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2014/11/13 09:24:04 (permalink)
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back pain-slipped disc training

I have a slipped disc in my lower back, with occasional pain going down my right leg.

Seems to hurt the most when lifting heavy putting a lot of weight through my right leg.

The injury happened during deadlift a few years ago, the support belt burst open mid lift and I couldn't straighten my back for weeks and stupidly I didn't go to the doctors.

The pain comes and goes, I'm on tramadol for life but the pain is manageable with it. I dont want to damage my back to the point it's too painful to continue.

I've been avoiding deadlifts since, I'm unsure if lifting light deads would help my back or cripple me.
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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 14:06:57 (permalink)
    Got a slip disc too mate. Did it around 7 or so years ago. 

    My recommendation would be go to a good osteopath so they can establish how it has prolapsed and maybe suggest how best train to heal/protect the injury. In terms of lifting I had to adapt my routines. I dont train legs to heavy anymore where the load is above me for legs. I front squat more as my primary squat movement and dumbell lunge. I can back squat but it does trigger off more pain. You could probably use a leg press machine too so the load isnt directly on your spine. Also I used to squat/deadlifts with dumbells. So the weight is on the sides not on the front of your body. That doesnt cause me pain. You could try a trap bar too. 
     
    I would also advise strengthening your core. Doing planks, side planks, leg raises etc. Also using impeccable form is important specially when doing an exercise that might hurt an injury.
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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 19:39:29 (permalink)
    I'll get an appointment with an osteopath, unless my Dr can put me onto one I'll get it privately.

    The pain gets pretty bad but I just live with it, tramadol takes the edge of it. After gym days the pain goes through my hip and down the front of my leg but stops a few inches above the knee so it's definitely pushing on a nerve or something.

    My Dr is useless I've asked him several times to get my back looked at properly and he just says it's a slipped disc they won't operate so there's no point.

    Put up and shut up basically
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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 19:41:55 (permalink)
    I had 2 slipped and 2 compressed discs, after a year of Rx meds I could hardly walk, or even stand up in a bar, without being in agony.
     
    Best move I made was seeing a reputable osteo

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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 19:48:22 (permalink)
    The Dr felt my back and send yes a prolapsed disc, I've no idea it feels no different to me just in agony when pushed in.

    It doesn't help being 6ft 4 and having to bend slightly to do simple things like hoovering or the dishes, also my work I have my own bodywork repair business and it doesn't do me any favours.

    Will an osteopath be able to tell by touch what exactly is wrong? Id really like to know instead of just hearing slipped disc here's some pain relief.
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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 19:51:00 (permalink)
    TBH I wouldn't even trust a Drs diagnosis.... Osteo would be my first stop

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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 19:55:43 (permalink)
    Thanks I'll find one over the weekend and get it booked.
    this injury happened in 2011 it's hard to say if it's got worse or not, this week it's been extremely painful I just don't want it to get worse seeing as I'm only 32.

    I dont want to live out the rest of my life with terrible back pain 24/7
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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 20:05:06 (permalink)
    I left mine for ages from when it started, at first thinking it was just generic back pain. I was about 20. By the time I did see someone I thought I was done for, like I say, walking was agony, standing still was agony, getting up from sitting down was a joke, driving was agony.... recovery once I started seeing an osteo was really quick considering where I thought I was at the time.
     
    Took a while to stop getting relapses from it all, after all I had spent far too long letting my body adapt to being all fcuked up.... and that's what you want to avoid, cos that is why it will keep slipping back. But tough wood, had no real issues for years now

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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 20:10:24 (permalink)
    Driving and standing still is the worst standing still the pain is in my leg, I drove four hours last night and once out the car i couldn't straighten my back properly for a few minutes.

    I've found a local osteopath £45 for initial assessment and slightly more for further treatment, I'd rather the doctor referred me to one to save on costs
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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 20:14:46 (permalink)
    You could still push for a referral while seeing one in the meantime but the trouble is that they take so long to sort out. You will get stung a bit at first as you'll certainly need a few treatments on quick succession but after that it shouldn't be too bad.
     
    I did spend a lot in my first 6 months. A good one will give you plenty to do between sessions and hopefully not insist on rebooking for the sake of it

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    Re: back pain-slipped disc training 2014/11/13 20:15:22 (permalink)
    Mine even encouraged me to still keep training (within sensible parameters)
     

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