My Story No one told me there was an alternative to surgery. I hurt bad and my doctor recommended immediate surgery. In fact, without even consulting me, he told his MA to schedule surgery for me early the following week.
I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my neck with bulging discs (no car accidents or specific trauma). Baffled and then crushed when the neurosurgeon told me I would never run again. Not words an avid runner wants to hear.
Running was my life. It’s where I met my friends, where I could burn off all of the calories I ate, and also where I let go of stress. I could always just ‘run it off!’
After this diagnosis, I had to stop running because every time I ran it hurt. My arm went numb and felt heavy. One place I found respite was in the swimming pool. There I could run without any pain (check out pool running).
My doctors did their best, but all they could do was recommend prescription pain medicines which tore up my stomach (from the anti…