Old poster, new thread. Since Carl and Harry are back posting, maybe the public accountability of posting again will help me get back on my feet.
now, those of tender heart and weak stomach should stop reading
Tale of Woe:
So, I used to spend alot of time here, and I loved posting about lifting and whatever oddball thought danced through my monkey brain. I had always thought of myself as a "recreational powerlifter" in that my lifts were unimpressive, but I only cared about squatting, deadlifting and benching. After 25+ years of lifting without aim, I discovered 5/3/1 and started progressing for the first time ever.
I'm thinking that was probably around 2009. In 2010 or 2011, I discovered Highland Games, and I started throwing with no instruction. Due to a badly injured left knee from my earlier days, and atrocious form, I sort of tore the crap out of my right adductor and hip flexor. I rehabbed it on and off, but was never able to stick with it long enough to get it fully working again. fast forward to last thanksgiving.
I finally decided to remember all the shit my PT taught me about fixing my hip, and started working on it again. Of course, with no hip, I couldn't squat or deadlift, but I kept myself from going completely crazy by benching and pressing and curling, using an old Dan John program called Simple Strength. Very easy daily workouts, and my bench was approaching my older lifts.
Then, in February, I woke up with a sore neck, the soreness of which went through my shoulder blade and down my arm, ending with pins and needles in my left index finger. Got it treated by idiots during the first month or so with only the relief that you get from pain medication. finally got an MRI, the disc between neckbones c6 and c7 was herniated and pressing against the nerve root. I tried non-surgical stuff consisting of cortisone shots, traction and PT for 6 weeks, but it just kept getting worse and worse. I finally got a fusion of c6-c7, and it has been exactly 4 weeks and 2 days since the surgery.