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Old 02-07-2002, 08:12 AM   #1
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Thing in neck keeps popping out - HELP please!!!

I'm trying to decide whether I should see a doctor or not. For as long as I can remember I have had a thing in my neck that will "pop" out from time to time (usually about once a month or two). It happens sometimes when I turn my head or yawn. While this "thing" is popped out I have SEVERE pain when I try to swallow. The last time I had this happen I also had severe pain just touching my neck.

The thing that pops out of place is always in the same spot... about the middle of my neck, on the left side. Usually I can feel a slight protrusion when I touch the area (the protrusion is very slight and can't be seen) and I can push whatever this thing is back into place. The pain immediately stops.

But yesterday I had this happen and I couldn't find the stupid thing! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif"> It really scared me because it didn't pop back in for about 15 minutes (I finally got it back in by rotating my head a bunch of times). I know that doesn't sound like long, but it is forever when you are in the worst pain. Also this time I was in constant pain (usually it just hurts when I swallow), although it was much worse when I touched my neck or swallowed. And the pain didn't immediately go away when I popped it back in.


I'm worried that next time it happens I won't be able to find it and get it back in. But what could a doctor do about this? I've tried looking on the internet but the only things I could find were about diseases, long term slowly worsening symptoms, muscle spasms, etc. which doesn't sound like what I have. Has anyone had experiences like this? What could it be? What could pop in and out like that? <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif">

Thanks for any advice or suggestions <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> This is my first post here, looks like a nice community <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

 
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Old 02-07-2002, 12:30 PM   #2
 
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Re: Thing in neck keeps popping out - HELP please!!!

Hi Lorienelf: Welcome to the boards. Nice to have you as a part of us, but I am sorry you are having to be here, looking for answers to your pain. I can give you my best guess, as it sounds similar to my symptoms. It could be a disk bulge moving in and out. I had disk No. C5-6 totally blow out (the jelly center blew--mine was not just a disk bulge) and when it blew, I actually felt something "mush" in the back of my neck. Then, my throat felt like I was getting slightly strangled from the inside out (internally--if that makes any sense). If you are totally unable to swallow, that is the time to go to the E.R. The only way your doctor can tell if this is truly a disk is to run an MRI (xray to show soft tissue). They usually do a regular bone xray to check the placement of your vertebre. If that xray looks out of sorts, then they do an MRI. Just understand that disk bulges DO move in and out. And this may NOT be your problem; I am only a spinal sufferer with degenerating spinal disks and spinal arthritis; I am no doctor. Re. neck sensitivity, I cannot hardly touch my neck either. It is very inflammed. I can look at my spine in the mirror and see swollen areas along my spine and these areas, for me, are the problematic ones. I have about 10 disk bulges throughout my back; I am a 53 yr. old woman who did a lot of heavy work and 13 years of sitting in an office, and I am small boned, so I probably should not have done all the lifting I did. Anyway, I hope this helps, and good luck to you. Take care, PatG

 
Old 02-07-2002, 04:42 PM   #3
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Re: Thing in neck keeps popping out - HELP please!!!

Hi Lorie
I'm new on the board but had to reply to your message
because i get the same thing in my neck but it doesn't
pop out - it just cracks. I also get the burning on the left side of my neck and it's so bad that my shirt collar even bother's it. It drives me crazy. I have been fighting a back problem for almost 2 years now
and after 7 doctor's still haven't found any relief.
I have had ever thing done to me that they can possable
do but i supose my next step will be surgery-have an appointment at the spine center cleveland clinic at the end of march. With all that - God Bless and Take Care.

 
Old 02-12-2002, 11:40 AM   #4
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Re: Thing in neck keeps popping out - HELP please!!!

Wow, so you guys get this kind of pain often? I'm so sorry. It nearly drives me crazy, and I only get it occasionally.
But thanks for the replies <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> I guess I will head to the doctor in the hopes that it won't get worse. I'm just wondering if it could be a ligament or muscle or something. Is it possible to dislocate your neck? without dying I mean, hehe. I should have paid more attention in health class *sigh*
Good luck to you all, I really hope your pain goes away!!!

 
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