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Old 03-11-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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Hi, I've had neck and shoulder pain with pain radiating down one arm - for 5 months. There is also a crackling sound at the base of my head when I move my neck to look straight down. Does anyone have an idea of what this could be?? (though they could be different things I guess)

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Old 03-11-2010, 11:52 PM   #2
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Re: neck crackling, neck pain, shoulder & arm pain

as an early guess, sounds like the beginnings of disc/nerve damage in your neck.
any numbness in hand/fingers?

you may want to check the Spinal Cord Disorder board. Much more info on neck/arm related problems.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:40 AM   #3
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Re: neck crackling, neck pain, shoulder & arm pain

Oh I am the queen of this problem-lol at least since 2003. For me it feels like my neck gets stuck and after a huge scary pop it seems to be ok. I have also had numbness and tingling in my fingers and hands. And worst of all I was very klutsy-I dropped things all the time. I would pick up a dish and swear I had a good grip on it and it would just fall out of my hand. This progressed to the point that I had so much pain i that I couldn't sit for more than a few minutes at a time. I spent a lot of time on Doctor ordered bedrest.-I was seeing a neurologist at the time and he was very conservative and seemed to think bedrest cures all.This went on for months until finaly he sent me to a colleague of his a nuerosurgeon. The neurosurgeon took one look at my records and put me thru some hellish tests. You know the kind-it looks more like a field sobriety test than anything. Anyway he said for insurance reasons we would wait two weeks and then we would do fusion surgery. I was scared to death! But I went through with the surgery and recovered within 6 weeks. I had my mobility back and was very happy-then 2 years later the lumbar spine got bad but thats a story for another day. I still have some trouble with my neck but Steroid shots and prolotherapy have been very helpful for me when the popping and numbness return. If I were you I would start with either steroid shots or prolotherapy if your doc performs it. If you need this surgery-this one isn't too bad and recovery was quick. As I said the lumbar version is a whole different thing at least that was my experience.Good Luck! I hope you find relief soon!
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