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Moderate C4 C5 Disc Bulge - New Poster

Hey guys! I am a 27 year old very aggressive and physically fit male. At least I was.... Back in April of 2013 I was lifting at the gym when a bigger 'friend' of mine suggested a lift behind my neck with a straight bar. Long story short I did something wicked to my neck and was locked up tight for like 6-7 weeks turning my whole body left and right to look anywhere. After that 6-7 weeks I started loosening up and got back to the gym and started hitting getting back at it feeling goodt. Except I had numbness traveling down my left arm, which at that time, I didnt know was sciatica. I ignored the mild numbness and continued working out for 5 weeks and then one day I experience the cervicogenic headache and tightness at the back of my skull again on the left side. I layed off of the gym for several weeks hoping that the cerivicogenic headache and skull tightness would go away but it didn't. This prompted me to see my orthopedic doctor and he sugested that I get an MRI to see what was going on. The MRI report came back in early July indicating a moderate disc bulge at the C4 C5 level and the nerve compression causing the numbness down my left arm and the deferred pain that is the skull tightness or cervicogenic headache at the back of the left side of my head. I am on my 5th week of PT and not getting too much better. There is now a lot of dull ache at my left shoulder blade, still the cervicogenic headache/skull tightness on left side of skull, and moderate numbness (sciatica) traveling down my left arm. Couple question for you guys here and I understand that everyone is different. What are my chances here of the disc bulge recieding back to its normal cavity without surgical intervention? How long will this take if it occurs? I reall am not in unbarable pain by any means, but moreso in a depressed state because I am not able to work out and live the active life I enjoy. What is the average length of time for a disc bulge to reciede? If it heals on its own, will I be able to be as aggressive as I was? Will I make a 100% recovery? What are the signs of the disc bulge healing itself? Can I used the cervicogenic headache/skull tightness and numbness traveling down left arm as indicators of the problem still being there? Do you guys having any suggestions on healing up faster? Any and all input is appreciated here.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 08/13/2013 - 8:01 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • zpmontog0947zzpmontog0947 Posts: 4
    edited 08/26/2013 - 5:35 AM
    Why won't anyone post in my thread and help me out???
  • I had a ruptured disc at c5-c6 level 20 years a go. I stayed home for a month and rested and just followed my P.T.. It did get better and after few months went away. But it just came back. My head was pushed back while I was sitting in a relax position. since then the pain is back and I may need surgery. However you need to take it easy and DO NOT THINK OF SURGERY THIS IS THE LAST REMEDY. Good luck.
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