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    C5/C6 Recovery? Ever lift heavy again?

    Confirmed from MRI that I have a C5/C6 herniated disc...

    I'm struggling to find information in regards to weightlifting. Has anybody ever given it enough time (without surgery for an artificial disc) that they were able to resume heavy lifting as if it never happened?
    I'm reading I need to give absolutely no load bearing activities on my neck for 6-12 months, but they say that is for pain elimination. I can't find information on whether after a slipped disc whether you'll ever be the same again.

    Am I done for life with heavy overhead press now?

    Anyone have any advice?
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    I'm sure over time you'll be able to lift heavy again. Look at all the athletes who go through pretty terrible injuries and they're back at it. Just give it time and gradually build your weight back up. Just follow what doc has to say.
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    Originally Posted by JontheAtheist View Post
    I'm sure over time you'll be able to lift heavy again. Look at all the athletes who go through pretty terrible injuries and they're back at it. Just give it time and gradually build your weight back up. Just follow what doc has to say.
    Well Dr isn’t a weightlifting pro...

    To doctors full healed is without pain on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean it’s healed.
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    My experience only:.

    In response to neck pain, loss of strength in my left arm (neuro exam showed missing reflexes too), and parathesia (numbness) in my left thumb and forearm, I had an MRI done in Oct 1994.

    C2-3: Normal

    C3-4: There are osteophytes arising along the ucinate processes bilaterally. No significant neural foraminal stenosis. No spinal stenosis.

    C4-5: Osteophytes are seen arising along the uncinate processes bilaterally. No significant spinal stenosis or neural foraminal stenosis.

    C5-6: A moderate right lateral disc protrusion is present with associated posterior ostephytes. There is impingement on the right ventral aspect of the cervical cord with compression. There is mild neural foraminal stenosis on the left secondary to osteophytes along the uncinate process.

    C6-7: A moderate broad-based disc protrusion is present with associated posterior osteophytes. There are also osteophytes arising along the uncinate process on the left. There is impingement on the cervical cord with mild spinal stenosis. There is also neural foraminal stenosis on the left.

    C7-T1: Normal

    Conclusion: 1) Mild spinal stenosis at C6-7 with impingement on the ventral aspect of the cervical cord. Neural foraminal stenosis seen on the left. 2) Right lateral disc protrusion at C5-6 with associated spondylosis and impingement on the right ventral aspect of the cervical cord. Mild spinal stenosis and left neural foraminal stenosis.

    The treatment was 2400mg of ibuprofen/day for 8 weeks with evaluation for surgery at the end of that time. At the end of eight weeks strength and relexes on the left side had returned; neck pain was gone. The parathesia in the thumb and part of the forearm remained and does so to this day.

    At about ten weeks I worked up the courage to resume lifting complete with squats and deadlifts. I did not ask the doctor if I could because I was afraid he would say "no." (I didn't consider this a bad move as I had gotten so much conflicting advice from the various "specialists" that I didn't really even trust that I would get a meaningful answer.)

    In the 25 years since, lifting has never caused any problems with my neck.
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