First post here, but directly to the point: I have been diagnosed with disc hernia - two confirmed, and one in progress. Now, the first two are in the lower spine, so they aren’t that much problematic, according to the doctors, but the third one is developing and it’s near to the spinal channel, where all the nerves are coupled.
While I don’t have major pains or discomfort, two doctors have advised me to stop doing exercises like deadlift, overhead press and generally everything that puts the spinal backbone under pressure.
Otherwise, they say, I risk partial paralysis, etc, shall I continue to lift.
Now, I don’t really want to give up deadlift, as it’s quite possibly the greatest exercise I can think of, besides, it’s helping alleviate the pain I have from couple of vertebral spurs close to the neck
My question is: what alternative exercises could replace deadlift and overhead press, in order to protect the discs?
I have tried Trap Bar so far and it works great, besides, I can pull about 30 kg more than the 150kg max deadlift I can pull off. I’m 1.84 and my weight is about 85 kg.
P.S. I take no medication at all, barely any basic BCAA for recovery only.
Thanks in advance.