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    Old 01-16-2004, 12:08 PM   #1
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    Did Cracking my own neck cause my disc Herniation at C5-C6?

    I'm bewildered and curious as to how all you guys had your injuries which caused your cervical disc herniations and the need for ACDF surgery. I cannot for the life of me figure out what happened to cause my herniation at C5-C6 which caused stenosis and was also impinging on my spinal cord. I cant think of any acute injury, whiplash or head blow where i could have hurt myself in this area. I'm wondering whether its conceivable that I caused my own injury from years of cracking my own neck-- a bad habit i got into of twistin my head with my hand under my chin and generating a popping sound (which at least psychologically, made me feel like i was alleviating tension in my necj and shoulders). Its not that I ever hurt myself doing this, but i'm wondering if this type of action --even with no noticed pain or injury, causes discs to herniate.
    Anyone have any idea? Anyone else out there just as bewildered as I, as to how we caused our herniations and cord impingements??? All replies are appreciated...

     
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    Old 01-16-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
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    Re: Did Cracking my own neck cause my disc Herniation at C5-C6?

    Mine was caused by a duty related incident. In laymans terms fighting with an intoxicated inmate. I was escorting from the right side of her body, another deputy on the right and a deputy behind. The deputy behid took her down and I was still in the midst of restraining her. I think I thought at the time that she was possibly falling or allowing her legs to give out underneath her. But I continued to restrain her with both hands on her arm and went down as well. I didn't feel any neck/back pain at first, but I did have a sore lump forming on my forearm. A couple of days later the neck and back pain erupted. And when I use the word erupted, I mean it in the strongest sense. I think sometimes a herniation can happen so easily in a person that it does when you least expect it to. An extra tug on your arm? I'm not a Dr. but it seems to me that the cracking you were doing to your neck is the same as a Chiro manipulation. Your body will not allow itself to 'crack' in a manner that it's not suppose to. Don't fret--I don't think you caused it intentionally be cracking. Try to think of smaller things like my incident that may have contribued. Could it be degenerative? Depending on your age?
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    Old 01-16-2004, 01:44 PM   #3
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    Re: Did Cracking my own neck cause my disc Herniation at C5-C6?

    This has happened to me twice now. I have no clue what caused the first one. Could have been SO many things. I am/was a pretty active person. I had been rear-ended approximately 10 years prior to the first need for surgery. No pain until I needed surgery. Oh! Wait, there WAS pain ... I just thought it was carpal tunnel or a torn rotator cuff, or a cyst (which I had removed by an ortho who never, ever checked my neck). I did my own neck cracking, too.

    Don't mean to get off subject here.

    This time all the pain started when I put on a life preserver for a safety drill on a cruise ship before we even left port!

    Doc told me I could have sneezed wrong, or looked away suddenly, or lifted something, or anything to make this happen.

    I think 3 out of 10 people have herniations, just not symptomatic. Handful of those people require surgery and I believe I read on a site the other day that it is approximately 250,000 that make up that handful.

    We're just the lucky ones. ;-)

     
    Old 01-16-2004, 04:20 PM   #4
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    Re: Did Cracking my own neck cause my disc Herniation at C5-C6?

    I am in the same boat. In 1994 when I had my first episode I did not have any accidents or anything that impacted my spine. My surgeon said it could have been the fact that I played football and wrestled in high school which started the process that took 9 years to show up. This latest problem I attribute to the dreaded domino effect.

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    Old 01-16-2004, 05:46 PM   #5
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    Re: Did Cracking my own neck cause my disc Herniation at C5-C6?

    Same here....mine came out of nowhere and pain started between the shoulder blades. I can only think of one thing that might have done it. I had long hair and a towel on my head wrapped around my wet hair. I flipped my head over to take off the towel and the weight of my hair and the wet towel yanked my neck down. I was sore for a couple of days but didn't think anything of it. Didn't start having the pain in between the shoulder blades until about a year later. My xrays show reverse lordosis (lack of the natural curve of the spine) which is commom in a whiplash type injury but i've had no car accidents so this is the only other thing I can think of.
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    Old 01-17-2004, 07:49 AM   #6
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    Mine was caused by years of "incidents." Fell on my neck when I was in high school -- was momentarily unable to move, taken to hospital on back board, but sent home next day -- cured!? Was rear-ended twice, with whiplash occurring. Also have some arthritis. I guess it all adds up, after a while.

     
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    Re: Did Cracking my own neck cause my disc Herniation at C5-C6?

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    Originally Posted by jeffdoh
    I'm bewildered and curious as to how all you guys had your injuries which caused your cervical disc herniations and the need for ACDF surgery. I cannot for the life of me figure out what happened to cause my herniation at C5-C6 which caused stenosis and was also impinging on my spinal cord. I cant think of any acute injury, whiplash or head blow where i could have hurt myself in this area. I'm wondering whether its conceivable that I caused my own injury from years of cracking my own neck-- a bad habit i got into of twistin my head with my hand under my chin and generating a popping sound (which at least psychologically, made me feel like i was alleviating tension in my necj and shoulders). Its not that I ever hurt myself doing this, but i'm wondering if this type of action --even with no noticed pain or injury, causes discs to herniate.
    Anyone have any idea? Anyone else out there just as bewildered as I, as to how we caused our herniations and cord impingements??? All replies are appreciated...
    Hey jeffdoh, and everyone else, I had the same worries prior to my last surgery and was reassured by both chiro and physio that cracking made no difference. There are thousands of things that can cause these problems besides accidents and then there are those that just happen to have a predisposition towards back problems(genetic). Everything you do in life effects your back some how and this is why older people are usually the ones with the degeneration and everything that comes with it. It took me ages to figure out why and how my back was so bad. Over time all these memories of spring board diving, platform diving, gymnastics, football hits, soccer hits, hockey hits, bicycle falls and running cross country came to mind, just to mention a few. Now (19 years later) I realize that they all probably played a part in the degeneration of the discs to some extent. As well, the anesthesiologist who performed my myleogram in 85 said I had a larger than normal cord and a smaller than normal canal and there in lies my problem in a nut shell. I'm presently looking for a machinist who is willing to remove the cord and rebore the canal to a hemy size. No luck yet.

     
    Old 01-19-2004, 08:02 PM   #8
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    Re: Did Cracking my own neck cause my disc Herniation at C5-C6?

    My husband had ACDF for C3,4,5 Sept.28. His spinal cord compression was severe - pinched to a ribbon - and seemingly abrupt. Thanfully, X-rays revealed his fusion is begun after 4 months. He also does not know what led to this. He has always led an active lifestyle and never shirked from physical exertion. There were no obvious accidents, however, such as car crashes. He is 48 years old. In our talks I have realized that childhood was hard on him. He got in fights, was thrown from his horse many times, earned a black belt in karate, worked at construction, etc. Could that account for his current (and first) health crisis? Of course there was pain, but men seem to accept pain without concern. Whatever the cause, his very real concern now is how to prevent any further damage. Anyone have comments? Everyone says they'll "be careful." What does that mean? We live in Alaska and he has so far refrained from any travel and outdoor recreation, as that entails driving a snow machine across the tundra, camping, and the like. When there is no snow we go by boat (motor and kayak), 4-wheeler, etc. He is truly suffering from the fear that resuming the life that he loves will hasten his death. How can I assure him that the crisis is past, and life is still there for him? Thank you in advance, if you have or know where we should go for information. BTW, I wouldn't think purposeful neck cracking would cause damage, but I wouldn't do it anymore, either.

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