Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Herniated Discs

Today I received confirmation that I have two herniated discs. Disc 5/6 and 6/7 which are located on the upper spine, near the neck.

I've had pain since March, really. I first noticed pain when I went back to work after my hysterectomy. I noticed my elbow hurt when answering the phone. I ignored it, felt my elbow needed to get back into shape. It probably did!

While running Minneapolis Marathon in May I noticed that my hand had prickly, electric probe like feelings while holding my water bottle. I realized my fingertips had been tingling for a while.

By the time Afton 50K rolled along my arm was beginning to have these electric jolts going from elbow to fingertips. I had to hold my arm to my body at many times during the race to alleviate the pain. I realized about this time that I should be seen by a Dr.

It seemed that the pain radiated from my rhomboid area. I wasn't having any problem lifting, so continued to do so.

A few weeks ago I was in quite a bit of pain. I couldn't lift or run without pain. I noticed that the up and down motion while running was very painful in the left rhomboid/down my lats area. The zinging from my elbow to finger tips was crazy and constant, my index finger now numb.

Today I learned that I have two herniated discs, no wonder I hurt! I will begin physical therapy and a dosage of steroids. I am hopeful to be on the road to recovery soon!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look up DERMATONES, it shows the spine and how it affects each region of the body

Kathi

Anonymous said...

http://spinetalk.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=anatomy&action=display&num=1151031337



Good site
Kathi

Julie B said...

Kathi, that is a great visual! Shows exactly where I am having numbness, zinginess due to C5/6/7. Wow! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

That sucks. I know somebody else that had similar issues and was able to keep up fitness by water running. Anyway best of luck and I hope it heals before we do Tuscobia.
Marcus

Chris said...

Julie,

I've been struggling/working through a similar issue with a herniated disc in the L5/S1 area. This effects my left leg and piriformis - need less to say it takes a toll on ones running ability.

But with PT and exercise I've gone from hardly being able to walk to training again for a 50 miler in a month and a half. As I'm sure you know be careful with the injections for they merely remove the inflammation and do little to fix the problem.

Chris

Julie B said...

Thanks Marcus! Yeah Tuscobia! I better be better by then ;)

Julie B said...

Chris, I'm so glad that your running again! Awesome that a 50 is on the calendar!! My dr told me to try running today with Aleve & the prednisone. I'm about ready to head out the door ;)

Olga said...

Jul, sucks! I am with Chris on what was - and to me it was Bikram yoga for the rescue. I had a post on it not long ago, the story of it. Best to you on fixing it!

Happy said...

Svaroopa yoga is great for the spine, too. I googled svaroopa in Minneapolis (I don't know how far you are) and found this studio: http://nokomisyoga.com/ourclasses.htm. I was having severe back pain all last year and I feel so, so much better now. I also highly recommend Anusara yoga. I think yoga and running are a great combo.

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Thanks Marcus! Yeah Tuscobia! I better be better by then ;)