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MRI MD report: L4-5 mild annular diffuse disc bulge

Dear Friends

I hope you all have good health..

I am an olympic weight lifter, I live in a rural developing area where PT is considered a non existing luxury.

I have experienced a non comfort ( not an actual PAIN) in my lower back about 9 months ago, sometimes can appear in my left leg when leaning to right.. the discomfort can become a mild pain while sitting for long time and after training.

I have visited a doctor who assigned  me for MRI, , I have done it and the report says: mild L4-5 annular diffuse disc bulge inclined slightly to left side.

I have showed it to the doctor of bones ( sorry I don't know what do you call it in English) and to another neuro doctor and neuro sergeon they all said that I have to rest and I have to quit the lifting. they prescriped me non steroid anti inflammatory drugs like diclofenac..etc . as far as I unederstand the medicine in my country is not good and doctors are just trying to make things easy for themselves by just saying you must rest and never lift anything forever!

psychologically, quitting lifting is considered as suicide for me, so I will never take it as an option. I can rest for a month or two knowing that I will return to lifting afterwards, but to know that I have to quit it forever is not accepted to me.

no one of the doctors I have visited recommended PT, I think it is because they are not aware that It might help more than anything else. the nearest PT to my place is a 3 hours travel by car and I can not afford it because they are very expensive and normally for expats living in my country who can afford it.

I was wondering if anyone can share a video or tips for PT excersies or any natural ways of helping a similar condition that I have.

Thank you and God bless you all and give you good health and spine.





  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,509

    welcome to the spine-health forums.

    i am sorry that you are going through this.  nobody on this forum can tell you what to do to solve this.  we don't know enough about your problem, and lack the expertise to diagnose it or prescribe specific exercises.

    as an olympic athlete, have you discussed this with your country's olympic committee?  they may have services to assist you.

    please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started welcome to spine-health


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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