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Swollen Lymph Nodes - Contant popping / cracking Neck and back

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 27, 2010
  • 04:31 AM

24 year old male (healthy)

For about 6 months I have been experiencing neck pain. I am constantly cracking and popping my neck. I can’t move it without hearing some sort of crack or pop. My neck and back are constantly making a popping / crunchy sound. I have had a swollen lymph node on the back of my neck (where my trap meets my neck) for about 4 months. I would say that most of my pain / discomfort radiates from this spot. I thought that this might have been a knot that was applying pressure to my neck muscles, which was causing the pain. I have had chiropractors say I have Forward Head Posture.

Yesterday I got a massage after a chiropractic appointment and the therapist applied quite a bit of pressure to the knot / lymph node. Up until yesterday, I had no idea this was lymph node and thought it was a knot. So today, I have another lymph node swollen under my jaw line that is tender to the touch.

Has anyone experienced problems similar to this? Sometimes people look at me like I have turrets because I am constantly tweaking my neck.

Any help would be great; I am making an appointment with an ETN tomorrow.
I have had MRI’s, X-rays.
My energy levels are fine.

I do get stressed from the pain and feel like my short-term memory can be blurred at times. I guess my overall memory can be affected…

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  • 24 year old male (healthy)For about 6 months I have been experiencing neck pain. I am constantly cracking and popping my neck. I can’t move it without hearing some sort of crack or pop. My neck and back are constantly making a popping / crunchy sound. I have had a swollen lymph node on the back of my neck (where my trap meets my neck) for about 4 months. I would say that most of my pain / discomfort radiates from this spot. I thought that this might have been a knot that was applying pressure to my neck muscles, which was causing the pain. I have had chiropractors say I have Forward Head Posture.Yesterday I got a massage after a chiropractic appointment and the therapist applied quite a bit of pressure to the knot / lymph node. Up until yesterday, I had no idea this was lymph node and thought it was a knot. So today, I have another lymph node swollen under my jaw line that is tender to the touch. Has anyone experienced problems similar to this? Sometimes people look at me like I have turrets because I am constantly tweaking my neck. Any help would be great; I am making an appointment with an ETN tomorrow. I have had MRI’s, X-rays. My energy levels are fine.I do get stressed from the pain and feel like my short-term memory can be blurred at times. I guess my overall memory can be affected…Hi,I have an enlarged lymph node in the same area you mentioned on the left side. I also noticied one at the base of my skull and in my right armpit. The ones in my groin on both sides feel enlarged also. I have chronic sinus problems. I always have an urge to pop my neck. My children obviously have noticied also as they were joking about it in the car the other day. Very similar to how you described with the touret's but I don't have touret's. My primary care doctor says it's because i'm thin and the lymph nodes aren't that big. I've been thin my whole life and never noticied them before. I have a twin sister who is also thin and doesn't feel her lymph nodes. I assumed this was all due to my sinuses. Recently I have had extreme fatigue and low grade fever. I got a CT of my sinuses yesterday and I did have some mucous in my left ethmoid and right sphenoid. My ENT says he does not feel that is what is making me so sick. I have been on antibiotics for 5 weeks and finished a prednisone dose pack without relief. I also have noticied difficulty focusing it's like I am not as alert as usual and have even felt dizzy and lightheadiness. My ENT suspects it could be something autoimmune cause I do also have some GI problems. I think he is right especially because my father suffered with severe rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis his whole life. I am going in 2 days for blood work for autoimmune, ebstein barr virus,cytomegalovirus,cat scratch,and that's just a few of the labs ordered. I'll let you know how they turn out. Good luck to you and let me know if you get any answers.Melissa
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  • Hi,I have an enlarged lymph node in the same area you mentioned on the left side. I also noticied one at the base of my skull and in my right armpit. The ones in my groin on both sides feel enlarged also. I have chronic sinus problems. I always have an urge to pop my neck. My children obviously have noticied also as they were joking about it in the car the other day. Very similar to how you described with the touret's but I don't have touret's. My primary care doctor says it's because i'm thin and the lymph nodes aren't that big. I've been thin my whole life and never noticied them before. I have a twin sister who is also thin and doesn't feel her lymph nodes. I assumed this was all due to my sinuses. Recently I have had extreme fatigue and low grade fever. I got a CT of my sinuses yesterday and I did have some mucous in my left ethmoid and right sphenoid. My ENT says he does not feel that is what is making me so sick. I have been on antibiotics for 5 weeks and finished a prednisone dose pack without relief. I also have noticied difficulty focusing it's like I am not as alert as usual and have even felt dizzy and lightheadiness. My ENT suspects it could be something autoimmune cause I do also have some GI problems. I think he is right especially because my father suffered with severe rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis his whole life. I am going in 2 days for blood work for autoimmune, ebstein barr virus,cytomegalovirus,cat scratch,and that's just a few of the labs ordered. I'll let you know how they turn out. Good luck to you and let me know if you get any answers.MelissaAll the blood work was normal except for a mildly elevated lipase which is due to a congenital pancreas disorder. My cat scan of the abdomen/pelvis only showed a cyst on my left kidney,one each ovary;two on my cervix. Lymphnodes remain mildly enlarged and hard. The largest in my armpit is only 9mm and is normally not painful but occasionally it can be uncomfortable to wear my bra as the edge hits exactly where one of the lymph nodes are. I still have the one lt side of my neck and the rt suboccipital also. I was 128 lbs 4 months ago and now am 115 lbs. One week left of antibiotics for total of 8 weeks. Also had a mammogram for what the nurse practitioner called palpable breast mass which was negative. Ultrasound right axilla showed lymph nodes but not suspicious.
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  • Wow, this is the first time I've heard people on forums describe a very similar issue I've experienced for almost 9 years now....I've had chronic upper back pain for as long as I can remember, and it all started with a mild form of scoliosis I was diagnosed with in high school. I had poor posture which improved throughout college, but then the most severe symptoms came: an upper back that was in constant pain, needing massages and hot packs to prevent the inflammation that I felt. My back needed to be cracked constantly to allow me to experience any relief...but that in turn would cause a chain reaction, where cracking necessitated continued cracking. So, I went to physical therapy to alleviate what I thought was just severe muscular pain. Bicycle exercises, light weights, electric stimulation was what the therapist prescribed, but the pain in my upper back didn't go away. I got bone scans, about 7 MRIs and x-rays that simply showed inflammation around the scapula. Chiropractors said it was just pinched nerves and a need for vertebrae adjustments. The pain got worse, so in the years that followed I was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxors and cortisone steroid shots. But still no relief.Then a new MRI indicated inflammation of the lymph nodes. This was very new to me, so I thought I would find some kind of relief. My Dr. attributed it to being "thin". Well I'm not that thin, I though, healthy yes, but 125, 5'5 felt fine. After that I tried more physical therapy, yoga and massages. Everything offered very temporary relief. I even tried acupuncture which actually alleviated the pain for a few weeks, before returning. This pain is a horrible thing to be living with and I am so despaired. I constantly have to crack and move in awkward positions, even as I sit in the office at work. I am trying to find a more stable pattern of symptoms, but the pain is around all year round- yes maybe slightly exacerbated by stress. Everyone is sick of me complaining, but it's just something that I can't find a solution to. Does anyone know what this is??
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  • This is the first message I have seen so far that is close to what I am experiencing. I started having pains since I was 21. I have been cracking my back and neck since I was 15. I am 29 years old now and I have more pains added to my list. The very first pain I started experiencing was my left lower back that shoots down my leg when I was 21. I have been to physical therapy and saw some relief from stretching my leg. MRI of my lower back showed nothing. I have to constantly stretch for this pain to be minimal but I cannot always fit it into my schedule and I end up feeling worst pains at times and a reminder to keep stretching. The second pain I started feeling is in my right shoulder when I was 24. I have constant pain and inflammation in my right shoulder. Lately it goes down by my right arm to my elbow and it makes it very difficult to use my right arm. The latest pain I started feeling is about a year ago and it is in my back left neck where the head and neck meets almost behind the left ear. I feel this pain at night times around 9pm. It is always around the same time every day. It affects my mood and my activities so badly. All these pains are ruining my life and I can't enjoy life as much any more. I am constantly searching for answers to find relief for my pains. I have tried chiropractors, I have tried different doctors and right now I am trying accupuncture but I have not seen any relief yet. All of them say different things but I did hear from a few doctors that it might be my lymph node causing my neck pain. I am still trying to understand that since I do not feel any lymph nodes in the pain area when I touch it. I do seem to get relief when I sleep and wake up with an urge to crack that side of my neck. When it cracks and pressure gets released, I feel good in the neck area for the rest of the day until night time. I know I have had bad posture over the years and have been cracking but there has to be someway to get some relief. I tried pain killers, muscle relaxers but no luck. Please let me know if and how you got relief for your pains. I am desperate to find out relief for all my pains. Oh btw I am not sure if it is related but I have developed hashimotos hypo-thyroidism about 2 years ago. I take levoxyl daily now. I am still trying to understand why I have this since noone else in my family has this disease. I feel like I am falling a part in the last 5 years or so. Please help if you have found any answers to your pains.Wow, this is the first time I've heard people on forums describe a very similar issue I've experienced for almost 9 years now....I've had chronic upper back pain for as long as I can remember, and it all started with a mild form of scoliosis I was diagnosed with in high school. I had poor posture which improved throughout college, but then the most severe symptoms came: an upper back that was in constant pain, needing massages and hot packs to prevent the inflammation that I felt. My back needed to be cracked constantly to allow me to experience any relief...but that in turn would cause a chain reaction, where cracking necessitated continued cracking. So, I went to physical therapy to alleviate what I thought was just severe muscular pain. Bicycle exercises, light weights, electric stimulation was what the therapist prescribed, but the pain in my upper back didn't go away. I got bone scans, about 7 MRIs and x-rays that simply showed inflammation around the scapula. Chiropractors said it was just pinched nerves and a need for vertebrae adjustments. The pain got worse, so in the years that followed I was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxors and cortisone steroid shots. But still no relief.Then a new MRI indicated inflammation of the lymph nodes. This was very new to me, so I thought I would find some kind of relief. My Dr. attributed it to being "thin". Well I'm not that thin, I though, healthy yes, but 125, 5'5 felt fine. After that I tried more physical therapy, yoga and massages. Everything offered very temporary relief. I even tried acupuncture which actually alleviated the pain for a few weeks, before returning. This pain is a horrible thing to be living with and I am so despaired. I constantly have to crack and move in awkward positions, even as I sit in the office at work. I am trying to find a more stable pattern of symptoms, but the pain is around all year round- yes maybe slightly exacerbated by stress. Everyone is sick of me complaining, but it's just something that I can't find a solution to. Does anyone know what this is??
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    • October 18, 2010
    • 03:39 PM
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  • I have almost the same symptoms for almost 10 years now and nobody can figure out what it is. Sometimes people ask me if I have a nervous tick or something from trying to move my neck around and crack it. But I don't, I'm trying to alleviate the constant pain I have and nothing works. It got really bad this past week and my whole neck is swollen on the right side (I think lymph nodes.) Does anyone have any answers? I know I should go get checked but I lost my job and have no health insurance right now. I don't know what to do.
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    • November 8, 2010
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  • I have almost the same symptoms for almost 10 years now and nobody can figure out what it is. Sometimes people ask me if I have a nervous tick or something from trying to move my neck around and crack it. But I don't, I'm trying to alleviate the constant pain I have and nothing works. It got really bad this past week and my whole neck is swollen on the right side (I think lymph nodes.) Does anyone have any answers? I know I should go get checked but I lost my job and have no health insurance right now. I don't know what to do.Hello, As a myotherapist masseur, I would consider looking at your body balance and if there is a possibility of a short leg or non aligned pelvis? Generally this is occuring as your body corrects the imbalance with your body adjusting to the non-aligned pelvis or short leg... (pelvis dropping on one side) due to the short leg or even a foot with bad bio-mechanics (pronation) can effect the thoracic region and also neck..the need to crack all the time on one side...sometimes the both..even after the crack there will often be a headache from the muscle tension. The best is seeing a masseur that knows about balancing the body and checking leg lengths to see if its muscle tension related (the quads, hamstrings, back, shoulder muscles affecting pelvis alignment)
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    • November 16, 2010
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  • Wow, this is the first time I've heard people on forums describe a very similar issue I've experienced for almost 9 years now....I've had chronic upper back pain for as long as I can remember, and it all started with a mild form of scoliosis I was diagnosed with in high school. I had poor posture which improved throughout college, but then the most severe symptoms came: an upper back that was in constant pain, needing massages and hot packs to prevent the inflammation that I felt. My back needed to be cracked constantly to allow me to experience any relief...but that in turn would cause a chain reaction, where cracking necessitated continued cracking. So, I went to physical therapy to alleviate what I thought was just severe muscular pain. Bicycle exercises, light weights, electric stimulation was what the therapist prescribed, but the pain in my upper back didn't go away. I got bone scans, about 7 MRIs and x-rays that simply showed inflammation around the scapula. Chiropractors said it was just pinched nerves and a need for vertebrae adjustments. The pain got worse, so in the years that followed I was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxors and cortisone steroid shots. But still no relief.Then a new MRI indicated inflammation of the lymph nodes. This was very new to me, so I thought I would find some kind of relief. My Dr. attributed it to being "thin". Well I'm not that thin, I though, healthy yes, but 125, 5'5 felt fine. After that I tried more physical therapy, yoga and massages. Everything offered very temporary relief. I even tried acupuncture which actually alleviated the pain for a few weeks, before returning. This pain is a horrible thing to be living with and I am so despaired. I constantly have to crack and move in awkward positions, even as I sit in the office at work. I am trying to find a more stable pattern of symptoms, but the pain is around all year round- yes maybe slightly exacerbated by stress. Everyone is sick of me complaining, but it's just something that I can't find a solution to. Does anyone know what this is??i have the exact same problem you described. i am beginning to think there will never be any relief from the pain. i am constantly fatigued and ill which i attribute to the pain i am in every moment i am awake and it even wakes me up when i sleep. i am using a tens machine as i am typing.
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    • January 2, 2011
    • 02:40 AM
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  • Hi,I have an enlarged lymph node in the same area you mentioned on the left side. I also noticied one at the base of my skull and in my right armpit. The ones in my groin on both sides feel enlarged also. I have chronic sinus problems. I always have an urge to pop my neck. My children obviously have noticied also as they were joking about it in the car the other day. Very similar to how you described with the touret's but I don't have touret's. My primary care doctor says it's because i'm thin and the lymph nodes aren't that big. I've been thin my whole life and never noticied them before. I have a twin sister who is also thin and doesn't feel her lymph nodes. I assumed this was all due to my sinuses. Recently I have had extreme fatigue and low grade fever. I got a CT of my sinuses yesterday and I did have some mucous in my left ethmoid and right sphenoid. My ENT says he does not feel that is what is making me so sick. I have been on antibiotics for 5 weeks and finished a prednisone dose pack without relief. I also have noticied difficulty focusing it's like I am not as alert as usual and have even felt dizzy and lightheadiness. My ENT suspects it could be something autoimmune cause I do also have some GI problems. I think he is right especially because my father suffered with severe rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis his whole life. I am going in 2 days for blood work for autoimmune, ebstein barr virus,cytomegalovirus,cat scratch,and that's just a few of the labs ordered. I'll let you know how they turn out. Good luck to you and let me know if you get any answers.Melissasorry to say this but all that sounds like syntomes of HIV infection going to the AIDs stage
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  • i've had problems similar to this. i'm 30 and at 115 lbs. and 5'7" am rather thin. i've been to the dr and the only thing that comes back abnormal in my blood woork is i have high levels of epstein barr antibodies. i don't feel that this is what is causing me to feelo this way. i went to the opthamologist and after noticing abnornaql light reflex in my left pupil, he referred me to a neurologist. my appointment is tomorrow. will keep you posted.
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  • I have dealt with this same thing for years and thought it was just a result of working in corporate America and associated stress. Like some of you, I get tired of people making fun of me because of the way I act as a result of the constant pain. And it is constant. Tried everything everyone else has listed here except accupunture which I was seriously considering. Finally found a doctor who listened and am on the quest. I would appreciate any updates anyone has to their stories as I will do the same. It's been too many years, this has to stop.
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  • Anytime lymph nodes are swollen I'm sure it is a sign of infection. This could be from a long list of things but from what I gather from the responses is that this may be imo parasites. I know, I know I felt the same way but its the honest to gods truth. Look for eggs in your stool, detox, cleanse, all of the above. A friend of mine has this problem he also has threadworms. Swollen lymph nodes also could be from HIV. It's really important to look into that. Go TO THE DOCTOR. PLEASE GET CHECKED.
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  • I have just recently started having the same symptoms.My neck has never cracked in the past, even if I have wanted it to. The one day about a month and a half ago, it started popping/crunching every time I turned. The discomfort lead me to discover a swollen lymph node just above my collar bone. I have seen three different doctors and an ENT who have put me on three different antibiotics but nothing is helping. The lymph node is still swollen, my neck is still constantly popping, and I am in constant pain and discomfort. I go back to the ENT in a few days to start further testing. I'm hoping he knows something about it.
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  • 21 year old, almost same here
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