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Clicking noise in back?

hello painhello pain Posts: 69
edited 12/28/2012 - 8:02 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi,

I've had a ton of herniated discs in my lower back - I think mostly around L4, L5 and S1.

For years now, I've had a clicking sound in my back, especially when I'm lying down, resting and then move my back a little.

It's always the same noise/ feeling, so I feel like one of my vertebrae is sort of slipping and catching on something.

It's not unpleasant - it's sort of like when you pop the joints on your fingers - similar feeling, similar sound.

Unfortunately, I can never get it to happen when I'm at the Dr's !

I assume it's nothing serious as I've had it for a few years and it's not gotten worse, etc.

But I wonder whether one of my vertebrae may be "loose" or something?? Which could then be contributing to the overall back issues...

If anyone here has clicky noises and knows what they are, I'd appreciate the tip!

Thanx

:-)

Happiness is your chronic pain being less than it usually is...

Migraines and so many herniated discs (the same ones over and over) that I have literally stopped counting
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  • hello painhello pain Posts: 69
    edited 12/28/2012 - 8:05 PM
    I don't mean the normal sort of clicking noises you get when you stretch... they're completely normal to me.

    Rather, there's a certain vertebrae in my lower back, that I can feel sort of slipping around, when I move my back - and as it slips, it makes that noise...

    (Still not a very good description, but don't know how else to put it)
    Happiness is your chronic pain being less than it usually is...

    Migraines and so many herniated discs (the same ones over and over) that I have literally stopped counting
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 8,816
    click, crack, pop, snap, etc in my back or hip for years now. Like you said, its not painful or disturbing, but you just want to know what it is.
    Of course it never happens with the doctor!!

    The only clicking I had that was painful was in my trigger thumb condition. That hurt, that the doctors saw and the doctors help to eliminate that.

    Happy popping, at least for the New Year
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • hello painhello pain Posts: 69
    edited 12/28/2012 - 8:44 PM
    Haha - snap, crackle and pop - like a bowl of Coco Pops, huh? :lol:" alt=":lol:" height="20" />

    Well, I'm glad that it seems normal then...!

    But yeah, I'm very curious as to what it is :-)
    Happiness is your chronic pain being less than it usually is...

    Migraines and so many herniated discs (the same ones over and over) that I have literally stopped counting
  • I have that right in the middle of my back!

    I can lean back on a foam roller and it really pops out.

    My physio taught me to do it as a release and it really helps.
    They say its manipulating the joints back on to their right place although this sounds a bit scary to me!

    Normal clicks (like popping your fingers or knuckles) are a build up of gasses - I tell my kids it's farty bones haha! You can certainly feel the difference between that and a real moving vertebra.

    Best wishes
    Keewee
    2 level Discectomy 2000 open surgery
    L4/5 Discectomy & L5/S1 Laminectomy 2005- (Cauda equina) open surgery
    5 x joint injections 2012
    Discogram Dec 2012
    Dec 2012 - 360 Lumbar Fusion L4 -S1(BMP), Disc replaced L3/4, Bilat trocanter injects
  • I am so glad to find you all. I had steroid shots, then told if I didn't have back surgery by my doctor then thatI would be paralysted quickly, didn't get paralysed.endured terrible pain; I am an artist and can't stand at my easel, can't walk more than 50 feet. Got spinal cord stimulator after having X Stop, 2 foraminotomies. I have been told by 3 doctors I should not have had the X Stop but a fusion at L4,L5,S1. New pain doctor did steroid shots, lidocaine, etc. and is sending me to a neurosurgeon tomorrow. Can X Stops be removed? Thank you! I can't stand the pain; any of you tried biofeedback etc?
  • Hi Adele,
    to get more answers to your question, it might be useful to start a new thread called "Can X Stops be removed" - that way more people will see it. :-) Yes, I've tried biofeedback and found it very helpful...

    Thanks to the others for their replies... Keewee, it's definitely a vertebrae "slipping around", I'd say... Those "normal" popping, cracking noises you get when you stretch a stiff back, they're not what I mean. I get those too, but I think every human being does??

    There's something slipping around in there! But the noise is sort of similar... didn't know how better to describe it...

    I don't *think* it's about getting a joint back in the right alignment - I *think* I also know what that feels like and that's not it either...

    Hm... the many mysteries of our spines, huh?
    Happiness is your chronic pain being less than it usually is...

    Migraines and so many herniated discs (the same ones over and over) that I have literally stopped counting
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