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Old 04-25-2021, 04:20 PM #11
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Crepitus-
[Crepitus or crepitation is the noise that may be heard during joint movements, such as a cracking, popping, snapping, or grinding. These sounds and sensations can occur in the neck as well. Most people at some point have experienced neck crepitus.]
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Old 04-26-2021, 02:08 AM #12
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I have a very noisy upper neck. Have for over 2 decades. My injury included a whiplash and vertical compression in C-1 and C-2.

In the morning, your cervical joints might be looser due to fluid build-up or inflammation. As you spend time upright, the fluid flows out and the cervical vertebra settle in closer.

Regarding getting outside, MIT just released a study that shows that staying inside is a far greater risk that being outside. The enclosed space contains Covid particles.

Your children have zero risk of catching Covid and near zero risk of passing Covid to adults. Only children with high risk medical conditions are at risk of Covid. Of the only 200 out of 74 million children who died from Covid in the past 12 months, they had an average of 2.6 high risk factors, same as those of us over 65. They have a higher risk of death riding in the car or riding bikes and skateboards.

btw. My wife and I have had Covid and recovered before the test results came back positive. 4-5 days of a bad sore throat. We are 'at risk' seniors.

Go live your life with your kids.
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Atticus, you are absolutely right about the poor posture/brain fog from too much screen time. I usually spend most of my time in front of a computer or reading/studying, and then I watch tv and play video games in the evening. I am trying to alter this pattern but with covid/quarantine it's hard to do activities out of the house. Walking and especially jogging were my biggest stress relievers and they break up that pattern.

I am in law school and am about to graduate at the end of the summer. Law is an inherently stressful profession, but I am planning to specialize in tax and estate planning, which should be less stressful because it is not a litigation-driven area.

As a quick update, I went for my usual jog a couple days ago after abstaining all week, and I wound up with a terrible headache afterward, which is what always used to happen after any trauma events to my head/neck.

Yesterday it was sunny and it killed my eyes to the point I couldn't go outside. I also have fatigue, brain fog, and nausea throughout the day. It's worth mentioning that my two daughters were sick with a virus (not Covid) all week which I may have picked up, but I am not having any of the symptoms they had. It has been one week since the bike ride.

My plan is to listen to my symptoms and stop when activities make things worse. However, I have two final questions:

1) Cold showers - does anyone have any experience/knowledge/theories about whether they could delay healing or otherwise be bad for a head/neck injury?

2) In the morning, while laying in bed for 5 minutes or so before getting up, I get this grinding/popping/crackling sensation (the closest comparison I can think of is the "pop rocks" candy) in the back of my head, right where my spine connects with the base of my skull. I remember looking into it in the past and learning that it may have something to do with the cerebrospinal fluid. This is a reoccurring sensation that has always followed any physical trauma (no matter how minor) to my head/neck since my pcs began. Does anyone know anything about this?

Thank you all and God bless.
Hey Alaska,

I have some thoughts you may want to consider.

Do you enjoy cold showers? Is it something you look forward to or does the prospect stress you? I have noted from previous posts you have extraordinary self discipline. Do you force yourself to do them when you don't really want to?

Cold showers release adrenaline leading to endorphin release and are said to reduce the stress hormone cortisol.

However there is no doubt that cold showers increase blood pressure. My experience with cold showers is that they can create short lived fortification patterns (visual migraine) and that is associated with blood pressure fluctuations. This is speculative, but, I note you have headaches and photophobia at different times, migraine symptoms, again associated with BP fluctuations. Do you need cold showers when they are proven to alter Blood Pressure? As I say headaches and light sensitivity are both associated with migraine symptoms and migraine symptoms are associated with Blood Pressure fluctuations.

I wonder if, as a person prone to anxiety, that daily cold showers do you any good?? I get the Wim Hoff mantra that the temporary daily stress makes you stronger but is that appropriate for you especially in this time leading to exams?

Furthermore if you have neck/back issues, does sudden cold water actually cause muscle tension in that area and make things worse? Perhaps finishing with a hot shower would be more relaxing?

Crepitus ... thanks for the info Jomar ... I experience that, but after a neck twisting move from the chiropractor that would kill you in a film like KIll BIll, my neck becomes silent on rotation only to grind again the next day.

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