Re: grinding and clicking in neck
Hi Claire -- folks on the internet can't really diagnose you, but I can tell you a little about my neck problems and you may see some similarity in symptoms. I have always had tightness in my shoulders and can pull my shoulders back into place and straighten my neck and get lots of (non-painful) popping. Last June, I had severe pain in my neck, along with a tugging feeling into my arm and hand. The tugging progressed to weakness in my left hand.
An MRI showed that I had a small disc herniation in my neck. Fortunately, my issue was almost entirely resolved with one epidural steroid injection in my neck. This is a fairly routine medical procedure. I still get a little pain on occasion, and I use a traction device to keep my neck issues under control.
I have no traumatic injuries, but something these things happen. In my case, I have hypermobility in many joints, which probably contributed to my herniation. The X-ray will show your doctor whether you have any scoliosis, loss of the natural curve, or loss of joint space. You may need a follow-up MRI which will image your soft tissue and would definitively show any disc damage. Hopefully, your situation can be resolved.