I have had RA for about seven years now. It has affected just about every joint in my body except my spine. I am on Remicade, which has been a miracle drug for me. Lately, however, I have been having this popping in my neck. It usually happens when I am on the computer and bend my head down. Then the popping will occur. It does hurt when it happens, but the pain goes away soon after. I had two discs replaced in my neck several years ago and since then have had pain and stiffness in my neck. My question is whether anyone one with RA has had this problem with neck popping? I don't know if I should be seeing a doctor for this or if I should be concerned at all. Thanks!
I would actually recommend that you go see your doctor as soon as possible - although noises in your neck can come with the territory when you have RA, you don't want to assume that it's something you should ignore. If I get any new, weird symptoms, I always check them out with my doctor to assess whether something that can be ignored or not I given that neck complications can happen with RA, it's important to get it checked out.
In addition, I would caution you against going to a chiropractor. With the joint changes that can occur with RA, chiropractic care can be very risky - talk to your rheumatologist to see whether it would be right for you.
Here are some links that might be useful, Janet!
Live Bold Live Now With RA
Reinventing Yourself With RA
I have RA and also have the neck popping with pain and discomfort. I have pain moving down my right arm. I consulted with a physical therapist. After an x-ray, he determined it was arthritus. The PT does help.