My names Chris, I’m hoping by posting on this forum I could gain some MUCH needed help and hopefully some hope regarding my current situation (bear with me as this post may be a little extensive). On 7/22/14 I was working out doing pullups and as my last rep approached I swung a little to get myself up which resulted in my neck popping. Needless to say as the days went by the pain became worse and worse so I went for an MRI. The report came back saying
*At C3-4, There is a mild disc bulge without significant spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis
*At C6-7, There is mild disc bulge and small left foraminal disc protrusion and there is mild left neuroforaminal stenosis
Mild degenerative change without significant spinal canal stenosis. There is a small left foraminal disc protrusion at C5-C6.
Diffuse nerve root enlargement consistent with known diagnosis of Charcot Marie Tooth.
I am aware I’ve had the neuropathy Charcot Marie Tooth type 1A since I was diagnosed at a younger age. It has affected mostly my feet, legs, balance and fine motor skills.
The pain of this injury has been becoming progressively worse and is unbearable at times. I am starting to feel more pins and needles/shocking and burning sensations/twitching/ down my left trap into my arm and hand/fingers. My neck has also been stiff as a board for the past 5 days now and I also feel as if there is slight atrophy in my left arm(hard to tell at this point because my left arm was always bigger than my right) I started physical therapy yesterday 8/6/14 and they have me doing sets of Mckenzie exercises (chin tucks) every half hour. I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon scheduled on 8/20/14 and I am at a complete loss. I am only 24years old and despite my neuropathy I have made it my mission to remain very active. I promised myself I would excel in the fitness world and not let it hold me back. I work out daily, became a personal trainer and even boxed for 5 years and went on to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu until a knee injury forced me to stop(ACL). I am looking for any advice or help that anyone could give me as I wish for nothing but to recover from this injury. I have read nothing but horror stories about surgery and not many success ones about recovery without it. I have also come across non-surgical Spinal Decompression online but am very skeptical about it. ANY information or firsthand stories would be of great appreciation. Thank you