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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Alright here is the deal. I am asking you guys because in my case MDs will be of little use.

The scenario is as such. A week and half ago I was doing heavy deadlifts and felt my lower back get a little tight which is not unusual, I have perfect form for the lift by the way, so I continued the set because this is somewhat normal. After setting the weight down my back just did not feel right, felt unusually tight but not exactly like muscle tightness. I now have pain only when I bend over to about 90 degrees with my back rounded, and it is not severe pain or even moderate just enough to say hey whats going on.

I can still run, jump, and probably lift weights (just too scared to do anything that involves the back in a bending position) but my back would be sore the next day. Conventional wisdom tells me its a moderate muscle strain as I do not have satiac pain or any numbness or tingling, just lower back stiffness and slight pain when bending. I have been treating myself with NSAIDs but it is has only mildly gotten better. Hot compresses does relieve it somewhat. So my questions are what the hell do you think I did? And how long do think it will take to heal, my guess is at least 3 weeks? Thanks for your attention, and sorry about the length of the topic.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Hi, I don't feel comfortable making any decisions that a Specialised doctor should be making. But my son weight trains. And he called me yesterday and asked questions about an injury he incurred while doing squats. Much different symptoms than you. With the symptoms you described, I would say lay off the physical heavy stuff and any bending. It sounds like your intelligent and doing everything you should be. But no one other than a specialized doc. can tell you what you did or how long it will take to heal. Anyone else would be doing you a disservice to tell you anything different. you indicated you were slowly healing and that's a good sign. But it would be good for you to know what you did so you don't do it again.
    Good luck, Jim
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  • Argh..I just typed out a reply and it went poof! X(

    Anyhow, I'll try one more time.

    First, I just have to say this...being a HUGE Detroit Tigers fan, I have a hard time calling you "killatiger" so I'll just call ya "killa".

    Now, I'm not sure why you think an MD will be of little use to you on this because, as j.howie mentioned already, that's exactly what you need. We can't diagnose you here, only share our own experiences with you and give suggestions on how to alleviate the pain, which you seem to be doing all the right things already. (I always advise antiinflammatories, rest, and alternating heat/ice)

    What you DO need to do tho, is to make an appt with your Doctor and ask about some diagnostic testing, such as an MRI, just to be sure there's nothing more than some irritated muscles back there. Depending on your age, even if the Doc doesn't think it's anything more than muscles, it might be good to have an MRI scan done even just as a baseline for in the future, in case of any further injuries. That would obviously be up to your Doctor, but I strongly urge you to call your Doc's office and set up an appt for back pain. It's by far better to have it checked out and have it be nothing, than to ignore it (as some of us may have) and have it actually be something, or develop into something later. In the meantime, keep up the conservative treatment you're already doing, and let us how the Doc appt. goes.

    Take care of you.
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  • :) hi! :H i see this is your first post and i want to welcome you to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. before you jump on the MRI bandwagon you might try rest and ice/heat. I) and quit moving in the way that irritates your back. there is good information on doing this here on the forum under "Treatments" and "Conditions!" if your pain persists, then i imagine a MRI is just what you might need. lots of back pain can be healed with rest and without any other treatments or diagnosis. good luck! Jenny :)
  • Hey guys thanks for the responses. By the way Emtgonenutz its killatiger like killer tiger not kill a tiger, haha but thats cool. The reason I said a doc at this point would be of little use is because my symptoms are not severe enough to affect every day living just heavy weight training which sucks cuz its my sport. Plus it has not been long enough and I do not have any symptoms that really warrant an MRI (no numbness, tingling, no pain with dorsiflexion,etc). I mean if it persists past a month and has not progressively gotten better then I would obviously go see a sports medicine doc that specializes in sports back injuries. I was mainly inquiring if anyone has had this happen to them on this forum before, or somethimg similar with the same symptoms? If so how long did it take them to recover? etc. Thanks for all your responses and support thus far.
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