Five or six years ago, when I lived in NYC, my friend and I were at the gym after work. We were finishing up our workout and then she bet that I couldn’t do a pull up from a dead hang. I was offended and informed her that I could ABSOLUTELY do it.
I got 75% of the way up and my neck tweaked so badly that I couldn’t move it for days. I went to a spinal specialist at Beth Israel and got an MRI and the result was that I had two discs in my neck that were “bulging” – which is not what they are supposed to do. Despite my explanation that my brave attempt at a pull up caused this problem, my doctor explained that my poor posture was actually the culprit and the pull up was more of “the straw that broke the camel’s back” and that I was WAY too young (23 or so at the time) to have such a serious injury. Defeated and scared, I took off from running for a long time, about six months (my second longest gap) and went to physical therapy and an ART/Chiropractor in order to heal up properly. I am also VERY aware of my posture now. Any time I catch myself hunching over, I straighten right up!
I did heal, but it comes back to haunt me more often than I would like and it will be so random. For example, about 3 years ago, Fizz jumped out behind a door and scared me and my neck went to the dark place and I was horizontal for 3 days. And then there are times (like Monday evening) that it happens without any trigger. I could just turn to look at something and bam, I can’t move.
ANYWAY – that whole story was to tell you guys that I had to take off Monday and Tuesday from running to rest my devil of a neck. It normally takes 2-3 days and then I go back to normal. It is not fun but I also don’t have a solution either.
Who else has an annoying injury like this?