Clicking neck

scozzie Member Posts: 333
edited 25. Dec 2018, 08:44 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi all,

It’s been a while — just muddling along trying to stay fit and not let Arthur beat me or wear me down.

For the past month or so I’ve started noticing an occasional click/crack in my neck when I either turn my head or look up — it’s happening around ten times a day, more or less. Sometimes it’s that loud that even my wife hears it.

In the last week I’ve noticed a couple of times that there’s a little resistance just before the crack, my neck’s not painful, but I am a little concerned that Arthur wants these joints too. Btw I’m not referring to crepitus of the neck, I know I have that lol.

Does or has anyone experienced anything similar?

Thank you in advance


  • GraceB
    GraceB Member Posts: 1,595
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi, yes my neck does that. But then again I've got confirmed OA in C2-C6, with partially prolapsed disc C5-6 and a narrowed spinal cord gap at that point.

    An x-ray or MRI will confirm what's going on for you. I'd talk to your GP - see what s/he reckons.

  • danm2010
    danm2010 Member Posts: 32
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Mine isn’t my neck but since I have a flare up I’ve noticed my shoulder clicks all the time now. I haven’t had any issues with my shoulder before and no pain. I’ve put it down to over compensating.

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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,224
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Sorry, scozzie, I can't help. My neck virtually doesn't move at all so, even if it once did this, it has been lost in the mists of time. In your situation I'd bring it up next time I saw a doc - sooner if it gets worse. Best of luck.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I've had a word with my deceased father and asked him to leave your neck alone.

    Mine clicks, grates and creaks but why I have not one clue. I'll be sixty next year, it could be that, it could be to do with arthritis but as that tends to hurt (and it doesn't) I doubt it's that. If you're in pain make the medicos aware, an X-ray might shed some light on the matter. DD
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    How are things going now? I hope life is as comfortable as it can be, all things considered. DD
  • scozzie
    scozzie Member Posts: 333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks folks, things are fine at the moment with my neck, it might be some movements at work that aggregate most as it’s not been so noticeable since Friday (when our Christmas break started lol) ... but when I do notice it it’s a bit like your knee locking momentarily before the release — unlike a knee locking though, I don’t have to worry about falling. I’m going to make an appointment with my GP for the new year.

    Merry Christmas all