Hi fellow spine friends.
I was just thinking about something...have any of you, looking back, ignored what you now know were warning signs that you had spine problems?
When I was in my mid-30s, I decided to take Tae Kwon Do at a local college. We had to jump on hard wooden floors for the 1-1/2 hour sessions and I went two times a week. Rarely did we have padding. I was even in two competitions where I took first place and broke boards with my hands and feet.
Then one day, we were jumping around on the wooden floor of the college gymnasium and when I got into my car after class, the pain in my lower back was so bad I cried all the way home. It took a couple of days to go away, if I recall correctly, but at the time it never crossed my mind to see a doctor.
I also remember countless times when I was shaking my head forward and backwards, very hard, in tune with the Eagles' "Get Over It" because it made my friend laugh. It kind of hurt, but I didn't think much of it when I did it. Then I find out some five years later that my neck is on the verge of collapse.
Isn't that amazing? Am I just stupid? I know that I was completely unaware of the possibility of spine problems and even the spine at all, really, but sure wish I had been. I think it was just plain ignorance.
Have any of you looked back and thought if only I knew then what I know now? If only I'd seen the signs x many years ago?
I'm not trying to start a "oh, if only I had..." thread, I'm just wondering if anyone did what I did only to find out later...WHOOPS!