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Old 02-22-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Red face 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

Hello. Thank you for reading.

So, I've been having popping sensations in the back, lower part of my head. It feels like its coming from the inside of my skull. I also can feel it in my neck as well.

I'll try my best to explain. They're almost like... bubbles popping, its not painful, but I sometimes makes me feel like my face is going to twitch? Its really annoying, confusing and scary. I always feel pressure in the back of my head and like my eyes are straining. It happens mostly at night, like now... all night. But it will happen during the day, just not as intense. I'm deathly scared I'm going to have a seizure!

Please help! Any advice is wonderful.

Also! I've told my doctor about this, I've had bloodwork done. Normal. She hasn't seemed too concerned.

Thank you.

 
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

while it is great that your doc took this seriously enough to even ORDER labs done on you(what labs DID she do? if you do not have any types of testing reports from ANY types of testing ever done on you, you need to really start getting copies of them for YOUR own files kept on yourself at home), unfortunetly, if this is an arterial/blood vessel issue(much less likely given what you are describing) or what just reallyt would be much more common is an actual spinal/structural issue, it will NOT show up in ANY actual blood work.

you need to at the very LEAST right now, start with what is a simple c spine series x ray just to see if anything more obvious shows up. if there is anything there, esp at the very top where the structural spinal meets the base of the brain area, it would need at least a "contrasted MRI" of probably the brain(just to be completely thorough since you can have both areas done at the very same time or appt) AND c spine to realistically more deeply 'see' the vessel walls and also down to your spinal cord/nerve levels too. this could also be some type of actual nerve impingment of one of the crainials toowhich would have the best shot at showing only with that contrasted MRI. then there ARE other nerve tests that can also be done at some point too.

this is only becasue you are what is in the 'diagnostic mode' here and have to start with what would simply be the most 'likely' area for what you described. this could be some form of actual air that somehow got into a space where it should not be, or something completely different too. when it just comes to what is even capable of being 'felt' or 'percieved" by a person when the esp the spinal cord itself becomes involved can be really insane as far as 'symptoms of' it. trust me, i have been living with a spinal cord injury and the 'pre" resection of a glob of blood vessels from inside my cord. and before that glob was removed, i was 'feeling/perciveing' all kinds of off the wall crap from it just even 'being there'. but c spine issues or spinal nerve compression which can happen from a few different reasons can also generate what are called 'paresthsias' that are wierd sensations or feelings you can just 'have' in the area of the body impacted and fed/innervated by THAT particular nerve. the parasthesias are much much more less in intensity in almost every case than when it is stemming from actual cord involved wierdness.

but whatever is generating that sound and feeling in there just DOES need to be fully dxed before there can be any real 'plan' as to how to deal with that actual generator. just getting that diagnostic ball rolling with the x rays done may or may not reveal answers. but then that is why they just have MRI too. that would be the next stp in your Dx process. some things we can just actually have within our spinals that will NOT actually show up on x ray or CT need to always be fully checked down to that cord/spinal nerve level to 'fully know' that it HAS at least been looked into.

the area that you are describing these stemming from is also what sounds like what is called the "atlantis or axis' that realistically is what would be the C 1 attachment that our heads sit on top of that even allow us to rotate, turn, go up and down at all. so this being more of a joint type of area, along with there just even being other synovial joints running thru the entire spinal column, it 'could be' a sort of 'air displacement" that only occurs when you move your head even a little bit? kind of like when someone 'pops' a finger joint type thing? but there would have to be a 'something' to generate noise or sensation, so just get the scans and x rays done and see what pops up. or gets ruled out at the very least. by using any type of actual contrasting agent when doing just about any type of actual scan, esp with MRI, really does help to highlight or better bring out certain types of findings that can otherwise not even BE seen. so you NEED contrast when having the MRI.

i DO hope your doc will continue to try and find out just what is the underlying cause here for you. afterall, that IS her job that they should WANT to do for us as patients. if she has that kind of 'blow off' additude, you NEED to really advocate foryourself and MAKE her make it YOUR top priority to get this just Dxed so you both know what is going on in you,esp at the area you are having this symptom at. there just really ARE many different things that simply 'could be' a generator for any symptom like yours. it takes that needed look INTO the area to even begin to track it down. but DO push for the c spine series Xrays first, for now at least. that would at least give you an idea of structure and some areas that just do get a bit more in depth. hopefully something will just show enough to prompt her to have to do that contrast MRI after. good luck, and i hope she listens. let me know what you find out. FB
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

I've asked my doctor to send me for scans or tests and she shrugs it off. I forgot to mention, I have some anxiety issues. It also feels like when I stretch my neck it's s big relief.

What you've suggested, is it serious ?

 
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

TMJ is a possibility

 
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

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TMJ is a possibility

Isn't that related to the jaw?

 
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

yea it IS a 'jaw" thing. but i think, and i am just wingin it here, if this was indeed stemming from the jaw, you would here and feel MUCH more within at least one or both 'sides" of the back of the jaw and not so much in the very backside of where you are describing this? just my own opinion there. i just don't know alot about TMJ myself, maybe the other poster does.

while some things we can just 'end up with" or even be born with as in a congenital type of condition or even some form of " displaced anatomy"(not everyone is simply born with that "textbook" anatomy and physiology either) can be more on the serious side, some things may very well also produce "symptoms" that are just letting us know that something just is not right, but are not TOO overly serious in nature too. that is why getting deeper/further testing really just IS needed. so YOU know and your doc knows what has been looked at and ruled in or out as any potential generator.

as far as you doc goes? they are 'supposed to be" our MAIN coordinators of care and our own personal advocates as well, who also just DO specific types of testing per the patients ongoing symptoms too. if your primary is not willing to take your situation seriously enoughto at LEAST start with a very basic c spine series x ray that can usually be done right IN most docs offices since most just DO need a good x ray machine just 'right there' for alot of different reasons, you either let your doc KNOW that you want and NEED a real solid reason/explanation for what it is you are feeling, or refer you off to someone who WILL help you find out (while a neurologist could possibly help here, that basic c spine series AND the contrasted MRI CAN be ordered by anyones primary doc and should be). and if this doc refuses to actually 'do" anything like the x rays which are just Sooo simple and basic, i would move onto a totally different primary doc since you will get no where with this one from what sounds like a blow off mindset that is there with this one when what you are feeling just 'could be' a bit more in depth, and simply requirews that more in depth type of testing to even BEGIN to start ruling in and out the many possibles. sometimes we DO simply have to kind of "push' our mostly primarys at times to make them realize just how MUCH somethingIS impacting us to even begin to start looking for that answer. i have been very lucky and very thankful that i have had an amazing primary for about the past 15 years now. when all my spinal crap hit the fan along with finding out i had been born with both a kidney and liver disease as well(found out ONLY thru an abdominal US at age 40. did NOT have a freakin clue this was even there), when i tell him i think i may need a particular type of testing done on always some stupid thing, he does know ME well enough to know that i just KNOW my own level of 'normal' and if I feel something is not right, he does what any good primary just should do, the "appropriate types of tests' for the symptom(s) or areas of it. this unfortuently usually IS something within my now totally falling apart c spine.

YOU simply DO very much 'deserve" THAT type of a primary too hon. we 'hire them' and we sure as heck can also fire them if they are NOT simply doing their jobs for us, their patients, who ALSO are paying their bills too. i would just stay on this doc like all get out til she decides to finally DO whats needed, at least what she CAN do in most docs clinics with that c spine series(the series simply shows your c spine from ALL angles) x ray. its just sooo dang easy to get done ya know?

what actually even MAKES a good primary, and of course the actual specialists we see out there is pretty much the very same thing. it all comes down to actually SEEING many different patients with very specific symptom presentations that if seen once, they will KNOW the next time that whatever that particular presentation of a real condition or problem would show up as or like. its plain old underlying knowledge of the basics of their own specialty along with more hands on experience in seeing this crap in their very own petients that sets off the lil red flags in their own heads when they just happen to 'see it' again. ya know what i mean?

one of MY biggest probelms when a glob of blood vessels happened to grow inside my spinal cord, like smack IN IT, was the total ignorance from many neurosurgeons i saw who simply had 'only' either read about these being IN a spinal cord in med school, or possibly had seen maybe like one between the two i HAD seen for opinions on what this just even ment for me. since it had already bled inside my cord at least once well before that initial MRI was done that was actually ordered by my primary after a c spine series was done for some very definite 'sounded like' a herniated disc problem, which i also DID have(he told me my c spine litterally 'looked like' a train wreck and sent me for that needed MRI after that just to better define what the x rays findings showed). that glob in my cord just 'happened' to show itself too since it was right below the level of my herniated c 6-7. those are what are referred to as 'an incidental finding', and what a finding it was.

after getting two totally differing opinions on the hemangioma/glob i had, i ended up FINALLY going up to the one place where most people DO end up at when no one can give them any real info or answers, the U of MN here where i live(any good uni teaching hosp is always a great place to go with the more rare and insane crap we just can have inside our bodies). it was ONLY there that i just happened to see the head of neurosurgery who had been there teaching and performing very in depth neurosurgeries for well over 30 years. this one NS had seen and/or resected well over a hundred or so of what i actually had in my cord over the many years he was there. THAT is when i finally started to get highly accurate info on what these lil suckers tend to do and what it ment for me too. it simply came down to overall hands on experience in finding that 'perfect NS for what "I" had in my cord, which is kind of rare since they are more commonly seen within ones brain(actually a much safer place to have vs the cord)? so i was seriously screwed unless i could find even ONE really experienced NS to help me. so it seriously DOES come down to THAT particular docs overall experience, just like with your primary. if she has never had anyone simply 'present' with YOUR particular symptom(s), she really IS clueless on the VERY important for you "what it could be' part too. and that is why she seriously 'should want' to test to find out what could even be generating this in your body at all as well.

but just remeber here that you DO have options if she wont take this seriously and simply send you for and also jst 'do' appropriate testing to find whats causing this. you CAN move onto a much morec caring and knowledgabele primary. but i would push this over and over that you want and also NEED to get some type of real reason for a symptom that is even sounding like it could be stemming from the upper c spine area that IS also just close to the head/brain and a TON of nerves and also bloodflow too. all it usually takes to rule in or out a "something" is the "right" testing done. and she 'owes you" that much just even being the coordinator of your ongoing care here. these tests would also simply easily rule out all of the more major possibles too, and that IS a needed thing considering just the 'where" in that symptom is stemming from, or felt 'at' at all.

are you having ANY and i mean anything that simply does not feel at all "normal/off" or is generating even intermittant pain symptoms? ANY other symptoms that you may be having but not actually fully realizing them only because we tend to "acommodate' certain things in our brains if they are there for a long time, can be a symptom too. just DO take the time to do kind of a 'full real assessment' on your self, of esp the areas connected to that c spine area that most commonly show in the upper torso level to the fingers. LIKE your fingers, arms, neck and anything at all like tingling, or numbness, motor/muscle problems, loss of strength in either arm or hand or actual pain also could be tied into something stemming from our c spines. any actual 'cord" involvement would also tend to include the feet or areas in the lower torso. but lets not get too ahead of ourselves. this, as i mentioned before just could be an issue way up at where your brain sits, with crainial protection from bone, right ON the top of the c spine, or even a bit lower too.

what you mentioned about it feeling better whenever you stretch your neck out kind of also easily 'could be' a more c spine related type of issue too(even if this is only a muscular thing, most muscle issues in neck/upper back can directly be related to inflammation from the c spine nerves firing to them too). but wehat you are doing upon stretch is somewhat similar to doing 'traction' on someone with herniations that only kind of 'lifts up and pulls up the head while the body stays stationary? traction can, with certain types of issues be used as an actual therepy to try and 'pull back into alignment", out of alignment vertebrae/discs in certain people. or to try and pull off a compression that is sitting on a nerve up there. but it also has to be done more repeatedly in order to even try to GET anything to really 'stay' lifted off in any real way. and not really a reliable therepy either. since it 'can' also make certain things possibly worse too depending upon just exactly what the traction is "trying to do" with certain issues that should NOT have traction done.

but i personally think that this other 'symptom' you mentioned is pertinent enough to also tell your primary about too. its just that anything you actually just 'do' that makes a symptom feel better or much worse when doing 'something specific" like this also really DOES matter and can tell the doc alot about what the 'base' of the(esp in your case) releived symptom may be related to too. so ALWAYS mention anything and everything about ANY actual symptoms to the docs you may see.

but, without any real hard testing being/been done, and i have NO flippin clue as to what in gods name she expected to find or not find with "only' labwork in your situation, you will not know anything til something at least is allowed to LOOK INTO your body in some way. even just the x rays being done would show the overall structural parts(vertebrae and discs) of that c spine REALLY well since x ray shows mostly boney/harder formation and not softer tissue that can at times kind of 'hide things" in there? looking at the more softer tissue down to cord and nerve level is where that good contrasted MRI would come in. but push this doc for at least that c spine series to get your diagnostic ball rolling here.

and please DO ask her just what 'types' of labs she ordered on you and what in the heck she was looking for? i am just REALLY wondering here what she was looking for with "only' labs' for what appears to be more in depth or structural in nature? just ask her to print off your OWN copies of those labs and obtain any other testing report copies from here on out, K? they can really show and tell YOU alot more than some docs will even bother to actually tell US, the actual patients?? kinda sick, but esp the specialists do this to us wayy more than primarys.

good luck in getting that needed c spine done hon, just keep pushin til she gets tired of listening to you. and keep telling her 'i NEED answers or an explanation of "why' this is even there at all"? cuz she OWES you THAT much, she just does just even being your primary. FB
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

I get this too and one day I randomly woke up with a new kind of neck pain and pressure, and same for the base of my skull. Unfortunately there was no simple cause and the various doctors I have seen think it must be a combination of different things that led up to it, including the fact that I slept on my stomach with my head turned to the side for so long (this can cause neck issues for some people since that isn't a good position for the neck).

I find that my neck sometimes gets that little popping sensation (it's LESS than that of cracking my neck, like a very small pop sensation) when I'm not even moving. In these cases, I think even just exhaling can make it do that. I've been sure to keep my posture as perfect as possible while sitting at the computer (NO leaning head forward to see better) and I do flexion and extension neck exercises. I went through physical therapy as well. The PT told me the popping could be as simple as very tight muscles aggravating the area (sorry, can't remember the exact terms used) and making things rub against each other. It could be wear and tear of the cartilage even, which may or may not cause pain as well. Could be disc degeneration. And yes, TMJ can cause some of this too, although I'm not sure if you get any of the other symptoms.

Does the popping cause any discomfort? Do you have any other issues in the area? One thing to watch out for is a "fizzing" sensation, which can be related to spinal fluids. This doesn't sound like what you were describing though. Although people have mixed feelings about it, I'm looking into seeing a chiropractor. I've just tried many other things and feel that it's the next thing to try and the risks are far less than some of the other treatments out there. I just feel like something with my joints is just "off" in the area. Do you find that when you completely relax that your head is slightly tilted? I notice this a little bit and think I must have just caused it over time.

As far as doctors, I'd be frustrated if I heard the same thing and a doctor just shrugged it off. To be honest, I've switched doctors more lately and have stopped going to some if I feel they didn't listen to me. Maybe a second opinion would be a good idea? Even if it's nothing serious at all, it's still good to get an answer so you don't have to feel anxious.

 
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

its in the jaw but can cause clicking sound in the back of the head. The jaw can cause a lot of probems and pain travels to different area for whatever reasons.

 
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

turra, just wondering if you have ever had at least an MRI done on your c spine? i did see where you had PT, but nothing like x rasys or a much deeper scan like an MRI would do. i am just mentioning this since if you have not yet gone that route, it should at least be done WAY before actually seeking out ANY type of actual chiro adjustements ESP when done on the very much more highly vascular and innervated c spine. there are just 'unidentified' issues(considering your symptoms) there that even if your personal anatomy up in the arterial structures could be a bit 'off' or spinal structures too, since we are not at all ALWAYS textbook perfect" in our anatomical make up, just could pose some bigger problems if adjusted without knowing what is underlying FIRST.

when it just comes to any c spine chiro adjutments, knowing what you actually have going on is an absolute NEED just so you know how YOUR inner c spine "is'. i personally had what was a glob of blood vessels sitting inside my actual spinal cord that had had a bleed in there at some point. when this showed up on my MRI as an 'incidental finding', my neurosurgeon told me i was very lucky that i had NOT had any chiro adjustments done since it could have triggered a much bigger bleed inside the cord. but not even knowing i had this, THAT alone was flippin scarey since i HAD thought about seeing one for what i knew was at the very least, one herniated disc. thankfully my primary sent me for the badly needed MRI that found the bad disc, and that stupid 'glob' sitting smack inside my cord right at the c 8 nerve level. this was a congenital malformation i was told i was born with.

we just don't know what really IS inside our own bodies til it either shows itself or gets "found' upon some type of deep scan being done. just please do get that deeper looksee into the whole c spine, preferrably with using some type of contrasting agent to better highlight blood vessels and other structures in there too. if you have of course not already done so. FB
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

Feelbad - Thanks for your concern and information! I have yet to get an MRI. I had one scheduled and decided to wait for a little bit and be sure to look into my options. Reason why is because I've had SO many different things recommended to me by various specialists and honestly, it's overwhelming and I can't do everything. I've spent a lot of money so far and an MRI is another big expensive and I've already had 3 different kinds of MRI's recommended to me. Did you have to go through this too? I'm a young professional and don't want to end up with a lot of medical debt, especially for things I didn't need. I do need to figure out a plan, but after hearing so many people with the same symptoms with normal MRI's of the cervical spine, I'm wondering if there are other tests I should be considering too.

itburns2004 - Would you think that TMJ disorder would usually cause jaw soreness? Just asking because I don't have much discomfort in this actual area and when my jaw pops, it is definitely in a different spot that the other sensation... but if it's still a possibility, I think that's very important to consider!

 
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

believe me hon, i can totally relate. just what specific 'types' of specialists have you seen so far and what types of MRIs have been recommended? i have probably had just about every type of MRI there can be done for either my c spine or when i ended up with an aneurysm in my brain.

have you just ever even had a very basic c spine series x rays done? that would be by far the cheapest 'look' at your more boney structures within the c spine which would show if there just was anything like a possible herniation, disc issues, bone spurring, stenosis and a few other assorted odds and ends one can simply 'have' going on within the c spine level(everything i just mentioned i actually have as we speak sitting in a very messed up c spine). but sometimes it can be the little things that can create the more strange symptoms just depending more on what it is and where it is. but that x ray series WOULD allow the very first 'looksee" into at least THAT area. i DO feel with both your guys 'symptoms' that this is either within the c spine itself, or it could possibly be some type of vascular issue, depending. but you just seriously DO need to start that diagnostic ball a rolling, and a bit more in depth at this point in order to realistically get any real solid answers and as i said, x rays of the c spine that are taken at various angles(this just IS what a 'c spine series" is) would at least "show' if this is the area of the problem, or prompt the actual need for that deeper look into the base of brain to c spine type MRI with contrast depending upon the x ray results. it can also rule out or in alot too. getting that c spine series would simply indicate possibly a real NEED for that MRI that would be a more 'justified test"?

or simply go right TO that contrasted MRI and just DO THAT test on the brain and c spine? that would show what the x rays would pretty much as the MRI sees them too, but with that contrast and it simply being an MRI at all, it would see all the inner sturctures ALONG with the harder/boney and the the majority of all of your brains and c spine vascular as well. so you would be getting 'more bang for your buck" so to speak? then you could skip the x rays and go right to 'more in depth' right from the get go. that would seriously look at soooo many different areas that are just capable of generating symptoms at all. personally turra, this IS where i would start with if i was looking at this from a financial aspect alone. it IS a very good test to simply see what needs to be seen and either ruled in something or alot of ruling out of just what ARE the possibles.

the thing here is just eventually getting the best look possible at your very core or base of operations so to speak which would include not only looking at that c spine, but as i mentioned above, this just could have some type of a vascular connection too, as in the brain area or within the very heavy types of bloodflows that simply do run thru that c spine such as the vertebral arteries that kind of integrate into that c spine right about at c 6 then on up to meet with the basilar artery at more like the base of the brain, then on up from there. but those vertebrals have one on each side of the c spine from where it starts at 6 and actually runs thru the outter structure of the vertebral bones thru tiny holes IN the vertebrae themselves to brain. so you just DO have that along with other heavier outter(not IN c spine arteries)vessels too all inside a very small area of the neck that go to and from the brain. with chiro adjustments, and possibly having anything going on like any level of closing off of the tiny holes from bone spurring or stenosis, THAT is what can generate REAL major issues if the chiro does what chiros do with very 'quick' turns of your neck which just can and has ripped the vertebral arteries in some people. their just kind of 'susceptable' much more than any others within that neck to being injured with ANY quicker than normal sudden turn of the head/neck. it can also occur during any major type of car accidents too. it is referred to in the medical world as a "dissected vertebral artery'. the vertebrals simply carry blood to and feed what is the hindbrain or the back of our brains and the carotids carry to the front and feed that area of the brain. so until you get everything simply WELL looked at in there, for your own sake and best safety, just DO try and hold off on ANY actual c spine adjustments turrra.

honestly, anything just IS or can be possible when it comes to our 'inner' bodies. you just wont know anything for certain til it gets a deeper look. personally, if you DID need an MRI done, it should be based not only in the c spine, but also include that brain too and with a contrasting agent. that would simply 'see' everything i just mentioned in the very best and much cheaper way overall(if you are going to put your hard earned money into something, this is what would give the best results overall). if you, say had only like an MRA, that would ONLY show all the arteries within the brain and c spine levels. thats it, with NO soft tissue structures. that is why using a contrasted MRI of both areas, just to rule in or out a TON of possibles would be your best bet. a CT would NOT be the best type of test either, and for a few different reasons. i have had so many different types of MRI and other types of scans for various reasons/conditions all since 2001, that i pretty much can see and tell what does or does not actually show with each particular type of scan. this is just, considering the 'type' of what your main symptoms just are and where, the best test to get that would look at the more common or likely areas to track back symptoms to a source or generator of. this is of course only my own opinion. but you just DO need to finally nail down what is causing this to even be at all in there. it just could be some type of a flow velocity issue within a particular artery or something solely within that c spine structurally or down to the nerves and cord. and that IS what any good contrasted MRI would look at too. just getting both the c spine and the brain done in one actual 'test" is also much cheaper than doing them seperately, like at different/seperate appts would, depending upon what any doc could refer you for. as in looking at that c spine only first, if nothing found, 'lets look at the brain now' kinda thing? just even "using' that MRI machine for that one period of time is kind of like 'renting it out' in a way(only because no one else can use it while you are?)? so doing both would only be like one 'charge" for IT vs two seperate charges for IT itself, then the actual scans/read fee too. you would still have the time last a bit longer for two seperate areas being scanned, but overall it IS much much cheaper doing two areas at the very same visit or have it 'referred" that way.

but the ulimate decision is of course up to you. this really just is what i would do knowing what i know now from having everything under the freakin sun just either in my cord, c spine and my brain as well. i am hoping i did not confuse you even more turrra, i can do that sometimes, lol. but you simply do need to finally know, ya know? FB
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

Hello everyone. Thank you for all your advice. It actually went away for a bit, but now it is back. I have had jaw pain in the past, I believe it was from stress and clenching my jaw. I actually have quit a bit of stress in my life, everyone I ask about my popping sensation problem says it could be from tension in my neck/shoulder cause discomfort in the back of my head. I'll be honest, I'm a little paranoid about my health, everyday I find something new. But this head thing has got me going crazy. I believe I have epilepsy, my father has had at least a dozen alcohol/drug related seizures in front of me, he is now on anti seizure medication. Do you think I could be freaking my own self out with this? I think the reason why my doctors aren't so crazy about getting me all kind of tests done is because they say I have anxiety. I've been to at least 10 different doctors complaining about my symptoms, not just the 'popping' and they all say I have chronic anxiety. I'm not too sure on what to do here. I also do not have insurance, so its a little hard to be taken too seriously with my record, sad to say. Thank you again. Thoughts still very welcome.

 
Old 03-13-2012, 08:53 PM   #13
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Re: 'popping' sensation in the back of my head/neck, confused. Any advice ?

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I get this too and one day I randomly woke up with a new kind of neck pain and pressure, and same for the base of my skull. Unfortunately there was no simple cause and the various doctors I have seen think it must be a combination of different things that led up to it, including the fact that I slept on my stomach with my head turned to the side for so long (this can cause neck issues for some people since that isn't a good position for the neck).

I find that my neck sometimes gets that little popping sensation (it's LESS than that of cracking my neck, like a very small pop sensation) when I'm not even moving. In these cases, I think even just exhaling can make it do that. I've been sure to keep my posture as perfect as possible while sitting at the computer (NO leaning head forward to see better) and I do flexion and extension neck exercises. I went through physical therapy as well. The PT told me the popping could be as simple as very tight muscles aggravating the area (sorry, can't remember the exact terms used) and making things rub against each other. It could be wear and tear of the cartilage even, which may or may not cause pain as well. Could be disc degeneration. And yes, TMJ can cause some of this too, although I'm not sure if you get any of the other symptoms.

Does the popping cause any discomfort? Do you have any other issues in the area? One thing to watch out for is a "fizzing" sensation, which can be related to spinal fluids. This doesn't sound like what you were describing though. Although people have mixed feelings about it, I'm looking into seeing a chiropractor. I've just tried many other things and feel that it's the next thing to try and the risks are far less than some of the other treatments out there. I just feel like something with my joints is just "off" in the area. Do you find that when you completely relax that your head is slightly tilted? I notice this a little bit and think I must have just caused it over time.

As far as doctors, I'd be frustrated if I heard the same thing and a doctor just shrugged it off. To be honest, I've switched doctors more lately and have stopped going to some if I feel they didn't listen to me. Maybe a second opinion would be a good idea? Even if it's nothing serious at all, it's still good to get an answer so you don't have to feel anxious.


I actually do get a fizzy feeling. :/

 
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