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Muscle strain vs herniated disc pain

Hello all I am completely new here but have read many forums that have helped. I just have a few more questions that I haven't seen discussed. I am an active physically fit person. I injured my back doing deadlifts. It was a gradual increase in pain to where I couldn't move one leg in front of the other.  A month later after doing PT and seeing my doctor for work extension and ibuprofen, I am only slightly better.  It seems like sharp sacroiliac pain, along with my QL muscle pain above that. I have no radiating pain. 25 days later I bent down and when I stood up I have numbness in my two farthest left toes. I've read that pain should be subsiding at this point. Does anyone have any personal experience of ruling out a herniated disc versus a bad muscle strain or tear? Thank you!!!!!


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