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Lower Back Pain?


#1

Hey guys, I've got this lower back pain for about a week and a half.

I took half a week off once the pain went away, then it came back again.

It's not any muscle groups its my actualy spine I guess. Like if I press on the spot that hurts I can feel it, and thats it.

I can bend over fairly easy but can still feel it very little though.

On a scale of 1-10 I'd rate the pain as of now like a 4-5.

I dunno if I should not lift for another week or not?

I did do an upper body day today and my back didn't bother me at all.

I also talked to my weight lifting coach who lifts with me, he said that I was probly just stressing it, my powerclean form isn't that great and I sort of jump off the ground when I bring the weight up. He said that when I come back onto the ground that that puts alot of stress/pressure on my lower back where it hurts at.

So I'm going to focus on my powerclean form more.

What do you guys suggest, I slept on the floor in my room and that seemed to work ALOT.

Also the pain dosnt affect me when I walk up stairs or run at all.

Can I still lift and not mess my back up
Or should I take some time off.

Thanks!

-Rob


#2

i had lower back pain that sounds pretty similiar to yours about three weeks ago. i hurt it deadlifting. it was low and it was slightly to the left of my spine. i hurt when i would bend forward to keep my head over the sink to brush my teeth, and little annoying things like that. i took a week and a half off and now im back to normal. you might want to get it checked out if it hurts for too long though.


#3

My favorite subject. You are having back pain because you are stressing something there and your muscles are inflamed and tight, trying to support the spot needing attention.

Back off for a bit, then tri it again. The minute the pain starts into your butt, you now have a disc herniation. From there it pinches off nerves into your legs.

Listen to your body.


#4

Thanks alot guys, I'm ganna take the rest of the week off and see how I feel next monday.

Appreciate it!

-Rob


#5

Also whoever told you to sleep on the floor was dead on.


#6

Ya I plan on sleeping on the floor tonight as well.


#7

oh yeah, when i would sleep, the floor felt really good. i also propped my legs up: my hams were perpendicular to the ground, bent at the knees perpendicular to my hams (parallel to the ground) and my calves and feet were on my trunk locker.

i dont know if this is good for you or not, im sure someone out there knows, but it felt really good


#8

A diagnosis cannot be given over the internet.

While well meaning and definatly trying to be helpful giving out medical advice when not qualified can be dangerous.

I am sure you may get some different ideas from the responses to your questions but do to the variables in your actual condition, may I suggest you see a physician?

If you see your Dr. intialy keep in mind that x-rays only show bone abnormalities and soft tissue can only be evaluated via MRI, ultrasound etc. (For ruptured discs, tears etc.)

Good luck to you, I hope you have a positive out come. From what you described I have a tendency to beleive it is not serious but would none the less have it properly evaluated.