I'm Konrad, 25. I live in the UK but my English isn't my native tongue so excuse me if I make any mistakes. I would like to introduce myself, tell you about my spine problem and maybe seek an advice or an opinion.
I always was lowing active life, playing all kinds of sports for fun, doing martial arts, began lifting weights at age 17. At age 20 I was in great shape. I guess its worth to mention that I had accident when I was about 12. I hurt my lower back and I spent a week or two in bed, basically couldn't walk. I began working as a chef, It never was too serious but money is money.
So over two years ago, after an MRI scan I was diagnosed with "small disc protrusion at L5-S1 causing localised thecal impingment". When this happened I was already many months in strong pain at my lower back. I was doing physiotherapy but with little effects, OK, It was helping a little but not even close to allow me to get back to normal life. I was a chef, so you can imagine its pretty much long hours everyday on your feet, bending, kneeing, lifting etc. I went part-time at work but It was very hard, basically I was forcing myself to work and then I was resting until next shift. Not very promising. Then I went sick and stopped working at all, hoping that more rest and doing physiotherapy would eventually help.
I decided to start learning programming and I did. At this time, I couldn't sit for over half hour, couldn't stand either. I got myself a laptop bed stand and I would lay in bed almost all day. This was only comfortable position I could find myself in, anything else would only cause the pain to get worse and than even laying in bed would hurt. I would do about 1-2h of exercises twice a day, I would do maybe a small shopping every few days, some walking here and there. Once I went to see my relatives and I sat on the sofa for about 4 hours and than I had to walk back home, It was a horrific experience. Sometimes my back didn't hurt that much and I allowed myself to be a little more active, after a day or two I always ended hurting myself and going back to bed...
I did this for way over a year... All this time I didn't want any strong painkillers or stuff, I don't trust this stuff as I saw my mother getting addicted to it. I also was scared that if I hide the pain, I would hurt myself more. At some point a got a good job offer to make a website and I did, a lot of time in bed, trying to forget about the back pain. Depression was there, you know how it works. After I finished the job I was suggested that I could try steroid injections because my back isn't "bad enough" for surgery.
I wanted to give the exercises one more shot but this time, trying not to hurt myself in the process, I also added some stuff that my physiotherapist didn't suggest. Obviously I was doing normal stretches, planks, you know but I also began doing dead-lift like, squat like movements. I started without any weights but then I began adding a little every week. Week after week I would add 2.5-5kg to the point I could use actual weightlifting bar(I have weights at home). I could feel my back getting stronger, bending causing less and less pain. I could actually sit, I could stand, walk. I began doing pushups, pull-ups. Really, deadlifts helped tremendously, within 2 months I was doing 50kg deadlift without any pain. Adding weighted planks for good measure.
I decided that as I am getting better and I want to get my life back I will need to try to move forward. I went back to part-time job as a chef. I am 4 weeks in doing about 10-15 hours a week in two-three shifts. I couldn't believe it, just a little bit of pain, nothing major. You know, at some point I lost all hope that I would be able to be working let alone lifting weights and getting back in shape. Last week I ended dead-lifts at 75kg, no pain during or after exercises.
The pain in my lower back is almost gone and I don't feel it most of the time. I am getting pretty active, but being very careful. Unfortunately I just began getting other symptoms. Surprisingly laying down began being uncomfortable instead of sitting/standing/walking. Especially laying on my side, somehow feel very tense down there. I also began feeling pain at my lower belly. Previously I also had lower belly pain, but only when I had really bad days. Sometimes I feel a tension down my gluteus muscles, couple times I felt something going down my left leg. I am afraid that it might be a begging of sciatica. I began researching and I realised I might have a little Anterior Pelvic Tilt. I always had tightness in my hips and I am now trying to focus the exercises on it.
If the new symptoms won't go away in a week or two I will get an appointment with my physiotherapist. I will most likely slow down a little with deadlifts. At the moment, I am feeling pretty good, I went a long way and I wish to keep the positive attitude. Was nice to tell someone who know how it feels, wish me good luck!