I have good news! I finally figured out what's wrong with my neck/upper back. To fill you in, I have been experiencing pain there for about 20 years, but in the past few it got pretty bad, combined with a constant, worsening headache. So bad that I had to stop doing a lot of the things I love, including pickleball. : ( Even painting made the pain worse.
I saw many health care professionals, and they all had confidence in their theories, but got no results. Finally I got a cervical MRI and could see clearly that I had a herniated disc that was pressing on nerves and my spinal cord.
At the end of January I had surgery to remove the disc and fuse 2 vertebrae. The recovery has been a little rocky due to the fact that I can't tolerate opioids, but I am feeling a little better every day.
So, just to let you know that I'm still here! And getting better. Hoping that this surgery solves all my issues and that I can get back to painting (and pickleball!) in the near future. I hope you are all well and thriving!