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Small hiatal hernia, neck pain, neck cracking sounds when I turn my head. CT/MRI on head/brain all normal, blood normal, nodes tender, please help!

Small hiatal hernia, neck pain, neck cracking sounds when I turn my head. CT/MRI on head/brain all normal, blood normal, nodes tender, please help!

Likely arthritis: Hiatal hernias can cause neck pain, but usually a burning pain or heaviness in the neck, not associated with cracking sensations or made worse with movement. Arthritis in the neck is most likely, did the MRI include the neck? Usually treated with non steroidal drugs, such as aleve or motrin, physical therapy may be helpful. MRI of the neck should show the cause. ...Read more

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A 1.8 CM slip of L5-S1. Cracking sounds in neck when I turn my head. Arm pain in both arms. Blood work was normal. Are neck and back related? Arthritis?

A 1.8 CM slip of L5-S1. Cracking sounds in neck when I turn my head. Arm pain in both arms. Blood work was normal. Are neck and back related? Arthritis?

Degenerative arthrit: It sound as though you may have degenerative arthritis though other forms of arthritis may not have blood markers so a trip to a rheumatologist is in order. You did not mention your age or occupation as these may be factors. ...Read more

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have noticed a cracking sound in my neck. It happens when I turn my head to the right only. I have no pain in it. Should I be concerned?

have noticed a cracking sound in my neck. It happens when I turn my head to the right only. I have no pain in it. Should I be concerned?

No problem: Cracking popping creaking without pain are not cause for alarm. The tendons, muscles and ligaments move and rub against each other causing the sounds. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Y does my upper neck/ lower head always hurt like a little sprain and always has a teary cracking sound wen I turn my head right around??? : (

Y does my upper neck/ lower head always hurt like a little sprain and always has a teary cracking sound wen I turn my head right around??? : (

Snap, Crackle, Pop!: You might have a touch of arthritis in your neck that leads to that crunchy sound ('crepitations') in your neck when you twist it. That in turn could lead to some reactive muscle tightness. In some people it gets so bad it leads to a headache. Usually some x-rays help see if there's arthritis in there. The treatment involves medication, massage, range of motion exercises, proper posture and rest. ...Read more

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Car accident 2 days ago. Soft tissue damage the er doc said. Now my neck is cracking and popping when I turn my head. Back hurts all over. Pain walking?

Car accident 2 days ago. Soft tissue damage the er doc said. Now my neck is cracking and popping when I turn my head. Back hurts all over. Pain walking?

Normal: This is a common issue after a car wreck, especially if you were rear ended or hit straight on. There is no worry from popping and cracking noises in the joints. The pain all over is due to muscle spasm of the back from the impact. Use ice to the areas that hurt and ibuprofen (if not allergic). If there is a specific spot that seems to hurt out of proportion with the rest see your doctor. ...Read more

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Neck. Pain shoulder pain scaping and cracking and popping when I turn my head plus been having painless. Muscle twitching in legs when at rest?

Neck. Pain shoulder pain scaping and cracking and popping when I turn my head plus been having painless. Muscle twitching in legs when at rest?

Neck pain: The crackling and popping in the neck are the facet joints in the cervical spine that are akin to cracking your knuckles. That is not a concern. What is a concern is the neck and shoulder pain associated with twitching or cramping in the legs. This may be a sign of pressure on the spinal cord from a disc. An MRI of the cervical spine and an evaluation with a neurosurgeon would be a good decision. ...Read more

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Neck pain, cracking sounds when I turn my head, headaches, MRI and CT on head/brain normal. Blood work normal. Have small hiatal hernia. Help! Thnx!

Neck pain, cracking sounds when I turn my head, headaches, MRI and CT on head/brain normal. Blood work normal. Have small hiatal hernia. Help! Thnx!

Facets: There are multiple potential causes, among them, Symptomatic facet joints are often the cause of posterior based neck pain and headaches and are often under appreciated on imaging studies even such as an MRI or ct scan. Consider asking to be referred to an interventional pain specialist where you may be a candidate for radio frequency ablation, a no surgical treatment for facet mediated pain. ...Read more

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Cracking sound when I turn head after deep tissue neck massage- been over 1 week now, no pain but scared by this sound...Should I worry?

Cracking sound when I turn head after deep tissue neck massage- been over 1 week now, no pain but scared by this sound...Should I worry?

See a DO for opinion: Usually the cracking sound is just the articulation, or movement of one vertebrae over the other as you move your head. You need to let your massage therapist know what happened. Then, if it continues, see an osteopathic doctor for consult, evaluation and treatment, to put everything back into alignment. That should reduce or eliminate the sound altogether. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to stop or minimize my neck from cracking all the time due to severely hyper extended tendons (lower back of my head)?

What exercises can I do to stop or minimize my neck from cracking all the time due to severely hyper extended tendons (lower back of my head)?

None: Don't worry about noise or cracking. Instead, worry about numbness, tingling, weakness & pain. But don't worry about noise. There are no exercises to decrease noise or cracking. But anyone should go see his/her doctor if movement is painful or if any above noted symptoms. Also a good idea if any recent trauma or injury prior to new onset of cracking. ...Read more

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I am hearing cracking sound in my neck without any pain it happens when turning head from right to left?

I am hearing cracking sound in my neck without any pain it happens when turning head from right to left?

Sounds: Of crepitations without pain or swelling should not be a cause for concern. Indication of early degenerative joint that is consistent with advancing age ...Read more

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I am used to cracking my neck daily but now it hurts and can't fully turn my head without moving my whole body what do you suggest?

I am used to cracking my neck daily but now it hurts and can't fully turn my head without moving my whole body what do you suggest?

Heat: Dear CarelO796, you might have a neck muscle spasm. Try putting heat around the neck of rammed 20 min 2 or 3 times a day. You could also add over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. Consider doing a formal consult to make sure there are no red flags.
I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Entire neck hurts. Head heavy. When I look up or to sides I get random sharp pains in back of head. Hear a lot of cracking. Going on for 3 days?

Entire neck hurts. Head heavy. When I look up or to sides I get random sharp pains in back of head. Hear a lot of cracking. Going on for 3 days?

See a doctor: Sounds like time to see a doctor. Whatever it is, that will be the best way to get relief. From the symptoms described it might be an injury or an internal condition involving inflammation or swelling putting pressure on nerves. Why guess? Even if one hits on the name - that won't relieve the pain. Go, get it treated and get a good night's sleep. Best! ...Read more

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For the past 3 years I hear and feel cracking in my head when I move it. It feels like my skull, not my neck. It gets uncomfortable sometimes.?

For the past 3 years I hear and feel cracking in my head when I move it. It feels like my skull, not my neck. It gets uncomfortable sometimes.?

Neck: It may seem to you that the sound is emanating from your skull, but it is most likely that the sound comes from ligaments or vertebrae in your neck. These are characteristically clicking sounds and they rarely signify serious pathology. If you still have concerns, consult an orthopedic specialist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Throbbing pain in lower head/neck area. Back left side only. It comes for a few seconds at a time, frequently. Feel as cracking my neck always.

Throbbing pain in lower head/neck area. Back left side only. It comes for a few seconds at a time, frequently. Feel as cracking my neck always.

Facet, disc, nerve: You may have irritated a higher cervical facet joint. Less likely you could have a cervical nerve root irritation or an occipital nerve irritation. Try gentle heating pads, ice, range of motion of your head and neck, gentle stretching, and go see your doctor to see if physiotherapy, medications like antiinflammatories, anti-spasmodics, nerve medications or injections may help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get the impulse to twitch my neck or head. And when I do I feel as though something in the back of my head is cracking or or popping.?

Sometimes I get the impulse to twitch my neck or head. And when I do I feel as though something in the back of my head is cracking or or popping.?

Crepitus & creaking: Not everything that makes noise is significant. At your age I wouldn't worry about it unless you are having pain or persistent stiffness. Range of motion exercises might be helpful too. ...Read more

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I have neck cracking and popping in my neck when I bend my head or turnit but no pain. Sometimes if I lift something my shoulder hurts so I do lift ov?

I have neck cracking and popping in my neck when I bend my head or turnit but no pain. Sometimes if I lift something my shoulder hurts so I do lift ov?

Neck cracks: Without knowing more information, for example how old are you? 20 or 80? What kind of work have you done? Run a air-hammer on a assembly line? Are you a gymnast? Get back with us with more info. ...Read more

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I hear cracking sounds in my neck when I move my head backwards or sideways (normal movement) and in my back when I stretch it. It started two months ago?

I hear cracking sounds in my neck when I move my head backwards or sideways (normal movement) and in my back when I stretch it. It started two months ago?

Ligaments: More than likely these sounds are ligamental snapping and most likely are insignificant unless accompanied by discomfort or sharp pains. If you are otherwise fine, there is no need to consult an orthopedic surgeon or chiropractor. ...Read more

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How will Iknow if Ihave TMJ and trigiminal neauralgia? I have the cracking sound and I get pain from mouth radiates to head and neck.

How will Iknow if Ihave TMJ and trigiminal neauralgia? I have the cracking sound and I get pain from mouth radiates to head and neck.

Cracking sound: The cracking sound when you open your mouth is more consistent with TMJ problems. The pain can radiate from the joint to head and neck. ...Read more

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Had my neck cracked 2 x by a chiropracter, Is it normal to have pain with little cracking noises upon moving my head 2 weeks later?

Had my neck cracked 2 x by a chiropracter, Is it normal to have pain with little cracking noises upon moving my head 2 weeks later?

Why would you go?: Are you havin pain? Musculoskeletal problems can give you neck pain (strain, joints, arthritis, pinched nerve). A disc bulge can be minor or serious. Why would you go to a chiro? Best to see an md who can help you isolate the cause and arrive at a solution. In the mean time, stretch, heat, relaxation may help. Ask yourself...is the 'adjustment doing anything for you??? ...Read more

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25 m, hypothroidism-12.5 mcg throx, earthquake feeling and throbbingin back of head, in legs sometimes, stiffness in neck, cracking sound in back of skul?

25 m, hypothroidism-12.5 mcg throx, earthquake feeling and throbbingin back of head, in legs sometimes, stiffness in neck, cracking sound in back of skul?

Thyroxine dose: I don't know what is causing your symptoms. However, if you are truly hypothyroid, 12.5 mcg of thyroxine will not do much of anything. It is very low and will not replace what your thyroid is supposed to make. ...Read more

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Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck? MRI's and CT's of head were normal. Thanks.

Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck? MRI's and CT's of head were normal. Thanks.

More info: The MRI and CT you speak of were of the head. Did you have a neck imaging test?
Any pinched nerves come from the neck.
Scalp tingling is another separate issue. Need labs and more information.
Neck cracking and popping is benign and self limiting. ...Read more

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Tightness in the chin after neck cracking, it's getting improved but I need to know should I be worried or not?

Tightness in the chin after neck cracking, it's getting improved but I need to know should I be worried or not?

Symptoms?: If there is no problem with breathing or swallowing, you may ignore it. Try to avoid cracking your neck, it is just a habit, it does not fix anything.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you're eating and you feel your mouth cracking, like in the bottom around the top of your neck next to your mouth, its painful.

What does it mean when you're eating and you feel your mouth cracking, like in the bottom around the top of your neck next to your mouth, its painful.

Spasms: These sound like muscle spasms related to chewing and swallowing. Is your speech affected? . Do you have other muscle cramps? Deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, and certain electrolytes can be causes. If symptoms persist discuss this with your physician who can order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Recurring red round spot on thigh. When spot comes I get muscle, joint pain, neck pain fatigue, weakness, headaches, decreasing vision, jaw cracking?

See your Dr.: This combination of symptoms is worrisome. You need to have a good exam and history taken to start to define what it is going on with you. You will probably need to have some labs done as well. ...Read more

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Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.

Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.

Does not correlate.: The disk bulges at C5-C7 should affect your arm & neck, not the forehead & scalp. Many people live their ENTIRE LIVES with bulging disks & don't complain of any pain, so MRI or CT scan to "diagnose" bulging disks is actually a gross misuse of imaging. Talk to your doctor or a neurologist about your symptoms to undergo accurate testing. Or use HealthTap Prime. Good luck to you; hope you find cause. ...Read more

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Feels like something snapping in the back of my neck when I turn my head. Is this somethign serious?

Feels like something snapping in the back of my neck when I turn my head. Is this somethign serious?

UNLIKELY.: Do you have any involuntary habits-motor or sensory? Is stress part of it? Any family hx of involuntary habits? A check up w your pcp should help put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my neck when I turn my head to the right. What can I do?

Sharp pain in my neck when I turn my head to the right. What can I do?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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How come I get a sudden sharp pain in my neck when I turn my head quickly?

Muscle or nerve: It is either a tight muscle or a nerve root irritation of the cervical spine. Both can be treated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Had discomfort in my neck 4 weeks. Saw 2 doctors but they said nothing was wrong. Now there's a swelling on back of my neck when I turn my head left?

Had discomfort in my neck 4 weeks. Saw 2 doctors but they said nothing was wrong. Now there's a swelling on back of my neck when I turn my head left?

Recheck.: It may have been there wasn't anything on your exam before. Things can change. If you are now feeling a swelling then you should have your doctor take another look. Some times it takes time for a condition to progress to the point that we can diagnose it. ...Read more

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I am in my late 30s, and once per week I get kinks in my neck when I turn my head. There is no localized tightness. What can I do to prevent kinks?

I am in my late 30s, and once per week I get kinks in my neck when I turn my head. There is no localized tightness. What can I do to prevent kinks?

Stretching: Everyday would help. Try learning yoga with focus on the spine. Do it daily for 30-45 minutes. Check your workplace to see if your occupation may be a cause. ...Read more

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For about 2 weeks, I have been having pain on the left side of my neck. When I turn my head or strain to move something, the pain worsens. Any ideas?

For about 2 weeks, I have been having pain on the left side of my neck. When I turn my head or strain to move something, the pain worsens. Any ideas?

See your doc: This could be a simple musculoskelatol problem (torticollis) that can be treated by a do who is skilled in omt. However, if you have a fever and/or feel "sick, " then you could have a more serious problem such as a retropharyngial abscess. See your doc to rule out the bad stuff and get the simple stuff taken care of. ...Read more

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Wondering y sometimes when I turn my head to the right my neck gets stuck for a hot second?

Muscle spasm: You might be experiencing a muscle strain or if this has been going on for a very long time, arthritis in one or several of the facet joint in your neck is possible. ...Read more

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My neck has hurt for over a week. It hurts when I turn my head to the right and hurts to look up all the way.

My neck has hurt for over a week. It hurts when I turn my head to the right and hurts to look up all the way.

Wry neck: You may have a wry neck or torticollis caused by sleeping in a poor position or by trauma to the neck. Sleep flat in bed. You can use an ice pack or a hot water bottle or a heating pad set on low, whichever feels more comfortable. Get a muscle relaxant from your doctor and institute a physical therapy program. ...Read more