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Issue When Working Out

Hello everyone. I've posted on here before about the chronic stiffness in my neck. I've had xrays, MRI's, EMG... all perfectly normal. I've been seeing a chiropractor and it seems to have elevated some of the stiffness.. but it's not where we need to be. He's starting to suspect food allergies and sent off blood to have it tested. Lately I've been going back to the gym and lifting weights again.. nothing too crazy. When I do.. I get this weird tightening, burning sensation in my lower cervical/top thoracic spine. Yesterday I actually went pretty heavy. I could feel the tightness when I got home and just put a heating pad on it. I woke up this morning and it felt like it was on fire. As the day went on it started going away. I also noticed my pinky and index finger are tingling and weak on both hands. I know the ulnar nerve controls those. I do have sore tendons between my biceps and forearm. Does it sound like I simply irritated the nerves? Also.. the top of my T spine does frequently tighten up/burn when working out and I tend to get dizzy. The chiro told me it's just trigger points. Once my traps begin loosening I won't have the problem. Or does this sound like a facet joint problem?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    No one on the forum side of this site is medically qualified to provide any type of medical diagnosis or advice.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • I couldn't tell you if you've "irritated" nerves, but PLEASE don't give yourself reason to believe you may be causing further damage by "heavy" working out. The fact that you know what "heavy" is and that you know it could cause you potential problems is a red flag.

    This is why physical therapy (or a good personal trainer) is important. Work with them to create a game plan for staying conditioned. The cost will be worth it if you follow their advice. The Internet is filled (to bursting) with terrible advice for "staying in shape." There is too much survivorship bias and not enough focus on safety and long-term outcomes.

    Don't play Russian roulette. Get the information you need from an experienced person. Don't "distrust" medical professionals. Ask them. Start with your GP.
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