I have a bit of a story to tell, so sit down, get a cup of tea/coffee and get comfy.
In 2014 i collapsed at home and after 7 months of tests and hospital visits, i was diagnosed with a herniated L4 disc. Due to the length of time it had taken for the diagnosis, i was told surgery was the best option to fix it.
Fast forward to Dec 23 2014 and the op was completed and i was pain free, i was sent home and felt like i had been given a new lease on life. I swore to myself that i would never let that happen to me again.
The reason, i felt, for the herniation, was mainly because i always been a lazy, fat guy. at the time of my first herniation, i weighed in at 22 stone 10 lbs (300+lbs) and had always been sedentary. I work in a desk based job and never had any compunction to work out.
Anyway, after the op, as already mentioned, i wasn’t going to let it happen again.
During my recovery i signed up at a gym at the end of January and began walking, i had always liked the idea of lifting but had never, as said, never gone and done it.
As my fitness and recovery moved forward, i was introduced to a few basic pilates movements to help stabilise my core, this was through an NHS physio and i did feel my core got stronger over the month i did this.
Finally my recovery under the NHS came to its “end” and i was discharged from their and the physio’s care, my final meeting with him, i spent time discussing with him lifting, mainly the big three.
He said i’d be fine as long as i took my time to study form, the movements, ensure i get good RoM and such, so the next month was literally spent researching programs, the big three, supplments and a few mobility things.
I finally started lifting in March of 2015, my first lifts were as poor as you could describe, bench, squat and deadlift all with just the bar.
Over the next six months i set PB’s often enough that my final lift PBs were as follows
I was doing supplementary lifts as well to help things like my shoulders and back keep strong and not fatigue too much with the compounds.
So come september 5th 2015 and my back goes again, not from lifting, but at home doing some DIY. Up until that point i felt strong and i felt the BEST i’;ve ever felt in my life, i was living a fuller and better life, my outlook had totally changed and i finally felt like i was doing something good.
I am subsequently MRI’d and the diagnosis is a massive herniation of my L4 disc, the same one perviously operated on. I was able to see a Doctor, who funnily enough pointed me to this website (Dr John Power, BUPA, Leeds) and he told me, after examining some of my form check videos, that i hadn’t done this lifting, and that i had done exactly the right thing coming from surgery.
So, in the end the pain got worser, till one point the week before christmas, my back made me collapse again, after being rushed to hospital and having lost sensation in my lower left leg, arsehole, scrotum and bladder, and ahving a second MRI confirming ANOTHER massive herniation (thats 2 from the same disc for anyone keeping count) i was rushed to leeds general infirmary, and into a 6 hour operation to fix the issue.
There wre some complications during the surgery but nothing i am having to live with right now.
So basically, i know im asking a lot here from you guys, and i will be posting this somewhere in one of the coaches forums as well, but do you guys think ill ever lift again? do you think it will be safe for me to do so?
I hate to say i was addicted to lifting, but my entire outlook on life, and i felt me as a person were getting better, i was eating better, everything seemed easier, i was putting on good muscle, i felt STRONG too. Add to that, myself and my wife found out we finally were able to get pregnant after a couple of years of trying too… everything seemed to be coming up Steve…
Anyway, if you stuck around long enough to cope with my typos and you got this far, thanks for reading, i hope that you arent too fatigued from my epic post =-)