I ve been having low back pain for around 1 year now. I am 22 years of age. Its not unbearable by any means, just annoying dull and i feel my back stiff and the pain gets worse when i bend over (but sometimes the pain pattern changes and the pain doesnt get worse when i bend over!). There are days though, that tying my shoelaces becomes difficult!
I got an appointment for an MRI. It came back and the diagnosis was that i have a disc herniation in the L4-L5 and the L5 nerve is being pinched. Oh boy, i am too young for this shit..
I have no clinical signs of sciatica (leg pain) or neurological damage et and one would certainly expect that I SHOULD have had!
From the info i ve been skimming through this whole time, there are a lot of false positives with these tests, since 6 out of 10 adults will have some sort of herniation or disc buldge in their MRI's and could be completely asymptomatic. And vice versa, you could be in excruciating pain and yet have no signs of herniation. So this gets complicated. What is actually causing the lower back pain?
I know the annular disc tissue is avascular so it has no healing properties and that means i am fucked for life. My dad had also had back problems for a lot of years. He was getting regular steroid injections and nsaid's and stuff. I dont wanna do the same, as they only mask the symptoms, and i want to have a perfectly healthy back, since im an athlete. Doctors know nothing about athletes, and how insane it is to tell them to quit exercise or weight training.
I ve tried physical therapy , the McKenzie stuff. Initially they seemed to offer some sort of relief, but they stopped working soon after.
I ve been going to a Chiropractor who uses the activator method, and however crazy this may seem, my back pain vanishes and diminishes greatly!!. But unforunately this is only temporary. As soon as i get back to training, the low back pain/stiffness comes back.
I ve also been wondering if this back pain/stiffness is somehow linked to my multiple hamstring injuries this year on track... I really believe there is a link.
The good news is that I CAN squat and heavy too. So i am in no exruciating pain or anything, its just a dull chronic annoying thing in my low back (nerve pain) with no sciatic nerve involvement. The pain sure doesn't get better after squats but it doesnt get much worse! Deadlifts though, are TOUGH. And i get a spasm whenever i try to go even moderately heavy...
I ve tried to take a break 3-4 weeks, and the pain will still get back as soon as i do any sprinting or weights
I know there are lot of back pain sufferers here, so i was hoping for some advice!
And sorry for my bad english, its not my native language:D