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Lower back pain from deadlifts - post 6 weeks still have pain

Hi, need help so frustrated

Did heavy deadlifts 2 months ago and had severe back pain for 2 weeks after. ( 1 rm @ 265lbs - woman). Painful to even bend over but pain isolated in back, no leg pain at all. Had lots of muscle spasms. Decided to lay off the deadlifts for 2 months.. This week, my Back was feeling much better so did a workout that included 10 dead lifts @ 75 pounds which is very light. While doing the dead lifts the pain came back, it was a shooting sharp pain from the spine across my back. The pain is below the curve of the back and above the glutes.. No leg pain, just pain bending or tender to touch. Wondering if a pulled muscle can take more than 8 weeks to heal or maybe something more serious as herniated disc.


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  • Hi. I'm suffering from lower back pain presumably brought on by doing stiff-leg deadlifts. It has been 8 months now for me. My physio said he thought it was a herniated disc, my GP said muscle strain. I'm waiting for the results of a CT scan right now.

    I would advise you to stop all weight-training until you have seen a GP, physio etc and got the all clear to continue with it. You may need tests such as x-rays, CT and/or MRI to rule out any serious injury. Until then keep your exercise routine very light and low impact. Leisurely swimming, walking and stretching are all probably okay. Don't risk your injury becoming something worse. You might never do a deadlift again... I'm pretty sure that's where I'm at.
  • Hi mcjimjam, did you get your results rom the CT scan yet? Hopefully it was juts a muscle strain. I have a dr appt next week.
  • mcjimjammmcjimjam Posts: 307
    edited 01/12/2014 - 4:23 PM
    I have got the results. Apparently the problem is a Schmorl's Node. The doc said that with a tailored physical therapy plan I should be pain-free in a few weeks. Hopefully he's right. I'm trying to stay positive but am scared that maybe he's just being optimistic.

    Good luck at your dr appointment!
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