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9/28/09 5:20 P

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Thank you both very much. Point about the chiropractor is that I never told him about my problem, but he was spot on. Maybe I am developing arthritis!? Thanks Kharalynn, I work as a PT, and still lift a bit heavy. At almost 44, maybe it's time to cut back to moderate weights, and focus more on cardio, yoga, and my kick/punch bag. Love the pic.
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Hi, Dave...I can empathize with you as I developed cervical spine issues about 2.5 years ago, in early 2007..however, mine are related to rheumatoid arthritis...in the beginning, I, too, went to a chiropractor - who turned out to be a total nutjob and didn't do a damn thing for me...I went to another chiropractor early 2009 who, again, didn't do much but order 3x/week sessions...I then turned to my foot orthopedic surgeon for direction, who promptly sent me to a neurosurgeon...he did a CAT scan of the cervical spine, along with an MRI, which both showed bulging discs, along with other issues...I know am working with a pain management doctor to resolve the pain issue with neck injections (lovely experience) and deadening of the nerves...he does the injections under x-ray...the symptoms have been mitigated with treatment but we are still working on it...the pain can be excruciating toward the end of a long distance swim, but none of my doctors encourage ceasing the workouts...

My point to you is to not simply take a chiropractor's word for it; if you have insurance and the means, pursue a specialist and/or pain management doctor...the cervical spine is nothing to play around with and getting a second, or third, opinion never hurts...you want your quality of life to be the best possible.

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9/28/09 10:09 A

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Overhead lifting is a big one, yes. The other thing to wonder is, are you lifting too much weight? I know you said you've been doing this for ~20 years, but could you be lifting too much and thus "engaging" your neck to "help" you? It's actually a fairly common problem. Have you tried lighter weights for your overhead lifting, if, indeed, you want to continue with it?

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Thank you both; the chiropractor said there was nothing he could do: wear and tear. The obvious answer I guess is no more overhead lifting.
Thanks for responding.

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Not sure what to suggest Dave...this is a bit out of my area of expertise and experience. The closest thing I've experienced to this is occipital neuralgia in which when I move my head / neck in a certain way the occipital nerve scrapes over a certain point of my skull which seems to pluck it and sends an electric-like spasm right up over my skull toward my eye socket...ZAP! Those things are killers! My doc says just avoid those particular movements...which I try to do, but now & then forget.

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You did the right thing by going to the Chiropractor. He/she will help to align your neck into the right position. Drink lots of fluids, Other than that, I'm not sure what to suggest.
Have you been back to the Chiropractor?


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I have been lifting weights for over 20 years now. About a year ago I was checked by a chiropractor who was running a promo clinic at work. It transpires that C1 and C2 are almost fusing due to lack of fluid. I was'nt surprised really. Symptoms after I perform overhead lifts are sometimes [not always] neck and trapezius pain: I've been told that this area connects to the optic nerve, hence migraine-like pain emanating from above the eyes. I use Tiger Balm on my neck, but if the symptoms are really bad I have to lie down with a wet face-cloth over my eyes.
Any advice for me?

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