So my left arm is tingling, my index finger is numb, and my neck & shoulder are in knots. This has been going on, off and on, pretty much since I started BJJ two years ago.
It's usually been manageable -- Crossfit made it worse, but if it got too bad, I backed off. But now it's so bad I can't sleep. I can't even jog for 10 minutes now without wanting to amputate my arm from the pain. I can actually roll BJJ just fine, because my mind goes blank and the pain disappears... until afterwards, when it's worse. I'm done with BJJ until I get this resolved, and I'm pretty bummed about it. No idea how I'm gonna stay in shape, or if I even can.
So I'm going to see a specialist tomorrow, but I'm gonna call it right now: I'm pretty sure it's a C6 nerve pinch
. I'm thinking it's caused by a bulging disc, which was caused by repeated whiplash injuries back in the day trying to learn to wakeboard. Pretty sure it'll take $5-10k worth of x-rays, MRIs, etc. for them to make this diagnosis... 3 months from now. At least I have insurance. I'm half-thinking I should just buy one of these
and get started rehabbing now.
Sorry, just had to vent. Damn I'm gonna miss BJJ. I'm pretty pissed at myself for messing up my neck trying to learn a stupid sport that I wasn't that crazy about anyhow. :surrender: