I severely herniated L5 to the point that I had to have an emergency discectomy after 2 months of intense sciatica pain. I had been powerlifting for months until I had some minor sciatica pain from push pressing 245 with bad form. So I decided to give my back a rest since I had no previous injuries, but it was taking too long to heal, so after a months rest I went back at it. My first day back was squat day on 531, but I could only get up 315 3x after maxing out at 405 the month before. Then I went on to RDLs at 225 6x. After finishing those I knew something was wrong so I stopped. Then hell started.
Has anyone else gone back to powerlifting after a discectomy to fix a herniated disk? My doc actually told me that I would be fine to do anything I wish to do, that I was back to "normal." I am just curious to see if there are others who are as crazy as me to continue the pursuit of powerlfting after a discectomy and what your stories are. Thanks.