As the title suggests, been fighting a pinched nerve in my neck/back. At first the symptoms seemed to suggest C5 (numbness and tingling in my shoulder and delt), but then within a week it seemed to move to about every area of my spine - tingling down the sciatic nerve in my leg, numbness in both thumbs, and tightness in the muscles of my back. The good is, no pain or real limited range of motion, it's mostly a tight feeling and numbness in the extremities. So, I haven't felt like an invalid...but it's still a concern.
X-rays showed nothing, doctor hasn't ordered an MRI wants me to wait it out thinks it's muscle and I tend to agree with that I don't think all my discs decided to bulge at once and I've had no injuries or back problems before (42, in good health btw), but it brings me to riding. He suggested the normal therapy, stretching, heat, NSAID's and staying active. Active is an open word, right? I mean, mountain bikes are active. Well, he did mention something about not bouncing around like a pogo stick but I took that to mean don't crash.
Anywho, I've stayed on my workout but dialed back the intensity and weight, and I admit I've done a few light rides since the recuperation began, and I felt great riding...no discomfort at all but I've noticed the next day it's like ALL the symptoms kind of flare up for a day or so, then back to mild.
I'm having a hard time figuring out if I'm setting myself back or working through it and doing my body a favor. Anyone dealt with this and have any insight?
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