I am 26 years old about 190lbs. and had been lifting pretty heavy weights 4 days a week for about 9 months straight. In that time I didnt have any serious injuries but I did pull a muscle in my lower back after about 4 months of the 9 months of lifting. The pulled lower back issue wasnt anything serious because I was back to normal by 2 weeks and everything was fine. Untill about 4 months ago I injured my back and not sure if I tore a muscle, tendon, ligament or maybe a disc? I will explain as much detail as possible so that maybe someone can help me figure out what this could be?
How my injury happen was I went to the gym it was back/shoulder day and I think about half through my work out it happen, I was doing seated rows or rear cable pulldowns. I started to feel a sharp pain coming from the middle right side of my back. So I thought maybe I didnt stretch enough and was stretching out my back a little then kept working out using lighter weight. I also did more stretching that day then normal which could of caused this? I was holding onto a pole and leaning away from it to stretch out my back. I should of went home right after I felt pain but I must of made things worse by continuing to work out. Well the next morning I woke up and was in pain. Every time I would sneeze or try to do something with my right arm the it would hurt. So I gave up the gym for about 3 weeks then went back thinking I can work other body parts since the pain wasnt as bad but no matter what I did it hurt. So I stopped working out completely. I tried ice/heat packs but it didnt really help. I had been lifting pretty heavy 4 days a week and could of went up in weight too fast, not really sure? Things were going good too, just when I was steadily gaining weight this had to happen! I was going to a chiropractor for the past 6 months but stopped going since I didnt feel it really did anything for me. The reason i went to the chiropractor is that I have a mild case of scoliosis. I just found this picture that shows the area I am having pain.
I have no idea what or how many tendons/ligaments/disc are in this area that could be injured?
So for the past 4 months I have been in constant pain from this but the first couple of weeks the pain was quite a bit worst. Its like I was on my way to getting better but then stopped stayed there and it wont heal? So after 1 month into the injury I went to the doctors and they gave me 800mg of ibuprofen taken 3 times a day along with a muscle relaxant that I had taken before bed. That didnt do anything for me so a month after the meds I went back to try to get a MRI but nothing she didnt think I needed it. I know its because of my insurance and the doctor is always in a hurry to just see the next patient and could care less. So I kept taking more ibuprofen and 3 months into my injury I said F#$& this I am going in to urgent care in hopes of a MRI but just my luck they dont have a MRI machine there so I had a X-ray done which didnt show anything. Its now 4 months and maybe a couple weeks into my injury and dont know what to do? If someone has had something like this happen please share your thoughts/advice. I would very much appreciate it!
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