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Trapped Nerve or something else? (Update:Definitely something else)

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2011/03/28 10:01:10 (permalink)
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Trapped Nerve or something else? (Update:Definitely something else)

Hey folks...
 
Some of you seem to know what you're on about so I thought I'd have a go at diagnosing my affliction on here.
 
Basically I decided to trial working out in the mornings for a week to see how it goes but the first session this morning I have managed to injure my back. It doesn't feel like muscle/joint pain, more the kind of pain you sometimes get in your neck when you can't turn your head to one side. It intensifies if I arch my back or turn my head to either side and the pain is situated around middle to upper back and slightly to the right. It happened when I was doing bent over barbell rows.
 
Anyone know what's going on here? I'm hoping like the aforementioned neck pain that it will go by itself but if it hasn't gone by Wednesday I'll probably go see someone about it...
post edited by EnfantTerrible - 2011/03/29 09:09:14
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    EnfantTerrible
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 10:20:07 (permalink)
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    Ok scratch that last paragraph, I'm going to try and get an appointment for the GP today. Kills.
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 12:29:38 (permalink)
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    Hey mate, yeah get to your GP first to get it assessed as to what the likely diagnosis is. I had something similar last year but it was muscular in around the Rhomboid area and was onset following a back day. Seemed to be from doing chins at the time. Let us know what the doc says. It is possibly that yu maybe need a week off with physio.
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 12:33:41 (permalink)
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    Couldn't get a GP appointment but spoke to a nurse on the phone (who then spoke to GP and phoned me back) and she thinks it's muscular so just got told to take ibuprofen, paracetamol and use cold and heat on it... Oh and give the gym a break
     
    Feelsbadman.
     
    I've got a sports massage booked in for tonight so I'll see if that helps at all.
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 12:57:45 (permalink)
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    Yeah a few days/week off mate and get the back muscles subtle again. Sometimes it's just tightness where new muscle builds as you prob already know yourself new muscle can be quite tight and needs a bit of help from massage/physio from time to time. The centre of the back is always a difficult place to get stretched out properly. Keep the chin up you'll be back in no time.
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 18:02:27 (permalink)
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    Doesn't sound nerve related if you can intensify it by doing this or that. 
     
    If it happened with BB rows, and is in your mid/upper back, I would hazard a guess it's trapezius related, maybe a strain. No guarantee's though.
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 18:17:35 (permalink)
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    if i was you mate id still get a physio to have a look but make sure they have a thourough examination. i went to my doctors physio 7 months ago, she got me to do a few movements then came to the conclusion that there was nothing wrong with my back. she told me to do a couple of stretches for a few days and it would loosen up, 7 months on its still giving me trouble! some of these doctors/physios dont have time for people
    good luck, hope it gets better for ya 
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 19:47:28 (permalink)
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    I strongly advise you to get a second opinion from another professional. Probably someone who can assess your mechanics mate.
     
    If you are not happy with NHS diagnosis then go elsewhere as you are the one who knows what it feels like.
    Too many times we are sent away with drugs and advise NOT to exercise!!
     
    The only way to know what is going on is to get yourself looked at.
    Try a Biomechanics Coach there are some down your way that I know of
     
     

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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 20:13:17 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the advice.
     
    Rachfit, got any contact details you could PM me?
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 20:35:59 (permalink)
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    Got the PM thanks. There are a couple in my area so I'll make contact tomorrow. A friend of mine had a lower back problem that was sorted by a similar sort of coach I believe so I'll ask him also.
     
    Back feels better now than it has all day but I've had a lot of painkillers and got deep heat on it; not to mention the fact that I'm moving around like a trepidatious sloth.
     
    Fingers crossed I will wake up tomorrow and all will be dandy but I think that's somewhat optimistic!
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 20:40:37 (permalink)
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    I sometimes get this from cleans and upward rotation of the scapula, although admittedly it's never to the point of excruciating pain. Mine is more neck/trap tightness. I do the following and it irons out any tightness deep in my upper back and traps.
     
    Lie on your back and press the back of your neck into the ground so that it's flat/draw your chin in to your throat. Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds or so. Repeat a handful of times.
     
    Get a hockey ball and place it at the rhomboids. Open the shoulder blades by extending arms/reaching to the ceiling. Roll about until it feels released. This one does not feel good at all, ever.
     
    Maybe consider visiting a Chiro to get reset.
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/28 21:44:38 (permalink)
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    Hockey ball sounds painful! About an hour ago I had a go on my foam roller and also rolled over a rugby ball and didn't feel too much pain doing that but I think that's the pain killers so not going to get too excited. I'll do your other exercise a few times before I go to bed too and see if that helps at all.
     
    Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/29 08:32:00 (permalink)
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    Didn't feel it at all this morning (I was moving around rather gingerly) but as soon as I sat down at my desk at work got a bit of pain. 10 times better than yesterday though which is promising. Another day of painkillers and heat and I'll see how it goes!
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/29 09:57:29 (permalink)
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    Good stuff mate, and I know you will be eager to get back to the blod sweat and tears of the gym, just ease yourself back in after a few days. You sem to have a sensible head on your shoulders so you know the score yourself.
    P.s. if it was nerve related you would be starting to get affected in other areas with pins and needles, pain, numbness about 1 or 2 days post injury so it bodes well for you that your on the mend
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    Re:Trapped Nerve or something else? 2011/03/29 10:03:52 (permalink)
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    Aye, I'm now 100% sure it's not nerve related. I've never really had a back muscle injury before so had no idea at the time what it actually was.
     
    Tomorrow's supposed to be deadlift day so I'll probably postpone that until Friday and just rest it until then and then take it easy on Friday. If I feel a twinge in the warm-ups then I'll just have to leave it a bit longer.
     
    Lesson I've learned from this: Don't cheat to get out the last couple of reps for heavy barbell rows!
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