Common core symptoms


  • Community Lead

    I believe there are a couple of core symptoms all joint crackers share:

    • Irresistible desire to crack specific joints very regularly. This is the reason we feel "sick". We don't want but have to crack our joints.
    • On the root is a regular build up of hard to describe "pressure" feelings in those specific joints which obviously can only be momentarily relieved by cracking the afflicted joints.
    • No abnormal x-ray results on any joints
    • No inflammation of any joints
    • Slight hyper-flexibility of joints due to continuous "over stretching"
    • No deformation of joints
    • No diagnosis for joint problems by western medicine standards


  • yeah i agree.

    i really need to stretch out my neck. especially when out and about, stress just increases and the only way to get relief is through some joint cracking.

    i to have a very flexible neck, back, fingers etc.. but is this def due to joint cracking over all these years?



  • every time i crack my neck i get a chronic headache that lasts till i go to sleep….......


  • Community Lead

    From what I have gathered chronic headache is not a common core symptom but an isolated case.

    There have been reports about pinched nerves due to neck cracking but not headaches so far.



  • HI I new to this but you seen to every where I have been cracking my ankles since I was 11 and now I'am 28 and do I regret it why does it burn and hurt after I go around in a circle to pop them I cant even stop thinking about so in history is it normal to burn when you are popping your ankle …thanks Charlie



  • From what I've read out there and possible the best explanation is from Wikipedia, it is the need to release built up gas - either CO2 or nitogen from the synovial fluid capsules in our joints. Is it possible that some of us are producing too much of these gases in our bodies naturally or because of diet and we few are prone to have to crack? Maybe it is also nerve problems as I get small non healing but not painfull pimples in the areas where i experience the muscle pain associated with the joint problem. Any thoughts out there?

    Thanks, Benny



  • I do drink a lot of soda pop. Does anyone else? I have always thought it was the carbonazation of the soda that made my joints pop so easily.


  • Community Lead

    Hi cracker,

    I don't drink soda pop much at all. I rather drink my stuff without any carbonic acid. So nope, no connection here.

    Sorry,
    JC



  • I'm not sure if this is a symptom all crackers share or if it's just me but I do believe it may be a core symptom- The chronic search for new joints to crack.



  • jstephens4, i agree with the chronic search for other joints to crack.



  • It's psychological addiction.



  • @JointCracker:

    I believe there are a couple of core symptoms all joint crackers share:

    • Irresistible desire to crack specific joints very regularly. This is the reason we feel "sick". We don't want but have to crack our joints.
    • On the root is a regular build up of hard to describe "pressure" feelings in those specific joints which obviously can only be momentarily relieved by cracking the afflicted joints.
    • No abnormal x-ray results on any joints
    • No inflammation of any joints
    • Slight hyper-flexibility of joints due to continuous "over stretching"
    • No deformation of joints
    • No diagnosis for joint problems by western medicine standards

    agreed, especially on the final point about western medicine.



  • They are all distinctive characteristics.



  • yeah i've just had another look and they are pretty strong characteristics



  • Ok then.



  • I do usually crack my joints when there is a slight pressure there. Sometimes that is the only time I can actually crack those joints–like elbows, back, knees. I can crack my toes and sometimes my fingers just because though. But I also when cracking my toes, feel a slight burning sensation afterwards, but it is alright with me since is kinda feels good. I also do have alot of stretchability in my toes.



  • cool, which toes can you crack, just the big ones?



  • I also have a strong, repetitive desire to drink water, eat food, and go to the bathroom due to certain overwhelming signals from my body. Sorry for the sarcasm, but there seems to be an assumption inherent in much of this site that the desire to crack joints is somehow false or contrary to what is healthy.

    Here are some things to consider:

    1. Perhaps pressure inside the joint is bad. I work in the chemical industry, and relieving excess pressure from tanks and vessels is a requirement to prevent damage to them. An imperfect analogy, I know…
    2. Perhaps the pressure is caused by some failure of the joint membranes that allows more ga* * * s to migrate into the joint, and/or less ga* * * s to migrate out. I would assume that the joint is alive, and therefore needs oxygen to be supplied and CO2 to be removed.
    3. Alternatively, maybe there is something in the cracker's system that generates more gas inside the joint. Decomposition or other reactions of chemicals can give off gases.

    On the other hand, maybe everyone has the same amount of dissolved gas, but different nerve sensitivity to the resulting pressure. Just as some people have sensitivity to noise or light levels that don't bother most humans, maybe crackers have extra sensitivity to pressure. I doubt this is a cause, since my body involuntarily cracks when I stretch, walk, etc. But, maybe I've just loosened up every joint in my body over the years because I have cracked them on purpose so many times due to heightened sensitivity....



  • @NOEngineer:

    I also have a strong, repetitive desire to drink water, eat food, and go to the bathroom due to certain overwhelming signals from my body. Sorry for the sarcasm, but there seems to be an assumption inherent in much of this site that the desire to crack joints is somehow false or contrary to what is healthy.

    Here are some things to consider:

    1. Perhaps pressure inside the joint is bad. I work in the chemical industry, and relieving excess pressure from tanks and vessels is a requirement to prevent damage to them. An imperfect analogy, I know…
    2. Perhaps the pressure is caused by some failure of the joint membranes that allows more ga* * * s to migrate into the joint, and/or less ga* * * s to migrate out. I would assume that the joint is alive, and therefore needs oxygen to be supplied and CO2 to be removed.
    3. Alternatively, maybe there is something in the cracker's system that generates more gas inside the joint. Decomposition or other reactions of chemicals can give off gases.

    On the other hand, maybe everyone has the same amount of dissolved gas, but different nerve sensitivity to the resulting pressure. Just as some people have sensitivity to noise or light levels that don't bother most humans, maybe crackers have extra sensitivity to pressure. I doubt this is a cause, since my body involuntarily cracks when I stretch, walk, etc. But, maybe I've just loosened up every joint in my body over the years because I have cracked them on purpose so many times due to heightened sensitivity....

    Very interesting theory….



  • That would explain why I do it. I'm pretty sensitive to the environment, light sound smell that people can't see smell or feel I do. >< When I need to it feels like I have air bubbles in my joints.



  • @Hazuki:

    That would explain why I do it. I'm pretty sensitive to the environment, light sound smell that people can't see smell or feel I do. >< When I need to it feels like I have air bubbles in my joints.

    Welcome to the forum Hazuki!!!


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