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First-timer - Back Injury

jmkgjjmkg Posts: 1
edited 04/12/2015 - 11:18 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi. I injured my back last Thursday doing walking kettlebell swings at the gym. Across my lower back I felt a distinctive pulling apart of *something*. I was working out with my trainer and since I didn't feel immediate pain, I continued with another exercise using the vipr (jumping up and lifting it above my head - stupid I know, now) for about five more minutes. At that point I realized I had to stop as pain was setting in and getting worse by the minute.
Couple of hours later I went to the ortho who did a quick xray and said my spine and discs seemed to be fine and it was likely a muscle strain or sprain. I took tons of advil and alleve along with a couple of flexeril.
Next day, Friday, was one of the worst days of my life. The pain was so bad in the morning that I almost passed out. That entire day was excruciatingly uncomfortable no matter what I did or took. Somehow I slept like a baby that night and woke up Saturday in far less pain.
Now it's Sunday and pain is there, but seems to be more localized and appears only when I bend or sit a certain way. I went on a 30 minute walk and by the end was exhausted and in a bit more pain.
Here's my question....when can I start stretching and doing ab/back strengthening exercises? Swimming? Should I push through a walk even when it starts hurting? How much pain should I be okay with and when should I stop? Can I quit taking the advil and just deal with the low level pain? (I'm not a fan of taking meds unless 100% necessary) Should I try to get in and see a physical therapist asap?
I may sound a little impatient, and I am. I'm used to working out 6 days a week at a high intensity level and this is the first injury I've ever had at age 47. I am typically super-conscientious about form, but obviously did something wrong with this particular move. I want to do whatever I can to heal as quickly as possible. I'm going on a week-long hiking trip in Utah in 6 weeks. I don't want to have to cancel!!
Any suggestions you all have would be so appreciated. I'm losing my mind after just 3 days of limited mobility!! Thank you!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,760
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 04/18/2015 - 9:26 AM
    Hopefully you found the info posted by Liz, above, useful to you.
    I can understand your frustration with not being as active as you were.

    All our spine issues, med treatments, etc....so individualized, but I'd be curious to how your doctor is responding to you questions...esp, when you ask if you should push through the pain.

    Personally, I think the pain is there for a reason so I stop.
    Let us know how you are doing! And best of luck!
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