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    Old 09-08-2002, 07:32 PM   #1
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    Crunchy noises

    Okay, you post-ACDF folks, it's been 3 months since my surgery and my neck makes all kind of wonderful noises that didn't exist prior to surgery. I can move it fairly well, but it sounds awful. What about the rest of you?

    For those who have more time since surgery, does the noise subside eventually?

     
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    Old 09-08-2002, 09:47 PM   #2
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    Re: Crunchy noises

    Hi Nanner - since nobody else answered I shall <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

    While I am going on 2 months post-op, I have crunching noise in my neck also. I mentioned this to my doctor and he said it's 'inconsequential' meaning it doesnt mean anything and will have no harmful effects (actual meaning: he doesnt want to hear about it cause it isnt important). He said that it will go away in about a year. We discussed this while I was asking for permission to 'crack' my neck like I used to do before surgery. (On that one, he said I probably knew it wasnt the best thing for my neck but wouldnt hurt anything.)

     
    Old 09-09-2002, 03:17 AM   #3
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    Hi Nanner,

    Likewise, I have crunching noises in my neck after surgery.

    The very fact that each of us has had surgery in this area, cutting through ,tissue,muscle,gristle,etc would I think make some noice in settling down.

    It could also be that the bone is bedding itself in, with it being out of alignment for so long.

    Needless to say, it's not something that worries me.

    Keep on healing <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> to you and yours,

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    Old 09-09-2002, 07:23 PM   #4
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    Re: Crunchy noises

    Nan, I have not had surgery and I have all kinds of strange crunching noises in my neck. Also i get this weird hissing sound like a leak in a water hose, it's loud enough for others to hear it and it's scary, but i'm currently pain free, so i think it might be something good going on in there?

     
    Old 09-09-2002, 08:18 PM   #5
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    Re: Crunchy noises

    crunchy noises in your neck/joints is an indication of arthritis...

     
    Old 09-10-2002, 01:47 PM   #6
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    Nanner,

    I'm sorry to hear the news about all the noises that your neck is making. I'm only four weeks post op and I've occasionally heard minor cracks but nothing like what you describe.

    Remarkably, after the first couple of weeks of misery I've been making progress and feel much better. Still very sore at times, but feel much better than I did days ago.

    Have you discussed this in detail with your doctor? What did he say? Is this just something you'll have to live with? Does anything feel differently on you if you have a particularly loud crack? Like your toes or fingers?

    Until next time, keep smiling!

    ~Ken~

     
    Old 09-10-2002, 08:20 PM   #7
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    Re: Crunchy noises

    Nanner,

    I too have crunching noises in my neck. When I run I hear a ticking sound on the left side of my neck?? It comes in handy. I use its rhythm to pace myself. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

    Mothmin,

    Ok, sometimes I think the voices inside my head are loud enough for others to hear, but a hissing sound, now that's just freaky!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif">

    ~~KIM

     
    Old 09-11-2002, 03:40 AM   #8
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    Re: Crunchy noises

    Hadn't thought of a use for the noises yet, Kim. Thanks for the suggestion!

    I do intend to call the surgeon's office today and tell them to listen to me this time. After PT on Monday I felt wonderful, until I did my range of motion exercises yesterday. While doing them I can hear my Rice Krispies spinal cord making all kinds of noise (again, this is new since surgery). What I really don't like is that when I moved my head upward, the muscle that runs down the right side of my neck and over the top of the shoulder (think the PT said it was the trapezoid) spasmed and the pain goes right up in a line to my head. Instant headache. Not migraine intensity, but definitely there.

    Also, the lump in throat that reappeared Aug. 18 (see, I can even pinpoint the day) has never subsided, and when I lay on my stomach for ultrasound it is more noticeable. I'm not liking this at all. The surgeon blew the lump thing off when I saw him Aug. 20, so I'm going to call and make it clear this is something that went away and came back. I haven't heard anyone else mention that.

    [This message has been edited by Nanner (edited 09-11-2002).]<p>[This message has been edited by Nanner (edited 09-11-2002).]

     
    Old 09-11-2002, 05:28 AM   #9
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    Nanner,

    I am having the same spasms in the back of my neck with the same head movement as you. I sometimes have them when I turn my head to the side. Did you ask the PT how long it takes to rebuild the muscles that were lost from wearing the collar?

    Now, about the throat. I am still having that feeling as if someone is pressing there fingers hard against my throat. It more intense when I look down. I don't think mine has ever completely gone away but some days are better then others. I did notice that it had gotten worse when I started to wean myself from the collar. My surgeon also blew this question off when I talked to him last. Was told it may or may not go away. I see him tomorrow and will ask again.

    Besides what you have mentioned, how is PT going for you? Are you moving better? Have you asked when you can start ridding again?~~KIM <p>[This message has been edited by Saints85 (edited 09-11-2002).]

     
    Old 09-11-2002, 09:38 PM   #10
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    Ahh - the throat. Your surgeon didnt warn you that you could/would (most likely) have scar tissue inside your throat after surgery? It can cause food to get stuck or just feel like something is 'there'. While your surgeon didnt cause it, its a result of the breathing tube being inserted down your throat. (Or at least thats what me told me LOL).

     
    Old 09-12-2002, 04:40 AM   #11
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    Re: Crunchy noises

    Hi Nanner, now you can't get us to shut up!
    I just wanted to pop in and suggest you look at one of the arthritis.com web sites because I remember one of them has a great animation that explains the crunching type noise but it is for the knee. The explanation is for joints and for arthritis but it is very enlightening. I would look after yourself as if you had arthritis- when it is inflammed rest etc.
    Good luck K.

     
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