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Cracking sounds in head

Does anyone experience cracking noises pressure and dizziness in the head before an attack ?

  1. Hi
    Great question!! Thank you for bringing it up here. I've experienced dizziness from time to time before and during a migraine attack. I've had neck cracking as well, but haven't noticed this with an attack - that doesn't mean it's not possible.
    I'm sure others will be along shortly to share their experiences with you. I'm sending you pain free wishes, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    1. Had MRI and CT seeing consultant on 13 Dec - so debilitating ATM thanks for reply ❤️

      1. Good to hear you are having things checked out. Please keep us posted on how you make out!
        Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    2. Hi there. These are certainly symptoms we have had come up in conversations here on the site, so you are not alone. Do you happen to have trouble or a previous injury to your neck? For some, trauma in that area can be a big factor in triggering migraine attacks. I have no experience with this myself, but I do want to tag my colleague , who I bet will have some thoughts and things to consider as you explore these concerns with your care team.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Hoping you can get to the bottom of what's going on! -Melissa, migraine team

      1. Thanks for tagging me in this conversation. It's definitely a topic that hits home. Hello , and YES I have these symptoms. I have a few different chronic illnesses and they have really wreaked havoc on my body. With my neck fused, fusion and rod in the mid back, and several procedures on the lower back and one hip, I definitely have 24/7 crackling and pain with dizziness and pressure in my head. I think I've done all I can for it, though. And, I am living with it, doing all I can to help relieve the annoying crackling (crepitus), nerve/muscle pain, and numbness through prescriptions, and therapeutic means.

        Crepitus may be a result of an injury. I am wondering if you have been examined thoroughly by orthopedics or neurology to get to the cause of it. But also, crepitus is known to be a benign joint popping (air pockets) and may be meaningless as it increases with age. But who is to know until one gets evaluated? Also the dizziness (vertigo) is from my migraines, as I have vestibular migraines. This acts up at the onset of an episode and continues for at least 5 days. This is how I know a migraine is coming. I also get "tunnel vision", nausea, and rarely vomiting, but the pain is excruciating and debilitating. I am currently being treated with preventative and abortive medication. And, I have been doing better with fewer episodes throughout the month. Have you had these symptoms evaluated by a headache specialist or specialist who treats migraines successfully? they can most definitely get to the bottom of your symptoms.

        How are you managing these symptoms, ? Do you find them worse at times, and then other times less? I hope you find time to see a treating physician. Sending thoughts of health and wellness your way. Happy holidays. Warmly - Rebecca (community moderator)

      2. haven't had any injuries no - CT and MRI all ok

    3. I’ve had 3 Cervical Fusions and an implant to my neck. I’ve noticed as I’ve aged, 64 years old now, I get dizzy before migraine. They’ve changed since I first started getting them at age 22. They’ve become more silent. Less painful. It doesn’t mean I don’t get the other symptoms.. they’re more sneaky in the sense for example I was shopping for food the other day and got nailed by one. I was alone. I immediately checked out my purchases to head home, 4 miles. My kids work. Fortunately no traffic. By the time I got home exhausted. It hits that fast. I also have Fibromyalgia and Arthritis in my spine so it triggers a pain flare. Then I’m down anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks. Chronic migraine is no joke.

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