cut and copied from my training log in the old guys forum:
Ran into the neurosurgeon I have an appointment with at work night before last. He was nice enough to pull up my previous MRI (from about 8 years ago) and look at it, and discuss the symptoms I am having now.
the good news...He thinks the problem with my hands going numb is more likely carpal tunnel syndrome, not a cervical disc problem.
the bad news...He said there was no point in getting a new MRI... because as far as my low and mid back pain issues go, the symptoms are the same as then. My old MRI showed multiple thoracic and lumbar disks worn down and "nearly bone-on bone"..."diffuse disease" of my spine, "and I am pretty sure things have not gotten better in the last few years"..."you are DONE" and far as heavy lifting is concerned...and even if I stop now..."your looking at long term pain management for the rest of your life"
I am not having radicular pain...all my pain is axial...and I have diffuse degenerative disease, not just one or two bulged/herniated discs, so there is no surgical option for me.
high rep high volume upper body stuff and lots of prowler for my lower body in my future I guess...