Crack addict ;)
Hello everyone. I am joining this group for some feedback. My back and shoulders have been cracking for over ten years now. I wouldn't even say I crack them…they just sort of crack themselves. As with most people, it does feel good, but my joints generally feel a bit stiff. I often have mild pain. It's nothing debilitating, but it is enough to make me uncomfortable.
Over the past year it seems particularly bad. I move my neck and shoulders unconsciously to crack the joints and it's really annoying my co-workers. I went to the gym for a bit in the hopes that exercise would help, but it didn't. The only time I had any relief was after a Thai message. Recently I've even had troubles sleeping and taking an advil helped things a bit.
Now, I'm debating visiting a doctor. I'm a female, and my father has a mild form of lupus. I'm only 29, but I've had these cracky joints since I was about 16. I know lupus is more common in women and that it does effect the joints, but I am wondering if my concerns are legit or if I've just reached my breaking point as far as the discomfort goes? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
hmm, tough one.
when did your joints start to crack?
were you involved in any sort of injury eg. car accident, sports accident when you were around 16?
Thanks for the reply. I've never had any sort of physical accident. I was under a lot of stress during that time, but there was no injury to account for all of this.
I can't remember how much my back cracked when I was 16 but I did have to visit a doctor for muscle pain (shoulder and neck). He referred me to a physical therapist who essentially told me I had bad posture and a weak upper body. I'll admit I didn't have the best posture, but I can't say I know many people that did. The therapy didn't help too much. I've been trying to improve my posture over the years, but I'm still having pain, so I am loosing faith in the "bad posture" diagnosis.
We have a lot in common!
Basically I got punched in the neck about 14 years old, and since then I have had neck problems.
I have been to a few doctors who have basically said theres nothing they can do, because I'm not really in any pain, its just the clicking.
I've been to a chiropractor who also told me about posture, but that doesnt seem to help much. The chiropractor himself was pretty useless and very expensive as well!