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Nine Months Off The Bike (so far)

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Nine Months Off The Bike (so far)

Old 04-13-14, 12:16 PM
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Nine Months Off The Bike (so far)

Last June, I felt a twinge of pain in my neck that started radiating down my arm. I ignored it for as long as possible, but riding made it worse. I finally saw a doctor in July who x-rayed me and diagnosed me with having a pinched nerve due to degenerative arthritis in my neck. I immediately started seeing a physical therapist who administered traction. The traction worked surprisingly well, as I was skeptical. I bought my own traction machine and continue to use it to this day.

The problem? I can't ride. The placement of the pinched nerve is such the the typical riding position aggravates my neck and causes severe pain for days afterward. It's been nine months now and I still can't ride. Today is a gorgeous spring day and I'm going crazy not being able to go for a ride.

I decided a couple of days ago to go talk to a surgeon to get an idea of options for some relief. After I see him I will know more, but surgery it's my absolute last option.

My questions: Do you have any experiences with pinched nerves or neck pain? Did it affect your riding? Do you have any advice?

Words of encouragement would also be appreciated, although this is the 41, so my expectations are rather low. And no, I will not be selling my bikes.
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I had surgery to fuse C5/C6 due to a herniated disk I suffered in college. When it finally got bad enough - almost 25 years after the injury - I got an MRI that showed bone spurs all over the place that had started pinching spinal nerves and the herniated disk itself cutting off almost half my spinal cord, which it probably had been doing for almost 25 years. (And to think I injured myself early my sophomore year and played almost three more years of college football with that injury....)

Had surgery a few years back and things are much, much better.

No limited range of motion in my neck, no massive muscle spasms in my neck every few weeks or months, no numb or tingling fingers. No problems with my neck at all riding - or racing.

What's pinching your nerve? Degenerate disks?
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