for 15 years until I dealt with psychosomatic issues (and I also have hypermobility) so it could be a mix of structural and nervous system. We can't always find the source of our pain on an Xray/MRI - it can be quite complex and multifacited. Trauma lives in the body. Check out Dr. Sarno's work:

Also, the film "Living Proof Stories of Hope"

And finally the organization: SIRPA - go to their resources link where they have youtube, ted talks and books.

Hope this helps!

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