Protocol for not losing muscle during extended injury

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I was just diagnosed with a pinched nerve in my neck. I was already shut down for a month, and it looks like it will be at least another before I can get back in a gym. My entire left side is in constant pain.

I've been walking as much as possible, and I jacked my protein intake through the roof. Is there anything else that would help prevent atrophy? (diet, other light exercise, upping cruise dose, etc.)?

I know muscle will come back once I'm working out again, I just want to do everything possible to mitigate the rate of loss in the meantime.
 

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If you're not able to do what you were doing before, yes, eventually atrophy will occur.

But like you stated, once you return to full capacity, it'll return quickly.

I know you want to do what you can, but be aware if what you're doing is actually delaying the healing process.
 
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If you're not able to do what you were doing before, yes, eventually atrophy will occur.

But like you stated, once you return to full capacity, it'll return quickly.

I know you want to do what you can, but be aware if what you're doing is actually delaying the healing process.
I agree with everything you said, but unfortunately I'm guilty of not following it quite often. I'm a bit like the doctor who smokes.
 

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I agree with everything you said, but unfortunately I'm guilty of not following it quite often. I'm a bit like the doctor who smokes.

Same. Do as I say, not as I do.
 

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Oh for sure. I'd probably be back already if I'd seen a doctor in the first place instead of trying to work through it.

I'm just starting to feel lazy/listless from lack of physical exertion.
 

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Muscle loss will start in as little as 2 week. If I'm at my peak and take a week off, my gym weights drop by a lot when I'm back in.

Honestly, heal up brother. You don't want to go through pain the rest of your life over a pride issue. The weights will be there if and when you get back.

Best wishes!
 

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