Turns out the MRI caused for quite a bit of concern. Let me break down the results to you:
3 Herniated Discs
1 Disc Bulge
3 Areas of Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the bones that surround my spine)
What in the world?! Am I 90?? Nope, just a 24 year old that got hit in the head/neck a little too much, and then ran hundreds of miles, causing my neck to become totally screwed up. I really am blowing the minds of the Dr's that I have met with. They keep asking, "Are you sure you weren't in a really bad car accident"? Surprisingly (if you have seen me drive), I haven't! I have, however, had 5 concussions. And who knows? Maybe genetics played a role.
Either way, it totally sucks. The Dr. said if I continue to run, my spine will get compressed much quicker. Part of me says, "Screw that! I am running anyway!" But then the smarter part of me thinks that if I would have known getting pounded in sports growing up would lead to this, I wish I wouldn't have played them. Either way, just a sucky situation.
Looks like I am going to become an avid biker (since we all know how much I HAAAAATE swimming).
Next week I go in for an epidural cortisone injection. Hopefully it helps manage the pain a little bit.
I am also considering changing careers at some point, so I don't have to sit at a desk all day since that's what hurts the most.