I just had my follow-up visit with the orthopedic doctor. This is the second time I’ve seen him, and although he’s friendly, he’s not good at answering questions.
Basically, I have an issue with a disc in my cervical spine. I also have a bone spur. It’s putting pressure on a nerve that runs through my shoulder and arm. I don’t know much more than that.
My next appointment is with a neurosurgeon. Yes, that means that surgery is probably coming soon. What does all of this mean?
I rode my single-speed to work yesterday. It was painful enough that my wife picked me up from work. I drove to work today.
I’ll be picking up the ‘bent with new brakes on Saturday, but even riding that is going to be limited. I’ll ride short rides here and there, but I’m pretty much done with the bike for the year. 🙁
This is a wake-up call. I’ve been gaining weight for a while, but this new bout of being sedentary could be bad. I’m getting strict with my eating, now.
A temporary measure to ease the pain until my appointment with the neurosurgeon involves a needle stuck into my neck. That hasn’t been scheduled yet, but it could give some temporary relief. After meeting with the neurosurgeon in about a month, I’ll know what I’m up against.
I need some goals, just so I can envision and end to this mess. I’m still going to have to think about it more, but I do need another lifestyle change. I need to get back to healthier eating. I need to lose more weight.
Once the pain is better, I need some new mileage goals. I need to start some strength training.
I’m trying to stay positive. Nothing feels positive, but I’m working to change that.