So I got my MRI back yesterday -- and it confirmed I have a herniated disc in my neck (cervical section of the spine to sound technical).
I will be going to a orthopedic surgeon next week to go over options. I hope he just recommends physical therapy and not surgery as I'm not a big fan of spinal surgery. I'm a little sore in the morning, but am able to function with hardly any pain during the day and am now sleeping much better. So I am optimistic I won't have to face the knife.
I haven't been on my bike in three weeks. Depending on what the doc says, I hope to be back commuting by bike next week. So if you see me out riding, go REALLY WIDE around me (da terminator) -- don't need any tumbles for awhile.
My MRI experience last Friday sucked. I've never had one of those before so I was nervous. As soon as they laid me down on the hard plastic "plank" and shoved me in the tube (which felt like a casket) a searing pain shot through my shoulder, down the arm and to my thumb. Knowing I had to lay absolutely still for the next 30 minutes, I knew I was in trouble. After about 5 minutes, I didn't think I could handle another 25 minutes so I had them pull me out and put some pads under my shoulders. It didn't help, though. So, I had to gut out the last 25 minutes. After awhile as I just accepted the throbbing pain, it sort of became numb -- hard to explain.
I did pick up the new kit from BobK (thanks Bob) -- it looks great. Hopefully I won't get so fat over the winter that I'll be able to fit into it next spring.