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my back cracks a lot

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Ok: This is ok and you are doing your own spinal manipulation like cracking your knuckles. You are most likely "cracking" your facet joints which stretch ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
20 years experience Family Medicine
See below: you need to do your passive exercises daily to loosen yourself up. Stop cracking the back or like when people do that with their digits the digits get ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
22 years experience General Surgery
No problem: As long as you have no pain with this, it is not a problem.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
37 years experience Pediatrics
Muscle strain: You may not be stretching as much as you need to. Stretch frequently and use different positions when you hold your baby so your muscles won't tighten ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
29 years experience Internal Medicine
ulcer?: You're young to be getting ulcers, but abdominal pain and indigestion that radiates to the back may be indicative of a gastric or duodenal ulcer. Anti ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder or neck: You should see a physician to determine if the pain is originating in your neck, or shoulder, or a combination.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: No-you are simply doing the equivalent of "cracking your knuckles"- it feels good or it just becomes a habit. By "cracking" or mobilizing the small j ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harris Cohen
20 years experience Family Medicine
Disc?: Back pain with one sided leg symptoms are often indicative of a herniated disc -- this is best evaluated by your doctor -- often anti-inflammatories, ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
29 years experience Internal Medicine
See your doctor: Constant back pain and a palpable lump near the spine needs to be checked by a physician.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
You need : To make sure there is no slipped disc involved . Err on the safe side and consult with your physician . In meantime, take some pain medicine
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Be seen: It is possible that it is a spine problem, though it sounds more like a musculoskeletal pain to me. Be seen for a diagnosis.
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Pinched nerve: You have a pinched nerve in your lower spine until proven otherwise. You require assessment by a neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ario Kiarash
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not enough info: There is not enough information to go by! your age, history of symptoms. What makes them better or worse, and other medical conditions or surgeries ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Yes: The fact that you can "pop" your back means that something is out of alignment. Pain is your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong. A phys ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Lee
Dr. Brian Lee answered
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Allignment: See a chiropractor.
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
Urticaria: You can try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) instead of Atarax and add steroid suspension for few days.Use tablet in allergic dermatitis for adults.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Strain: Strained neck ligaments and/or muscles are the likely cause of your symptoms. Since the injury is weeks old, I recommend hot(not too hot) moist applic ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Not knowing ur age: I have to guess its muscular. If it is consistently hurting, get it looked at please.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Fall & Pain: Hopefully it's bruising that will resolve over time. Please see you doctor in case it is something more like a bone fracture or break. He/she will l ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Howard Shapiro
Specializes in Internal Medicine
See your physician: You may have strained your back muscles. You could have more serious problems. You need to see your physician for an assessment and medicine ) somet ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
12 years experience Psychiatry
See your doctor: This could be pylonephritis which is infection in your kidney depending on where in your back it hurts or it could be something else. The only way to ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
This is not: related to your thyroid disease, whatever type you may have. Consult your physician for an evaluation if you are concerned.

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