I am really hoping someone reading this will have experienced what I am or are a physiotherapist, who could give some basic advise.
I am 28 and weight training was a large part of my life for 8 years; in February 2007 I went back to the gym due to a couple of months off with chest infections, and being keen to hit the weights, I went a bit too heavy.
I ended up pulling my upper back and my neck/shoulder seemed to nag me month after month; I saw Osteopaths and Physiotherapists but could only afford a certain amount. It did help and I didn't work out for nearly a year.
I went back to the gym in January 2008, did really light weights for 2 weeks but had a night out on the town one weekend at the end of those 2 weeks and it set all my neck and shoulder off again. I went to a different Osteopath and she injured me! After 2 weeks off work on 4 medications at the same time, I thankfully got an MRI scan to see why it has taken me so long to recover since my original injury.
I was subsequently diagnosed with Cervical Spondylosis, which is Osteoarthritis in my neck - this is common but normally in middle age onwards but it can have a bad affect on people, it varies. I am still in shock and upset as I didnt guess I had this.
Sorry this post is so long but I am feeling a depressive feeling eating me - the fact I may not be able to weight train again. I am waiting to see a neurosurgeon to decide what direction I should go (surgery/physio/nothing) but it could take months.
Are there any people here, whatever your age, who have Cervical Spondylosis but still weight train, albeit lightly now? I know I will never train heavy again but not training at all is what upsets me. I just think if I train light in the future and build it up extremly slow to a "medium" level, but never heavy, I am thinking this should be beneficial.
Right now I am just stopping the hedonistic nights out, watching my posture at my desk, starting supplemnting with glucasomine/chondroitin (spelling?) and doing light cardio/full body stretches. If anyone can help, please post - thanks a lot