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Possible disc issue. Strange situation

ViolanderVViolander Posts: 2
edited 03/23/2015 - 10:40 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everyone,

I am hoping someone could give me some advice.

A short recap of what happened:

Doing pause squats at about 65-70% of my 1RM (for 5 reps) and a sharp pain felt in my lower back (lower lambar region)
At first I thought nothing of it. Pain got worse and better over 2 weeks (I tried going to gym and I could still squat lightly but felt weak there).
The pain isn't big. It's more discomfort than anything. At it's worst the pain was when I would bend over and would be 5/10 at most. usually it's a 3/10 when I stand up after sitting and occasional twinges on my left side.
Mostly I just feel weak in that area.

here's the kicker, I can't yet go to a GP (hospital) because I moved to a new area (and where I live you get serviced only in the area you live), and to register you need certain documents. As I am currently in the middle of a citizenship application, all my documents aren't with me and won't be for another 2 weeks.

Could someone give an advice as to what to do meanwhile? Should I do any exercise myself? Would it be best to take anti-inflammatory medicine? Should I swim and/or run?

Thank you for any and all help!



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  • First off, so sorry to to hear about your pain. My issues started while I was squatting as well. I felt a slight pop on my way down from a heavy squat, so I stopped immediately. I went home and iced it 3-4 times a day, for about a week, and took a break from the gym. I walked every day, just to keep active, stretched a ton, and for me , that seemed to calm it down.

    I actually returned to higher intensity exercising about 2 weeks week later. This is where I really ran into my issue. I'm a kickboxing instructor, and after an intense class the discomfort came back, and this time it stayed. Long story short, I ended up having and MRI and had 2 disk protrusions. I don't know if they started during that squat, but in my opinion, I should have taken more time to recover before I jumped back into kickboxing. Again, this is just my personal opinion on my situation. If I were to do it again, I would have gone less high impact for a longer period of time. I would have avoided anything that would compress my spine such as squats, and I would have biked or swam, rather than continue to run. Everybody is different though, so I can only speak to my situation.

    I know waiting 2 weeks seems like an eternity to get the opinion of a medical professional, but well worth it.

    Best of luck, hope you start feeling better, and most important, listen to your body. Keep us posted on your situation, and feel free to reach out anytime:)
    Scott Giles
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