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Back left lower side of head cracks loudly with pain. Suffer osteoarthritis, disc problems in upper and lower spine. Solution ?

The back left lower side of my head cracks loudly and gives me pain periodically all day. Sometimes the pain goes down the front of my shoulder . My head feels like a nerve is caught and there is discomfort until I move the head and then the painful crack occurs and then I am okay until it happens again. It is becoming more frequent and makes me tired. I am loaded with osteo arthritis and have disc problems in upper and lower spine . I had an MRI and they found nothing but lots more osteo. Is there anything I can do? Could it be a weird nerve?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Damaged or osteoarthritic joints tend to produce crackling sounds when a movement is made involving them. This is a normal finding.

As you have arthritic changes in joints of cervical spine, you need -
* a cervical collar for a few days just to provide some support for your spine
* Analgesic & muscle relaxant medications to relieve pain & muscle spasm
* Physiotherapy of the paravertebral spinal muscles for strengthening them

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist Arun kumar's  Response
yeah u may have osteoarthritis of ur cervical vertebrae which might have developed osteophytes and this could cause impingement on the emerging nerve roots and thats the cause of pain and numbness ,
also there could be a facetal arthropathy and facet joint needs to be mobilized correctly
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi's  Response

Thanks for writing to Healthcare magic,

I have studied your case,

According to report indicate towards degenerative spine changes with vit D deficency.
you may find good relief with analgesic and neurotropics with vit D supplement.
Physiotherapy like USG and IFT will help.
Spine extension exercises will reduce pain.
Do some lifestyle modification, if required use lumbar corset.

Check your blood pressure too and maintain it .
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi and welcome to HCM

You might be suffering from degenerative disc disease & it occurs due to repetitive overload or stress to the disc .Doing back exercises will be helpful in relieving the spam and pain.
You can start with swimming and mild aerobic exercises. These do help a lot in the back pain. Do adequate warming up before starting the exercises daily.
Taking calcium and vitamin D 3 supplements will also help in early recovery. You can get these prescribed from your orthopedician.

Hope this will helps you. Take care.
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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