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How Should I Continue with Bulging Disc?

Hi everyone,

Little backround. I’m 25 years old male. Been doing sports since the age of 7.
I started to exercise at the gym when I was 18.
Due to a certain period of time with poor deadlift & squats technique, now I have bluging discs L4-S1.
Now I feel pain but I still can continue my daily routine without a problem. After making a CT, the doctor said it’s a very mild condition, nothing serious but I do need to start changing my workout and adjusting.

I started to feel pain and discovered the issue in December 2016. Since then, I tried a variety of programs but my lower back still hurts, much better but still hurts.
I’m not squatting or dead lifting anymore for at lease 3 months but I still exercise 3-5 times a week.
After trying to stay and lift weights without squatting and dead lifting and the pain still continued, I decided to leave the gym and start working out with my body weight by the beach with those build in, body weight lifting appliances; I’ve been doing that for a month now.
I do squat but with body weight and I also do lunges, pull ups, push ups and more. And I work on my core a lot and still feel pain; not severe but I still feel it while I shouldn’t.
The whole purpose of this thread is that I know I can quit & the pain will stop but I don’t want to quit. Sport is an essential part of my life since I’m 7 years old. And it also helps a lot with my ADHD, so quitting is my last resort. Of course I don’t want to make things worse and if quitting for a certain amount of time is the recommended option so be it. but I do want to hear opinions before quitting.

What do you say? Should I quit now for a certain amount of time or should I continue what I’m doing now which is pull ups, push ups, core and all of those exercises without weights?
The last thing i want is full blown herniated discs.

Thanks :slight_smile:

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