Muscles in my upper back making crunching and snaping noises. Anyone familiar with this?

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Redheadbk
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   Posted 5/12/2011 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
The muscles in my upper back make all sorts of crunching and popping noises when i roll my shoulders. It doesn't appear to me my bones either which is what is confusing me. I always have pain there along with cervical spinal pain directly under my skull. The muscle pain and noise is pretty relentless. I have crazy knots and tension there. Massages although feel good ( like a good pain) can sometimes ( although not always) put me into a horrible intense aching/fatigue flare only hours later. The cervical spine pain sorta comes and goes in intensity. When I get the the cervical spine pain, it's like an intense ache, almost like a headache, which is usually accompanied by more intense fatigue, mental fogginess and well a horrible mood to be honest. My question is does anyone know what the muscle cracking is? and what the cervical spine pain is from?

I continue to be a mystery diagnosis... a bit of history...36yrs old, stage 3 endometriosis 4 years ago, 3 huge fibroids removed, diagnosed with Fibro but since i reacted really well to a 6 day does pack of steroids, rhemy feels there's something autoimmune going on. Tests neg for ANA, and C-Reactive Protein, Positive for EBV a year ago...things got worse afterward. Tested positive for Parvo in November...Thyroid tests all come back fine, adrenals fine, bloodtest negative for Celiacs. Currently taking Savella, Adderall for fatigue and brain fog, meloxicam for flares only.

I am at a total loss and ready to shelf this for a while and just focus on controlling the pain. Makes me so sad.

:(

evenkeel
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   Posted 5/12/2011 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same upper back/neck issues including the cracking/popping and it drives me nuts. My pain meds don't seem to help it at all, either. Have you ever lifted your arms over your head and it felt like a bone deep in your chest (between your collarbone and sternum) "popped"? It's literally a thud, like a bone popping back into place. The pain gets better then for a while afterward but I can't for the life of me figure out what the heck it is. Hang in there!
Fibro, SVT, mild structural heart issues. Meds: 50mg tramadol + 1000mg acetaminophen, 100mg metoprolol, 300mg gabapentin 3x/day, 25 mg trazodone at bedtime for sleep issues.

Redheadbk
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   Posted 5/12/2011 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I hear more crackling noises when I lift my arms up over my head but luckily not that thud sternum pain you mentioned. I do however have aching pain in my sternum sometimes but always attributed that to my super low vitamin D since I read that type of pain is associated with it. Something to do with inflammation of the cartilage?

GSDgirl
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   Posted 5/12/2011 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I had that terrible pain at the base of my skull that gave me major headaches. My chiro showed me on my x-ray that my atlas and axis (first 2 bones ) were not aligned.

I get the popping and cracking when I roll my head from side to side it pops and cracks.

There is also something called crepitus which can cause crunching or popping sounds
~*~*~*~*Denise from Pittsburgh*~*~*~*~*
Hysterectomy, appendectomy, depression, anxiety, neck problems (not a surgical fix), Fibro, high BP, high cholesterol
Long lasting remnants (side effects) from Hepatitis C and it's treatment. The good thing is that I cleared the live virus in 2008.

Deb25
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   Posted 5/12/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I get that popping too.  I was told it's the fluid between the joints popping.

GSDgirl
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   Posted 5/12/2011 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Deb, I was told that too. Was also told it was tendons popping. We get told so many things but I think a lot is the fluid.
~*~*~*~*Denise from Pittsburgh*~*~*~*~*
Hysterectomy, appendectomy, depression, anxiety, neck problems (not a surgical fix), Fibro, high BP, high cholesterol
Long lasting remnants (side effects) from Hepatitis C and it's treatment. The good thing is that I cleared the live virus in 2008.

nana68
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   Posted 5/12/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I wondered about that too but assumed it was probably arthritis?My legs and arms make those snap crackle pop noises too.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 5/12/2011 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this too and I have no idea why. I have Ulcerative Colitis and extreme fatigue.
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FMsaddenedspirit
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   Posted 5/12/2011 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   

ya me to the sholder blades and neck specilly at the base of my neck and head. causes migrans some times to.. have tried trigger point injections for this area . but no luck.

seems to have traveled down my back now days. and my lower back and hips have joined in

do your feet hurt to walk. ? mine do real bad. can never seem to get in a comforabule postin for long . always adjusting.

 

what about getting hot and breaking out into  sweat ?

 

sorry about miss spelling


Redheadbk
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   Posted 5/12/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
FMsaddenedspirit-

Yes! to all of it... The sweats is sorta a new thing...I'm either always cold or having hot flashes and I'm and I believe I'm a little young for Perimenopause :( I'm so over being a mystery diagnosis. Honestly, I just want a name for this...Fibro to me is a grouping of symptoms, I want a diagnosis...you have THIS and that THAT is why THIS happens to you. Then I would at least be able to tell people what is wrong with me...rather then hiding it, or downplaying it to people I don't know because I don't want them to think I'm a hypochrondriac headcase.

GSDgirl
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   Posted 5/12/2011 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yea my feet hurt at times and I look like I am 90 years old. Lower back and hips too although I have a bulging disc and DJD in my lower back. I just try to think how nice it is on the days when something doesn't actually hurt.

And yes I sweat like crazy.
~*~*~*~*Denise from Pittsburgh*~*~*~*~*
Hysterectomy, appendectomy, depression, anxiety, neck problems (not a surgical fix), Fibro, high BP, high cholesterol
Long lasting remnants (side effects) from Hepatitis C and it's treatment. The good thing is that I cleared the live virus in 2008.

CrushFibro
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   Posted 5/12/2011 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My shoulders muscles make that same wretched noise when I roll my shoulders. The sound of it drives my hubby crazy (the pain drives me nuts! ha... but at least I have an excuse for my own little world of insanity). :-)

ladywithfibro
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   Posted 5/12/2011 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I know the feeling about the popping. I was at physical therapy today and I started one of the exercises. It is a small office and I brace my hands against a door frame in the waiting area and press against the frame. My shoulders popped really loud. I asked the therapist if she heard it she sd no, but a lady in the waiting room with us sd she did and it sounded loud.
 

Redheadbk
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   Posted 5/12/2011 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
CrushFibro,
Ha ha it drives my husband crazy too.... he's like what IS that noise? Is that your back? It creeps him out.

evenkeel
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   Posted 5/13/2011 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Redheadbk-I think you're thinking of costochondritis. I get that too (usually during a flare) and it stinks big-time. Makes a bra feel like a steel cage. The first dx that my doc gave me was "wide-spread tendonitis" but I kind of scoffed it off, wondering how on earth that could ever be possible. I'm starting to think he's not far off because a lot of my pain is in areas where there are tendons and it feels "deeper" than muscular pain.
Fibro, SVT, mild structural heart issues. Meds: 50mg tramadol + 1000mg acetaminophen, 100mg metoprolol, 300mg gabapentin 3x/day, 25 mg trazodone at bedtime for sleep issues.

GSDgirl
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   Posted 5/13/2011 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Evenkeel, Quite often it hurts where (I think) the tendons are attached to the bone if that makes any sense.

soccermom75
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   Posted 5/13/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I get the same crunching/popping sounds in by neck and back.  I try to stretch everyday but the sounds seem to get worse.  I also have what feels like severe muscle tension.  Sometimes when it's really bad after I walk somewhere and stop it feels like I am still moving.  It's like a swaying motion.  Very weird sensations.  I also get the ache in the neck that most of the time turns into a bad headache which makes it very hard to focus or think.  I have tried physical therapy to no avail.  I contine to stretch everyday along with light exercise but so far no improvement.

Zoey219
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   Posted 5/13/2011 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG Mine do the same exact thing! This is insane!! I'm also 36.. I have full fledged Fibromyalgia....
* All of my pressure points hurt
* severe headaches
* jaw pain
* calf pain
* joint pain
* knee pain
* tremors
* dizziness
* mental fog!!! (which I HATE!!!)
* IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which was causing severe abdominal pain which remained unexplained for many years! I even ended up in the hospital over the pain when I was a teenager!
* Chronic Fatigue
* Upset stomach for no apparent reason
* Sugar drops all the time (tests excluded diabetes, however unexplained hypoglycemia)
* Sensitive to touch.. cannot swim because sensitive to the water!
* wrist pain to where I cannot write
* I cannot write due to fingers being stiff and swollen
* unexplained low grade fevers!


That is just to name a few.. I really can't think of anymore off the top of my head! :(
My eldest sister's doctor told her that her body is LITERALLY shutting down! (She asked if her body was dying and he said, "Yes, pretty much") My other older sister has Lupus AND RA AND Fibro..she's doing somewhat okay.. not sure which meds she's on but I hardly ever talk to her..
Anyway, I could just 'die' sometimes.. but I have beautiful children to raise and I actually love life, in general.. I'm very happy otherwise! :D

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crystalgrace1111
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   Posted 11/8/2012 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have all of these symptoms too. I've been reading about Lymes disease - and all of these symptoms match up with the disease. Most people don't recall getting a tick bite. A friend of mine who had all of these issues tested positive for Lymes too. It's difficult to treat if not caught early. Mainstream testing and medicine is difficult - false negatives are common %50 of the time, and short term antibiotics often do not work. Need to request Igenx testing, and find lyme literate doctor. I don't have insurance right now, or a job or I would.

bodycracker
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   Posted 11/26/2012 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never been able to explain my cracking muscles and joints. Finally I have found others who have my symptoms. Not that that is good for any of us. I've had these problems continuously for up to 15 years. I have been diagnosed with arthritis. I try to exercise and swim and do yoga. I keep hoping I will find the answer. I believe being active is the only help. If I don't move I lock up. I am a cancer survivor and I hope to survive this too.

glttrgal
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   Posted 12/28/2012 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   

i just did a search for 'can muscles make a cracking sound?' and ended up here!  in 2003 i ruptured 2 vertebrae -c-5 and c-6 (base of skull and below) - same area others on this site are indicating the same cracking/popping sounds.  i mended well with no surgery and all was fine until 2 years ago when i rolled my foot under the barn door and hit the ground twisting everything from head to foot.  i was in excruciating pain in one or the other, and sometimes both hips; down my leg left leg and into my ankle.  my foot would physically swell.  i thought i had several diff issues going on my ankle was x-rayed at one point and my hip another time with completely healthy bones. after putting up with this for several months, i decided to see a massage therapist for a deep tissue massage.  omg.  ecstasy.  she could fix my hips, back, leg, AND ankle by working on my neck.  i too have extreme tension from anxiety in my neck and shoulders and this can all be fixed in my neck and spine.  initially, she did have to work on my hip socket and knee since i'd been trying to walk for so long and screwing with those muscles but she worked them all out.  this took several trips (maybe 10?) at half to one hour weekly sessions but it was well worth it.  she worked in an office with a chiropractor and he thought he could "pop" me well.  i knew it was not bone related but let him try and he accomplished nothing - not even a pop.  the LMT proved it (licensed massage therapist) was in the muscles and tendons.  i have also seen another LMT unrelated to the first gal, and she too, knew exactly what and how to fix me.  it is amazing!  now, when i sit tensed up and hunkered over my keyboard and ball up, my arms feel like i've been lifting beer barrels over my head and are actually sore to the touch.  but the LMT can fix all this by working in my neck and down my spine.  so i would highly recommend that if all else has failed, see your local massage therapist.  it should be $40-$50 for half an hour and $60-$70 for an hour and many insurances cover this.  i am very very please.  i am not "cured" and may eventually end up having my vertebrae scanned again but for now it is working quite well.  i am 53 years old, overweight but very active and have to be self sufficient and can't afford to lose my strength and mobility.  good luck and give it a try!!
 

Yrsilly
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   Posted 12/28/2012 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Zoey..............Lordy honey, it looks like you have my body; I empathize with you! In fact, I see a lot of myself in all of your posts. Red, I crack all the time and have since I was a child. I totally freaked the ortho one day when I said, "Oh, I need to do something and you can witness it!" I get this urge...compulsion, what ever you wish to call it, to crack my breastplate. I lean back a little bit, push my shoulders back and you hear this awful CRUNCH/CRACK from right above my left breast. His eyes bugged out like a cartoon character. I said to him, " You know how I complain that at times it feels like someone is poking me very hard with a dowel to my chest..........well that's the exact spot that makes that noise."

I have severe arthritis all over my body and have been told that this is the cause of my noises. GDS, yes, the pain will increased at the points where your muscles and tendons do attach to the bone and this is usually referred pain from another area. Gltt, I have learned more about my body from my massage therapist and physical therapist than I have from any of the doctors. Low grade fever most days and recently the woman who was always freezing (I mean wearing flannels in July) is wearing summer nightgowns in winter. Go figure! Like you all, my doctors maintain I am a mystery to them and I just want someone to tell me EXACTLY what is wrong. So tired of being a medical mystery.
Keep smiling because crying does you no good


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samreen4u
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   Posted 5/21/2013 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
@Redheadbk - I have these problems very similar to yours. Did you find any solution ? kindly update me

Wackers34
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   Posted 5/22/2013 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I get these cracking / popping sounds also in my shoulders and neck...Always wonder what it is...Sometimes even cracks without me moving it!

I saw a chiro and she did an x ray and told me I have the start of osteo arthritis in back. I wonder if this is what it is...

Let us know if you find out what it is, because I worry about this and wonder if its a dangerous deterioration thing or if its just part of fibro...seems to get worse when I stiffen up and don't move around much

Waterpain
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   Posted 8/28/2013 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I had all these issues and more- get tested for Lyme disease - it's an epidemic!
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