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Dr. Craig Morton Dr. Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
14 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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Why is my neck popping so frequently?

Why is my neck popping so frequently?

See below: There are several joints in the neck. Over time these joints can "wear out" leading to degeneration and inflammation of the joint. When a joint becomes inflammed it often swells due to increased synovial fluid. When this fluid is forced out of the joint it is common to feel and/or hear a "pop". Try focusing on posture to help take pressure off of the joints and reduce the "popping". ...Read more

Dr. Pradeep Parihar Dr. Parihar
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
A P Singh University, S. S. Medical College
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Discomfort between and under both shoulder blades at random times & lasts several hours. Headache, pain in back neck & popping in neck shoulders

Discomfort between and under both shoulder blades at random times & lasts several hours. Headache, pain in back neck & popping in neck shoulders

Trigger point : Seems trigger point . Therapy recommended for 2 weeks first and take OTC anvil or Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed or and use heat pad ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman Dr. Bassman
Dentistry
41 years in practice
University of London, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals
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TMD dx. Ear pain, sore muscle down front of neck, popping jaw. Can this cause lower jaw pain next to molars under tongue? Cold fluid causes ear pain?

TMD dx. Ear pain, sore muscle down front of neck, popping jaw. Can this cause lower jaw pain next to molars under tongue? Cold fluid causes ear pain?

Pain and dysfunction: If the tmj/tmd issues last for awhile, some symptoms can affect the ear (s) in many ways. You may develop ringing in the ears; earaches, popping-grating-clicking that is heard constantly in the ears; roaring muffled sounds; hearing loss; on and on. It is better to see an ENT first if you have ear symptoms to rule out it being the ears as the source of the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Lipton Dr. Lipton
Holistic Medicine
26 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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My neck started popping a lot. Causes?

My neck started popping a lot. Causes?

Neck popping: tigh muscles in the neck restrict normal motion and can cause pooping of vertebral segments, try alternating ice and heat or massage ...Read more

Dr. Jonathan Hyde Dr. Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
25 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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My neck started popping/crackling when I turn my head left or right. It does not hurt. Any concerns or suggestions? Thanks

My neck started popping/crackling when I turn my head left or right.  It does not hurt.  Any concerns or suggestions?  Thanks

Not really: Many people have non-symptomatic neck popping and cracking (including myself!). You are probably sensing the normal motion of the cervical facet joints. I do not recommend purposeful cracking of one's neck, which usually requires a significant rotational movement of the neck (i have had patients with acute cervical herniations after those maneuvers). ...Read more

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Dr. Kamran Parsa Dr. Parsa
Neurosurgery
9 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Dr. Daniel Lee Dr. Lee
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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I have a painful irritated throat with swelling in the sides of my neck and popping in the ears. What is this?

I have a painful irritated throat with swelling in the sides of my neck and popping in the ears. What is this?

Probably a URI: It sounds like you may have an upper respiratory infection or uri. It sounds like you may have a mild sore throat, possible swollen glands, nasal congestion, stuffed ears which is common with a uri. Should resolve on its own in a few days, but if not, you may want to get checked out by a medical provider as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Lori Lange Dr. Lange
Family Medicine
years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay Dr. Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
17 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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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

Dr. Georgia Latham Dr. Latham
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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What causes the neck kinking and popping? How can I fix it?

What causes the neck kinking and popping?   How can I fix it?

Stiffness: Although it may be caused by a number of things, the most likely cause of the neck kinking and popping is stiffness due to relative inactivity of the neck. Performing gentle stretching exercises of your neck every day should fix it. Although it is possible that the popping and kinking may seem to be worse initially, it should eventually resolve. ...Read more

Dr. Prem Gupta Dr. Gupta
Neurology
44 years in practice
Maharshi Dayanand University P.T. Blagwat Dayal Sharma Medical College
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My neck pops when i turn right, but not left. Is this due to an injury, or popping neck?

My neck pops when i turn right, but not left. Is this due to an injury, or popping neck?

Get neck x rays.: Most patients use word "popping" for a sound they hear when moving one of the joints. This is generally indicative of osteoarthritis. See your physician and get x rays of neck. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Milam Dr. Milam
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Dr. Laura Yauch Dr. Yauch
Family Medicine
years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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Sometimes when I swallow the right side of my neck makes this popping/spasm usually when I lay on that side, I have smoked for 4 yrs, .25 pack year?

Sometimes when I swallow the right side of my neck makes this popping/spasm usually when I lay on that side, I have smoked for 4 yrs, .25 pack year?

See md: Complaints are unusual-see your MD. As far as smoking-the decimal place makes all the difference. Pack years are the number of packs(20 cig) per day times number of years smoked. The .25 pk yr would be equivalent to just over 1 cigarette a day, vs 1/4 pack(5 cigs) per day giving a 1 pk yr, or worse case a 25 pk year history implying 6 packs per day(which I have seen).Stop smoking to avoid illness ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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I have mild neck stiffness, ear popping and a small, occasional headache for over a week now. Any idea?

I have mild neck stiffness,  ear popping and a small, occasional headache for over a week now. Any idea?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck stiffness or neck pain, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I just finished at a swim meet and now it feels sore when i do any sort of movement or any other use of my neck like swallowing.My neck makes weird popping noises as I do these things and if I push down on my skin it feels "bubbly." Is this normal?

I just finished at a swim meet and now it feels sore when i do any sort of movement or any other use of my neck like swallowing.My neck makes weird popping noises as I do these things and if I push down on my skin it feels "bubbly." Is this normal?

No. Can see doctor.: Bubbly skin sensations sound like there is air inside the skin. That means a person can go to the doctor now to see if there is a partially collapsed lung that is leaking some air into the skin. One can go to the ER, because they can do a chest x-ray quickly there. If one's regular doctor is available right now, one can first ask the doctor for advice, because the doctor might want to see her. ...Read more

Dr. Julian Bennett Dr. Bennett
Internal Medicine
18 years in practice
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Thumb pain with tingling, also in the rest of the right hand, prior to that, i had a severe neck pain with "popping" sounds in the neck`s joints. ?

Nerve injury?: your symptoms are concerning for cervical vertebral injury and associated nerve injury. symptoms may resolve with over the counter pain meds, but you need to be seen by a physician. if your pain turns to weakness, you should be seen emergently ...Read more

Dr. Bert Liang Dr. Liang
Neurology
years in practice
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Have neck/forehead pain. Popping sounds in necl when I turn my head. Ear pain both ears. Dull arm pain. CT/MRI's on head/brain were normal. Help!

Have  neck/forehead pain. Popping sounds in necl when I turn my head.  Ear pain both ears. Dull arm pain.  CT/MRI's on head/brain were normal.

Help!

Localization: Your description doesn't provide enough detail to localize the symptoms; if you haven't seen a neurologist, that might be a consideration to aid in assessment. But certainly a second opinion if you have might also be an option. And you should speak with your physician who ordered the imaging in the first place to determine if they have thoughts on the differential diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton Dr. Morton
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
14 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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Please help me with constant popping in neck ?

Please help me with constant popping in neck ?

Rest: There are several joints in the neck. Over time these joints can "wear out" leading to degeneration and inflammation of the joint. When a joint becomes inflammed it often swells due to increased synovial fluid. When this fluid is forced out of the joint it is common to feel and/or hear a "pop". Try focusing on posture to help take pressure off of the joints and reduce the "popping". ...Read more