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Cracking In Back Of Neck.

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  • Posted By: scorpio366
  • October 3, 2007
  • 00:27 PM

:confused: I was diagnosed last year with Arnold Chiari Malformation. I knew I had an aracnoid cyst on my front side of brain along with an ostioma.

I didn't know what AC was until I did research. I was diagnosed after I went to my neurologist for crackling sounds I was getting in the back of my neck right at the bottom of my head. Whenever I turn my head to the left or bring my head down, I hear the crack. It makes my neck so stiff and it's so annoying. I haven't read anywhere in all the websites about this cracking sound. I was hoping that someone out there has the same symptom. Can someone tell me if they do and what if any have done for it? I can't live like this anymore. The pressure sometimes is really bad and I have no one to discuss this with. When I told my dr, she just told me to live with it.

Thanks for any help. :confused:

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  • Hey, there's a really supportive ACM community out there. Here are a couple of websites: http://www.asap.org/forum/ http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ChiariConnectionInternational/ Ask your questions about cracking neck here and you'll be sure to get load of responses. You really need to see a Chiari specialist too, especially before you consider any kind of operation - regular neurosurgeons can cause a lot of unecessary problems and extra surgeries. The BEST in the field are Milhorat and Bolognese: The Chiari Institute Appointments have a 3 month waiting list. More than anything, and whether or not you are considering surgery, I would urge you to consult these guys at Long Island Jewish before making any decisions to "live with it" or operate.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 02:23 PM
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  • How old are you. Could you just be having arthritic changes of the cervical spine? Mine started cracking in my mid-40's.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 4, 2007
    • 10:24 AM
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  • HEy I have i chiari malformation too!!! i have been getting severe headaches/facial pain and stiff and upper back. My neck cracks all the time. I cannot take the pain anymore either!!! my pain gets better when i tilt my head to the right and crack my neck....i get severe pressure and it feels like the pain is under my cheek bone and forehead and temple area. I am suffering as you are and am making an appointment with the long island jewish center. hopefully they can help us
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2008
    • 06:01 PM
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  • :confused: I was diagnosed last year with Arnold Chiari Malformation. I knew I had an aracnoid cyst on my front side of brain along with an ostioma.I didn't know what AC was until I did research. I was diagnosed after I went to my neurologist for crackling sounds I was getting in the back of my neck right at the bottom of my head. Whenever I turn my head to the left or bring my head down, I hear the crack. It makes my neck so stiff and it's so annoying. I haven't read anywhere in all the websites about this cracking sound. I was hoping that someone out there has the same symptom. Can someone tell me if they do and what if any have done for it? I can't live like this anymore. The pressure sometimes is really bad and I have no one to discuss this with. When I told my dr, she just told me to live with it.Thanks for any help. :confused:im 16, and i have the same kind of problem, well mine doesn't always hurt, but if my neck hurts i have to crack it, almost to relieve the pain of a rough night sleep, but my friends all hate the sound, it dont sound like you have just clicked your fingers, it sounds like all my neck/spine bones are rubbing against eachother, can somebody help me please. thankyou.
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  • Every several months-year I get cracking in the neck when turning head, an this can lead to neck and shoulder pains if not treated. I do not know whether my situation compares with yours, but I go to an osteopath when this happens (strangely, have got the problem now and seeing him tomorrow). He usually can clear it with one or two treatments and I am fine again for up to a year. In my case, I should be doing more exercises to keep neck supple and free. If you have not seen an osteopath, it might be worth having a trial treatment. Not expensive (here in the UK around £40 for a 20 minute treatment).
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