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Vertebrae Protrusion

shauneiisshauneii Posts: 1
edited 03/19/2015 - 6:05 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi guys,

I'm new to this forum and glad i stumbled upon it as there are some great threads here.

At present i have a vertebrae in my lower back, possibly L4 from what my chiropractor has told me that feels sore and bruised. It feels as if it is protruding out of my back, but I can't quite be sure as i don't remember what it was like before I started getting the back pain. I wake up extremely stiff in the morning throughout the lower back and the pain is very localised to the one vertebrae. From the reading I've been doing I believe I may have a herniated disc? I have no referral of pain to any other place in the body so I can't put my finger on the actual problem.

I currently lift reasonably heavy weights in the gym and I am concerned I may do more damage. If anyone has had anything similar or can tell me what the issue may be i'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks and I appreciate your time.

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
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  • FritzcrackerzFFritzcrackerz Posts: 246
    edited 03/20/2015 - 1:01 PM
    We are not doctors here so we cant diagnose but can offer helpful advice.

    From what you describe, if I were you, I would stop lifting weights, go see a doctor and request some diagnostic imaging to see what is going on in your back. There may be nothing, there may be something that needs treating, but don't take chances with the lumbar spine. Also, I was told by nearly every Dr, registrar and consultant orthopaedic surgeon I met, not to see a chiropractor. Ever.

    Hope this helps

    L5-S1 herniation. Both knee meniscus tear. L4-5 herniation - 2 x nerve block injections. L4-5 discectomy. L1-2 nerve block injection. L4-5 reherniation - TLIF fusion. 2016: L1-2 and L5-S1 retrolistheses and multiple facet joint degeneration.
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