This seems like the most adequate forum to post questions about. I have a herniated disc that I was diagnosed with 4-6 years ago when I improperly lifted as a 16 year old.
The pain went away after a few days, however up to this day (20 years old) I still experience pain whenever I engage in sports that basically involve me lifting my legs in a straight manner above my waistline, or any sport that involves heavy leg movements like soccer.
I love soccer one may simply call it an addiction, whenever I play, AFTER 1-2 weeks I get pain in my lower back, symptoms cease after a few days of rest and some pain relief gels which I rub.
I plan on fully swimming which I confirmed definitely helps your hernia, some weight training that have no effect on my spine (curling while lying flat on the bench or bench presses) no dangerous ones like squats or deadlifts (which I used to do easily 200-250lbs) but I do not want to risk it any longer. I want to do all of these exercises and play soccer 1-2 a week (I used to play 4 days a week)
So what do you think?
Swimming and weightraining with no stress on the lower back 4 days a week, and 1-2 days just 1.5 hour game of soccer.
I will be consulting with a doctor again sometime soon