Ok here is the situation, I just turned 35 this February and I have had back spasms (according to military doctors) on and off for about 12 years (bad flexibility, being young and bullet proof). In 2001 I was doing what I call fast squats, where you go down slow and up fast and let the weight (365lbs) come off my shoulders and back down very hard.
Well this caused a disc protrusion at L4-L5 which was pushing on the nerve and wasn’t properly diagnosed until 2007, that’s when I had surgery to remove the protrusion.
To get to the point I’m tired of being sick and tired! I have been athletic all of my life (basketball, football, wrestling, softball, soccer, whatever) and now I’ve been laying on my ass for 2 years and I don’t like the results. So, I am going to try to fix my back and the rest of me with weights and yoga. That’s right yoga, one of my main problems is lack of flexibility, so I’m going to start there.
What I am looking for in this forum is advice, I want to start lifting again, but I know I can’t go at it like I did when I was 25. Do you guys have any suggestions on what exercises to start off with? Also do you have any suggestions on supplements, and or protein powders, for say rebuilding vertebral discs?