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Thread: Muscle Loss and Age

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    Originally Posted by Jibralta
    I found myself sort of reeling at the question, like I was pulling in yards and yards of years to count. When I said, "42," it almost felt like a weight. It was such an odd, surreal moment.

    To my great delight, the girl was flabbergasted and said, "What?! Are you kidding? I thought you were going to say something like nineteen!"

    Needless to say, I feel pretty awesome right now. I don't know how good her eyesight actually is, but I'm not going to worry about that
    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha I have to spread some reputation around but I will give you double stars next time :)

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    I have six herniated discs.

    SIX.

    All in my neck and upper back. I can hardly believe it.

    But this explains the pain I've been in.

    It's a little frightening. The future of my physical health is uncertain at this point, and that is a very uncomfortable feeling.

    I want to blame someone, but I can't blame anyone. And blaming doesn't help anything, anyway.

    Also, for all I know, the herniated discs may have been there for years. Ever since I was in my early 20s, my neck and shoulders were extremely tight.

    It's gotten progressively worse over the years.

    That stupid little car accident may have just sent one of the discs over the edge.

    I know which one: a thoracic one because I have pain shooting down my arm these days. It was horrible a few weeks ago, but it's getting better.

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    I am so sorry to hear this!! I had one herniated disc apparently from carrying a heavy backpack in grad school. Ironically (or coincidentally??) my first professional massage "cured" it. I'm sorry you're in pain!

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    I got a massage a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised at how effective it was in relieving the pain. Maybe I can get it covered by my insurance. It's such a simple remedy. But it's drug-free, so they'll probably give me a hard time.

    Worth a try, though.

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    It looks like I will have to quit horseback riding. This sucks, because I really like the new place I've been going to. The instructor teaches at the level that I want to rise to. But I can't risk my neck. The discs between vertibrae C4-C5 and C5-C6 are protruding into my spinal canal. I am at higher risk for spinal cord damage if I sustain further injury to my neck. I am not in the habit of falling off of horses, but it can and does happen.

    Horseback riding is a joy, but it's not the only joy that I have. I also have a wonderful relationship that will be ruined if I get myself paralyzed. I have a career that I love. I am not hurting for money. Other than this disc issue, I am relatively healthy and in good shape. There is more to life that I can enjoy. I'll just have to figure out some other way to get my thrills.

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    I am sorry to hear this! I guess there's no back brace or similar you can wear??

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    My chiropractor actually suggested that.

    I emailed my instructor to find out if there was a neck brace for horseback riding, but she is not aware of one.

    She would know.

    She did say that she has had clients ride with the wrap-around neck braces. So, that could be an option.

    I will talk to my chiropractor about the level of protection a brace like that would provide.

    They do have neck braces for motorcycle riders, but they seem to function as part of an overall body-armor system, not something that works well without additional anchoring.

    I guess I could talk to my cousin about that. He's an AMA pro racer and does the Daytona 200 every year. He knows all about equipment.

    However, I'm not doing anything until I learn more about my vertebrae. I plan to talk to some other medical professionals and get second opinions.

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    Jibralta -was thinking of you yesterday -I'm reading Educated by Tara Westover and there is a lot about horses/riding/breaking in horses. What a book. Honestly I find it too intense and scary but I cannot put it down.

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