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Old 02-09-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Neck crackles and pops

If you rub on your spine, and it pops, or rub on it, and it makes crackling noises, is that normal? It pops dead in the middle, and crackles there or to the side a bit. It pops almost everytime I turn my head, left or right. I'm thinking it started almost 2 weeks ago, I've heard the crackling for quite awhile now though when I rub on it but it never popped when I turn my head. A CT didn't show the problem but it only shows bones. I need an MRI on my thoracic area, but I'm worried my neck may be a problem too. Maybe it's a separate issue, running pain in my jaws & side of my head ????????

 
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Re: Neck crackles and pops

My neck pops and crackles when I turn it, but not when I rub it. Are you having any neck pain or pain/numbness/tingling anywhere down your arms?

It probably makes sense to talk to your doctor about this to have him/her examine you and determine if they think there is any problem that needs to be investigated.

 
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Re: Neck crackles and pops

It actually feels like something is shifting when I rub on a certain area in my neck, that's where it crackles. It never popped before just rubbing on it, until my chriopracter popped my neck the other day. I have popping joints anyways, no big deal, but the thing is with my neck, it won't stop. I have horrible pain that runs through my neck from my thoracic, but after this chriopracter visit, my neck itself is sore, and it's having those weird nerve sensations now. It has been numb in the past. Tingling is typically in my back, down my arms and legs and in my head. Another thing since my chriopracter popped my back and neck, I am having the tingling shooting down the back of my legs and that always occurs in the front. Everytime I wake up, I am hurting so bad now. I had really sharp pain in the side of my head that night, but it didn't last too long.

 
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Re: Neck crackles and pops

I think it would be wise to contact your spine specialist and be seen as soon as they can get you in. If the pain worsens, you should probably go to the ER and see if they will order an MRI for you. Popping the neck is dangerous and can cause all kinds of problems, even paralysis, so if I were you I would avoid going back to the chiro.

While in the hospital 3 years ago, my roomie was a lady who had gone to her chiro and he popped her neck as it was stiff...she had a stroke that same day and it was attributed to the "popping". I have had a fear of chiros for some time as I have read many stories of bad experiences. I am quite sure there are some very good, knowledgeable chiropractors who are extremely careful, but there are just too many of them who think manipulation is the "cure" for all problems.

Anyway, that's just my personal opinion....but I am concerned that you may have suffered damage what with so much pain and hope that you can be seen quickly.

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Re: Neck crackles and pops

We know someone that happened to also. Stroke runs in my family too. When I went in asking for a spinal adjustment, I didn't realize he'd be doing that. I cancelled my next appt. I had that done before and yeah it relieved tension but by doing so ended up causing more tension, and I couldn't get over the urge of feeling like my neck needed cracked until I quit going to him, months later. My neck is better now. I barely pressed on it and it popped like 20 times straight. I've iced it, that helped. Unless I am suffering the intolerable pain I've had in my back, which now seems to be getting better too, I don't think my doctor will order the MRI & send me to a specialist. He said if it didn't get better, he would. But it seems to be ok at the moment, not that it doesn't hurt, just isn't making me cry. I can have the episodes once or twice a week though, you just can't tell what it's going to do. And the reason he hasn't done the MRI yet, because he thinks it's fibromyalgia pain. I could almost bust out laughing over that one. Not trying to be mean. But I was told when I first got sick, I had an autoimmune disease. And he said it was fibro. Well last year, I find out I do have mixed connective tissue disease, without any doubt in my mind, and I know that's why I've been dysfunctional since I was 26 yrs old. And he still wants to think that my spinal pain and neuropathic pain is fibro. I can easily keep my muscle pain calm as long as I don't exercise hard or walk, take a hot bath in epson salt, use menthol gel. But the back pain has gotten so bad, I could have died in the process of trying to calm it down. Not going to even explain that one. They can't prove fibro. I've had a rhematologist argue I didn't have it. My doctor told me the reason he diagnosed it is because he didn't know what else was wrong. My AI disease wasn't apparent through nothing but a high ANA at the time so he didn't think I had it. I believe in the symptoms of fibro, but the name is a cover up, because they aren't smart enough to figure out what is actually wrong. I feel so sorry for people diagnosed with this, and chronic fatigue syndrome. If fibro is being believed as a nerve disease now, I did not have neuropathic problems at all when I got diagnosed. It was due to severe fatigue and chronic widespread muscle pain. I have not once been offered Lyrica to treat this. If they do think Fibromyalgia is a nerve disease now, they ought to be able to prove where the nerve problems are coming from, should they not??? It's also been told it's due to poor sleep. I can sleep 24 hrs straight and still feel like a piece of crap. I love the ad I saw to the side of my facebook the other day. Fibromyalgia or crazy? Some doctors believe fibromyalgia is a manifestation of depression. Some doctors will bluntly tell you they don't believe in fibro at all. So yeah, I find it unbelieveable he is blaming my spinal problems on myalgia. He didn't actually say it, he said he thought it was muscle, but that was all he needed to say. I can't believe I sit here feeling like I'm eat up with a neuropathic disease and I can't get an MRI because of a diagnosis they can't even prove.

 
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