One day while squatting, during mid-rep I felt a muscle in my mid-back on the left side right next to the spine clench really hard and it hurt so bad I had to drop the weight and lay down for a few minutes. I felt this weird burning sensation that seemed to go away after stretching for a bit, so I gave it another shot. The second I started to bring the weight down I got the same sensation, so I bailed on the weight, cleaned up and went home.
Doc said it was nothing... "Take these meds (naproxen sodium), take a few weeks off, you'll be fine." So I did... One month later I get under the bar for a warm-up set and BAM. Same thing happens...
- If I extend my neck and look down, I get a dull (abnormal/almost painful) stretching sensation in that area.
- That sharp/clenching pain followed by a dull burning sensation only seems to happen when I squat or do similar exercises.
- I feel some serious discomfort in my back anytime I'm inactive. I can feel it whenever I sit, stand, walk, or lay down for long periods of time.
Doctor - I went back and he said to go to a Sport's Doctor.
Sport's Doctor - Told to see a physiotherapist.
Physiotherapist - Gave me a bunch of exercises which I actually did, but I saw no changes in 4 months. Then he recommended checking out a chiropractor.
Chiropractor - Diagnosed me with scoliosis (20 degrees left) and told me that my mobility between T11 and T12 was restricted. I got treatment for 4 months and did the newly prescribed exercises. It's been 6 months and the Chiropractor says my scoliosis is basically fine, but I still have the same problem. Dull painful discomfort all the time. It gets extreme whenever I bend forward or twist.
It's been well over a year since the original incident, and this problem doesn't seem to go away. Some nights it's so uncomfortable that I have to medicate myself to sleep.
I posted on another forum and somebody suggested getting an MRI... Another guy responded with this: "I would suspect you strained one of your spinal erector muscles. Since it was not treated optimally, it healed back (as torn muscles do) with some scar tissue. If it is what I think it is, then you need to find an expert in soft-tissue treatment - ideally Active Release. That will help to 'clear out' the scar tissue and improve the strength and mobility of the affected muscle."
That sounds sweet, but free health care in Canada doesn't cover physio, chiro, or massage therapists and I don't have a health plan so this stuff is getting expensive (not that my back isn't worth it). I can't afford to fork out the dough on another failed attempt.
Does anybody recognize or have experience with these symptoms? Does it sound like an unhealed strain?
Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated...