Suffering from three bulging discs, located at L4/L5, L5-S1, and L1/L2.
Haven't done any real lifting since mid February of this year. I went back in here and there, and while I was still able to lift heavy the compressive effects of the squats caused enough pain and inflexibility the next day to keep me out. The pain was never excruciating and I always assumed it was a muscle tear or something, which prevented me from seeing a doctor. Finally towards the ends of May I folded and went to see a doctor. He told to me to take an x ray and everything came back normal. Great I thought. Little did I know that x rays don't show disc injuries.
Went back to lifting heavy for a little bit and I was happy that I hadn't lost any strength at all. But the inflexibility and chronic back pain came back with a vengeance, so my doctor refered me to an orthopedist. MRI confirmed three bulging discs, currently under the care of an ortho who has me doing some bullshit physical therapy which doesn't even help.
Anyway, my main question is in regards to the reverse hyper by Louie Simmons. Louie claims he used it to completely recover from a ruptured disc twice.
These are very rare where I live, so I'm forced to them on a smith machine, which even with no weight hurts my hips. The traction they provide for the lower back certainly makes it good as new. The pain is completely gone and I'm read to dead lift 315# for reps. This feeling lasts for an hour or two. Then the inflexibility returns and minor pain returns.
Anyway my question is whether or not it's possible to completely recover from a disc injury in the manner Louie claims he did. I'm not calling him a liar and have nothing but respect for him and his accomplishment, but I also recognize he has a product to sell. While I have yet to consistently perform proper reverse HEs with heavy weight, I just have a feeling I'll never completely recover. I don't see too many stories of guys on the internet resuming heavy lifting after getting a disc injury, and if I do it's guys who are genetic freaks who have always had them but never experienced any pain from them. The fact that I read an article that says that disc injuries have a large genetic component to them makes me even sadder (this why you'll always see somebody in a youtube video lifting 500 pounds with horrid form for reps and never getting injured).
I'd like to hear some advice and hopefully some success stories. At this point I'm thinking of giving up on strength training altogether. I'm happy I only have a bulging disc want to keep it that way, and don't want to see it develop into a full blown herniation or worse. By that same token I'm a bit depressed that my dreams of squatting 405# will seemingly never be accomplished.