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  • MY Herniated disc story

    I'm a newbie to the forum but I have some cool info for those who have or have had back problems. Being a personal trainer, I had a strong base in anatomy and physiology. Therefore, when I herniated my disc between L4 and L5, I had somewhat of an idea of what was going on inside me. But this knowledge hardly prepared me for the long pain and rehabilitation that I was about to endure.

    First of all, it took the longest time to diagnose what the problem was. In the beginning, I had pain just above my hip. Doctors told me that it was an external rotator that was injured. I thought that with this type of injury I could train through it. Needless to say, it didn't get better. The pain started increasing in intensity and started radiating down my leg. I decided to go to a chiropractor. He started stretching me and diagnosing me without actually knowing what the problem really was. Finally, a doctor told me that I should have a MRI done. This is like an X-ray except that it takes a more detailed picture in segments of the problem area. It was a very obvious herniated disc. I was then referred to a doctor who does a procedure where he injects a steroid into the disc that begins to dehydrate it. This started me on my way to recovery .

    I spent the next four months taking anti-inflamatory drugs for the pain and inflammation. Little by little, the pain started going away. But I felt as though at any moment that the monster within me could return. Those of you who have never experienced nerve pain, you have no idea what I'm talking about. You must understand that it hurts so bad that you want to die just to get some relief. And yes, my pain got that bad.

    As I began my recovery and was able to sit for more than two minutes at a time, I began to do research on the internet. What I found was that there is so much contradicting information out there from people who didn't have a clue. Also, there are many other people with their own tragic stories of back problems who had just lost hope. I hope with my own experience and knowledge that I'll be able to give hope to those who don't have it.

    Remember that I'm not a doctor. I'm a personal trainer with lots of experience. Take my advice with a grain of salt. Use it as it applies to your particular case and you should always consult your doctor before implementing any recommendation that I offer. I have a list of interesting concepts that might make for great conversation. 1. Sitting in a flexed forward postion between sets or just driving in a car with bad posture for that matter makes you more vulnerable to herniating a disc because you stretch the posterior ligaments of the spine out while pushing the discs out the back. 2. The fiber of the discs are obliqued, half run angled to the right and half run angled to the left. This means when you twist and load the spine you only have half the amount of support from the ligaments of the disc.
    A night, through the process of osmosis the discs increase the amount of internal pressure. That's why its hard to flex forward right when you get out of bed. For those who train in the ealy morning it's better to stay upright, walking for at least an hour before you start loading the spine. I hope this gets people discusing

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    welcome to the board.. and i've suffered a similar injury that made it almost impossible to hold anything in front of me or even stand up straight.. months of recovery and loss of gains.. very depressing.. i agree that u should see a specialist before making ur own diagnosis...

    back injuries are the worse... but damn any injury sucks.

    " A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men"

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