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How likely is it to be a disc herniation?

kappa123kkappa123 Posts: 1
edited 06/30/2015 - 2:52 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everybody!

I went to a doctor but he didn't want to give me MRI\CT so I'm going to try make an appointment to a different one.

In the meanwhile, I would like to ask:

1. How likely I have a herniated disc (read my lengthy story below)?

2. What kind of spinal damage have I likely caused to myself?

3. And how likely am I going to recover fully (almost half a year, still not recovered)?

I injured myself twice in a row. Once, my upper back during very heavy shoulder press, I hurt the spine between the blades and the neck after hearing my shoulder make a very strange loud crack. And few days later, I worsened my injury by lifting heavy things outside of training, and I couldn't turn my back properly for a very long time.

Today, I mostly feel the pain/discomfort in the low back and tailbone, mostly in the tailbone, and at night the low back too.

It has been months and I'm still trying to recover. I can bend forward while standing up, to touch my toes, backwards to touch the back of my heels without pain, just discomfort.

By the end of the day, my low back always feels quite fatigue. If it's very fatigue I might get light muscle "stabs" around the spine, but it's not very common.

And lastly, I noticed certain stretches cause me to feel discomfort in my legs.

I wrote a lot so I'm gonna leave it at that, if more information is needed let me know.

Thanks in advance!

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 06/30/2015 - 2:42 AM
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  • At whether or not you have a herniated disc based on what you said.
    The best option is to see your primary care doctor, go over your symptoms and he can make any referrals he feels might be needed.
    If , after seeing your doctor, he feels that you need a referral or imaging, he can order that for you.

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