Crackling Sound In My Neck!!

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   Posted 12/15/2011 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like sand is in my neck! Any time I turn my head to the left or right, I hear this grinding/crackling sound (like sand) in my neck.
Do any of you have this? What can it be?
Any responses or ideas are much appreciated. Happy Holidays!

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   Posted 12/15/2011 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
We used to have the "Snap, Crackle, and Pop Club" here on the fibro forum.  I don't have this problem but many do so try not to stress over it.  I'm sure others will come on to ease your mind.
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   Posted 12/15/2011 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherrine,
yes, that is a brilliant way to describe it, Snap, crackle, and pop". So this is suppose to be a common thing with fibromyalgia? None of my joints in my elbows, knees, wrists do this. Just my neck.

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   Posted 12/15/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems to be fairly common.  As I said, I don't have it generally.  Occasionally I'll get a little crumpling some stiff paper...but it doesn't happen to me that frequently.  Nothing surprises me with fibro.
Hopefully, others that do have this a lot will post.  I sure wouldn't worry about it.
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   Posted 12/15/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have it too... it is easily relieved if you can do neck exercises.... it's usually from neck strain or keeping your neck in one position too long.

Try googling neck exercises... if you do them frequently, the popping will subside... exercises like looking both ways, chin to chest, etc...

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   Posted 12/15/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My neck makes all sorts of noises but not usually painful, has for many years. If you ever have any numbness or tingling with it tho, see your doc as could be nerve impingement

Good luck
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   Posted 12/16/2011 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
If I tilt my head back I hear a series of cracks.  It has done this since I was diagnosed three years ago but also that was when I started seeing a chiropractor to crack my neck.  He would relieve horrible migraines by cracking my neck but sometimes I feel the chiropractor opened pandora's box messing with the spine because I remember the day my right toe went numb and it's been down hill since then.  I also had a fall three years ago so I'm not sure what triggered the fibro but it makes me wonder....

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   Posted 12/16/2011 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My neck makes noise along with alot of other body parts...osteoarthritis and degenerative discs and osteoporosis will do that. I had a MRI done on my neck earlier this year, just some degenerative stuff going on.

Let your doc know about it, especially if you are having any nerve impingement.

Hugs, Robin

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   Posted 12/17/2011 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My girlfriend cracks her neck. That sound drives me up a wall. I find that when I sit at the computer for a long time if I bend my head forward, my neck will crack. I have had more problems in my knees and wrists. I think that this is arthritis. Not sure. But celebrex helps it, so I believe it to be more arthetic than fibro.

I hope you get this resolved. Keep posting and know that we all care.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 12/17/2011 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine creaks and cracks too, as well as my other joints.

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   Posted 12/18/2011 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! My neck has made a sound for years and I never knew what it was. I tried explaining it to chiropractor but he didn't get it. It's hard to explain the doesn't hurt just every once in awhile I hear something in my neck, starts off loud then gets softer till it stops. It's so weird.

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   Posted 12/19/2011 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia this year. One of my many symptoms was a popping and crackling in my neck. My RA Dr informed me this is the muscles or ligaments in the neck actually moving over the vertebrae causing this sound. He did not seem concerned over this and chaulked it up as yet another symptom.

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   Posted 12/19/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have it too! I've had it so long I would miss it if it stopped! turn

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   Posted 12/19/2011 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry...didn't mean to make light of it. If I payed attention to it, it would drive me nuts! Well...nuttier than I already am. rolleyes

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   Posted 12/19/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My neck is crunchy too. My ankles & toes are poppy. My ears are ring-y.
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   Posted 12/20/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   


       Hello living!

            I happened upon this post and thought I would throw my two cents in. In all honesty, I would not worry about it, unless pain becomes a part of it. I would think that many will experience this sometime during their life. You can almost ask anyone...and they will tell you that they too!... have had some sort of poping and cracking noises somewhere withing their body.

     Now of course!...if pain is associated with it, then by all means, make an appointment to have it looked at. Just be careful testing for pain...because we all can induce pain once we hit the limit of turning our heads too far.

    Take care,

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   Posted 12/20/2011 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this for last 10 yrs.
Only thing that made it stop...

And i am not recommending anything.

Hormone replacement.
Bioidentical estradiol, testosterone, progesterone.

And i can't even tell you which of the 3 really
Took care of that and the other scairy POP in
My hip and I think it femur bone socket.

Bio HRT is not cheep and constant blood work
and the doctors want cash.

I was desperate though from the sweating and
off the wall anxety all night.

But it too has ups n downs.

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   Posted 3/12/2014 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
i have had this neck crackle for a year now...sometimes even does it on its own without me moving it, but I can hear it inside my head...i think i am going mad sometimes

I have tried exercises, all sorts, cod liver oil tabs, nothing helps it...doesnt hurt, just sounds nasty and annoys me
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in March and now looking for friends to help me in my fibro journey :o)

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   Posted 3/13/2014 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have the crackling neck! Also, I'm having this sort of pain in the back right side of my neck up in to my head that feels like a very dull headache that affects only the right side of my entire head. This sounds neurological to me but the neurologist cannot find anything to explain it. Ironically enough I'm also having vision trouble with only my right eye and my optometrist cannot find anything wrong with my eye either.

I also have this crazy itching on my upper arms that mostly happens at night. There's absolutely no reason for the itch. By that I mean there's no rash, I haven't changed any shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent, lotions, etc. When this started about a year and a half ago I bought every kind of OTC cream, lotion, etc. and nothing helped. The only thing that would help was to put ice packs on my arms. I literally slept with ice packs on both arms for months. After about 6 months I finally broke down and went to a dermatologist. He said it was neuropathy and prescribed gabapentin (up to 1800MG a day). This has been a godsend. I still get a slight itch every now and then but nothing like it was. Although he says it's neuropathy not one of the doctors that I've seen can explain what's causing the neuropathy. The x-rays, MRI's, brain scan, nerve conduction tests all show nothing and no, I'm not diabetic.

Question - do any Fibro related symptoms show up on an MRI or brain scan or is this illness/disease just invisible to all tests?

A little background - I've been experiencing most all the symptoms of Fibromyalgia for about 2 years now but haven't been diagnosed. I'm currently seeing a Rheumatologist but it's a long process. I've also had Hypothyroidism for 20+ years which has a lot of the same symptoms and I think that's hindering the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. I've never been a sick or complaining person until now but it seems like I'm in a different doctor's office every week. In addition to the Rheumy, the Neurologist, the Dermatologist, and the Optometrist that I've already mentioned, there's also my GP, Endocrinologist, and Orthopedic, all for Fibromyalgia related symptoms. My patience is wearing thin!

I have a good friend who has Fibromyalgia so she's been a great help. A lot of things that were happening to me I didn't even realize were Fibro related until I talked to her. Some of them I thought were just all in my head because there's been some very weird stuff going on. When up to 7 doctors can't explain something then it's weird to me.

I must say that I've found a lot of good helpful information on this forum. Thanks to all! Sorry this was such a long post but I'm new here, just looking for support and to vent.

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   Posted 3/19/2014 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I have it too! *waves hand*
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