51-year-old female. In the last few weeks, I've suddenly gotten a lot of painless popping in my mid-spine. When I shift position, such as leaning or turning, I often feel a little "wave" of these pops.
In the past I occasionally had single occasional pops, but now there's a LOT of them!
I have lumbar scoliosis of 35 degrees, diagnosed in adolescence, causes me no problems except shoulders are very uneven. Never any problems with back pain to speak of.
For years I've had other joints that go through periods of popping upon a SLIGHT movement, sometimes with a sudden sharp pain (right wrist, knees, both elbows). My left TMJ has long had a painless but very loud pop when I open my mouth wide.
However, I'm not double-jointed and never was. Just periods of "poppiness" in various joints. A neurologist (whom I saw for dizziness, hearing loss, paresthesias, and Lhermitte's) noted "some laxity in the interpharyngeal joints," but I don't have Marfan's.
I do have some joint pain--always in my big toes when walking, left knee and right hip bother me some, etc. but I'm 50 lbs overweight--but have never been told I have arthritis. I take a lot of ibuprofen and acetaminophen daily to control achiness of muscles, joints, and tendons--cause unknown, possibly fibromyalgia.
I had cervical and lumbar MRI from spine specialist whom I saw about the scoliosis (to see if that was the cause of my paresthesias and slowed walking) but he said nothing showed. When I got the report, I saw that I do have bone spurs in my neck. I never had MRI of the mid-spine.
So, my question--Is it normal to start having a little "ripple" of painless pops in your mid-spine?
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.