The past 4-5 months i have had this weird sound of cracking/gritty like fluid moving in my head or ears when ever i turn my head side to side or rotate it around. I have no ear achs, pains, stuffy nose etc.
There is no sound when i have my head straight and still.
I do have some thick Post nasal Drip where i have to snort hard to get it into my throat to be able to spit it out as there is nothing in my nose so it cant be blown out the nose. Not sure if that has anything to do with it or not.
I was to see my a ENT couple months ago and mentioned about this sound and he checked my ears with the little handheld lighted thingy and said there was no fluid in my ears and to see my dentist.
Dentist said it wasnt anything to do with my teeth /jaw.
So now 2 months later i am going back to the ENT next month why i dont know if he already told me there was no fluid what else can he do?
Im getting pretty worried as i am a constant worrier and always diagnose my self with the worst.
Well i guess i got some answers ... my family dr thinks it is my neck even though i feel like i hear it coming from behind my nose between ears area ... she said it is ligaments rubbing together in my neck and sent me to see a massage physio therapist ... i went for my first appt last week and boy was it nice to get that massage!
I go back tomorrow ... the physio therapist said once the neck can be massaged and the ligaments loosed up the noise should stop.
Thanks for getting back to me,,, thinking of what your dr. said might be true,,, my neck has been very tight lately and Im always trying to loosen it up,,, I wonder if I also need a massage. The sound comes from behind my ears,, like the back of my head almost,,, it is strange, and I want to get rid of it!!!!!! Let me know how the massage goes and I will make an appt. too!!!!!!
I had my 2nd appt yesterday but the sound is still there with no change ... she said i should feel some sort of difference by the 2nd time but there is no change at all.
She said that if there is still no change after the 3rd time then it is more then likely disc degeneration ... although she said im too young for any major disc deterioration (i spelt that totally wrong) there could still be the start of some now.
Im not sure how old you are but im 38.
My noise is exactly where you say you hear yours.
If i hold my head back and turn side to side it is the loudest ... also if i move my head with ear goind down towards my shoulder it almost to me sounds like crackling fluid moving with each turn and then stops once my head is straight again.
Is that like your?
Have you been to the dr yet? I think i will ask for some sort of xray to see what realy is going on .
we sound like we have the same thing,,, Im 42. This started this summer, my neck has been feeling very tight and Im always trying to stretch and loosen up.
Yes the sound stops when my head is straight, and when I turn side to side its the loudest. This summer I had a couple migraine head aches which I dont normally get,, and Im thinking they are all stressed related,, which is probably the reason my neck feels tense and tight. A good massage might be a good remedy,,, if anything I will be more relaxed,,, I get paranoid over every little thing which is half my battle!!!!
I havent been to the doctor yet,,, Im sure I will if the massage doesnt work....
I found this thread whilst searching Google for the same problem. I'm a male, so it's not just a girl thing!
I'm 32 and have exactly the same thing as described. Whilst I'm not worried about it (mainly due to no pain), I was curious to know if I was alone. I now feel satisfied that it's probably much more common than people may think.
I believe it's harmless as it just feels like synovial fluid moving in the upper neck joints. Being very close to the ear drums would make it easy to hear, although I suspect that as we get older, most of our joints wear slightly and produce similar synovial noises without us being aware of it (out of earshot).
I do wonder if my neck has undergone a bit more stress than the average person though. I ride a motorbike in a racing position every day - this position forces me to hold me head in a certain position, and I'm always fighting a strong wind with a heavy helmet on my head. Over time, this could have cause some additional wear in the neck joints.
By the way, I actually quite like the feeling of the fluid moving - it gives me some kind of pychological relief, like a release of pressure!
After almost 6 years of hearing the SAME exact sound you guys describe here, I was just a moment ago searching for random stuff on the internet while I was resting in bed, when it happened and decided to check about it on the internet, so I just wrote "weird noise behind my head" and this forum appeared.
Background: I'm a 20 year old male.
I've been wanting ever since it appeared, to consult this with my family doctor (becoming myself a med student years later). But to the lack of words to describe it, I didn't visit my doctor after all.
As soon as I began studying medicine I also thought about, sinovial fluid moving, but I keep asking to myself, WHAT IF NOT?
I might describe what I feel so we can all come together with a concise way to present it to our physicians. I normally notice this noise when in bed or sitting (on the floor mainly cause I do this when talking on the phone) in the lack of outside noise. It feels like if little bubbles went from down to up in a limited zone right behind my head where my neck meets my occipital craneal bone. It does have a relieving sensation almost a bit satisfying like described above, as it released some tension. Sometimes it happens (bubbling) once, sometimes it keeps happening for a minute or so.
So that is my description. If someone does get the answer, PLEASE tell us all so we get this interrogation out of our heads.
Thank you all. I hope I didn't miss anything.
So guy I kept googling after writing here and I actually found what our problem could be! Answered by a doctor.
About two days ago I noticed a clicking/popping noise in the back of my head, in the center between my ear and center of the back of my head. I can not exactly pinpoint where this feeling is coming from, whether its the top of my neck or my skull itself. It only occurs when I turn my head to the right, and with my neck upright. If I let my head hang down alittle bit it does not pop. The evening this began I noticed tension in my neck and down the muscle in between my shoulders. I suspect it is causing mild occaisional headaches and I have been more fatigued since this began. I can't think of anything that could have caused this. Although, it did begin soon after laying in a bath. It's getting rather annoying too. I am considering seeing a chiropractor, would this be beneficial or should I seek my family physician first? Is there anything that I can do to get the popping to settle down/or stop at home?
Seeing a chiropractic physician for what you are experiencing would be a great choice. Your family physician is not likely to examine your neck or address the problem, but rather give you some pain pills and muscle relaxers.
On the other hand, a chiropractor is a musculoskeletal specialist with advanced training in soft tissue dysfunction and injury. The doctor you choose should give you a thorough examination to include ranges of motion, orthopedic and neurological tests, examination of posture and muscle function to determine what exact tissues may be the source of the problem. If you have not had any x-rays of the neck in the past year, it would also be advisable to take a 2-3 view neck series to look specifically at the spinal structure as well.
From what you have described, it sounds as though you have cranio-vertebral dysfunction which is a fancy word for the joint between the neck and the skull. The irritation is most likely due to altered joint function and poor biomechanics of movement and posture. These types of conditions respond favorable with chiropractic care.
In the mean time, gentle stretching of the upper back and neck in all ranges of motion will help to alleviate the muscular component...soreness, spasms, etc... These muscular problems are likely to recurr in a day or two without assessment of the main cause though. Ice packs can be used to alleviate pain as well in the back of the neck. Use for no longer than 20-25 minutes at a time and do not place the ice directly on the skin, wrap it in a light cloth or towel.
Good luck Ashley.
Dr. J. Shawn Leatherman