Probably a pinched nerve. If it was a herniated disc, you’d know, trust me. Even a bulging disc would feel fucking horrible. See a chiropractor or do some form of physical therapy.[/quote]
Does a herniated/buldging disc feel actually painful, or merely just a little tight?[/quote]
Holy shit man. I had a bulging disc which wasn’t “herniated” but the x-rays they took were “close to herniation.” I.e., I fucked up squatting and my disc popped out of alignment. If I was squatting with 25lbs more weight, I would have probably herniated my disc. But that bulging disc was terrible. I couldn’t do anything besides lay on the couch, feeling pain if I walked too fast. After 2 weeks of that I could move without pain, but not round my back. Now I’m at 90%, 95% once I’m warmed up and that took me about 4 months.
So yeah a herniated disc I imagine feels worse than a bulging disc, and the bulging disc I had wouldn’t let me do ANY spinal flexion without feeling like I got the wind kicked out of me and my spine was popping.
Bulging disc stops you from training, definitely, until it’s healed or mostly quelled, like mine is right now (after seeing a chiropractor for awhile). I’ve also heard that an actual herniated disc stops people from moving, let along standing and walking. Sounds terrible![/quote]
Really? That sounds nasty.
I’m suspecting I’ve got a bulging disc, but I got it from doing bodyweight pistol squats five months ago. However, it doesn’t really hurt, it just feels tight. I can also do all spinal movement including spinal flexion fine and painlessly, and spinal flexion actually relieves the tightness.