Hello - I've been reading a lot of your stories and decided to post, I'm really scared about my future with this injury.
My story: I've had a few episode of low back tightness and pain from as far back as the age of 14, but this is a whole other level. On March 29 I played hockey and felt a little off afterwards, back was tight and sore. I took the next game off but went to the gym a few days later, still with a tight lower back. I work with a great personal trainer who watches my form etc. Decided to do some deadlifts (135lbs), and the pain felt more acute, very low bottom left of my back but not severe. The pain never went away...I didn't know what was wrong, so I took 2 weeks off working out. Ice, heat, ALEVE, didn't really help. I decided to try light works outs with nothing back/bending over related but the pain just got worse. I went to a physio, and chiro and then to my family doctor. Physio's said L5 S1 issue, Chiro didn't want to make a diagnosis, and my doctor sent me for an Xray.
Constant soreness/muscle tension across low back, hips and lower abdomen.
Occasional pain down into the legs, mostly left, sometimes right leg
Acute pain in my lower back when I bent or try to lift anything significant.
Ice helps a bit, but only while the ice is on my back
Massage felt good
If I lay on the floor with a heating pad on my butt, I can forget about the pain for a while (FINALLY, this was different last week).
Xray was normal, good sign I suppose, but I haven't gotten an MRI (Canada) to show disc issues. I likely wouldn't be serious, as my pain is at about a 5 and I still walk fine etc so unless I pay $750 bucks, I'll have to wait on a list for many months. I went back to the physio and he said, buy an inversion table, lift NOTHING, bend as little as you can and do the mackenzie exercises as much as possible. I have been using the table and doing my stretches for about 2 weeks now, with little improvement.
I know it's probably a function of who actually posts here, and that once people are healed they don't return...but am I going to have to live with this pain forever? I can't walk for more than 20 minutes without the pain going down my left leg (feels like a pulled muscle type feeling), can't drive my manual car without pain, I work at a desk and my back is so sore by the end of the day, and with summer around the corner, all the activities I love to do are out the window. This is so depressing, all because I was trying to be healthy and work out! I'm a normal sized guy (6'1, 183lbs) and I was using good form.
I will never do a deadlift again, I just want to return to an active life...are there any success stories!? My back is so tight and sore I can't imagine this going away anytime soon.
Anxious and Sad