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Potential herniated disc

sdavies921ssdavies921 Posts: 4
edited 11/16/2015 - 8:07 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi guys,

Recently (4/5 weeks ago) injured my back deadlifiting at the gym, with what seems to have been too much weight which has caused the injury! At first I thought it was a sprain (both physio and chiro agreed with this) however the pain is still present and it's been over 4 weeks since the incident!!

I am slightly worried now that it may be a disc problem, I have an mri scan in a couple of days which will clear it up, but was hoping any of you have ever been in this situation?

Naturally I am thinking the worst case scenario but am praying that it is muscular and not anything worse!

Any reply with info on how you dealt with a similar injury would be much appreciated, thank you!

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Your upcoming MRI may or may not "clear it up" re what is causing your pain.

    I had several tests. My primary tried working with my pain for two years before referring me to pain management.
    That was best for me! He did several other testing to discover cause of pain.
    EMG was also very revealing in my situation.

    Seeing specialist was best for me.

    Good luck and please keep us posted!
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  • I've hurt myself deadlifting, and I try to advocate for no heavy deadlifting. I know that years of such heavy lifting can take an invisible toll on cartilage. It's true the body does adapt, but there are a lot of variables (diet, sleep, overuse, previous trauma) that can wreak havoc on your skeletal system as you try to lift your bodyweight or heavier. I've never gone for personal bests or one-rep maxes, but consistently heavy weight was enough to herniate L5-S1 and cause some cervical discs to bulge.

    There is life after a disc herniation from heavy lifting. Though, your spine can become less tolerant of loads you once handled easily. There are numerous injury types from lifting, so it's best to wait for the MRI and see what the radiologist has to say. Get with a good physical therapist or trainer who won't push you to your limit, and take it easy on yourself. You deserve it. I know you've worked hard.

    It's frustrating. I wish the bodybuilding industry and websites would work harder to help people understand the joint issues that are so prevalent in weightlifting. Many people are tearing up their shoulders and spines, and 10 times more lip service is given to supplements than to injury.
  • The right thing you can do at the moment is just retire for a while from gym. This will give time for injury to heal.Do apply ice pack and hot pack alternately.
  • Thanks for the reply!

    No doubt that time is the best healer will be laying of the gym for the time being, the annoying thing is tho is tha before the injury I wasn't deadlifting a great deal of wait and then this happens! Only have myself to blame.

    Do these sort of injuries heal over time? Iv read that herniated discs can recover completely.

    Sorry to nag on put I am worried out of my skin atm! Hoping it still is a muscle injury instead of spinal, or maybe it could be an issue with my SI joint and posture!

  • Actually it depends on the seriousness of the injury.Wait for your MRI result and from there u can have your answer.From what i heard if it is a prolapsed disc you do need to consider temporary retirement from heavy sports.
  • Really praying that it's not disc injury and more of a SI joint issue, my joint does seem to click more frequently than it ever did before the injury!

    Is there any home test that can determine whether or not it is an SI joint issue or disc injury?

    Sorry to go on but it's just me worrying about this, if I would of known the consequence of what deadlifts truly do to your spine I would never of done them to start off, guessing searching online constantly on what my injur has caused doesn't help the issue!

    Thanks again for all your replies been a big help
  • backpain90bbackpain90 Posts: 17
    edited 11/18/2015 - 6:17 PM
    U can do this test to find out whether u have a disc problem or not. Lay down straight face up.Try to lift one leg up to maximum while another leg lay still. Try this for both legs.If you can do this without any sort of pain then u might not have a disc problem. This is what my doc did last time.Hope its nothing.

    . Do not think that any self test can identify if you have a disc problem. That is why there are expensive
    and detailed tests to accomplish this.

    --Ron DiLauro. Spine-Health System Moderator
  • Dsoglin33DDsoglin33 Posts: 4
    edited 11/18/2015 - 3:26 PM
    Ive been dealing with a back injury from squatting at the gym, i was concerned it was a disc issue, but my pt and doctor are pretty sure its strictly muscular. From what I hear, you'll likely be feeling the most pain in your leg and/or butt w/ general weakness and tingling in those two places if its a disc problem.
  • I did the leg test and there is no pain what so ever which is encouraging! However I do have slight numbess / tingling in my feet! Not sure if this is from being inactive for over 5 weeks or if it's nerve damage! So mixed symptoms up to this point, I have heard that SI joint issues can cause scatia aswell so could well be that.

    However the chiro (who made things worse in my opinion) and physio reckon it's muscle related but that fact that it's been over 5 weeks is the big worry as I thought it would heel by then.

    Dog lib hope your squat injury recovery is going well
  • It's really best to wait for the results. Will you be getting them soon? There could be a combination of issues that contribute to the problem. However, MRI is good at visualizing the discs and the spine itself.
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