Hi, I'm new to this site, I'm just looking for a bit of advice, from anyone who is going though the same thing or has had, something similar and knows anything about this topic,
Firstly about 3-4 years ago I was diognoised with a prolased disc, c4 c5, first started with a bit of weekness in my arm then it seemed to of pinched then I was in a lot of pain for a week or so then eased off, then back on again for a week, this lasted a few months, after that it seemed to wear off, about the time I had my mri results, this is going back 3-4 years, over the years I have done a lot of contact sports, mixed martial arts, etc, I still try and train everyday, y
But the real problem has started January this year, when I twicked my neck, it was stiff for a week, then like the time before the pain came, same place, back of shoulder, lat, a bit down arm, biut the pain lasted a lot longer, about a month, or so, then pain eased of, then had a lot of tingling, I had another mri which showed the really, just a little bit worse, and I little degeneration on c6-, but it was about April time when I got worried as I started to loss a lot of strength in my shoulder and arm, about 30-40% which is quite a lot, but my constant didn't seem to worried,
Now a week ago same happen triggered my neck again, somehow, after doing a bit of weights? I think? know I've been in even more pain for a week now, but this time I have lost even more strength in my shoulder and arm, I think about 90% in my shoulder!!!! Can't lift my arm up, !!!
Now I'm due to see the guy at the hospial in 3 weeks, quite a long time when I'm like this, but I'm worried now as its August and I havnt regained my strength back yet, and it has got worse, what shall I do? Will this be permanent? Any advice would be much appreciated, sorry for the long message,
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