Well, no prior injuries in HS sports. So this injury thing is pretty new to me and to be honest, the only reason I’m posting is because I am a little bit scared. The situation is this: I have always liked lifting. Played football, track, just recently graduated. Straight out of graduation I went to work and because my job requires quite a bit of manual labor, most times I work long hours, (work days may last anywhere from 6 hrs. to 16, with 12 hrs. probably being the norm, so fatigue also plays a role in whether or not I even feel like lifting) getting all the weightroom action I want is sometimes a decision between sleep/food, and lifting. My numbers go down.
I’m young, want to lift heavy stuff off the floor, and no doubt this set me in a perfect position for some sort of injury (this combined also, with losing lots of the flexibility i had in sports, my hips/glutes/hams seem to stay tight anyway unless I am stretching them unrelentlessly, which I neglect to do). A couple weeks ago I am DLing. Warmups go fine. I hold my breath & pull in under my first working set with 365 lbs. doing conventional deadlifts, on my first rep the bar does not even leave the floor and instantly I feel a sharp, hot pain all up my lower back right after I start my pull. I stand up, this is how I imagine a pulled muscle in the back must feel like, the hot pain soon dies down after about 5 mins of breathing and standing still, it is replaced by extremely sharp and instantaneous pangs that light up in my back with almost every step as I walk out of the weightroom.
The next morning I am a pathetic mess, I can hardly stand without holding on to some solid object. I may make it 3-steps almost pain free and then BOOM, one of my legs will go limp mid-step and pain will blare in my back. I hobble around the house all morning, finally make it out to do the nessessary chores in the afternoon, riding in a bumby truck is painful, with every bump in the road my back flares. Days go by, the jolts I experience with walking subside somewhat. A few days later I see what I am capable of in the Weightroom, the answer is almost no lifting whatsoever. I take days off, every third day or so I try again.
After all my workouts, the next morning my back seems to have reverted back to the pain levels it was at a couple days ago. Needless to say, I havn’t even thought about going back to the weightroom for at least another two weeks. The most I can manage now is lifting a full gas can off the ground, two gas cans is impossible. And even after these weeks “taking it easy” most of the pain is gone, exept for a pain in the dimple of my right ass cheek. I can’t even jog. When I feel no pain, it is almost like the muscles in my lower back don’t exist. I bend down to pick something up off the floor and I simply feel like I can not move it. If it weighs over 50 lbs. I have to brace myself with my hand, placing it against my knee, whilst I lift said object off the floor with one hand.
So I guess the reason I tell you all this is in the hopes that:
A) You can help tell me what is wrong, I will gladly give as much info as needed in the hopes that someone will help me figure out what is ailing me.
B) How long before full recovery, given that I stay out from under heavy objects, only do as much at work as I possibly can to avoid a setback in my recovery.
C) That nobody flames me to hard for being a douche/newbie/knucklehead for bad posting/lifting habits, ect.
Please take my meager titty offering. I give it in the hopes of helpful information.