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!

    Write back 8)

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