I am just starting my cervical pain journey. I am male, 42y.
This is my story: 2.5 months ago, I hurt my neck while practicing brazilian jiujitsu. I thought it was just a sore muscle so I rested. But I remained active, biking and running. The pain was not too much at the beginning, just a stiff neck, but it started to get worst. I went to see the doctor (an orthopedist). x-rays didn't show anything. But the MRIs were clear. I have a disc herniation in C5-C6 and possibly C6-C7. I was depressed for a few days, because it seems like I will never be able to practice many sports. To start it seems like I will not be able to bike, run, swim (only dorsal), or lift weights. I am not a gym junkie at all, but I like to be active 3-4 days a week.
My other fear is that I may need surgery. From what I've read many people are able to recover without surgery. I am currently on PT. (Heat, electric stimulation, ultrasound, and neck movement). My pain is not too much, but it gets very uncomfortable after seating most of the day. At night, I can usually have a good sleep and wake up feeling well. It just deteriorates during the day. I work in the computer, but I make excuses to walk a bit during the day. I am hoping that I don't have to have the ACDF, and to get to the point where I can be comfortable during the day and I can practice sports that don't worsen my condition.
I was given some medications to reduce swelling and a muscle relaxant. I usually can stand the day with out any medication, but once in a while, I take naproxen, if it becomes too uncomfortable.
I see that I am not suffering as other people here. But still there is the fear of the unknown where I don't know if it is going be better or it can be worst.