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Involuntary neck cracking with mild pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I fell and had a whip lash injury. I am now getting neck cracking every day. What is this?                                                                 
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Do you have pain?
User :   74 male Yes i have pain during the night when in bed
Doctor :   Can you describe this pain?
User :   the pain is from movement and is along the lower back of my neck It feels like muscle pain or ache
Doctor :   When did you sustain the injury?
Doctor :   Do you have numbness /pain / weakness of the limbs?
User :   January of this year my doctor said it is arthritis, but I am not sure of that diagnosis
User :   the crackingis caklkled arthritis, not the pain
Doctor :   When did you sustain the injury?
Doctor :   Do you have numbness /pain / weakness of the limbs?
User :   NO
Doctor :   When did you sustain the injury?
User :   I already said in January 2010.
Doctor :   Why do you feel that it is not arthritis.
User :   I thought arthritis was inflamation not cracking, I saw that the cracking is a problem that shopuld be looked into It could be serious
Doctor :   Arthritis is a condition diagnosed after radio imaging.
Doctor :   It can be either by means of X rays or scans.
Doctor :   Have you got these test done.
User :   I know that i have arthritis in my back. That has been determined, I never had ant cracking in mt neck until I had this injury. Aniother site on the internet said it is bones or something rubbing together and shoyld be looked at by a doctor.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Your symptoms are definitely not specific of arthritic changes in the neck.
Doctor :   However the symptoms of arthritis that includes pain are usually noticed when the arthritic changes are severe.
Doctor :   Based on your age and presence of arthritic changes in the back, there can definitely be arthritic changes in the neck too,.
Doctor :   These can get aggravated by cracking the neck.
Doctor :   Hence you would need to avoid them.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   Sir, I am concerned with the loud cracking from my neck that started after the whip lash from the fall. It was never there before. Since the pain hasn't stoped in my neck, i am beginning to get concerned that Ai may have
User :   the cracking is not voluntary. It occurs from movement of my haed.
User :   head sorry
Doctor :   Since an examination is not feasible on this chat, I am not able to give you the specific cause for the symptoms.
Doctor :   Like I have explained to you, since you report of pain and cracking you would need evaluation.
Doctor :   This can include investigations such as radioimaging techniques.
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   I have to close the window as you are not responding.
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