Hi everyone -
I am new to this site. I have never posted anywhere actually. I was diagnosed about 15 months ago with C6 / C7 disc protrusion. I did PT and had three pain injections. I no longer take medication other than occasional ibuprofen. I was a former runner prior to the injury. I consulted with a spine surgeon and a neurosurgeon, one said it would get better the other said it was as good as it is going to get. The truth is somewhere in the middle. I thankfully have avoided surgery. I did get better but nowhere near 100%. I told my doctor that I am running (I down play the miles). I have good days and bad days as far as the pain / discomfort goes. One doctor said if I can run 12 miles why not 15 and why not a marathon. The other doctor told me to not over-do it because I am still healing. I am flying to New Orleans this weekend to run the marathon. I clearly have that runners addiction, but I am wondering…does running actually prevent the neck injury from healing? Is a marathon just too much? I don’t want to end up in that level of pain ever again…it was beyond awful, but I don’t want to give into this and stop living my life.
Thanks so much!