That sounds rough. Maybe you’ve managed okay because you didn’t push them too much and let them heal? I feel like with an injury it can go a couple of ways, one is you keep on pushing through and that is fine, it might delay complete recovery but it’s not making it any worse, and the other is where you take an injury that would heal up fine in a certain amount of time and then you aggravate it to the point of it taking multiple times longer than it would have you laid off it.
And then there is the subject of dealing with an injury properly, I’ve made the mistake of not going to the gym, ending up weaker than before and then just setting up a cascade of long-lasting issues. Maybe you’d have the good fortune of being mature in how you’ve handled yours?
On the subject of your disk bulge, I have a friend who has had one and has only just started weightlifting. Any advice for being able to do so safely while still making progress?