I was wondering if anyone has any insight on neck pain after Viral Meningitis. Before this illness I would have normal, stress related type tightness in my neck and shoulders from leaning over a desk. Now as I recover I am having terrible issues with my neck. My MRI showed that I had arthritis and a bulging disc in my neck. I never knew any of this was there before. So the doctors are blaming the pain all on this, suggesting physical therapy and seeing a chiropractor. I can imagine that the inflammation from the virus stirred some things up that might have already been there. I am taking anti inflammatories and using heat daily. What is strange is that it is almost like the pain, the major pain, comes in waves. I feel like I kind of experienced those waves of pain when I was in the deepest trenches of the illness. Like I would feel so-so and then it would just hit me hard. (As I am writing this I realize I need to journal my flare ups.) I do not feel like I am doing anything strenuous when I feel the worst pain or anything that would cause it to react. I plan on going to the massage therapist whom I have used a long time and I trust. Something is just bothering me about this. As usual the doctors have brushed me off. I am just wondering, could this be the last part of the illness flaring up? Physical therapy kind of makes me nervous bc I am not as quick to jump to it is physically repairable as much as I am just going to have to let my body repair as I did with everything else. Then again, maybe I am just getting old and need to slap on my icy hot. I just wanted to feel you all out bc it is very painful when it does hit. Best wishes!