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10/15/05 4:20 PM
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I still practise lots of takedowns. Takedowns can be risky no matter what the circumstances of your body. We have several large crash mats. We'll use these everytime we do any kind of serious takedowns. Having good training partners helps tremendously. All our guys are safety conscious so takedown injuries are few.
11/14/05 1:18 PM
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12/9/05 4:27 AM
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12/27/05 6:30 PM
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Edited: 27-Dec-05
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Hidey Ho everyone in the broken neck clan! It's been just over the two year mark for me. Neck's been great, however, my tricep is still not 100 percent. I think there is still some room for improvement. My wife's cousin had fairly extensive Lumbar disc surgery last spring. He has numbness running down his leg and three of his toes have virtually no feeling. His progression is consistent albeit slow. His surgeon told him the nerve could take 3 years to completely repair! I thought that was long but under the circumstances I can relate. I'm not giving up on my tricep, it still keeps improving so I'm happy. I've been training with everything no signs of the disc giving in, so I'll just keep going with it. Take care eveyone, stay healthy and train hard rv
12/29/05 4:40 AM
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Edited: 29-Dec-05
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Hey guys...well if it's time for updates, here's mine. It's now 9 months since injury. I can roll at 80% with 'selected' opponents. I have made the mistake of  rolling with white belts or average Blues, who even though I ask for 'no neck cranks, hard stacking etc' just don't have the skill to work around it, so I have about 5 guys I trust to roll with.

 The feeling in my index finger will never come back, it's permanent nerve damage. The tricep is still very weak, but I can pump out about 25 push-ups. No real pattern to the onging pain and symptoms. Always worse during the night after sleeping a few hours. Some days I train hard and have no after effects at all, other times I do very little and end up on 500/30 pain killers for 2/3 days.

All said, having watched you other guys progress, I have to be very pleased. Got a follow up scan 2 weeks ago, still have to see the surgeon for formal review but the radiographer looked at my inital scan and compared it and said there is a huge improvment and that the disk had gone a long way back in. (it was a large prolapse) so that's good news, however I don't know if that means much in respect the chances of re-occuring, but at least the pressure on the nerves must be easing. See the Dr in a week or two so will update then. There's a few others here need to take the time to update. Lets hear from the rest of you guys!

Happy New Year!!

12/30/05 11:50 PM
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good to hear it Rainman.. i didnt roll with anyone lower than purple just because no matter what a white/bluebelt says... there going to go crazy SOMEWHERE along the roll!! LOL... dont trust em, just be safe and roll with guys you KNOW can control themselves Its about 1 year for me since surgery I consider myself 100%... i have for about 2-3 months Ive actually had my Meniscus done a few months ago and am pretty much 100% from that... i am REALLY looking foward to this year because i actually feel better than I have in a couple years I dont have quite the Lat strength i used to but it doesnt matter what so ever, i was just in freaky shape before and think ill get to that level again this new year sometime Keep up the good work and stay positive all! Happy New year
1/23/06 1:16 PM
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1/23/06 7:12 PM
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Edited: 23-Jan-06
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Right on Buff!! by the way, what's the general age group supporting this injury. I was 35 when mine happened.
1/24/06 11:48 AM
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Spook, I was 35 too..!!!
1/24/06 7:16 PM
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im going to be 38 this coming April
1/25/06 3:40 PM
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Seems like that mid to late 30's is the danger age!!
2/23/06 3:13 PM
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3/11/06 7:03 PM
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3/15/06 5:17 AM
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Time for an update guys. Well, it will be one year next week since my injury. I am now rolling at 90% again. My game has changed quite a bit to avoid being stacked or getting caught in any type of neck crank, and I tap IMMEDIATELY if someone even starts to go for one and remind them of my condition. Everyone is cool about it at the club because I never use it as an excuse when rolling. I will only use it if I genuinely need to.

My confidence is slowly growing but I am still VERY careful and some days even paranoid. My follow-up scan has shown that (in my Dr's words) the prolapse has completely resolved!! There is a weakness there, but no can say how likely it could happen again. I hope with smart training and rolling I am always reducing the chances or a relapse. My Dr says my excellent physical condition prior to the injury has definitly helped the speed of recovery. One year ago my BJJ training was over, forever. Now I am back tapping out big strong guys half my age. I am not getting carried away or thinking I am 100% again, but for those who think they will never get back to it, you will, if you just don't give up. At one point I was depressed and very negative, but I refused to give in and I would never have believed I would be back training like this already. Keep positive guys and you can recover from anything. Good luck!!
3/17/06 7:36 PM
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Hey Rain that's awesome news. I guess never giving up has it's benefits. Good luck. Take Care
3/18/06 3:09 AM
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Hey there everyone in the broken neck clan. I'm glad to hear that you guys are feeling better and doing well. Here's my update: It's been 2.5 years since my C5-C6 herniation. At that time, I couldn't even hold myself up in a pushup or dip position. At the present, I'd say I'm back to 98%. I have no tricep problems or tingling in the fingers, and my strength has returned to normal (or even better since I've been working it more). In fact, I can do a lot more pushups than I ever could do before the injury. I've been sparring (Muay Thai) and even getting hit hard in the head or doing long rounds of knee sparring I haven't had any real problems. Once in a while I'll get a little tingling but it generally goes away by the next day. I'm rolling again but try to keep it light. I find it is often better to roll with really good guys as they have better control and tend not to use strength and weight so much. Like you guys, I will also tap if I'm getting stacked hard. The one thing that I have given up is racing motorcycles. My doctor said that a crash would be too risky for my neck, and I figure it is better to give up that sport than risk going back to how I was after the initial injury. It's definitely a brutal injury and the despair and depression that accompanied it only added to the difficulty in recovery. But rest and gradual rehabilitation seem to have done the trick for me. Good luck to all my once-broken-necked-but now recovered brothers!
3/26/06 12:22 PM
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next month will be 1 1/2 years since my C5-C6 fusion and i feel probably about 99%. the only thing that is still weak is pullups ( pulling down from straight over head) I dont know why i cant seem to strengthen that particular range but lowpulls (shrug, deadlift) and mid pulls (rows) are strong as ever Ive been training hard for a few months now and plan on doing the BJJ worlds and some big no gi stuff this year Great to see the recovery rate seems to very good amongst you guys.
4/9/06 12:23 AM
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Hi yall!! Time once again for an update on my rehab. It's been two and a half years (holy shit I can't believe it's been that long). Believe it or not, I am still progressing in the strength department. I have just recently made another tricep/lat/whatever else was affected, gain. The two triceps are pretty well even. But it was my dominant arm that was affected, so until that arm strength dominates the other, I won't be truley satisfied. I still have the odd day of tingling in the fingers for whatever reason. Still haven't been able to figure it out in 2 1/2 years. However for the most part the tingling is just ever so slight. My neck hasn't bothered me for months I rarely even think about it anymore. I think looking back, I got lucky. If I have to live with what I have for the rest of my life, I will be happy. Take care good luck everyone. rv
4/20/06 4:01 PM
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Holy crap I cant believe how long this thread has been going!!!
7/7/06 12:24 PM
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7/7/06 2:30 PM
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My neck is majorly fucked up - 6 cercial have problems C2/C3 disk buldge/slipped disk C3/C4, C4/C5/ C5/C6, C6/C7 foraminal stenosis C5/C6, C6/C7 osteophyte complexs C5/C6, C6/C7 disk buldge/slipped disk - problems include major headaches everyday - burning feelings in my trap and rhamboid - intermittent lose of use of either arm - like bracialis(sp?) plexus problem - like losing all strentght in arms/cant grip a cup - pain throught the bracialis and forearm - i just wonder if my neck is so bad i cant come back - seems like everyone only had one problem and came back ok
7/8/06 5:02 PM
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Edited: 08-Jul-06
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Shit dude that's allot of neck problems!! I guess everyone is different, but all those problems aren't good. What does the Dr say? (rhetorical question probably)!!
7/10/06 7:29 PM
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not much yet - gotta go back in a week
7/11/06 11:56 PM
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Holy shat!!
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