After having a lot of neck pain cycyling this season, then numbness in my left
arm, I went to the doctor, then a neurosurgeon, and was diagnosed with
"advanced cervical spine disease". My C4-C7 are a mess and the neurosurgeon may
recommend a surgery that would envolve removing three disc, bone grafts, and
Cycling is putting extra stress upon my neck, aggravating my symptoms. I would
hate to have to give up cycling. A more upright position would help somewhat,
but not entirely. Sorry, but no recumbents for me yet!
Anyone had this problem and/or surgery?
That's sort of nonspecific- "cervical spine disease" really just means
something's wrong with your neck. Are we talking about a arthritic
type problem, or some sort of herniation or bulging of the discs, or
some other inflammatory process or structural abnormality (i.e.,
Your description of numbness in your left arm suggests some compression
of the nerve roots where they leave your cervical vertebrae. Where the
numbness is in your arm indicates where the compression of the nerve
roots is. The flattened-out-craning-your-neck position on a racing
bike can certainly aggravate this. Does it affect you much if you stay
off the bike?
Have they ruled out symptomatic management, e.g., anti-inflammatory
therapy such as a Cox-2 inhibitor (Celebrex or Vioxx), NSAIDS
(ibuprofen, naproxen, etc) or even steroids?
After the surgery, what kind of neck mobility are you going to have?
Are you going to be able to ride a bike in the standard position?
I'v eknown people who have had surgery to remove a portion of a cervial
disc and insertion of a titanium plate. They had good symptomaic relief
in terms of the numbness and pain in their arm from the nerve root
compression. Some have had other problems like neck pain (usually only
for a few months), reduced mobility of the neck (i.e., limited ability
to look up). Overall, though, they say they feel better in general.