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Old 06-19-2007, 02:07 PM   #1
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Sore neck - Constantly Craking

Hi there,

I seem to always have a really sore neck. Every time I circle my neck it cracks in various places. I'm only 18 years old but I don't want it to affect me at a later date.

I'm in front of a computer a lot - I'm doing a computer based course at college, so this could explain it.

Right now when I tilt my head back and to the right, it hurts slightly. I can crack it but the slight pain is still there.

Any advice is welcome.

Thanks,
Steven

PS: I didn't see a section that this would fit into, so I figured this would be the most appropriate form to post it in.

 
Old 06-19-2007, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: Sore neck - Constantly Craking

Hi Steven, and welcome to the board.

My neck cracks all the time, too. I get both a cartilege sounding cracking, which I don't even think twice about, and a loud bone-shifting kind of crack when I tilt my head to the left just so. If I don't make it crack periodically, ie, a multitude of times everyday, it gets so it doesn't want to crack and I get a terrible headache that lasts for several days until I can pop it back with a hand-held neck massager, running it down the side of my neck at just the right angle. Sounds weird, but that's the way it's been for years. For me, I think it's related to my many other back issues. Is this a new thing for you?

I suggest that you try to be very aware of your posture at the computer. Get up and move around for a couple of minutes every 1/2 hour or so. If you have a laptop, maybe you can find a shelf that's about eye level that you can move your laptop to sometimes so you can stand in front of it and change the stress on your neck. Move it back and forth between a desk and the shelf.

If it persists, you might want to see your family doctor just to be sure it's nothing serious. If he's concerned, he'll refer you to a specialist.

If you don't get a response on this board that seems to fit for you, you might want to try the spinal disorders board. There are more people over there with cervical issues than on this board.

I wish you the best!
Emily

 
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Old 06-20-2007, 02:06 AM   #3
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Re: Sore neck - Constantly Craking

Hi Emily, thanks for the warm welcome.

I can't remember how long I've had this for, it's not something that's came about in the past few months though.

It sounds similar to what you're suffering from: Ever time I rotate my neck, it cracks. It's probably nothing to worry about, but it can hurt from time to time.

I always try and keep a good posture when on the computer, as well as when driving. I always keep my back straight, this is how I should be sitting, yes?

Thanks again for the reply,
Steven

 
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Re: Sore neck - Constantly Craking

Yes, sitting straight will definitely help, but no matter how good your posture, if you sit in the same position for extended periods of time, especially with your head fixed looking at the computer screen, it's likely to take its toll. Just be sure you get up and move around regularly. I hope that will be enough to keep it under control.

Take care,
Emily

 
Old 06-20-2007, 10:47 AM   #5
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Re: Sore neck - Constantly Craking

When sitting at my own computer, I have to slouch forward all the time because there is nothing for me to tuck my legs under. I have a feeling this is what's causing it. I have to lean forward all the time and it's putting strain on my neck.

 
Old 06-20-2007, 11:12 AM   #6
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Re: Sore neck - Constantly Craking

Hi! I have been getting a lot of neck pain/cracking lately. My doctor took an xray and I have 2 degenerated discs. I suspect I have arthritis in the joints, like I do in my lower back. So, I am hoping to get an MRI ordered. You might try putting a stool under your feet. I do that when I am sitting and it helps me sit up straighter. Also I put an ice bad under my neck and lay down for 20 minutes, that helps too. I know what a problem it is! Take care, Kera

 
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