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Disc Bulge - Weightlifting and life change questions


I've been reading around on the forum and in general regarding my recent injury and I decided it might be easier to ask the direct questions in relation to my case.

I was doing pause squats a month ago and a sharp pain shot through my lower back. Form was good and I am fairly young (24)

After yesterday's MRI it turns out I have a disc protrusion (bulged) on L3/L4, L4/L5 and L5/S1 with a depth of 3mm (and my discs are "lowered" unnaturally, not sure what that implies)

Honestly, the pain has never been too much. At worst it was a 5 or 6/10 and mostly it is just some weakness in the lumbar region and occasional twinges sent to my left side. .

So, I was hoping to find out about my chances of getting back to normal

1) Will I ever be able to lift again? I never plan to be competitive but powerlifting has become a much enjoyed hobby of mine
2) Given my pain levels and the "size" of the bulge, is there any chance this might get worse to the point of needing surgery?
3) Do the "weakened" walls of the disc heal?

Thanks for any and all help


  • formerweightlifterfformerweightlifter Posts: 196
    edited 04/02/2015 - 2:17 PM
    im not a dr so can only give y experience. im around the same age, and also have a pwoerlifting background. i herniated my disc in 2008 dling. over time i reinjured it being stupid..throughout the years i was still able to lift. recently after doing some unknown injury to my legs/knees, my back pain is worse, and i havent lifted in a while. my most recent mri of lumar showed a pretty decent sized and degenerated herniation at l5 s1.
    lifting is important, but so is being able to walk without feeling like you're 90.
    if you do decide to lift, id just do bench and chinups. sucks not doing the other two lifts...but oh well.
  • the reason i dont bench is because i dont want to deadlift the 45s onto the bar. too much stress..even the 10s i have to bend down
  • Violander. With the correct care & attention there's no reason I know that bulging discs should turn into anything worse but I'm not a doctor. Have you considered physical therapy? It was great for giving me a good routine of exercises & stretches. They also stressed the limitations that I should adhere to.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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