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health questionFrankly
Jun 13, 2001 9:03 AM
Have any of you had to deal with a bulging disc in your neck? An MRI revealed that this is the cause of my arm numbness/pain and other symptoms. If anyone has dealt with this, I would appreciate any words of advice as to a plan of action. This condition has effectively halted my cycling, and I am pretty bummed out about it.
Thanks- Frank
re: health questionHank
Jun 13, 2001 10:36 AM
I was off the bike for two years because the docs told me I had the same problem with my back. I was in horrible pain which only got worse and worse. I saw also saw PTs and chiropractors but nothing helped. Then I read this book and was back on the bike two weeks later (including my mtb). I haven't had any problems since. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Well, read through the reviews and see what you think. (recently I've seen some WARNING type reviews that distort the information given in this book - you might want to read the book and judge for yourself - at the very worst you're out $11)

I also know several other people who have been cured by this book (including several with the neck problems you describe). Good luck.
re: health questiondavee
Jun 13, 2001 9:02 PM
I don't know if this will help, but I survived a broken neck and several operations years ago. Position on the bike, fit, and padded gloves come to mind as possible solutions, but you probably have tried these.

This being said, please don't ignore any symptoms. I'd be darned concerned if I had a bulging cervical disc and numbness in my arms or hands. Be careful; you can always ride next year if you survive this one.
I am not a doctor, but as a lawyer I've dealt with bad necks andbill
Jun 14, 2001 9:40 AM
backs for fifteen years. Get a second opinion. Get a third. Bulging discs typically DON'T cause problems. They don't cause pain in themselves, and they only create a problem if the extruded disc material impinges on nerves. Doctors vary in what they call the same condition visualized on MRI, and any good one will tell you that you need strong clinical corroboration for any MRI diagnosis. Even then, you don't really know what you'll find until you open somebody up. A Georgetown Medical Center study demonstrated that something like one-third of the population, with no back symptoms at all, turned up with positive MRI findings.
Even with a positive dx, the situation is not hopeless. Proper exercise can help a lot. I've got a client now with unequivocal MRI diagnosis of disc herniation who started to feel a whole lot better within hours of scheduling surgery.
re: health questionFrankly
Jun 15, 2001 7:25 AM
I just want to say thanks to all who took the time to reply. All your various input is appreciated, and certainly will be taken into consideration before I make any decisions, i.e. surgery.