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1/15/2015 10:40:22 PM - Driz
For Mark Watts-

Mark I think I have the same issue as you with the cervical hernia.I cranked my neck two weeks ago on incline db rows; then did it again the next morning getting into a small car. Stiff neck; hate, sitting straight since that causes neck pain and slight pain don the trap and neck; I have tricep weakness on my left side and about half my index finger is numb. What are u doing so far to remedy the situation?

I am still not at 100% and I don't think I ever will be. Keep in mind, my situation was from years of collisions and compression. FB + USMC + FB + Powerlifting + Strongman from 1981 until 2013 did not do me any favors. I am also 41 years old, so there is a difference between my rehab and yours.

First, see a doctor, they may assign you a PT and if the pain persists an MRI. They will also assign you some anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers which will help.

Re-hab will most likely include traction (pulling your head of your shoulders) if it is something with compression. Keep in mind, this could be something totally different effective that nerve. Mine is at the spinal cord and the root so it is a double whammy.

My next option will be injections and then surgery (which I will avoid at all costs). Also, I have some severe T-spine issues. My head will not touch the floor while laying on my back without looking straight back away from my feet.

In the meantime, I have figured out some exercises I can do that will reduce the flare up. There are exercises that I must avoid and you will have to figure those out yourself. That's why I train with a neutral grip so much.

Driz, I really feel for you and know what you are going through. I would seek out some medical attention to make sure nothing is worse than it seems. Fight the urge to "work through it" and take it very slow.

Let me know if I can help in any way and hang in there bud.

nothing worse than nerve pain,
Mark Watts

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