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I am about to start a weight-training excercise program again after taking about 6 years off after suffering from a weight-training injury.

Basically here's the deal: I was weight-training for about 2 years straight, bulked up from about 190 lbs to 240 lbs and appeared very mucsular. I normally worked out on my own at our local gym. I used a lot of free-weight equipment, but when it came to bench-pressing and not having a spotter to help me, I would not use free-weights, I would use a bench machine. This is pretty much how my workouts went for 2 years.

One day about 6 years ago when using the bench machine by myself, I seriously injured either what appeared to be my neck, or a nerve in my neck. I was doing the last rep when pushing up, I felt a quick twitch in my eyes, got extremely nausiated, and had the worst terrible headache I had ever had in my life. I immediately went to the emergency room at the hospital. The doctors checked me out, and said there was nothing they could find wrong with me. Even weeks later the headaches were always there throughout the day , and never went away. I went back to the doctor and they ordered me to have a CAT scan and an MRI done to see if I ruptured anything in my brain (ie: popped a blood vessle, etc). All the tests came out negative, and yet still - months later - I still had these terrible headaches. From that point, the doctors told me there was nothing more they could do for me except prescribe pain medication (Motrin) which I ended up taking because the pain was so intense.

The headaches I aquired from the injury I sustained while weight-training lasted over a year. These headaches were sharp and dull pains that ran from the base of my neck in the back of my head, all the way up to the very top of my head. The pressure on my head and the headaches themselves would give me the most trouble when squatting down then coming back up, going to the restroom (moreso sitting on the tiolet), lifting anything from a standing position, and even holding my breath (I was unable to swim underwater during this entire time).

Now that I feel fully recovered from the injury, yet extremely out-of-shape, I want to resume with the weight training.

I am asking the advice of anyone who has either had this type of injury, or anyone who knows someone who's had this type of injury, what exactly I should do to ensure this doesn't happen again. I'm not sure if the injury was caused by abnormal breathing, form, or position. The doctors I saw said there was nothing they could do for me, and basically said the injury wasn't real, but I assure you - it was very real.

Thank you in advance to whoever can provide any type of information to help me, and good luck to everyone on reaching your goals.

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