Tendons muscles and tissue making noise all of a sudden

by Stacy H
(Gilbert, AZ, USA)

I am 41 years old and am a moderately active female. I eat healthy and am of good body weight.

About 4 months ago, out of nowhere, my body started making strange sounds. It literally sounds like my tendons/muscles/tissue (not sure what but not my joints) is snapping. Sounds like cracking, popping, snapping. Sometimes VERY loud, other times not so much. It is daily and each day is different. Some days I get it so frequently that it is disturbing. I can not find a link to it's occurrences.

I let it go about a month and then it really started to bother me as I laid in bed one night and couldn't sleep because as I rolled over my body was making weird sounds. My mind just kept wandering.

I made an appt with my primary for a physical. Dr had no idea what was going on. Said it didn't sound normal but if there is no pain, then not to worry. Had routine blood work which showed nothing.
Followed up then with my OB/GYN and they were more concerned so ran more blood tests. Blood tests came back that I am positive for Sjogren's but nothing else except low in Vitamin D. I was put on D supplement.

Saw a Rheumatologist for the sjogrens. They ran additional tests. All is normal besides the ANA antibodies. Dr office says that if noises cause no pain, then no reason to be concerned. Sjogrens is not attributing to this according to them.

I am getting fed up with drs lack of concern. I have been told that it can be due to getting older which is ridiculous. I am only 41. What will it sound like in 10 years then!!! It is quite annoying. It is embarrassing.

I am no longer going to my yoga since it is so noticeable and I am very self conscious. I do not understand what is going on in my body. I know for sure it is not my joints as it happens literally anywhere in my body. I believe it is in the collagen/connective tissues. I can feel the snapping sometimes as well. No pain, but so many noises.

I am scared this will get worse and no doctor is taking it seriously. I don't know if there is a different doctor I need to see but at this point, I am fed up with the responses I am getting.

Is there something I may be lacking in my diet? Is this going to get worse? I am active by riding my bike and doing Zumba a couple days a week with light weight training to help keep definition. Nothing extravagant. I feel like my
muscles are breaking down and not what they use to be. I need some guidance.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Stacy.

1. Sjogrens is an auto-immune issue that is, essentially, caused from eating gluten (and any other inflammation causing factors) and getting Leaky Gut
Leaky Gut (will open a new page from Kerri's www-easy-immune-health.com site).

2. Did they give you prescription vitamin D? If so it's D2 (not D3) and is worthless. It brings levels up but confers little/no benefits.

How much did they tell you to take?

3. What was the actual Vit D level?

Low Vitamin D is a big deal, the lower the level, the worse the outcomes.

Just low Vit D could explain your symptoms, but realistically there's always more than one factor of something going on. For instance, if you have leaky gut, are gluten intolerant, are low vitamin D, then there's all sorts of factors at play.

4. You're also almost certainly low on Magnesium, for a variety of reasons, and hospital blood level tests are basically worthless.

Low Magnesium explains all your symptoms including 'active mind' and creaky tissue (noise), etc.

5. Do you supplement at all with any vitamin/mineral? If so, what?

6. In the last couple years, have you had any big stressful scenarios? Death in a family, breakup, loss of job, etc? I don't need details, but big events like that commonly result in various and significant decreases in health (sickness, illness, physical issues, etc) farther down the line within a couple years.

Why? Among other answers, because stress eats nutrition and then you're insufficient/deficient and your body can't work optimally so it goes as well as it can until it can't and then BAM it doesn't.

But it also makes sense that gluten intolerance and leaky gut build up inflammation and nutritional insufficiency such that 'all of a sudden out of the blue' one's health takes a turn for the worse.

See Related: Tenosynovitis and Tendonitis In Multiple Joints What Can Cause This?

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Feb 21, 2017
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by: Stacy H

I was happy to see your comments.

First of all, yes I am deficient in Vitamin D. My numbers have been down around 40, but Dr says is normal with an autoimmune. Taking D3 liquid drops 10,000 IU per day to get numbers up (slowly - after a year, numbers seem to be increasing).

Yes, I am taking a magnesium supplement daily. Dr says it is good for the muscles.

As for leaky gut, I do follow a gluten free diet. DID have stressful event with adrenal issues about 7 years ago and my body hasn't ever really been the same. Got my adrenals in check, stress in check for most part now.

I don't find much improvement in my tissue noises even after all those changes. I do wonder if I have problems with nutrient absorption sometimes as I eat healthy but feel like my body doesn't show that I do. I am in perfect BMI range but look thin.

Anything besides the gluten that I can address? Does body ever bounce back after the "stressful event"?

Are my tendons forever damaged and where does that leave me? I still have the sounds 2 years later and it is disturbing.

Thanks for all your great info. So appreciate it.


Joshua Comments:

1. There is no direct relationship between anything autoimmune and vitamin d levels.

Either one has enough Vit D coming in from sunshine or supplementation (and nutrients required for it's utilization) or one does not.

10k/day is good, it will raise your levels. Or you cold take a month's worth at once at that daily amount and raise them faster.

40ng/ml isn't terrible. Ideally we'd want you between 60-80ng/ml.

2. See: Magnesium For Tendonitis

3. If you still have autoimmune dynamic in play, then you still have leaky gut.

Gluten free is good/great, but it isn't the only factor to consider when repairing a damaged gut ecology.

Have you been tested for h pylori (a bad gut bacteria)?

4. "I don't find much improvement in my tissue noises even after all those changes."

There's 'change', and then there's 'enough of the right changes'.

If you're not 'recovered', they that's proof positive that you haven't made enough of the right changes. Which doesn't discount the good changes you have made, it just means that unless one does ENOUGH right change, one doesn't get the benefits one is looking for.

"I do wonder if I have problems with nutrient absorption sometimes as I eat healthy"

If you have leaky gut (which it looks like you do as you have autoimmune issue) then yes you're not absorbing nutrition optimally...and you have other negatives in play that are using up a lot of the nutrition you do take in.

5. "Anything besides the gluten that I can address?"

No processed vegetable oils.

Increase the amount of good fats you eat (coconut oil, avocado, pastured sources of animal fat, pastured sources of eggs, pastured sources of butter). Good fat is healing to the gut (as is pastured sources whey protein)

Does body ever bounce back after the "stressful event"?

Yes, if you give it what it needs to be able to bounce back.

Also, more magnesium. Stressors of all kinds (pain, inflammation, life stress, etc) eats up magnesium.

How much are you taking, and what kind?

6. "Are my tendons forever damaged and where does that leave me?"

Unlikely. Give the body what it needs/what it's lacking, and that should go away.

What causes squeaky tendons (generally, primarily)? Too tight muscles (not enough magnesium, and too tight muscle and connective tissue), not enough good fat intake.

Fun story, and worth a try. When I was a teen and presumably in a growth spurt, I had squeaky knees.

My mother, ahead of her time in our town, took me to an acupuncturist. He told me to rub peanut oil on my knees.

Even as a teen I thought that was dumb. But sure enough, the squeak went away in a day or two.

Probably any (healthy) oil would do. Give it a try (scientific method!).

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