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Disc Herniation

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Lower Back Pain
So the deal is I got a MRI and it showed a disc herniation between L4-L5. The injury occured as a result of getting ready for a powerlifting competition in the very beginning of September.

Although my back pain has decreased and I have no siatic pain. I still cannot really work out my legs and lower back like I use too. For example if I do squats and deadlifts there is no pain just a slight discomfort but I have it the following days for about a week.

I have been cleared for all exercises by my neurosurgeon, but I expected a greater return to pre injury health by now. I know it can take up to a year but damn it feel like I am making no progress.

I should be because my legs and core are still strong despite the injury. My question to you guys is from your personal experiences is this what I shoudl be expecting, or will it ever really return to normal, etc.?

Sorry for the lengthy explanation and thanks in advance. The reason I am asking is because none of the mds I have seen can even give a vauge answer. I am a powerlifter and would like to compete again sometime.


  • About the herniation it is also to the right lateral side and they said it was a small-medium bulge if that helps.
  • lat me start off by welcoming you here to our little family...

    now, my boyfriend is also a power lifter who likes to compete, and is dealing with rotator cuff recovery...i have the back issues...so, will try to do my best to help idf i can.

    now, yes, your strong core muscles will help you not only recover, but help prevent reinjury to the disk.

    however....i have seen through expirience, and by reading other posts, that those of us that have herniated once, will probably do so again.

    not saying that you should never try to compete again, but to make evey effort to protect this now more fragile area of your body and not try to rush back into competition.

    i understand how difficult that is as it has been a central point in your life for a very long time, but health first!

    please take things easy, and don't rush. listen to your body, and it will tell you when it is ready.

    good luck
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  • You may have to spend a lot of time preserving your back if you want to continue those things. I would check out all the options available to you and see if one is a good fit. Many people have bulging discs and live with them forever. The key for you is to find out the severity of it and figure out if it can be maintained and preserved while allowing you to do what you want to do. I suspect I had bulging discs (2) for years and I am highly active (was) when one of them finally went way out and I am now recovering from Surgery. Educate yourself on how your back is built and what it really does and you will better understand what you can and shouldn't do. I advise you to seek the advise of several fields in this area and go forward with the one that seems right for you, as you can always change later. You may have to ice down for instance after every lift session or something of that nature. Sports medicine may be a good start for you. Good luck.

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