I am a weight lifter and former steroid user. In june I was doing a set of squats and felt a quirk in my back, I stretched it out and it did not seem to be much at the time. Two days later though, I was rushed to the emergency room due to being unable to move from severe lower/mid back pain. I have seen many many doctors since. Radiologists, family practitioners, orthopedic guys, spine specialists, chiropractors, and even a chinese medicine guy(acupuncture etc..). I got pretty much a different diagnonsis from each one. On my mri it was noted I had mild bulging at t-8, also that I have some scheurmanns changes due to overexcercise in youth. I have lost about 40 lbs and am very depressed that I can no longer train. I seem to be in almost constant pain. It chages around, sometimes the pain is in the mid back, and someitmes its in the lower, but very rarely both at the same time. It is fairly constant though it is much much better when I am standing. I have no leg pain whatsoever or in the buttocks. I do receive a miniscule amount of relief for a short period when I do go to the chiropractor. Where do oyu guys think I should go fro help? I am competitive at my sport and thoug I am very new to the competitvie aspect I would like to return to it. Also, can anyone who has had success or any experience with epidural injections please comment, thanks.
first of all you need to rest your back and be patient. Back problems take a wile to heal. Exercise daily with easy exercises for example:
stretches - arm - leg - bun - abs
exercises...Just a few minutes each
take some good supportive supplements (e.G. I found one that really helps me, it is called sport.... Dexlen.Glycostore.Com/go/sport )
i know that when you are 20 your are anxious to keep on training but, and I can not emphasis that enough - it will take time.
I feel with you, because I pinched a nerve in my lumbar section and ever since I have a weak back, unless I follow the advise I gave above.
Hey, on the other hand, you may want to do some mental training as well (you do that when you compete right?) think about your back being all healed up and you are back doing your thing.
Good luck and good health - hope you achieve it soon.
Don't give up, I am 47 and injured my spine 20 years ago,severe pain for 20years! workers comp took the case and I suffered since. I finally got smart asked my family for help and went to a well respected ortho surgeon,I say again ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON. Keep going until you find one that says what you want him to say and do it! I just had cervical spine c/2-7 disc removal and replacement and fixation. I am 2 months post surgery and am getting better by the day. The longer you wait the longer it will take to heal. I tried to kill myself a few years ago after gaining tons of weight and pain meds were no longer helping, I was saved, airvaced to hospital in coma a few days, nut house next, then I got serious and took my life back! My lumbar spine is next on my list of 2do's and if that surgery doesn't help my T spine pain I will do that too! My brother just had L/S spine surgery and is a new man....I felt I should speak up..If I can help one person keep their sanity I will be content.