What do you know about back injuries/treatments/etc?
May 12, 2011 8:14 AM Subscribe
Back injury = drugs, discs, and MRIs?? Oh my!
posted by itsacover to health & fitness (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
6.5 weeks ago, I injured my back at the gym. I was doing deadlifts, came up on one, and something felt like it snapped in my back (the gym trainers believe I overcompensated for the heavy weight by turning/twisting somehow). There was intense pain, I couldn't walk, and I felt like I was going to pass out. With the help of the gym staff, I was at least able to get home. I spent most of the first week laying on my back taking muscle relaxers and ibuprofen. Since then, it has definitely improved, but I still hurt a lot sitting for any length of time, getting up from a sitting position, and beginning to walk after sitting. It hurts randomly at other times as well. I spend my entire working life on my feet, which is at least better than if I were sitting. I use a back brace off and on for support, as my doctor recommended. I also sometimes use a cane to help me stand and walk at first. I am still taking muscle relaxers, which don't always help. I have continued to go to the gym, working with my trainer on exercises that put the least amount of stress on my lower back. I often leave these sessions with a "tight" feeling in my back, but it usually isn't painful.
I returned to the doctor today after about a month from my last visit and she is talking about an MRI. While these sorts of injuries take time to heal, she is concerned with the fact that I have had tingling in my feet. She did what I believe is a disc test where I was laying down and she moved my leg upward until it hurt. I did not do well. If the insurance approves it, she would like to do the MRI, a test I have no experience with. She also talked about herniated/bulging discs and what that might mean in the long-term. None of it sounds like much fun and at this point, I fear that me and my cane are going to be friends for awhile.
My overall question can be summed up... What is your experience with back injuries such as this, MRIs, back injury treatment, etc? I have never experienced a situation like this before and everyone else that I have talked to makes it sound like they were recovered well before where I am now.