About three weeks ago, after completing a 1/2 marathon (in 1:43), I had some horrific neck pain. this was followed by some radicular pain down my right arm. I just got an MRI of my neck and found that I have disc herniation at C5-6 and C6-7, with some right sided nerve root compression.
Per a neurosurgeon friend of mine, given my relative paucity of symptoms, the compression will get better, but I will still be left with degenerated discs, and the risk of further injury.
This hurts. I am a physician by profession, and an athlete at heart. I’m a brown belt in BJJ, and at 205 have some pretty good powerlifting numbers under my belt as well (a triple bodyweight squat a few years back, etc).
So I’m strong and flexible - and had worked on both in hopes of avoiding such an outcome. Damn this human frailty! I miss one day of lifting or jiujitsu, and I get twitchy.
So I put it to you all, and to the great coaches on this site; what can I do? Once the immediate inflammation resides, what activity can I resume?
What, in your experience is safe? I ask you all, because not a damned soul I know deals with such injuries in healthy people, so they have no idea what can be done afterwards.
With all my heart I wish to train, but not at the expense of hastening the need for c-spine surgery.