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Running a marathon with C6 C7 - go for it? Or Stupid!?

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!


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  • I am not a doctor, but I am facing the same mental anguish as you are. I refuse to let this rule my life.

    The way I look at it is if you are in a condition where you can run 12 miles and you feel like you can run a marathon then do it. You know your body and it has been 15 months so why not? I would run a marathon if I thought I could do it. You don't want this to get you down and you don't want to live the rest of your life worrying about screwing up your neck again.

    Only you know your body, if you feel up to it then do it!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    Is it really worth it? Is it worth potentially being injured at best, paralyzed at worst for a game ?

    He told me that for both Snow Skiing and playing golf.

    I've havent hit the slopes since 1982 and the last time I swung a golf club was back in 2004.

    But, even if your doctor approves it, you have to be 100% comfortable with your decision and always understand the risks involved.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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