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Does anyone experience cracking noises in one side of head -i get this often but without aura - iv had migraine with aura for years but for past few months iv been experiencing this strange symptom on its own -not with aura tho -its like a pressure feeling at side of head and face - I get this almost every day lately - it's really worrying and getting me down - I'm waiting on app for MRI -

  1. - Thank you so much for posting this question. I can't say I've heard of people speaking about cracking noises in one side of the head, but the pressure feeling on one side is very common to migraine. I'm so glad you have an MRI in your future to hopefully calm your concerns. There are so many quirky parts of the migraine experience- and we are all different in the way we experience the condition. Are you seeing a migraine doctor with whom you've shared these concerns? We definitely encourage folks to seek evaluation and treatment by a migraine specialist (they are specially trained in the complex neurological condition that is migraine) when experiencing any new symptoms or issues. Thinking of you- Holly team.

    1. Hi there -- I'm not a doctor nor any kind of medical expert so please seek out your own medical team for advice -- but your post made me think of crepitus. Crepitus is a crunchy, crackling sound that you can get in your joints, for example, your knees. This can also happen in your neck area, which can cause crackling sounds in your head. There are many possible reasons for what you're hearing, this is just one possibility to consider with your care team. I hope you figure out what's going on and come back to keep us updated! We're here for you. -Melissa, migraine team

      1. I experienced that in my knee before. When I would squat down my knee would literally sound like an old squeaky door, it was wild. I didn't realize that you can get it in other joints as well, but it makes sense.

        And what an interesting perspective that you can have it in your neck but hear it in your head. These are the things that I feel like are not commonly talked about but are so helpful when you're experiencing them firsthand. Thanks for always sharing your insight!
        - Alene, moderator

    2. I can't say that I've experienced a cracking noise, but it certainly does sound worth checking out. It sounds like it's really worrisome and I would imagine it's quite distracting/annoying too. I'm glad that you're on top of the MRI appt. Please keep us posted on how it goes. To compliment the work that you're doing with your neurologist, you could perhaps explore the second opinion of an ENT and/or recommended chiropractor, physical therapist or cranial sacral therapist.

      I certainly hope that the comments here on your posts are helpful for you and above all remind you that you are not alone with migraines.
      - Alene, moderator

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