Well, i’m sure there are plenty of posts on here about this subject, but I just figured I’d go ahead anyway.
I hurt my back way back in February of this year squatting. Atleast that’s what I think. I’m not 100% sure on that because my back had been giving me abit of trouble before that day (nothing like after the day I was squatting) just sorer then usual , but the squatting was probably what finished it off. Pain in my lower and middle back/ I went to a sports doctor a week after that and he told me he thought it was just a gluteous strain. Very foolishly I kept wrestling and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after that thinking it would just get better. Nothing to heavy though.
I did stop lifting. It started getting to the point that wrestling was hurting to much so I stopped doing that. Now after months and months of no weightlifting (some benching, curling, pushups ect…) I’m still not better and It kills me to set down. Its never realy crippled me or anything like that, but I cant bend over and touch my toes without pain. I can run, but not without pain.
I’ve been to the Chiro and she x-rayed me and told me she thought it was a bulging disc in L5 I think. She said the Xray showed that my hips were offset and I was actually walking with a tilt. She thinks this whats making my disc compress. I went to her for about a month, but my insurance didnt cover it and it got to expensive, plus I wasnt realy seeing much of a difference. Maybe didnt go to her long enough, I dunno. She said she thought I probably needed and MRI.
I’m wondering really what to do. I dont realy trust the doctors in my area that much as its a small town and we ARE not known to have good medical practitioners around here. I just want to be able to lift, get stronger and continue doing Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling. My Chiro told me not to run, lift or do anything like that ever again as they would all just make it worse. That really depresses me as I’m only 22 and before I hurt my back I was preparing for my first MMA fight and realy coming along good in my strength and conditioning. Getting bigger and stronger was my goal and was going pretty good. Now I feel i cant run or lift anymore at all to even stay inshape. I lost about 15 pounds since I hurt my back and prolly all my strength gains, which is really a bummer.
What advice do you guys have. IS it possible to continue lifting and doing combat sports with disc problems?