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Need help from veterans regarding my lower back pain

Hi Guys,

Around 6 months ago, during deadlifting, I felt a little strain on my lower back. I knew my form wasn't right so I went back home. Next day my back was a little sour but thought it will recover soon thinking its just a muscle pull or something. Around a week later, I started having intense lower back pain only if I when i stand from sitting position. It became so bad that I oculdn't sit for more than 5 minutes. I went to the doctor and it took two months for MRI. My MRI result shows L4-5 disc protrusion. However the doctor said MRI report really doesnt say anything so he suggested me some exercises/waking etc.

Funny thing is that I never felt any pain when chiro/physio tried to press my lower back and had negative tests when they tested me for sciatica pain.

Now, after 6 months, I was able to sit for longer but now I can feel very minor pain when I try and bend backwards and if someone presses L4-L5. I also feel a little tingling pain on top of my right butt when I sit and I can feel that the lower back pain is there. The pain isn't too severe(3 on a scale of 1-10) but it is exceptionally frustrating as I feel it all the time when I sit/bend/drive etc. I have tried everything (chirp/physio/doc) but since whenever they do all the typical tests, I dont feel much pain they conclude that minor exercises will make it better in few months.

I feel really depressed now, I don't know if it will get better?Do injections help?Does it really take that long for lower back to be ok?its been 6 months and I feel very very demotivated. Someone guide me? Thanks!

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,441

    hello addicttivemate!!
    welcome to spine health

    i will guide you on one thing, dead lifting is not good for the spine. we have read story after story on this forum of guys that have messed up their spines due to dead lifting. staying in shape is one thing, but, you only have one spine, take care of it.
    you will not find very many members here that are fond of a chiro. they are not spine specialist.
    please click on the welcome link below for more information on the forum.

    welcome to spine health


    take care and keep us posted.
    Sandra
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  • Thanks for the comments! I just want to know whether the lower back pain(no scitica) heals on its own with excercises? I was told it can take 1-2 years. Is that true?

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  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,489

    it really depends on what is wrong.  if it's a disc it can take many years before it finally setlles down, especially if it's pushing on nerves.  if it's nerve pain because of impingement that usually requires intervention to get whatever is pushing on the nerve off the nerve....if it's a stretch of a nerve it can take 1-2 years for a nerve to quiet down.  if the nerve is pinched by muscle (like in piriformis syndrome) the nerve pain might go away in days with the right stretches for the muscles.  so it really depends on what exactly is wrong in there, and only your doctors can determine that. 

    Kathy
    Veritas-Health Moderator
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    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

  • Jter85JJter85 ChicagoPosts: 4

    Injections may help. Inquire about epidural and facet injections to start. The disc will heal with continued exercises. It can take up to 2 years. Just be diligent with it. I found for me, Yoga and walking up stairs/hills is very positive. Laying down on a roller is also a big plus in my experience. I know it's harsh and depressing, but focus on progress of any kind. 3/10 pain isn't half bad. Consider that it could be 10/10 all the time and the alternatives to that are awful to even think about.

  • There was a point around 2010 that I was  depressed thinking I couldn't imagine living with the pain I was in.  I had already had a laminectomy at c4/c5 still had cervical pain and nerve issues(, had a 3 level fusion in 2014). Had to have a synovectomy on my right knee  due to a tumor (had a total knee replacement 2 years later) and started having lower back issues where MRI showed 3 bulging/herniated discs, now have 4.  Through strengthening my core muscles I was able to reduce the lower back pain but still had flair ups. I learned to focus on today and getting through each day the best I could.  I had to give up a lot of activities that I loved doing, marathon running and mountain biking were at the top of the list.  Nerve blocks helped, but the last one only lasted 2 weeks so now looking at surgery.  The first step is to accept where you are and work one day at a time to minimize the pain through exercise, medication, meditation and find new interests to focus on.  There is still a lot I want to do and I can do it as long as I don't give in to the pain.  If I have to have surgery to stabilize my lower back so that I can get on with life, I can accept that.  In 2010 I couldn't imagine getting as far as I have. 

    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
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  • If your disc is not torn, just protruding, you should ask your doctor about ozone therapy, it can be quite successful in treating bulging disc. 

  • I tried the injections and they didn't help in the least, as a matter of fact they caused massive migraine and sudden massive hair loss which i never recovered from. Unless your in chronic non stop pain I would avoid them altogether as they aren't even FDA approved for use in the U.S

  • Consistency and awareness are key with low back pain. I had a moderately large L4-L5 in June that my ortho recommended surgery for. I did not want to go that route so began a diligent physical therapy and exercise program and am much better now 3 months on. Could not sit or stand or sleep well and had trouble walking. Did lots of heat/ice, regular stretching 3 times a day, wore a lumbar belt and improved my diet. Sports massage also helped. I did take one epidural injection during acute pain but it helped me only temporarily (2 weeks)  so did not repeat (although my dr wanted me to). I credit my recovery entirely to daily stretching including yoga 2-3 times a week, daily heat therapy plus improved nutrition. Pain now is 1-2 some days but nothing that distracts me from regular activities. 

    Injections are a hit and miss and now I feel I really did'nt need one. It helped me some but during that time I stopped exercising thinking I was well only to have the pain return after the medication wore off.  I know they work for some but did'nt work much for me. Prescription meds can provide same relief - for me combination of muscle relaxant and naproxen helped me through acute phase. 


  • Consistency and awareness are key with low back pain. I had a moderately large L4-L5 in June that my ortho recommended surgery for. I did not want to go that route so began a diligent physical therapy and exercise program and am much better now 3 months on. Could not sit or stand or sleep well and had trouble walking. Did lots of heat/ice, regular stretching 3 times a day, wore a lumbar belt and improved my diet. Sports massage also helped. I did take one epidural injection during acute pain but it helped me only temporarily (2 weeks)  so did not repeat (although my dr wanted me to). I credit my recovery entirely to daily stretching including yoga 2-3 times a week, daily heat therapy plus improved nutrition. Pain now is 1-2 some days but nothing that distracts me from regular activities. 

    Injections are a hit and miss and now I feel I really did'nt need one. It helped me some but during that time I stopped exercising thinking I was well only to have the pain return after the medication wore off.  I know they work for some but did'nt work much for me. Prescription meds can provide same relief - for me combination of muscle relaxant and naproxen helped me through acute phase. 


  • Consistency and awareness are key with low back pain. I had a moderately large L4-L5 in June that my ortho recommended surgery for. I did not want to go that route so began a diligent physical therapy and exercise program and am much better now 3 months on. Could not sit or stand or sleep well and had trouble walking. Did lots of heat/ice, regular stretching 3 times a day, wore a lumbar belt and improved my diet. Sports massage also helped. I did take one epidural injection during acute pain but it helped me only temporarily (2 weeks)  so did not repeat (although my dr wanted me to). I credit my recovery entirely to daily stretching including yoga 2-3 times a week, daily heat therapy plus improved nutrition. Pain now is 1-2 some days but nothing that distracts me from regular activities. 

    Injections are a hit and miss and now I feel I really did'nt need one. It helped me some but during that time I stopped exercising thinking I was well only to have the pain return after the medication wore off.  I know they work for some but did'nt work much for me. Prescription meds can provide same relief - for me combination of muscle relaxant and naproxen helped me through acute phase. 


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