Hi everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read. I'm a healthy, fit, 24 year old male. I had a sudden onset of headaches about 8 months ago that would not let up for a month. After routine tests, Xray, and a CT (all negative), the headache finally went away. What I was left with was chronic pain in my upper back, shoulders, traps and neck that has yet to go away. The pain is hardly ever completely debilitating, but often becomes painful enough for me to become incredibly frustrated and abandon what I'm doing. As you all know, this is a terribly negative cycle that seems to cause even more discomfort and pain. The pain never seems to be in the same place. It moves from area to area daily, and seems to flare up at times of stress. I've never experienced neuropathic pain; it is always achy/dull/burning. Although I've never had an MRI done, I've always attributed this pain to a structural/muscle injury of some sort. I'm really into weightlifting, and gained nearly 15 pounds of muscle mass in the past 2 years. I figured that one of my many minor gym injuries/tweaks has surely caught up to me, and that I'm now paying for the consequences. Or I have a muscular imbalance from putting on too much too fast, and it's causing strain. Or this, or that. Stressors in my life are numerous. I'm a student in the medical field, undertaking a very intense, mentally/physically demanding program. I'm about to graduate, and will start working in the field, and have to find a job quickly to pay off loans and stabilize my financial state. I need to study for hours daily. The position I need to read my texts in causes me a great amount of pain, yielding even more frustration that I can't put in the required work. I've taken months off from the gym. This has further fuelled my negativity and frustration, as lifting is one of my huge stress reliefs in life: it centers and balances me. I've recently started going again after reading Healing Back Pain, and The Mind-Body Prescription. As I'm sure none of you are surprised, the book describes my personality to a T. I strongly value logic and facts. I'm finding it difficult to fully accept the diagnosis due to my pathophysiologic knowledge from college. I'm trying my best to fully embrace it, and I think I'm making progress each day. Today I'm officially starting the structured education program. I guess I'm just looking for support and affirmation that I have found my diagnosis and will get better. I'm so ready to leave this part of my life behind me, and take back control of who I am and the things I enjoy. Thank you all for reading.