Lower back pain: in lumbar (L4-L5 region)- what to expect?

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  1. Grimey

    Grimey New Member

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    About a month ago, tweak my back deadlifting. I laid off the dead lifts and squats for a week, then when back to squats only and was fine for that week.

    The following week, did squats again and this time the tweak was back and worse- and still currently hurts and I've stopped everything altogether that involves the lower back.

    Went to go see a chiropractor yesterday with my initial visit and he said he could definately tell my body was overcompensating on my right side due to the injury.

    My question: what is the typical healing time for this type of injury and what should I expect? I go back in to the chiro on Wednesday for adjustment, but I'm not certain as to if it will help or not :dunno:

    Regardless if it helps or not, I plan on laying off the squats for a while and plan on tossing the dead lifts all together from my routine. Thoughts?
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    Your injury is not known yet. You could have mild sciatica. You could have a bulged disc. You could have a herniated disc.

    Your recovery time could be two weeks to six months.

    I don't mean to be sarcastic, I'm just being realistic.

    (Incidentally I have had two back surgeries, and I can tell you time from surgery to lifting was about 5-6 months)
     
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    I don't really have any tingling or pain in my legs, just focused right above my ass :dunno:

    But you're right, I'll find out a lot more Wednesday.
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    The chiro will bend and twist you but will probably not be able to diagnose you :o
     
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    Regardless of your diagnosis, You need to gently yet firmly stretch and massage that area more so that your muscles can heal more easily.

    Then get adecquate rest immediately after stretching & massaging.

    Drink aloe vera juice, plenty of water, and eat more veggies & protein
     
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    He took x-rays :dunno:.. or would those will inconclusive to this type of injury?
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    X-rays have never been conclusive for my problems, but who can say :dunno:
     
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    What kind of symptoms and pain did you suffer from with your injuries?
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    Lost feeling in left foot (I almost fell down the stairs), incredibly sharp stabbing pain, shooting pains down leg, stiffness, increasing in severity until I was lying on an ER bed screaming for God, mercy, and painkillers. Basically same symptoms the second time.

    Good times.
    :o
     
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    Well, I don't even think I'm in the came city as you... let alone ballpark :o

    Injuries from lifting or something else?
     
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    Buzz Killington nunc fortunatus sum

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    Lots of manual labor (stooping/lifting) when I was a weak skinny kid with no upper body strength combined with hours spent bending over the hood and trunk of a '76 BMW 2002.
     
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    I think you need an MRI.
    I got an CT scan 2 years ago and then an MRI recently.
     
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    ugh, and I just had one at the end of November for my shoulder
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    NO!
     
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    Can I at least still lift? I mean compared to some of the pain mentioned in this thread, mine is next to nothing.

    I don't plan on doing anything with lower back/glutes, but more so upper body, arms, etc.. and lunges, etc. Is this ok to continue? (I hope so, cause I have been :o)
     
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    If it hurts that much, if I were you I would limit my physical activity to walking.

    This is just because even if you're not doing excercises that engage the back specifically, you're going to be moving, bending, tensing up and relaxing over and over, etc.

    This advice is from someone who was doing bodywork on his car the day before back surgery, so take it for what it's worth :o
     
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    what would you do?
     
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    I think he should still lift.
    Mine's isn't as bad as yours (knock on wood) and his doesn't seem as bad as mine. Drop the squats in the meantime and find alternatives.
     
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    This had been my plan since the initial injury, also dropping anything else that I would feel it tense during.

    Deadlifts, squats, GMs, back extensions, etc have all been put on hold.
     
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    Ruptured L4-L5 from BJJ and it has taken me 7 months to recover and now I can only train technique for 3 more months....After that I can go full steam ahead if there are no issues.....
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    I'd follow the recommendations in McGill's books

    www.backfitpro.com
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    Also Gray Cook's functional movement screen is good for finding assymetries.
     
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    orly

    what were your symptoms, pains, motion limits, etc?
     
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    Sciatica down my right leg......Almost completely useless.....Had 2 epidurals and some PT.....I was much better after the first epidural....
     
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