"Crepitus is a medical term to describe the grating, crackling or popping sounds and sensations experienced under the skin and joints. The sound can be created when two rough surfaces in the human body come into contact - for example, in osteoarthritis when the cartilage around joints has eroded away and the joint ends grind against one another, or when the fracture surfaces of two broken bones rub together. In soft tissues, crepitus can be produced when gas is introduced into an area where it normally isn't present. The term can also be used when describing the sounds produced by lung conditions such as interstitial lung disease - these are also referred to as "rales". Crepitus is often loud enough to be heard by the human ear, although a stethoscope may be needed to detect instances caused by respiratory diseases. In times of poor surgical practice, post-surgical complications involved anaerobic infection by Clostridium perfringens strains, which can cause gas gangrene in tissues, also giving rise to crepitus." (Wikipedia)
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[YEA] Monica from Lawrenceville, GA: "Since I stopped taking Estratest, bones all over my body have been crackling each time I move! HELP! I am taking soy and glucosomine w/hyalueric acid and chondroiton. These really don't seem to have helped. The old bones are still crackling. Can you give me any insight as to what else I can do. I do not want to take prescribed hormone replacement. I have had a bone density test and I am NORMAL! Thank you."Replies
Ted from bangkok, Thailand replies: "I have recommended magnesium chloride to stop crackling bones to both my mother and several friends here and that seems to help. At least my own mother now no longer have cracking bones and she is 75 years old. It takes a couple of days to notice it. Magnesium in your body is needed before the body can properly utilized the rebuilding of bones and the long term proper use of calcium. The other thing is to add small pinches of borax to your drinking water so the body can regain the capacity to rebuild bones and stop the crackling by helping the body retain and utilized the critical balance between the magnesium and calcium."
01/20/2010: Lisa from King Of Prussia, Pa replies: "I was happy to find a natural cure for cracking bones, but confused as to the borax statement. Are you speaking of the cleaning product? If not, then where can I find borax, and as you said a pinch, in how much water... If you would, please elaborate. I read that borax is not digestible. Thanks so much and keep up the good work."
EC: More about borax here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax.html
08/20/2010: Umm Bader from Manama, Bahrain replies: "I am taking liquid magnesium 400 mg each day- the bottle says seawater as an only ingredient. Is this magnesium chloride?"
[YEA] 03/28/2007: Bob from Gladstone, Or.USA: "Vitamin D cured my crackling bones. I got rid of most of my crackling bones when I added Vitamin D, about 5000IU/day. They all went away except in my right elbow, and it lessened considerably."