i’ll try and share what i can…
a few years back, i think i was 21, i had a severe back injury. at this time though, i had already been experiencing a gradual decrease in my mobility since the age of 17. gradually, over time, i was losing flexibility in my hamstrings, groin, lower back, and glutes.
i was losing flexibility everywhere, actually, but these were the most severely affected regions. this was largely due to poor discipline on my part. i never stretched, despite tons of weight training.
when i was 17 i really hurt my lower back, badly. i pulled 405 for a single with horrible technique. i felt pain shooting up and down my back and legs and prety much blacked out after i grounded the weight. my vision literally disappeared and i felt winded. i still retained my sense of balance, and stumbled backwards and took a seat on a window sill to regain my bearings.
i forced up thr weight with bad technique because at that time i was too inexperienced to understand that you can’t max out all the time. i had pulled 405 before with perfect technique and could simply not accept NOT being able to lift a weight that i knew i had done many times before. well, that was a lesson learned.
fast forward 4-ish years. i’m experiencing chronic back pain. many movements are uncomfortable. i haven’t done a full range deadlift in about 2 years. conventional squats are starting to become painful due to minor back flexion <and when i squat i flex my back minimally, i am very upright when i squat, even at the bottom of my descent when my hips drop below my knees>.
simple things are becoming uncomfortable, from putting on my socks to tying my shoelaces to twisting around in my car to put on seat belt. slowly, but surely, my mobility is deteriorating. and in typical guy fashion i don’t ask for help until i hit rock bottom.
so now i’m about 21 years old, and i’m doing a warm-up set of front squats with 135 pounds, and i start feeling this weird pinch in lower back. next thing i know, the pain is very strong and i’m having trouble walking. i go lay down on a fitness mat for about 15 minutes. the pain isn’t going away.
i get up and drive home and take a nap. when i wake up a few hours later i can barely get out of bed. now i’m kinda scared. i shrug it off and go to sleep at the end of the day. i wake up the next morning and i literally cannot get out of bed.
i couldn’t fucking move. i ate on the floor. thank god my family was around to take care of me. i couldn’t flex my back AT ALL. i could barely turn over.
i’m starting to get tired writing this shit, but it was fucked up. i couldn’t move for about a week. i was given some precription muscle ralaxants and painkillers. i think naproxin was the name of one. i did some physio and gradually recovered.
don’t let it get to the point that i let it get to. rehab yourself ASAP because you know you have a problem that isn’t going away without direct efforts on your behalf.
lastly, regarding details, i do have a fusion of bone between my sacrum and L5, on the right side. this limits my mobility, but i could’ve worked around it if i would’ve been smart and worked on my hamstring, groin, glute, and lower back flexibility all along.
also, my disc at L5/S1 is extremely compressed. but i’m doing ok now, i just need to take some of my own advice and start spending time with some mobility training as a sort of insurance policy for the future.