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AdainsdadAAdainsdad Posts: 1
edited 11/27/2014 - 6:29 PM in New Member Introductions
Having read several posts, it seems that my situation is fairly mild. I'm concerned enough to search the site, though, so I thought I'd join and introduce myself.

I'm 57 years old, fairly active and fairly fit. I injured my back at age 21, trying to deadlift a barbell in a sporting goods store-that turned out to be bolted to the floor. I felt a "crunch" mid back, probably at about the thorax/lumbar border. That move didn't seem to do much damage, and for 30+ years all I believed I dealt with was some point tenderness if I sat on a low backed chair and a stiff back when I traveled and slept in a strange bed.

About 4 years ago I noticed some numbness and tingling in my feet. I'm a light duty runner, so at first I thought this might be due to running. I changed shoes-twice-and tried different running surfaces. The numbness and tingling persisted, but it wasn't a hindrance so I pretty much ignored that until 18 months ago. Then I went to my PCP and had back X-rays, which surprisingly to me looked OK. I next had a nerve conduction test, which showed "very mild" neuropathy, which my PCP called idiopathic. So I figured I'd just watch the numbness and live with it unless it got much worse.

2 months ago I fell flat on my back playing baseball, which might have caused a bit of a whiplash situation. Within a week I had right forearm and rt shoulder pain. I assumed the forearm pain was tendonitis, and I have a history of shoulder problems, so I went to an orthopedist primarily to rule out a rotator cuff issue. My insurance is so-so, so I didn't get any diagnostics done then. My ROM and strength were good enough (still are) so he sent me to physical therapy for possible RC tendonitis.

Twice since then I've awakened with mild neck pain but slightly more intense shoulder pain. When I thought about it, I remembered having tht pain several times before. I also have some slight numbness (new) in both thumbs. In addition I've had some reduction in strength in my right bicep for several months which has gotten worse lately. I'm still functional, but the bicep strength might be down to 80%. This wasn't as pronounced so I didn't mention this when I went to the ortho the first time. The numbness and the strength reduction concern me the most.

So I'm going back to the ortho on Dec. 8th. I'm wondering if I will overwhelm him or distract him with all of this. I don't want to do that, but I was too stingy with background the first appointment, and I don't know what's relevant and what's not. I'm curious if anyone else has several possible contributing factors, and how you handled that and with what outcome. Having read the site, I'm now wondering if my feet symptoms might be due to a cervical issue, which it seems would most likely explain the upper extremity numbness and weakness.

Otherwise. I'm glad I found this site. Seems supportive.\\

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  • - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen?
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results
    - What medications are you currently using?
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

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