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DennydiamondDDennydiamond Posts: 2
edited 07/27/2015 - 9:49 AM in New Member Introductions
I have been a part of this site for just under a year. I was just getting my nerve to ask the same question. I'm happy to see this detailed answer. I am hoping to understand better what others are going through. Really for re-assurance.

Just over a year ago I was working out with at weight trainer. When we tried to do dead lifts, we discovered I couldn't get my arms up and back enough to hold the weight on my shoulders. We modified it by holding the weight in front of me. The next day I had a stiff neck and fever. My regular doctor just brushed it off and said it was just me working out too hard. As the days went on the stiffness got worse. I developed pain in my should blades, fore arms, thumb and fore pointer finger of my right hand. Although I had full strength, my joints felt tired and weak. I eventually visited a chiropractor who's x-rays should deformities.

Long story short, here's the diagnosis given to me by the neurosurgeon

There is mild straightening of the cervical lordosis. The vertebral bodies otherwise maintain normal height and alignment. Diffuse disc dehydration is present with moderate loss of disc space height at C6-7 and mild loss of disc space height at CS-6. The visualized cervicomedullary junction and spinal cord are grossly unremarkable.
At C2-3, no significant disc bulge or stenosis is identified.
At C3-4, minimal spondylotic impression upon the anterior thecal sac results in no significant stenosis.
At C4-5, minimal disc bulge and endplate spurring are present with a right paracentral disc protrusion. The findings result in asymmetric effacement of the right lateral recess.
At CS-6, disc bulge and endplate spurring with suggestion of more focal protrusion of disc material into the right neural foramen and mild right facet arthropathy are present. The findings cause moderate central spinal canal narrowing with mild left and severe right foraminal narrowing.
At C6-7, posterolateral disc bulge, asymmetric to the right, endplate spurring and minimal facet arthropathy cause mild central spinal canal and left foraminal narrowing with moderate right foraminal narrowing.
At C7-Tl, posterolateral disc bulge, greater towards the right, mild end plate spurring and facet arthropathy are present. The findings cause mild left and mild to moderate right foraminal narrowing.

I was told by the doctor that at 54 I didn't want to be this bad.

I have days that I forget that this even happened. Other days it's definitely there. I have a high pain tolerance and handle that very well, thank God. But it's the days that I feel that my balance is challenged. Is that typical for some folks? It is typically when I'm tired.

Also, my doctor and therapist both made the statement that they could see my symptoms change just from a long car ride. Do folks experience that kind of thing as well?

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 07/27/2015 - 9:50 AM
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  • Thank you for sharing your experience and MRI results. I have been burned by deadlifts and weightlifting, in general. I'm trying to understand how deadlifts can effect the cervical discs, as I have both lumbar and cervical bulging discs. (How can lifting from the ground up affect that area of the spine? I understand whiplash and shrugs are dangerous for cervical discs, but is it possible something like picking up furniture can compress your neck? How does that work?)

    I feel like the curse of our times is a push towards extreme fitness, which leads to us crippling ourselves. We are bombarded by messages that drugs, smoking, and drinking can be bad for us, but we are never told that going to the gym can be just as dangerous and devastating.

    I can relate to your concerns, but I don't know what you mean by your balance being challenged. I've never felt dizzy, but maybe that will come in time for me. Some days are better than others. A lot of the experience is mentally challenging, and I feel like I experience the 5 stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance. I really don't like that word "acceptance." When I'm in "denial," I just can't believe that something as seemingly innocuous as lifting weights can lead steadily to chronic pain and disability. I still can't believe it's happened, and it makes me angry, too, that people don't care enough to give this issue more visibility or to work to change the perception that working out is always healthy for you.

    At the same time a young woman is proud of herself for getting the abs she's always wanted, her invisible spine is now at the brink of collapse from the combined weight of a thousand situps.

    Please take care of yourself. I hope you find peace and happiness away from the pain.
  • I appreciate your response. I wish you well
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