posted 05 September 2003 02:24 AM
the good thing is that you have been diagnosed with a bulging rather than a prolapsed disc.
What it is basically saying is that your neck suffered some kind of trauma which caused a disc to bulge. That bulging disc will be pushing or affecting in some way, your spinal cord. It takes very little pressure on the spinal cord to affect nerves which is why you are experiencing the 'tingling' in your arms. If the trauma was in your lower back you would get the tingling in your legs but if the bulge were to continue in your neck it would most probably start affecting your legs as well.
Nerve damage is a funny old thing. Your fingers might me tingling like crazy but that is only saying that the nerve from the spinal cord to the fingers has been affected somewhere along it's route.
Bulging discs left alone cause nerve damage. The longer you leave it the worse it gets.
The exercises you are doing with your neck are working to build up the neck muscles to keep that bulging disc under control and to help push it back into it's rightful place. With strengthened neck muscles you will also be improving you posture.
One scenario might be that your neck muscles became weak through bad posture and stopped doing the job that they were intended for. Or your neck muscles may have been in the 'wrong' position for so long that they started thinking this was 'normal'. If that is the case then as soon as you strain your neck the muscles holding your spine in place give up and because they were holding you in an incorrect position anyway your spine is at it's weakest and susceptible to trauma.
You will get the tingling when doing these exercises because everything you do will aggravate the nerves and nerves to not need a lot of aggravating before they become 'lively'.
I would say, keep going with the exercises but make 100% sure you are doing them correctly. You must strengthen the neck muscles and then keep them strengthened. Once you have had this problem you will always be susceptible to more trauma unless your neck muscles are working the way the are supposed to and keeping everything in line.
Walk tall, chin up, staring straight ahead. No sharp movements left, right, up and down.
Look at the pillows you use in bed, do you keep a natural spinal curvature when you are asleep.
Don't swim with you're head out of the water like a duck. If you cycle then look at your posture when on your bike - is your head being pushed into you back when watching where you are going.
Hydrotherapy and massage - it might not cure you but it sure makes you smile
Nice to meet you,