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chronic nerve root irritation (clicking sound)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Anyone have any experience with this? How did you go about fixing it?

My doctor thought that my disc is herniated but MRI came back negative. He tell me to try to straighten up with good posture. But, good posture is impossible for me, If I try it I end up irritating the nerve so badly I'm crippled. So I'm stuck with hunched posture since the only way I get relief.

After sitting or lieing flat on my back for some time when I stand up I hear & feel my neck make a rapid click, click, click sound, usually three times in a row over a few seconds. Then a little bit time after I feel aching pain down into front part of shoulder and start getting spasm that sometimes so bad it makes my whole body freeze(like electric shock).

The damn Clicking just goes on and on, When I wake up in the morning after sleeping I start day off with clicking sound. Nerve just keeps getting irritated.

After I saw chiropractor, he did neck adjustment where he cracked my neck to side, I felt short term relief for 3 days but then suddenly it just tightened up so badly and clicking/spams got worse taken to another extreme level of pain I hadn't felt before.

God I can't take this pain much longer I'm having suicidal thoughts as I suffer with it for years and seen so many doctor.


  • Hi, although I don't have neck problems my lower back issues create the same spasms and poor posture that you describe. What worried me the most was your last sentence and how you are thinking and feeling. Please don't let the pain and frustation drag you to that "black" place. One night I sat at my computer contemplating suicide and people on this site gave me some good advice and support. The first step sounds like better pain control, are you able to talk honstly to your doctor and ask for help. There will be others who have better advice than I do about your neck but please don't feel that suicide is the only way out.All I can offer is ears to listen and a big gentle hug to try to comfort you and know that there are amny people here who do understand and will listen when you talk-Hugs n'Love-Paula
  • so sorry this neck thing is dragging you down. you'd think dr would have found something wrong with all your symptoms. i'd get another opinion. not everything shows on an mri. another doc may want to run more tests. your symptoms sure show something a little more serious than bad posture.
    i went through what you are experiencing. i always tried to be positive. this thing isn't going to ruin you. feel free to send personal message and maybe my experiences can throw a little light on the situation. Are you on any meds now. sometimes they can bring you down in the dumps
    hope to hear from you....pete
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  • I get the same clicking, too, but I don't get the severe reaction you do, just some pain. My doctors and physiotherapist aren't too worried about it, as it isn't that bad, but they have all said that if it does get bad, to see one of them about it immediately.
    I agree with the others, get a second opinion. What else did your MRI say? Different doctors read MRIs differently sometimes, so yours may be missing something that could be the answer to your question.
    Have you seen a physiotherapist? Mine was a lifesaver, both before and after surgery. Posture is key, to relieve the muscle tightness and pain, I know it hurts though. Prior to surgery, my pt would tape my shoulder to hold it back, which relieved some of the stress on my muscles, and did give me some relief, until the tape loosened up too much, and I would have to hold my shoulder back on my own again. I also do exercises that help with proper positioning of my head and neck. They also gave me tips, to make my workspace ergonomically correct, so I could maintain proper posture while at work and home.
    I'd also like to say be very very careful about seeing chiropractors, my surgeon and physiotherapist both have told me not to see one, and definitely no adjustments or manipulation is to be done. You have to be so careful, especially when dealing with the cervical spine.
    About your last comment in your post, please seek help to deal with your thoughts and feelings. Please know that you are not alone in your struggles, and you do have options to find the relief that you need. If you can't get a referral to a social worker/psychologist or psychiatrist, I've added numbers and links below, thanks to another member here who had them on her profile.
    I hope that you can start getting the solutions and answers that you need, talk to your doctor about your thoughts and feelings, they can point you in the right direction. Seek a second opinion for your MRI results, ask for a referral for physio, ask for a referral for a neuro or ortho surgeon. And if you just need someone to listen, we are here for you.
    Take care Greg, and be well.

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  • I know it's easy to give up but have you had neck surgery? I am confused??? You need to fight for you! Don't stop until someone helps you. If the doc says I don't know then say refer me to someone who does know!!!

    I was pushed around for three years and it took my endocrinologist to refer me to a neurosurgeon because when I was in his office I was in so much pain from driving I almost collapsed. I now have permanent nerve damage because none of my previous doctors would listen to me. The neurosurgeon was in shock when he looked at my reports and couldn't believe no one wanted to help me sooner. Surgery was my last resort and hope but I had to try. You can't give up and fight for a pain free life or a least a less miserable life. I know how you feel and I wish you well.

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