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Weightlifting injury of 4 months; only 18, please halp

I feel bad about posting about my problem here when a lot of people on this forum have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, but I'm only 18 and this has been going on for 4 months now so I decided to post.

I took up weightlifting a little over a year ago and when I crossed over the begginer stage, I started doing things like squats and deadlifts. They can be admittedly bad for your back, but generally if you keep your form ok you should be fine. I obviously didn't keep proper form because I strained by back. It healed easily within a week, but a month after that this new pain started.

It was different. Dull and throbbing instead of sharp and electric, and it seemed to be constant instead of appearing in certain positions. My general practitioner was useless, so I went to a massage therapist who said the muscles around my spine were tight and inflammed. During the day I used regular cooling horse balsam and during the night I'd wrap my back in anything (clolth, paper) covered in comfrey tea. It worked, but not completely and it took much longer then it was supposed to.

I went back to lifting weights, but very light and none of the aforementioned exercises. In 4 days I was back to square one.

Most of the inflammation used to be largely on the left side, but now that it's returned again it feels more like it's on the right. It's VERY mild but persistent. When I'm laying down, standing, walking or sitting in anything soft I don't feel anything at all. Bending in any way except side-to-side causes a 2/10 pain at most. Exercise makes it worse. It's mostly just a nuisance. which is why I feel bad about posting here. Still, this has been going on for 4 months and 3 months is considered chronic.

Thanks in advance for any feedback


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  • I hurt my back doing weights as well. Stiff-leg deadlifts. I think you should see another doctor for a second opinion. It is likely if you went to your doctor soon after the injury, he will have thought "oh, it's just a muscle strain, it'll go on it's own". But now that more time has passed, they will probably take you much more seriously and want to do a physical exam and order some test (X-ray, CT or MRI usually).

    So yeah, I would go back to the doctor. Either the one you saw or a different one. In the meantime don't do any high-impact exercise. No weights, running, sport but try to keep active with gentle exercise like stretching, walking or swimming at a leisurely pace. Be aware of keeping good posture and using proper lifting technique if you absolutely must lift something.

    Good luck. I hope you find a doctor who listens to you and wants to help you.
  • I went to a private clinic this morning for an ultrasound, to make sure that whatever this problem is, it isn't muscular like torn muscle fibers. It didn't show anything at all. The doctor speculated that since I'm still growing my expanding spine has trapped a nerve root. He says it's worrying that it's lasted as long as it has. The recommendations are to go to a surgeon physician or MRLS.

    I still lift, it doesn't bother me as long as I don't put too much pressure on my back. Last time the pain restarted because I did leg raises improperly, but now I've been working out at about 70 - 80% of my regular intensity (without squats and deads) and nothing has yet to happen.

    It's like I almost don't have a back problem, but it's just there, keeping me from going all out. I doubt it's an actual spinal problem, since injured disks would hurt like hell and now I know it's not a muscular problem.
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