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for about 1 1/2 years ago I was studying at University. I was very stressed and kept sitting with a bad posture (slouched with a forward head). This caused my neck (cervical) to hurt while i was moving from side to side. It turned out to be a small disc bulge. The physiotherapist gave me McKenzie exercises, which I did for like 3 months and luckily the pain went away. Throughout the year i would only get pain in my shoulder region if i was sitting too long but it went away once i started to stand up or walk around.
However, for the past 2 months Ive had some intense pain but more from the lower cervical or upper thoracic. I would categorize it as two different pain. The first one feels like a vertebrae is locked in an awkward position, which makes me wanna ”crack” or ”pop” the spine. Very discomfort feeling. When that goes away, it feels more like the area is sensitive, like an inflammation and if I anti-shrug (depressing my shoulder blades) it hurts. These pains come and go. Yesterday i somehow manage to jump up a bit which i could hear a small ”crack” and the pain went away instantly. What do you guys think this is? Feels like a vertebrae trying to find its right position. However, i don't want to keep going to an chiropractor to keep cracking my spine. Seems like im only treating the symptom.