Since my last update, I went for an MRI on my neck and got the results. The MRI showed that I had a bone spur on my C6 vertebra that was pressing on the nerve that goes down my arm as it exits the spinal canal. It also showed some other minor disc issues, but the bone spur is what seems to be causing the issue with arm numbness and pain. The orthopedist said a bone spur in that area is actually pretty common, and if we did MRI’s on everyone over 40 (which I’m not), then we’d see it on over half the images, but since I’ve had a pretty active life it’s not unusual at my age. For lack of a better word, he said it was basically some arthritis forming. Yeah, yeah, just go ahead and say I’m getting old doc. THANKS! He thinks that with a cortisone injection the inflammation will go down, and the numbness and pain will get better, and surgery won’t be necessary. Thank God, because I’m not really sure that would be an option I’m willing to consider. The pain would have to be really bad before I am willing to go that route, and luckily I’m not in a lot of pain. As a matter of fact, most of my pain is now gone, so it’s mainly just the numbness that is bugging me still.
On August 30th, the orthopedist referred me to a pain management doctor, but the doctor was to call me. After a couple of days of not hearing from them, I stopped by their offices on Sept 4th, and I was able to schedule an appointment for tomorrow Sept 10th. However, the appointment is only for a consultation to discuss the injection. I wanted to go ahead and schedule the injection as well, but I was told that I had to wait until after the consultation to do that, so hopefully, I can schedule the injection by the end of this week or next at the latest. My husband keeps telling me that I’ll be self-healed by the time I actually get the injection, and I’m beginning to think he may be right. At least I can make it to about mile 3 or 4 now on my runs before my arm goes numb, and it doesn’t usually hurt anymore when it does, so my half training is getting back on schedule. I still can’t bike though, and I’ve been told to stay off my bike until after the injection and preferably until all numbness is gone. I’m hoping I can return to biking by the end of September.
My DBS has been put on the back burner for now since I’ve been dealing with my neck issues, but I really think the slow down in everything has probably helped it as well. I haven’t been able to do all of my exercises for it since some of the positions aggravated my neck worse, so it’s been a vicious cycle, but I’ve been taking my running return slowly, and I’m using the run/walk method doing a 4:1 interval right now. I’m not back to the speed I’d like to be, but my mileage is almost back on track for my upcoming half marathons this fall, and my hip is holding up. I was able to do a long run of 8.5 miles yesterday, and I still feel some tightness in it, but no pain, and that’s what counts! I also ran the Big Peach Sizzler 10K on Labor Day, and even though I did it as a training run and wasn’t trying to PR, I was able to PR it since I hadn’t actually ran a 10K since last August which was my first 10K. I could have definitely ran it faster and it wasn’t a PR I’m thrilled about, but it was a PR none the less, so it did make me feel better about my half marathons starting next month.
~ Train smart & have fun people!