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Ever turn your neck and it snaps?

charryccharry Posts: 5,753
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was making dinner tonight which is very rare for me and was at the sink and turned my neck and got such a sharp pain and my neck locked and pain shot down to my left shoulder and upper arm up to my head on the left side and lasted for a few seconds and it was like a sharp spasm and my head and neck were tingling. Does this sound similar to someone with C-spine issues before you had surgery? I've had this before but not for years now. Did this go away with Physiotherapy or surgery or any medication you take? Thanks. Charry
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • Howdy Charry,

    2 surgeries so far, and still have the neck snaps pretty much everyday. Some of them hurt (without radicular issues), others just catch my attention. Its supposedly the ligaments that are snapping as they are tight in some areas, and not in others.

    Since yours is inducing radicular symptoms, you might want to mention that to your doctor. That can be a whole different can of worms if there are symptoms with the snaps, vs just the snap.

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Maybe I should have said spasms? Well I do have that C6-C7 impingement but haven't had trouble for about 3 years or since I stopped working. I'm taking Lyrica 25mg at night and it knocks me out for 10 hours and I'm so dopey. Hard to believe I was on the max dose before. I'm supposed to take it 3x day 25mg but I sleep all day it's like my body can't get used to it! I'll tell my Dr. in a couple of weeks, I still haven't got an MRI for my neck yet as my Dr. said if you're not going to get surgery why do you need an MRI? She win't even give me an MRI for my back in over two years. sigh. O C
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Howdy Charry,

    My spasms calmed down a lot about 6-8 months post op. Now before surgery, they were constant and very painful to say the least! It would sometimes feel like my neck and shoulder muscles were a thick rubber band that was constantly being pulled really tight, and then released fast! Ouch!! Ice helped, but didn't stop them. Since they knew surgery was on the table, they didn't give me anything - less drugs the better I was told before surgery?

    I'm starting to get them again thanks to the C7/T1, but this time (weird) they are more in my arm and hand? The spasms get so bad my hand cramps really hard. I told ya weird - maybe normal, dunno, weird to me anyways! (G)

    As for MRI's, nodding. My Neurologist, Orthopedist, surgeon are similar in thought, so when I was told to get my cervical and lumbar done, backed up with "I am hoping surgery will not be needed", tells me (and my insurance) that it is in the back of their minds. Looking at the MRI's, this should be an interesting appointment in 2 weeks. Sigh...

    Wow! 25mg knocks you out for 10 hours? I take 150mg 2x a day, and barely notice (short of lack of nerve pain mind you) if I took it! I was dizzy, sleepy for the first week I was on it, then that side affect went away. Once in a while I do get sleepy, but it seems to happen when the weather is crappy. Not sure what's up with that. I give it 3 hours before I drive to be sure I am not having one of those sleepy days. (G)

    I would bring the spasms up with your doctor, especially since you haven't had surgery, it could show a change is going on. But you probably already know that as an ER nurse. But that is what I would do. Please let me know how it goes - spasms bite!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I got the numbness right down to my middle and ring finger when I got the spasm and I think it's the C7 impingement that was seen on the x-ray. I used to take 600mg of Lyrica in divided doses 200 3x day for over a year and was fine so don't know why this small amount knocks me out and I certainly don't want to gain back the 45lbs I gained on Lyrica before! Keep you posted and let me know how it goes for you. :) Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Usually if the middle finger is in there, that is the C6 nerve root, the half of the ring finger (depends) is it on the side of the middle finger? If so, C6, if on the pinkie side that is the C7 (big difference on levels there). Lucky me, have most levels now involved so rather sensitive to em! (G)

    600mg a day of Lyrica? Why? Even (In the US) they state that over 300mg has no clinical improvement? I just looked at the sleeve of info (I just refilled) to see if something changed, and it says over 300mg a day doesn't make any improvements based on their studies?

    I hate the weight gain, but I have the nerve pain over weight gain for sure!! (G) I can deal with the mechanical pain, but the shooting nerve pain, pass! As you know Charry, narcotics nor opiates help (not) on nerve pain. That is why me and Lyrica are 'buds.' :)

    In closing, if your ring finger is numbing on the side of your middle finder, you are looking C6...pinkie side...C7

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    There are times my neck snaps SO loud people in the next room can hear it. It doesn't hurt except for the second it snaps then all pain goes away. What it is I don't have a clue but my surgeon did do a MRI to make sure nothing was going on. He found nothing. I do know there are times it pops so loud I am afraid to move my neck for fear that I broke something. Lol.
    Susan
  • Yes tell her that you are seriously considering surgery and then you can get your MRI. It is unfortunate that you that we all need to "play the game" in order to find out what is going on with our neck. My OSS said the same thing. SO a few years ago I said that I may be willing to have surgery depending on what the MRI said. That was 2-3 years ago. I wasn't ready emotionally even though my neck was physically. So he told me that I would know when I was ready on all fronts physically,emotional and to let him know. He was right. I knew. Good luck. :)
  • ..........thought I was the only person who had these 'episodes'. Do they stop you dead in your tracks and the pain carries you off to another world for a few seconds???????? Yep, HATE THEM DREAD THEM and yes, I have to have surgery soon for C-5 thru T-1, so I can understand that those 'spasms' were a precursor to the junk I've now got to deal with! And I'm NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT!!!!!!!

    Hang in there girl,
    xxx rhona
  • Yes That's the pain I get! It's very hard to describe but dead in your tracks works. Tingling, numbness and it's like someone just turned your neck for you like a Chiropractor did to me once with out me knowing he was going to do that. I hope you're surgery goes well and keep us posted how you're doing. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for your well-wishes, girlfriend; I need all the positive energy I can get. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS we've sold our house, are in escrow right now, and I'll bet this surgery (supposed to happen sometime within the mo.) happens on closing day or something crazy like that! Sigh sigh and sigh!!!

    YOU and EVERYBODY, HANG IN THERE..........im just happy that Im NOT A GIRAFFE! (imagine THAT cervical collar!!!!!!!) and speaking of collars, I told my vet that since I'll look like such a geek wearing one of those things forlike FOREVERRRRRRRRRR that I want to get one of those plastic Victorian collars that they put on dogs and cats to keep them from licking their wounds!!! I can bling it up and look like the Geek Diva of Sarasota!!!
  • jlrfrye said:
    There are times my neck snaps SO loud people in the next room can hear it. It doesn't hurt except for the second it snaps then all pain goes away. What it is I don't have a clue but my surgeon did do a MRI to make sure nothing was going on. He found nothing. I do know there are times it pops so loud I am afraid to move my neck for fear that I broke something. Lol.
    Susan
    I always get these moments. I get some spasm like pain and then I manipulate my neck and get a snap ( not a pop )and then get relief from it and back to normal. My wife can hear it.

    I am wondering if it the vertebrae and ligaments get slightly misaligned and it just needs a little help to get back in place. I'm also thinking that arthritis contributes to the vertebrae getting hung up. After ACDF I have 80% less episodes of this. After taking Klonopin and I have it even less. In my case if i get stressed I think I contribute to the spasm condition.
  • I get the snaps occasionally but I get the feeling of bones grinding while turning my head all the time. Sometimes there is pain with it but sometimes there isn't any but feels weird, like that doesn't seem normal but than again nothing about any of this seems normal.
  • When I was wearing the soft collar I would wratp a scarf or a bandana around it. My students would always want to see how I color cordinated my outfilt. The favorites were tie dyed and smilie faces. Godd luck with the bling. :) This cool rainy weather is killing me. :(
  • I feel my neck pop ever so often or get a kink and need to pop, but I do not have a feeling that the bones are grinding. Have you spoken to your doctor about your concerns?
  • I did tell my Dr. about these episodes of major muscle spasms and the last one I had on April 30th was the worst cramp I've ever had. I'm still having pain in my shoulder and trap but I haven't seen my Family Dr. since this episode but I will see her in a week or so for meds renewal and let her know and maybe she will do an MRI.

    I know I have C5-C7 issues with possible impingement shown on x-ray at C7. I've had cervical problems since whiplash 20 years ago but now just getting to me. I really wanted to get an MRI on my neck also but I wanted to have my lower back taken care of first.

    When examined by an Orthosurgeon for an (IME) Independent medical exam he says there's something going on with my left hand weakness I know is related to my neck. But most of my pain is lumbar. It seems sometimes for many of us having lumbar=cervical also.

    For sure my 70 year old Mom and 75 year old Father who still plays golf and works out at the gym are way healthier than me bone wise. I think my job really did a number on me. Charry

    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I am having additional issues. Had ACDF on 12/8/2010 if C5-6 and C6-67. Having an MRI with contrast on Monday and appointment to review on Tuesday. Recently I have been having lower back issues and muscle spasms throughout my back. I think I am just carrying myself differently and moving differently since the surgery. i will deal with my lower back after my neck is taken care of. Concerned that it is adjecent disk syndrome even though it would be very early for it. My left wrist has an odd feeling my hand gets very cold may turn reddish and then first two joints on each finger turn bluish. Also get a heaviness in my upper arm. Oh joy. My parents are both healthier than I am also.


  • My mum was here the other weekend and wanted to do some gardening. She is 83 and I was asking her not to do it but just leave it.

    She said that she was more able to do it than I was.

    That made me realise that she was right!!

    I so want to get back to being able to do things again.
    I love gardening!

  • Charry, I was 13 yrs old the first time that happened to me. I was on the courtyard with some girls from school after lunch break, I had really long hair and I thought that someone pulled my hair really hard or something..thing was that nobody was behind me. I was unconvinced until about a month later when the same thing happened and this time I was alone. It's been happening ever since, but almost always when I am rolling or moving around in bed (weird I know). My neck issues are C5-6-7.
    I hope you are able to get an MRI at some point soon.
  • When you crack your neck and back, it often feels good afterwards, especially if there was a great deal of tension or pain prior. The reason it feels good to crack your neck and back is because pressure is being relieved. Just as when any of your joints crack, gases are being released from within the synovial membranes. This release can cause a temporary relief of pressure or pain. In most cases though, the pressure or pain will return. Many people can forcibly crack their joints, even their neck and back. In some cases, such as when performing stretching or yoga exercises, natural movement may also cracking. You might also visit a chiropractor who will crack your neck and back through a series of manipulations. While these manipulations can relieve pain and pressure in the back or neck, there are some studies that indicate cracking the neck may be linked to an increased risk of stroke..
  • I think I should have worded my title differently but I get horrible sudden spasm where my neck cracks and my face goes numb down my shoulder to my arm and it's a horrible pain that lasts just a few seconds like a jerk as if someone is pulling my hair.

    I will also never let a Chiropractor touch my neck again after one did it and never told me he was going to do it. But yes I use to crack my back and neck to relieve pressure but this isn't that. Thanks and take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I would never go to a chiropractor. I know before my surgery my husband asked the Dr. about that or physical therapy and he said it would make it worse. The other night my neck was bothering me and I was doing the stretching exercises like the Dr. had said and it set it off, had pain going down the left side of my neck and back that was a constant. I was trying to get some relief without taking meds but I ended up taking the meds anyway.

    I know what your talking about though, I don't get them much but they do hurt and is scary at the same time. Make sure you ask the Dr. about them.
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