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Herniated L5-S1 disc, had a microdiscectomy and felt fine for 6 months...

erikxcoreeerikxcore Posts: 1
edited 08/26/2015 - 8:46 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all, not sure if this is the exact place to put this..

To start, I am a very active individual in my mid twenties.
After squatting one too many reps I felt a snap in my back which I believe is when I herniated my disc.
A few months after that I was careful but remained active and stretched - I thought the pain had gone away (but I did develop a slight numb sensation in my left leg).
After a bike ride I was unable to walk without being completely hunched over - prior to this I had gone to my phyisician to go through muscle relaxers and cortiosteroids which seemed to do nothing for me.
I ended up having to get an X-Ray and MRI and finally was referred to a neurosurgeon. He determined my herniation was too large and pressed down my nerve which gave me sciatica. I made an appointment for surgery but the pain became too much for me to handle.
I lost the ability to go to the bathroom and was in extreme pain for a few days before I ended up going to the hospital.
Surgery there was successful and I started physical therapy two weeks later (I was walking daily after surgery).
I was in physical therapy for about 2 months and strengthen my core considerably - I was given to clear to resume being active but with discretion.
For the past 3 months I have been lifting weights and running with no problems.

Fast forward to two days ago - I was doing my regular arm workout and bent over correctly to move a bench. I straightened up after moving the bench and my back felt instantly sore - as if I did a few deadlifts. (Note - I have not done any weighted lower back movements since the surgery). I thought nothing of this and went home and stretched before bed.

I woke up today with a dull ache in my back reminiscent of the pain I felt prior to surgery but without the sciatica. I've made an appointment with my doctor to check it all out, but I wanted to see if anyone else has experienced lower back pain months after a successful surgery. I had a friend look at my back and she said it appeared swollen on my left side (e.g. above the glute I suppose but to the left of my surgery incision site). This swollen area is exactly where I feel pain. I'm afraid I reherniated the disc somehow but I'm not sure. The only thing different this past week is I started to take some bodybuilding supplements for increase bloodflow along with my preworkout and regular vitamins...I'm thinking the increased bloodflow is what inflamed my lower back but I'm not certain...in fact I'm not even certain if the supplement was just a placebo or not, either.



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