GPOYW. Took this last night. Found out on Monday that I have two discs in my neck that are 75% gone, daddy, gone. I’ve been having neck pain for awhile…and my neck froze up on me completely last month. I really didn’t suspect a disc problem though.
After talking it over with the sports therapy doctor who will be helping me through this, we both came to the conclusion that a very traumatic bicycle accident that I had when I was around 10 years old was probably the culprit. Nothing like slamming head first into pavement like a jackhammer and sliding 15 feet on your face to make your spine a little screwy. Only back then, nobody really thought to take a look at my spine. I was stitched up (about 100 stitches….), wrapped up like an extra from M*A*S*H* and sent home.
After thinking about it over the past few days, and paying attention to the referred pain spots that the doctor pointed out, I realized I’ve been suffering with this ever since then. Going out shopping with my mom would ultimately end with me complaining that ‘my back hurt’. Leaning over a desk to do anything like crafts or cooking would ache and hurt… to the point where I would have to go lay down in order to get some relief. I just chalked it up to having a ‘long spine’ (which I do), and something you simply suffer with. Silly goofball. Geez.
The exact spot that’s always been the killer for me, is the very spot that the referred pain of crushed or degenerative discs in those particular places in the neck will go. Huh. Wish I had thought about all of this much earlier.
Fortunately, the clinic I’m going to called BioSports is a very advanced place, which encourages therapy over surgery. So I’m heading there in a couple of hours to talk about treatment options. Is it wrong that I’m secretly hoping they’ll prescribe lots of massage therapy for me? :)
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