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I am 16 years old and have been living miserably for two years now. Starting when I was about 11, I began cracking or popping my neck several times per day and continued this for a few years. When I was 14, I began to get stiffness and pain in my neck along with headaches that seemed to be at the base of my skull. Eventually I had pain and headaches for every waking hour and could not concentrate at school. My neck is very stiff in the morning but the pain continues throughout the day, near the base of the skull. I also have a constant feeling of carsickness and dizziness, and this happens a lot when doing schoolwork. I don't pop my neck anymore for about a year and have gone through physical therapy. This helped somewhat but I am still suffering every minute of the day and the headaches and stiffness persist. I think I have messed up something bad, but an mri and x-ray showed nothing. Please, if anybody knows anything about this, please reply, as I am a very sad person to be experiencing this so early on in life especially since I am healthy otherwise.
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replied December 9th, 2005
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Hi, im 16 aswell and have all these symptoms that you are having. After blood tests, ekg, eye tests, and normal neurological examinations they have diagnosed it as anxiety and stress.

Hope this helps,
james
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replied March 26th, 2011
I am 36 and have all the same symptoms. i also pop my neck to try and relieve the headache. it helps a little. but my step mom said i have a pinched nerve. and you have to go to the chiropractor for that. so i will be making myself an appointment. Hope that helps you.
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replied December 9th, 2005
Thanks James
Thanks for the reply james. It's great to hear that i'm not the only one who has this problem. It really stinks not knowing if the doctors can fix this. Let me know if your condition changes or if you have any ideas or procedures for how to make this better.
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replied December 18th, 2005
When I am lying in bed I get a starange sensation in my neck, its like a crackling noise. When I wake up I usually have pressure in my head for a few hours, ts quite annoying, anyone know what causes this.
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replied July 23rd, 2008
Especially eHealthy
It might be helpful to see a chiropractor?
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replied May 14th, 2009
roxy
Iam 19 and have also been suffering with headaches for as long as i remember. i have anxiety and am thinking i also have depression problems as well. Even though ive never gone to the doctor to check it out i don't think they can do anything from reading all of yalls post.I think we get all this from anxiety and problems we have of our own. I really dont know if anybody can help but if anyone has any suggestions. THX
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replied January 20th, 2012
You need to find a really good N.D.(Naturopathic doctor). They are almost always chiropractors as well. There is a lot of things that can cause this, such as candida yeast infection in the intestines, gluten intolerance, and only a naturopath can properly diagnose and treat it, probably curing it altogether. M.D.s are not concerned about healing you permanently, only about bankrupting you with expensive tests that provide a false negative.
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replied October 6th, 2009
crunching sound near ears
hi, friends.....
u people are not alone, i am too facing this sick problem since 5 years. every day is different experience for me. Some morning heavy poping sound and some morning less.
My MRI and CT scan reports are also normal. And doctors told me its due to stress and anxiety. But i know something is wrong. My life has come to still point with no emotions.
Even when i swallow i can hear crunching sound near my ears and neck back side. I feel extreme drowsiness and sometime feel that i will fall while walking. My hands shakes and cant hold even a cup of tea firm.
is there any permanent treatment for this.... please help me..
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replied January 13th, 2010
Hiya,
Im the same i/m 25 a non smoker, i don't drink very much and I have been suffering from these symptoms for 3 and a half years now. I have also had blood testing, for just about everything, with a total of 18 individual tests done last year alone...only to come up with normal results. I to feel sick, have pressure in my head, gt car sickness, vertigo, general dizzyness, cracking in my neck and back ache. I also get pains in my eyes, pin picks of light/flashes. and have sever fatigue. Which is all very draning.
Its taken a complete hold on my life. I have been to see a nerologist and an ent specialist. I have been treated for anxiety, but i no longer suffer from anxiety and still i have the symptoms.
I have tried accupunture and seeing a
chiropractor, although i found this eased the symptoms they came back after two weeks and at around £50 a time its very exspencive.
Im completely sumped and sick of feeling this way as im sure you all know what i mean.
I just can't go on like this... its making my life hard to life, it even ruined my wedding day...
if anyone could shead some light that would be amazing.
thanks so much!! x
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replied January 24th, 2010
You've probably got daily habits which are causing your neck stiffness. I know how you feel. Try buying a Tempur pillow to sleep on at night this should ease your neck muscles. Be careful not to slouch in front of the computer, better to lean back like you were in the bath in a semi sitting position this puts the least stress on your spine. If your neck gets tight, try going for a short jog, the jogging motion and movement of your arms should relax your neck and shoulders...good luck and dont worry.
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replied March 18th, 2010
Hey everyone...I have also been suffering with migraine headaches and neck pain, along with the cracking and popping, stiffness,numbness and even ringing in my ears. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and a rare disease called hemiplegic migraine disease. Now I know some of you stated having numbness and weakness..Is it only on one side or both? If you ever lose use of your hands or anything all on one side of your body, you need to see a headache specialist and ask if you possibly have hemiplegic migrains, but for the rest of you..ask your doctor to refer you to a rheumatologist to find out if you may have fibromyalgia...this can cause all of the symptoms that you have listed, including the depression...it tends to cause pain wide spread all oer your body as well though, so if that isn't you, look into pinched nerves, scholiosis (which I also have and due to that it tends to put pressure on a certain group of nerves in my neck and can cause migraines)try seeing a chiropractor as someone else suggested. And for younger females, the is a thing called hormonal headaches. Discuss these options with your doctors. I hope this helps some of you.
A few things that may help you with these migraines is taking all of your B vitamins B6, B2 and B12 every day, but no more than 2 a day...new studies have found that all of these can help reduce migraines, frequency and severity. Cool compresses on your eyes while laying in a dark room. Avoid caffeine!!! This is a very important one as it dilates the blood vessels in your brain cause or intensifying the migraines. There is also an herbal supplement called Feverfew that has been known to help a lot of migraine sufferers, this can be purchased at your local health food store for around $12...another suggestion is sleep with only one pillow, make sure it is a slightly more firm pillow and place it under your head, neck and shoulders to support the whole area. oh and one other very important thing that you can look into is the possibility of sleep apnea...this can also cause migraine head aches...sleep in a completely dark room, make it as quiet as you can, with all doors closed, make it as dark as possible, and try to not watch T.V. or be on a computer for about an hour or two before you go to bed, and keep the room you sleep in cool, around 65 to just under 70 degrees.
Well that's all i have for you all. I hope at least one of these suggestions help you all, and that you all find relief soon.
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replied March 28th, 2010
I'm 15 and i'm so glad I have seen this... I've recently starting cracking my neck and getting these bizarre headaches and couldn't figure out why I was getting them... I was blaming them on allergies or sinus infection... but i now realize that it could be because if this new bad habit! I know now that I need to stop this or it will end up with bad consequences.
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replied March 28th, 2010
I'm 15 and i'm so glad I have seen this... I've recently starting cracking my neck and getting these bizarre headaches and couldn't figure out why I was getting them... I was blaming them on allergies or sinus infection... but i now realize that it could be because if this new bad habit! I know now that I need to stop this or it will end up with bad consequences.
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replied August 27th, 2010
I'm 18 and have had dizziness and confusion for about a year now. It has controlled my life. All my mris have showed up fine and have tried anxiety medication but it did not help. I crack my neck about 50 times a day becuse I feel a weird feelig in my neck and my ears and eyes. I got in a wreck and elbowed in the face and both rocked my neck pretty hard. 3 days ago I stopped popping my neck and the problems have seemed to go away so I'm hoping it stays this way.
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replied January 26th, 2011
hey im 15 too, i too crack my neck. i recently have been gettign constant headaches and my eyes see every often like a flick of light. i try hard enough to stop and it helps a little, but i can not stop. Hopefully anybody who has this problem would be better than okay one day.
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replied March 2nd, 2011
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Go to a chiropractor - ask around for a good one. They really help relieve the stress and headaches and body aches! Keep you in line and feeling good!
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replied January 23rd, 2012
Neck cracking
I have this problem aswell ( I crack my neck sideways multiple times per day) it is giving me headaches and I am seeing a chiropractor. My chiropractor has shown me that it is mostly to do with my posture and that my posture is causing the stiffness in my neck which in turn causes cracking and migranes. I think the solution is to stand up straight/have a good posture and JUST DON'T CRACK YOUR NECK. However stiff and however much you want too. Don't. It will result in serious back injury. I hope this helps
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replied February 18th, 2012
A Cure!
SOLUTION to headaches accompanied by neck cracking is most probably caused by bad posture, bad pillow etc.. It is HARD to keep reminding yourself not to slouch in front of the computer, but keep at it!

STRETCH, there is a stretch that actually works. When my neck starts cracking, I KNOW a headache is coming, so all you have to do is do this stretch every 60 to 90 minutes until it is gone. here is how to do it.

Stand straight up, head high. interlock your fingers behind your back, bring back your should blades so that you can almost touch them together, hold this stretch for exactly 3 minutes!! no cheating!! if you feel discomfort or more than stretching pains, vary your stretch. There is no Ultra FAST way to cure this, it's a muscle, think of it as working out, keep at it.

it is better explained in this video... it works guys,,

if my headaches are untreated, I will become noxious, lose apatite, then migraine, and vomiting.. this is no way to live life.

hope this helps.. We live in a world where we are at our computer desks and all have bad posture.. take care of yourselves! exercise / sports is also a good way to stay on top of your pain.

Cheers!
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replied April 23rd, 2012
I too suffer from this same problem, i use a medication called "fiorinal", i have several headaches throughout the course of a week and when i take it, it does make my head feel better...certainly look into it, it is a pretty safe drug
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replied July 12th, 2012
please help i am only 14 and ive been cracking my neck since i was 10 and now i been getting these headaches every day and there so bad it almost brings me to tars and thats hard to to beacuse i can take pain pretty well but its ruining my life and i just want them to be gone ................any advice
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replied August 6th, 2012
AAArrrrrggh
I'm glad I found this forum. I have suffered with this on and off all my adult life. I have just started to get this pain again for about the first time in almost ten years and I have absolutely no idea what causes it.
At first I though it might be posture or some other habit of movement. Its certainly not anxiety. GP's are obsessed with anxiety and depression these days.
I rarely beleive them and tend to find that if they cant cure a sympton with either Anti biotics or anti depressants then they're really not that interested.
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