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Greetings all! I am a 24 year old male who has been diagnosed with two herniated discs between my L4-L5 and L5-S1. I first injured my back performing a deadlift but my doctor believes I probably had prior damage. I have pain in low back and sharp pain in right buttock and sometimes the left as well. I only get pain down my leg every once in awhile. I've been living with this for almost two years and it's been awful. I'm scheduled for a steroid epidural this month but I'm really considering surgery if the injection doesn't help. I just kind of wanted to hear others experiences with similar issues. I'm also highly active and still workout and stretch daily. The injury occurred about two years ago and I've seen PTs and a spine specialist. No surgeons yet.
Chris teimble


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
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  • I first injured my back at work when I was 18, I remember it like it was yesterday. The photo I put up was me when I was 18 and although off and on pain throughout minor treatments worked and I kept moving. I'm answering because of my past in bodybuilding, my current situation and yours. Can I help you ((no)) before I had my surgery I had two discs going just like you. My surgeon's only concern was that he wanted to know how many discs he had to take out, period. His suggestion was that I needed to lose weight preventing this whole thing or lowering the risk of two discs being removed. At the end of the day he removed one, the weight loss prevented the second. After the surgery I dropped 100 lbs relieving all the pressure off my spine-reviewing the exrays everyone was overjoyed at the success of the surgery. I was actually told by my current specialists that they have not seen a better surgical procedure. If this is success I'd hate to see a failure, I've never in my life been in this much pain and to add to it, the depression, anxiety and pain combined are debilitating to the point of complete disability.

    Your 24 years old, still working out and from your post lots of hope. The photo I posted I was back stage with Mr. America getting ready to launch on an all out war on the bodybuilding community. Unless your there or want to be there I'd suggest that you take a look at your workouts diets and decide what it is you want to accomplish in the gym and with your life. If your in the gym to look good and pick up women ((great)) pounding tons of weight is not the answer. If your in the gym like I was to pull a national title and go pro that's a completely different approach. I'm not saying the gym is the cause of your disc problem nor mine but there are do's and dont's to everything for you at this point. I'm not going to tell you how to workout as there are so many gyms out there, workout's etc. So much information but unless your looking at a national title take a look at what your doing in the gym. Squats are not needed ((ever)) with two bad discs why put that kind of weight on your back? The last poster is right not enough information to go on and I'm just guessing.

    Here is the thing, I'm 46 and I'm going to get back into that type of shape without all the heavy lifting. although I miss it, and I feel like a fool in the gym I can get in this shape again without all the heavy stuff. Just be careful in the gym, listen to your body, if it hurts it's probably not a great idea. You do not want surgery, no figging way. I take morphine and all kinds of things to get going in the morning. Without it I cant live, you do not want that do you? Anyway good luck, take it slow and do not lose faith.

    I posted on here this week saying I'm going to the gym, I still have not gone yet but like you once I get there it's the best type of addiction to have. I'm laughing I'm so hoping to go in the morning lol..... Your post helped me no question more than I helped you.... Good luck
  • Ctrim2344CCtrim2344 Posts: 3
    edited 03/14/2015 - 12:43 PM
    Thanks for the response! Yeah I have really changed all my workouts to wear I put the least amount of pressure on my back as possible. No squats or deadlifts. It's just my everyday life that is hard. Trying to go out and dance or even stand at a bar or event is challenging. That's what's has gotten me so down about this injury.
    Chris teimble
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