Osteoarthritis neck skull

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Although I have had 2 surgeries on my cervical spine for ruptured discs and lax ligaments (am now fused from C3-C6), I am now told that I have significant osteoarthritis at C1-C2 (atlanto-axial joint) Accupuncture did relieve a lot of the associated muscle spasms but I still get bone pain sometimes even at the base of my skull. I've also wrenched the left side of my neck twice in the past 6 weeks at work.
Cracking sound in base of skull/neck area. Is this common?? This seems to have been occuring the past couple of weeks, usually about 10 times a day. It happens at odd times, just sitting still, when I yawn, when I turn my head, etc. Could this be arthritis or something more serious? My hairdresser has also noticed a bump area on the left side on the back of my neck. Could all of this be related?
Could it be osteoarthritis of the neck? The spine? Is it RA? Is it both?
i got a headache two days ago in the base of my skull and it has causes severe neck pain i have tried pain killers hot water bottles freeze spray and nothing works i cant sleep because of it and i am in alot of pain but the pain isnt constant it comes and goes but when it comes its absolute agony can you please help
EXTREME NECK POPPING FOLLOWED BY NECK/SHOULDER PAIN: Woke up one morning in Oct and neck started making popping sounds (hundreds of times a day). I never crack my neck so it was unusual. Within a week, sharp pains started in my neck & shoulder (always on the right hand side). For the last 3 months, I have had these pops (300 times a day) and sharp quick pains (50-100 times/day). Chiropractic services was no help in Oct/Nov. Physical therapy excerises during all Dec did not help.
For several years I can remember experiencing an occasional crackling sound at the base of my skull right where the head pivots at the back of my neck. It was annoying at first - coming and going every so often. I figured it to be stressed muscles causing this strange sound - yet I always wondering. It sounds like small pieces of bone grinding together - not harshly to the point of pain - just annoyance and bewilderment.
2-A band of tightness around my upper chest; 3-Stiffness in my neck and at the base of my skull; 4-Momentary pulses in my head, with vision darkening; 5-Inability to walk too long, because weight bearing causes leg muscle pain and heaviness; 6-Disability: I can not kneel down and get up, or walk on my toes, or stand on one leg. 7-I feel very ill every single day; I have morning stiffness; The hair has stopped growing on both legs; I get itchy rashes on my chest that last less than an hour.
Outside the skull? Itching on the back of the head? By the way, your neck grinds because your muscles are tight thus pulling things tight together.
About three years ago, I began having pain in my neck, specifically at the C1 vertebra, where the neck meets the skull. I visited my Dr. and he did a manual examination (about 30 sec) and gave me stretching exercises. However, the pain continued. I visited a Chiro, who prescribed x-rays, and said the pain came from my neck not curving. He did manipulations for months, but it would provide temp. relief at best, which became less with time.
I don't think most people are referring to the vertebrae in the neck itself, more the base of the skull where it meets the neck, sounds more 'cartilagey' to me as I have had it myself for a few years now with no pain whatsoever. Think the two conditions are separate and unrelated.
You presented with neck pain and dizziness, so the x-ray neck was done to check for any vertebral and spine issues like spondylolisthesis or slipping of vertebrae due to degeneration or trauma, disc herniation (better visualized on MRI spine), osteoarthritis or trauma. All these can cause nerve root impingement and compression symptoms like tingling, numbness and dizziness due to the spinal canal stenosis.
Since then I am having trouble with pain in the neck and shoulder area just below the fusion area. I wake in the morning with a headache then turns to pain in lower neck and shoulders. I have talked to the neurosurgeon who did the surgery and he shrugged his shoulders and said I have no idea and sent me back to my neurologist. He gave me a series of injections in both shoulders and the pain stopped for a couple days but then came right back.
Since then I am having trouble with pain in the neck and shoulder area just below the fusion area. I wake in the morning with a headache then turns to pain in lower neck and shoulders. I have talked to the neurosurgeon who did the surgery and he shrugged his shoulders and said I have no idea and sent me back to my neurologist. He gave me a series of injections in both shoulders and the pain stopped for a couple days but then came right back.
I believe that my current neck and shoulder pain may have started after having a very intense chinese massage some months ago. The pain that developed became progressively worse, and after neck xrays due to (R) sided neck & shoulder pain, I have been diagnosed with klippel fiel syndrome. I have fused C2/3 & 5/6. cervical ribs & scoliosis, 11 thoracic ribs, & marked osteoarthritis in the cervical area.
However lately it's been pain at the very end of my skull and severe shoulder, back pain and pain that shoots down my back, neck and spine. However I don't know how to get anyone to listen. Help?
Base of skull and below neck bone pain (new since November ) so saw a Ortho spine doc. He took xrays and said C1-2 has arthritis badly. Did I have RA? Told me not to do any more range of motion exercises, just OTC meds for comfort and let him know if I get worse (?) Hmmmm. Decided to make appt with my PC to ask if I should see a Rheumotologist. I had a second ACDF for severe bones slippage back and forth from 'lax ligaments' and rupt. discs and am now fused from C3-C6.
Showed it to my PCP a few years ago and he didn't seem concerned but now it is from the midline back of skull and goes around to the back of ear. Is it anything to be worried about? I have a history of having bone spurs and calcium growths and osteoarthritis.
Hi everyone, I need a little bit of guidance here. I have had chronic neck and shoulder pain for over a year now. where i live specialists are very few. I have 2 budlging disks in my neck, osteoarthritis of the spine and spurs. The neorologist we have here thought at first that it should not cause this much trouble. I awoke with a horrible pressure in my skull. For 2 weeks I tried every pain killer out there.
I had an MRI of my neck and brain. The report contained lots of terms, etc. that I do not recognize, or understand. What does mild chronic ethmoid air cell disease mean? Also, what is microvascular ischemic disease? What is facet joint disease? What is central stenosis? What are the facet joints "in plain english." What is effacement of the anterior thecal sac mean? What is moderate to severe right neural foraminal stenosis mean?
Back in April they x-rayed my neck and head and did MI's... and said the changes in my neck wouldnt be the cause of my headaches. I tend to disagree, I think that a fractured vertebrae, buldging disc and osteoarthritis is enough to give anyone a eadacheespeially as the day wears on and the longer one sits at the computer holding your head in one position all day. We will see what the neuro spinal surgeon has to say n a few weeks.
It can be a sign of osteoarthritis, or it can just be from tight muscles in the neck and shoulder area. And like Trudie mentioned massage does help. I also use a heat pack that you can throw in the microwave. I've purchased them at kiosks at malls, at Wal*Mart, TJ Max, Avon- all over the place. If I find one for sale, I usually buy one. I have some for my neck and shoulders, some for my lower back that wraps around my waist and some for my wrists and ankles. I am addicted to heat packs!
Leg muscles becoming stiff, heavy and painful with exertion. Harder to walk. Can not kneel down and get up, or walk toes, or stand on one leg. 2007: Feeling ill every day; Chronic cough with sputum, Throat dryness. Morning muscle stiffness; and hair loss on both legs; (Also: Itchy rashes on my chest that last less than an hour.) 2008: Slight hand trembling; Neck pain; Balance problems. - What the doctors found so far: (CBC, MET, TSH, TB, RF, SED, normal. ANA by EIA method, low positive.
Chiropractor had mentioned my neck curve was odd and he was having trouble adjusting it. I went for a cople months twice a week. I now know that is a no. Physical therapy did tell me I had reduced motion and gave me a bunch of stretches to do. They don't seem to help. I also tried massage therapy. This all resulted in me crying at pcp office telling her somethin was really wrong she just couldn't find it. MRI was ordered she called me and said chiari ... She can't help time for ns.
I am a male in his late 40's with a history of Tourette's Syndrome (mostly head and neck tics - sometimes pretty severe) and cervical osteoarthritis affecting C-4 and C-5 with a bone spur. At various times (and depending on posture or activity) I can hear/feel popping, cracking, crunching and grinding noises/sensations in my neck. My symptoms vary in type and severity depending on many factors such as posture, time of day, engaging in different activities, etc.
The symptoms may be aggravated by occipital neuralgia and neck osteoarthritis. To get details about the neck and back please go for MRI of the spine. It gives the minute details. Please consult a neurologist for diagnosis of the problem and treatment. Hope this helps you. Take care and regards!
She also has severe head pain at the base of her skull where the brain stem is that runs down her neck. She has had episodes of severe vertigo, eye problems, and nausea. At one point her right eye would not open and her jaw locked for five hours and all of her test comes back normal so they sent her home with stroke paperwork, but didn't diagnose her as having a stroke. The doctors are at a standstill and just shuffle her around because of her multiple symptoms.
I've got a lot of pain at the top of my neck and extending into the base of my skull at the moment. My left hand/arm is also very weak.
The hip pain could be due to osteoarthritis, tendonitis, muscle pull and strain, femoral neck stress fractures, sports hernia or hidden/occult hernia of oblique aponeurosis, or Obturator or ilioinguinal nerve entrapment. You would need all or any of the following for diagnosis: Clinical examination by an orthopedic specialist, X-rays, blood tests, MRI or ultrasonography. Otherwise it can also be exacerbation of the spine problem since your last MRI.
Random stabbing/shooting pains throughout body (chest, back, stomach, sides) takes my breath away for the split second it happens Feet spasm and cramp up Lower back and side pain that feels like knives stabbing me in the back and back spasms and electrical currant type pain in back and neck Neck pain and again, that weird shooting pain in neck that sometimes goes into back Occasionaly joint pain like ankels and wrists (once a month maybe) Sore throat (low grade, could be from gerd) Hors
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