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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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    Nice

    Just googled that book--sounds really good. Maybe I'll read it myself.

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    I figured I would post an update on my spine.

    I actually have eight herniated disks, not six. Seven are in my neck and upper back. A second MRI of my lumbar spine revealed an eighth herniated disk in that region. My chiropractor suggested that I consider suing for my car accident in December 2018. He gave me the names of a lawyer, a pain specialist, and a spinal surgeon.

    I met with the spinal surgeon first. He reviewed the MRI of my neck and found that two of the herniated discs are actually compressing my spinal cord--not just impinging upon the spinal canal as I'd thought. This explains the pain I've been having in my arm for the last few months. The good news is, my spinal cord is not injured. However, according to the spinal surgeon, the pressure on my spinal cord is "significant." He said that in his opinion, an operation is necessary.

    I am supposed to continue with my chiropractic regimen for the next 6 weeks to see if my body responds. I am also supposed to go to a pain management doctor who will inject steroids into my spine. This apparently reduces inflammation in the discs and may cause the symptoms to diminish or go away completely. It would be great to find out that my discs are poking into my spinal cord as a result of inflammation, and that the disc will go home to its vertebra and leave my spinal cord alone once the inflammation is reduced. Fingers crossed for that.

    Another thing the pain management doctor will do is test my nerves to see if there is any nerve damage. Some nerve damage can be corrected and some is permanent. The way my chiropractor explained it is as follows: Imagine a hose is lying on the ground, watering the grass. If you stepped on the hose, it would restrict the water flow to the grass. If you left your foot there for a week, some of the grass would probably start to turn brown. If you took your foot off the hose after that week, that brown grass would probably resuscitate and turn green again. If you left your foot on the hose for two weeks or more, the deprived grass would probably die. It would not come back again when you took your foot off of the hose.

    Put in that light, spinal surgery does seem to make sense. However, I am not going to rush into surgery.

    I have my first appointment with the pain management doctor in about a week and a half.

    I got in touch with the lawyer and met with him a couple days ago. Even though I do have lawsuit threshold, he agreed to take my case. We'll see how that goes. It is going to be a tough case because the defense will argue that the disc damage was pre-existing. It probably was--although god knows how it happened--but our side's argument is that my current pain and symptoms didn't start until after the accident. And that's the truth.

    In addition to the above lawsuit, I am also going to sue my gym. I prepaid my membership in full for a year in order to take advantage of a discount. But due to all of this trouble I've been having with my neck and back, I cancelled the membership in April. Even though I provided a doctor's note and followed the letter of the membership agreement, the gym refused to refund my money. Very annoying.

    So, I did some research and figured out how to file a suit in small claims court. I've written out my argument and gathered all of my back up. I just have to submit the damned papers and file the suit. But I'm hesitating because I've never sued anyone before and am not sure what to expect. I'll get it done soon.

    When I first contacted the lawyer, I asked him if he was interested in representing me in my suit against my gym. I sort of hoped he's do it as a bonus. But he's not interested. He's got his eye on the bottom line. It doesn't make financial sense for him at all. And while that does sort of suck for me, I'm glad to see that he's not an idiot!

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