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Posted by: Azi | 2007/06/05

Noisy/crackling joints

Hi,

I'm 35 years old and I've lived with very noisy (crackling/popping) knee joints since my teens. My problem is that it now seems like all my joints are doing this. Even turning my head around I can here/feel my kneck popping. Elbows, shoulders, ankles, hips, spine. They're all in on it. I'm not just talking about the sound when you crack your knuckles (which I don't do), but a real crackling sound. In some jonts it's a permanent feature (I can move the joint as much as I like and just keeps on making the sound), on others it seems to come for a few hours and then go away.

It's seriously starting to irriate me, especially with my kneck, and I was wondering if there was something I can do to get it to stop.

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Dear Azi
the noise you hear is probably caused by the cartilage or ligaments moving over each other. It can also be caused by arthritis ( a more crunchy kind of noise). If you have swollen, read or sore joints, it is advisable to go for x/rays to see if there is joint damage.
Glucosamine supplements for 6 months may be an option but is not scientifically proven yet - see
http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/supplements/a/glucosamine_2.htm

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