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Why does my back crack when I go lie down?

Why does my back crack when I go lie down?

Back cracking: "cracking" of joints is a normal phenomenon. When you pull on a finger, your knuckles crack. Virtually any of the other joints in your body will do the same thing if you apply enough force. In this case remember that your spine is a collection of complex joint articulations and with motion cracking/clicking is common. It also implies that you are flexible, which is good. ...Read more

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Why does my back crack and hurt when I lie down flat?

Why does my back crack and hurt when I lie down flat?

Surface tension: You are breaking the surface tension of the synovial fluid in the intervertebral articular joint spaces... ...Read more

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Why does my back crack all the time? I'm 23 years old.

Why does my back crack all the time? I'm 23 years old.

Several reasons: It may be the way you are built or that your musculature is just tight. Cracking noise or sensation can be from several origins ranging frim the small joints of your back "popping" like the cracking of your knuckles to tight soft tissue structures giving the same sensation when stretched or moving over one another or another musculoskeletal structure. It is not a pathologic or bad thing. ...Read more

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Why does my back crack so much and very loud after I lift weights?

Why does my back crack so much and very loud after I lift weights?

Not a podiatry?: Consult your family doctor, chiropractor or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Hi, my nephew jumped on me unexpectedly, he clung on to my neck so I was forced to bend backwards and I felt my back crack, now really hurts?

Hi, my nephew jumped on me unexpectedly, he clung on to my neck so I was forced to bend backwards and I felt my back crack, now really hurts?

Likely: Back strain. Limit your activity and apply warmth or cool packs. If you are able take Tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis or Ibuprofen as often as recommended. If you fail to get better or have and symptoms of extremity pain or weakness or loss of bladder or bowel control, be seen. All the best and gentle activity only. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I'm sitting, I feel my back crack. It feels like some of my vertebrae shift slightly. Is this normal and could it reduce height?

Sometimes when I'm sitting, I feel my back crack. It feels like some of my vertebrae shift slightly. Is this normal and could it reduce height?

Normal: Like cracking your knuckles, the spine has joints that can have friction that causes noise as they try to glide past each other. So long as not assiciated with pain (usually feels somewhat good!) you aren't changing the overall position of the vertebrae. ...Read more

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My back crack if I breathe and I feel pain in all spine who can advice me To stop it I have tension in muscles If I play any sport feel pain?

My back crack if I breathe and I feel pain in all spine who can advice me To stop it I have tension in muscles If I play any sport feel pain?

Be seen: I would not hesitate to be seen. An exam and appropriate studies will likely yield the correct cause of your pain, and at that point treatment options can be discussed. ...Read more

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What to do about really bad back cracking/stiffness/pain?

What to do about really bad back cracking/stiffness/pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe back cracking/stiffness/pain?

What to do if I have severe back cracking/stiffness/pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Back cracking a lot, do I have cancer?

Back cracking a lot, do I have cancer?

Unlikely...: If your only symptom is "back cracking", then it is unlikely that the cause is cancer, especially if you have no personal history of cancer. Pain, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and other symptoms in association with back problems would be more concerning. If you are worried about cancer and/or back trouble, please see a primary care doc and give all of your symptoms. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Is back cracking harmful? Is scoliosis correlated with back cracking?

Is back cracking harmful? Is scoliosis correlated with back cracking?

Cracking: Joint cracking is most commonly due to benign pressure changes in the joints. Rarely, instability of the spine can cause popping. There is no correlation with scoliosis and it is rarely harmful. For more information visit www. ESpine. Com under scoliosis ...Read more

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Eczema in my hands keeps on coming back, cracking ang dryness. Is there any remedy to this?

Eczema in my hands keeps on coming back, cracking ang dryness. Is there any remedy to this?

Yes: Hand eczema is not cured, but treated with a graded approach. Avoidance of irritants (hot water, detergents, soaps, solvents) and drying, application of non sensitizing moisturizers and graded application of topical steroids. ...Read more

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Would a family doctor do tests to see if a young female (24) had joint damage from back cracking? Or do they wait to see damage as you age?

Would a family doctor do tests to see if a young female (24) had joint damage from back cracking? Or do they wait to see damage as you age?

No evaluation needed: It may be the way you are built or that your musculature is just tight. Cracking noise or sensation can be from several origins ranging from the small joints of your back "popping" like the cracking of your knuckles to tight soft tissue structures giving the same sensation when stretched or moving over one another or another musculoskeletal structure. It is not a pathologic or bad thing. ...Read more

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Right side of back slightly swollen. Constant back cracking feeling like lung is "sore". Smoking increases symphtoms. Lung X-ray is good. 28 years old?

Right side of back slightly swollen. Constant back cracking feeling like lung is "sore". Smoking increases symphtoms. Lung X-ray is good. 28 years old?

Chest tightness?: Honestly, chest soreness made worse by smoking sounds like asthma in a28 year old... But talk to your doc. A normal chest x-ray doesn't mean much, your exam and pulmonary function tests would be more interesting, as well as the history of your symptom progression. ...Read more

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I have this constant pain in the bottom of my back where the back and crack meet. Everytime I sit, bend, or lie down it hurt immensely. Is it serious?

Most likely not: If the pain has been there for more than a few weeks then go see your doc. At your age is most likely muscular unless you recently had an injury or traumatic event. Most low back pain is self limiting and will improve with time. Physical therapy is a great first step. You doc can determine if any other workup needs to be done. ...Read more

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As I squatted down to pick up Something, I heard a loud crack & felt the crack on my lower back. Now I'm in horrible pain & can't move much!!

As I squatted down to pick up Something, I heard a loud crack & felt the crack on my lower back. Now I'm in horrible pain & can't move much!!

Follow-up needed: This could be due to muscle spasms caused by picking up something. Try warm compressess and showers, and over the counter pain relievers. If not better or getting worse go to an Urgent Care center or see your Physicain. ...Read more

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My back tooth cracked but only hurts when I'm laying down?

My back tooth cracked but only hurts when I'm laying down?

You need care now: When you lie down the blood pressure in your head increases which can cause throbbing in areas with inflammation or infection. This won't cure itself. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more

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Why does my neck make a crack and pop sound when I turn my head or put it down or back it does it every now and then is it broken? It's doing it now

Why does my neck make a crack and pop sound when I turn my head or put it down or back it does it every now and then is it broken? It's doing it now

Joints in neck: In the neck, there are numerous joints that are designed to slide over one another, thus giving flexibility of movement. Its just like the joints in the hands. These are usually cartilage. When these slide over each over, there is a vacuum type phenomenon that occurs. This leads to the "popping" sensation as the joint surfaces slide against each other. ...Read more

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15 year old girl doing sit ups, lower back cracks each time she goes down, what can prevent this? Why is it happening?

15 year old girl doing sit ups, lower back cracks each time she goes down, what can prevent this? Why is it happening?

Cracking normal: Creaking or cracking of joints is usually normal particularly if there is no pain or restricted motion. It's like cracking your knuckles. ...Read more

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1 week today fell and hit lower back above bum crack of metal rail in shower still bruised swollen and tender hurts to lie down and if touche at all?

1 week today fell and hit lower back above bum crack of metal rail in shower still bruised swollen and tender hurts to lie down and if touche at all?

Tincture of time: I suspect that this was a severe bruise. If it is black and blue this is more of a sign this will take a while. If it is slowly getting better that is still ok and will be what is expected. Give it time and ask your doc if this persist. ...Read more

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I have what looks like bed bug bites down my butt crack. Itching them has turned the bites into small open bite marks. My gyno said my std results were all negative. Do I go back to my gyno I never told him I suspect bed bug bites I was too embarrassed?

I have what looks like bed bug bites down my butt crack. Itching them has turned the bites into small open bite marks. My gyno said my std results were all negative. Do I go back to my gyno I never told him I suspect bed bug bites I was too embarrassed?

Doubt bedbugs: Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from 1 hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck & legs. ...Read more

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My back cracks so often and I have a lump in my lower back (left). Also, when I lay down on my back there is a few seconds of the feeling of a pressur?

My back cracks so often and I have a lump in my lower back (left). Also, when I lay down on my back there is a few seconds of the feeling of a pressur?

Varies: The symptoms you are describing can have multiple potential causes, but among the more common is an abnormality involving the posterior facets joints in the spine. Consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis and to consider treatment options. ...Read more

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The tip of my arse crack and end of my spinal cord hurts and its swollen its hurts to sit, walk, and lay down on my back. What is it?

The tip of my arse crack and end of my spinal cord hurts and its swollen its hurts to sit, walk, and lay down on my back. What is it?

Either: A perirectal abscess or a pilonidal abscess. Either one needs to be seen by your doctor or a colorectal surgeon for confirmation of diagnosis and proper treatment including drainage of the abscess if indicated. ...Read more