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Why is my neck snapping?

Asked by JamesPIIII (4 points ) August 22nd, 2007

I don't get headaches but when I stand up it feels like my right leg is tighter then my left leg. I just recently tried leg lifts (Sitting in a chair and moving the legs up toward my ceiling and I could hear a snap towards the end of my spinal cord) and I also feel it in my neck on the right side when I breath in and out would a chiropractor fix that because it's really messing with my posture on my right side.

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Hawaiiguy's avatar

do you keep a wallet in your back pocket? I switched to a front pocket one a few years ago, it really helped with my back pain. I also do roman chair exercises a few times a month, really good exercise for the muscles around your spine. try not to sleep with your arms above your head, if you do, that helped me as well. Good luck

gailcalled's avatar

Don't mess w back or spinal cord issues; do NOT self-medicate. See a physical therapist for safe exercises for YOUR body. Chiropractor may provide temporary relief but you want a simple program that you can do daily. Straight leg lifts from a sitting position is a BAD idea. Try sleeping on side w. a pillow between knees, also.

@Hawaiiguy; what are Roman chair exercise?

Hawaiiguy's avatar

its like a reverse sit up, you bend at the waist over pads at your hips with your heels hooked in, its low impact just the weight of your upper body as resistence

JamesPIIII's avatar

I hope I don't need surgery could it be a herniated disc?? Or would I know if it was there would be a lot of pain right?

gailcalled's avatar

HD causes sharp severe pain down leg - where sciatic nerve runs - and often a dropped or drooping foot. I personally have muscle spasms and soft tissue pain caused by scoliosis - spinal curvature. I would rather fall on my sword than bend at the waist while sitting in a chair. Every back is different; every body is different. Don't use us as yr medical advisers. Get an x-ray or MRI and see an orthopod or neurlogist if you are seriously concerned. Waiting and worrying won't help. Let us know what happens.

JamesPIIII's avatar

I would go but I don't have insurance, I'm only 20.

gailcalled's avatar

Oh, dear. Is there a clinic? or parents? Do you attend school or have a job that has medical support (or a rich friend)? I hate the medical insurance issues in this country. So sorry.

JamesPIIII's avatar

There could be a clinic around here, but I think it's just out of alignment because I was lifting weights wrong and now it's really tense. There is no pain just really tense and when I tense up my right leg it feels as if someone is pulling on my leg muscle.

gailcalled's avatar

Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE) if you are talking about a classic Charlie Horse. Or perhaps a heating pad w. moist heat (20 minutes at a time.)

JamesPIIII's avatar

I tried doing the heating pad and ice but it still won't go back I have a feeling it's one of my muscles in my neck because it seems like when I open my jaw on the raw side it seems to "pop" and then it's fine

gailcalled's avatar
Hi, James; this is beyond my non MD experience. Heat should relieve muscle problems..have you tried hot showers w. water beating on neck? If you get relief, that gives you a clue to diagnosis. Are you near a University w. a medical school? You can get cheap help there. Don't wait too long if there is no improvement.
JamesPIIII's avatar
Yes that does help with the warm shower
joli's avatar

I’d go to a chiropractor and have them take an x-ray of your neck to rule out anything seriously wrong. I did this years ago when I couldn’t figure out why my neck was spazzing. He charged me just for the x-ray, about $65.00 and gave me some advice. I did have something seriously wrong and now know what to avoid. I let him do a one-time adjustment but generally I don’t think it’s good to see one on a regular basis unless the Doc is doing more physical therapy than adjustments. Call ahead to make sure they have on-site x-ray or you’ll end up paying extra.

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