Competitive Powerlifter hurts her back. Now what?
March 26, 2013 12:35 PM Subscribe
(Female, 28 years old, 5'6 155#, lifting for about 5 years, 1 year competitively. First back injury.)
Yesterday was my first day back to my Powerlifting routine (Texas Method if it makes a difference) after a week off for a ski trip. Within my first set of squats (after warmups) something ‘not good’ happened to my lower back (first set, 4th rep, 185#). Now what?
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When I stood up from the 'bad' squat I felt some minor pain in my mid/lower back and immediately thought “Well, that doesn't feel right.” so I racked it. I rolled out on the rumble rollers for a minute, stretched, walked around the gym, etc. but eventually decided to pack it up and go home because the pain wasn't getting any better.
When I got home from the gym, I laid down in my bed for about an hour. Eventually I got up, took a handful of Ibuprofen and decided to suck it up and go to work… but the throbbing pain just kinda worsened during my commute. Walking to the office from the subway totally blew — Every wiggle of my hips was sending pain through my lower back. I got into the office, sad down at my desk, turned on my computer, and after about 30 minutes decided to go back home. I laid around with ice on my back all day yesterday, getting up occasionally to make some food and go to the bathroom. Nothing hurts when I'm laying down, but when I'm up and moving, it hurts.
It really didn’t seem that bad at first (like, hardly anything at the time) but now I’m kinda worried that maybe I herniated a disc or something (though, honestly I have no idea what that would feel like, maybe this is just what a minor sprain feels like).
I'm back at work today, though sitting at my desk is MISERABLE. I have to get up and stretch every 10 - 15 minutes or so (otherwise I cramp up and have a hard time getting back into a normal standing position).
I have a doctors appointment in two days. Any suggestions on what to do until then? Has this happened to you? What was it? How do you cope with lower back pain at the office? What is the best ways to make working less terrible?
(I know you are not my doctor. You know you are not my lifting coach)