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popping/clicking in neck

steffLCssteffLC Posts: 1
edited 05/18/2015 - 5:09 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello- within the past 3 days, my neck has been popping when i lift my head up from looking down. No clue what could have caused this and I'm not finding a lot of info out there as far as explanations on what it could be. It occurs at the very top of my neck, close to the base of the back of my head. After it happens so many times, I get a headache in the back of my head.... any one have any advice or input to offer?
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Please use the forum SEARCH facility. You will find dozens of previously threads that talk about members having popping in their neck, back, etc
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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 05/18/15 11:10est


  • Hi, I also have a popping at the back of my neck and I have been told by my Neurosurgeon that it's from arthritis. The headache you describe sounds like it could possibly be a herniated disc. I had 2 herniations on my left side that were discovered by MRI. You should definitely have it checked into further. Good luck.
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  • 1028761102876 Posts: 248
    edited 05/24/2015 - 1:13 PM
    I have clicking and popping in my neck. I have a spinal fusion which ended up being loose hardware. Which I got that fixed 7 months ago. Now I'm experiencing clicking and popping again which my surgeon believes is the joint. They are now trying to send my to an orthopedic doctor and physiatry to have them look at the joint and see what's causing it to pop.
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