This is Andy



  • I am not sure where to post, so I will start here.

    I have cracked the knuckles in my fingers (the pointer, middle, ring), the second one from the tip going down.

    I started this when I was young. But it was not a habit. Just something I did once in a while.

    Then a few years ago and especially this year, I have felt a need to crack them every few minutes. Not all of them crack all of the time.

    But what really concerns me, is that at the same time that my knuckles became more needy, I have a numbness in my finger tips. It is like over half the sense of touch is gone. And I do not think that one thing caused the other. But I think they are both due to some underlying cause.

    The only thing that I do alot is type on a computer keyboard. I have been trying to get a keyboard which has less keypress (more like a laptop but not quite).

    So, I would like to know if anyone here also has the numbness of finger tips connected with an increase need for finger cracking.



  • Welcome!

    Can you crack your neck or back, just out of interest?



  • No



  • well thats lucky isnt it!



  • Andy, for what it is worth…

    I went through a period of bizarre arm symptoms, which I associated with using a computer keyboard. Like you, I would lose sensation in (parts of) the arms, including parts of the fingers but also in other parts.

    People advised me that it was "repetitive stress syndrome." Maybe that's what's going on for you too?

    I found various good ways to deal with it, via stretching exercises that people seem to know about these days. I learned these from a Pilates practitioner. So maybe that would help you too, if what you have turns out to be this same thing.

    Later, due to a neck issue (which I have describe in this forum), I became aware of how important posture is for avoiding repetitive stress injuries of the arms and hands. I think the problem may often stem from oddly compressed spinal vertebrae, due to unfortunate posture.



  • Good post Brian.

    By the way, I strongly urge you to reply to many other posts, as this forum is going a bit dead recently!

    Girls like Danielle are logging in, then logging out without posting anything!



  • Some times I log on, and I don't post because I don't have much to say. And to you, DJ100, my posts have gone nowhere. Every few weeks or so you get bummed about that neck of yours and wait for someone here to give you a magic response.

    What are you looking for, other than a way to change the past or a reason why? You can't have either of these, so now what?



  • So, Danielle, what is your angle on joint-cracking? Do you do it? Or does it just happen to you, as in dj100's case?

    (Maybe I should search your previous posts to find out without asking… in fact, I will try that just now, while leaving this question up here for you.)



  • @Danielle:

    Some times I log on, and I don't post because I don't have much to say. And to you, DJ100, my posts have gone nowhere. Every few weeks or so you get bummed about that neck of yours and wait for someone here to give you a magic response.

    What are you looking for, other than a way to change the past or a reason why? You can't have either of these, so now what?

    First, please ignore my private message as i sent it before reading this.

    ANd as for my neck, well:

    I am seeing a CBT therapist (like a psychologist) to help me overcome the clicking traumatising me.

    Doctors and healthcare specialists are hilariously s* * t at helping my neck itself, so in that sense i've given up.
    And you are right, I am waiting for someone to come along and help me.

    I have tried everything else, what would you do in my situation then?



  • I crack my knuckles, shoulders, wrists, sometimes my elbows, the sides of my feet and my toes. I can't crack my neck or my back.

    DJ100, again I suggest that the problem is not your neck. I think I sent you a long post on this several months ago. Did that make any sense to you? I think you have a problem with obsessing. If it wasn't your neck, it'd be something else. Your neck, and the "bully," is just something for you to blame all of your fears, insecurities, and depression on. Grow up, you are not a victim. As harsh as this sounds, the constant obsessing is kind of selfish. Go help someone out, you'll feel better, I promise.

    Also, if you want to see this forum come back to life, I might try not making it all about you and your neck. It is literally the first thing I see you mention to everyone.

    Hang in there.


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