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Back injurie from lifting weights, torn muscle, tendon, ligament or disc?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 17, 2007
  • 00:10 AM

Hi

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.
http://www.exrx.net/Graphics/TrapLowerHalf.gif
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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  • I also forgot to mention that I am also noticing that if I sit down at my computer desk, table or even driving for longer then 30 minutes straight I have a slight warm tingling feeling that starts at my knees and goes down towards my ankle? Could be something completely different but thought about herniated disc so I mentioned it to my doctor and she said I wouldnt be able to lean over to touch my toes if I had a herniated disc which I can do. I also was thinking a pinched nerve but not sure if it meets some of my symptoms? I really hope I dont have to have surgery. I also just got approved for physical therapy so I really hope that will fix me. The pain is only on the right side of the middle of my back. I now have to use my left hand to control my mouse when on the computer and I cant even pick up my kids with my right arm anymore or pretty much do anything with my right arm without feeling pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 17, 2007
    • 00:33 AM
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  • Hey Russel,Well I have a similar thing to you, except I was lifting heavy boxes etc at work. I also have mild scoliosis but never bothered with a chiropractor. Mine is in the same exact area as well. It has made it almost impossible for me to bowl in cricket and is quite painful sitting normally. If anyone has any advice now two people can benefit from it so please help!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 06:33 PM
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  • HeyThanks for the reply, hopefully someone will help us out a little?I am going in for physical therapy for the first time later today and if I find anything out I'll let you know. Almost all of yesterday I had tingling/burning that starts at my knees and goes down towards my ankle but also really bad on the bottom of my right heel?Do doctors visit this forum?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 09:17 AM
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  • Sounds like you both need to visit a rheumatologist or neurologist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 10:15 PM
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  • I was just lifting 2 days ago for the first time in a long while. Along with being normally sore, I noticed my back is swelled up on the right side only. I have scoliosis as well. I am hoping it gets better in a few days and that I just worked it too hard getting started at lifting. I was doing squats and dead lifting with light weight, along with other exercises that I don't think would cause back injury. Should I be worried about this? In the mirror I can physically see the right side of my back sticking out further than the left, like someone was hitting it and it swelled up. But I can still touch my toes, so I'm not too worried yet.Any ideas or comments?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 06:11 AM
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  • Well I have had 5 physical therapy sessions and at first I thought my back was getting better but now I feel a little worse. I think part of it could be from lifting some heavy stuff around in my garage and working on the car. I feel like I am disabled, I cant do anything anymore!They tell me to get a tennis ball, put it against a wall and also in the area you have pain then kinda do a squat so the ball rolls up/down along your back. Some of you should try it out maybe it could help?I finally got approved for a MRI after a orthopedic surgeon suggested one. Hope to get one this week and we'll finally see if something is seriously messed up?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 09:38 AM
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  • well did anything happen with the mri
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 07:50 PM
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  • I went last week and had a MRI done. Have an appointment this Tuesday to find out the results, been waiting a long time I hope its nothing thats needs surgery.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 06:54 AM
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  • Surgery should be the last possible resort - back surgery may help, but more often causes way more problems in my experience. Please try acupuncture - it works great for this! And, you need to rest your back and stay away from weight training for at least 3-6 months...wait until you have completely healed or you are going to continue agravating and perhaps make your condition worse. Acupuncture is helpful for muscle strain, disc herniation, disc degeneration, and so much more. Please try this! Visit www.acufinder.com to find a practitioner near you.Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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  • Heres the MRI report and if anyone wouldnt mind explaining whats going on besides the bulged disc. Is there a way to fix this and how if so?http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/346/img0611qv5.jpgThe Orthopedic surgeon said I dont need surgery and I should eat healthy, do some sort of exercise like swimming or walking and try to keep a good posture. I had been having a hard time keeping a good posture since this happen which could be causing this to take longer to heal? What I dont understand is I told the doctor that about 3-4 months ago I have been noticing that if I sit down at my computer desk, table or even driving for longer then 30 minutes straight I have a slight warm tingling/burning feeling that starts at my knees and goes down the front of my legs towards my ankle. He said it has nothing to do with my back problem. I finished my last day at physical therapy and the lady didnt really say much? See said I could do some stretches/exercises on this foam tube thing which I bought and some days I feel worse?
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  • The first post on this thread almost describes my torn back muscle to the T, except I don't have scoliosis. I was doing shoulder crunches and was using 65# dumbells rather than the usual 55#ers, and I felt a sudden pain right around the medial side of my scapula. I was in pain for 6 days, not matter what I did, triggered the pain. After feeling good on day 7 and 8, I decided I had too much time away from the gym, and needed to get back. I went right back to my normal weights and after doing some military presses, it triggered again. This time not as bad, but it still limits my use. I just thought I would read up on torn back muscles and found this thread. I thought about getting a light massage, but fear that it too may aggrivate the injury. I will take it easy at the gym and probably not go back until it feels good again. I think I will do the exercises with extremely light or no weights until the muscle builds back. I find the spot on my back rather difficult to heat and ice. Any ideas???
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  • HiI 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.http://www.exrx.net/Graphics/TrapLowerHalf.gifI 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!My husband is going throught the exact same thing.
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  • Please try this, just as an experiment: Abandon all (ALL) bread, red meat, chicken, heated oil, coffee, Ceylon tea, and especially tomato. Nothing to do with allergies, problem is just what these things seem to produce in the body - they also make gout worse. Try for 2 weeks at least. And if you can find one, go to a traditional Chinese doctor, or to anyone doing genuine reiki / applied pressure point therapy. They are back experts.:eek:
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • i have a real quick question that might be off topic... i recently hurt my lower back and i was put on some muscle relaxants to be taken every night before i go to sleep... are these muscle relaxants going to affect my strength in the gym or my energy during the following day? any information would be greatly appreciated! thanks
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  • I had a work related injury Jan. 19th of 07. The doctor said I had a thoracic muscle injury, felt like someone hit me with a sludge hammer between the shoulder blades. I could also touch my toes and because of that and the fact that workmen's comp injuries are considered to be frauds, it took me four months to get approved for an MRI, and I do in fact have a herniated disk. I had symptoms that they could no longer relate to muscle. I get what I can only call It hits hard and fast like lightning. It is in my spine. Anyone ever have that? I also get so stiff that I can hardly walk at times. A pain specialist said that the stiffness was related to the hernia, one that was to small to cause any symptoms, until the pain doc looked at my MRI and found that the hernia is pushing on my spinal cord. Now workmen's comp is trying to say that it is preexisting and because they don't want to keep paying for me, I'm afraid that I won't get the truth I need. Workman's comp is paying the bills...not me. THIS MYTH ABOUT TOUCHING YOUR TOES NEEDS TO STOP. Please tell me anything you have that would give me some answers.
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  • I'm having the same issue that the parent of this thread is having. A question to Russell and others that are experiencing this pain- Is it localized or diffuse? I have a localized pain in my upper thorasic region that basically feels like an ice pick is stuck in my back on one side of the vertabrae. I've been to the doctor twice, and still they refuse me an MRI. My condition followed an aggressive bench pressing routine, so my presumption is it's either an inflamed muscle/ligament in the thorasic region, a herniated disc, or thorasic facet joint syndrome. Does anyone in this thread have idea of what pain/symptoms are associated with the three aforementioned conditions? Thus far it seems doctors are uninterested helping me with this condition, and so I'd like to diagnose and treat it myself. Thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2007
    • 07:04 AM
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  • I sustained soft tissue trauma in a motor vehicle accident. I began to experience a warmth or burning or heat sensation along my spine in the middle of my back a few days afterwards. Several weeks later when I mentioned it to the doctor, he seemed unperturbed. He said, you sprained a lot of tendons and ligaments but it is superficial and nothing to worry about.I was a surprised as you. I had been suspecting disc injury. I can not lie on my back or lean against anything for very long. But if the Dr thinks it is superficial, maybe he is right.But he did order an MRI.I take something to help me sleep at night and try not to disturb my back during the day. After 3 months, I will re-evaluate.
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  • I sustained soft tissue trauma in a motor vehicle accident. I began to experience a warmth or burning or heat sensation along my spine in the middle of my back a few days afterwards. Several weeks later when I mentioned it to the doctor, he seemed unperturbed. He said, you sprained a lot of tendons and ligaments but it is superficial and nothing to worry about. I was a surprised as you. I had been suspecting disc injury. I can not lie on my back or lean against anything for very long. But if the Dr thinks it is superficial, maybe he is right. But he did order an MRI. I take something to help me sleep at night and try not to disturb my back during the day. After 3 months, I will re-evaluate. Please don't wait three months - get acupuncture now! I cannot stress how helpful this can be...especially post injury or post accident. Acupuncture works!Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Man I have exactly the same problem as you and I'm only 18.. I don't know how I got it but its been hurting for 3 weeks now... I couldn't stand the pain so I went to the doctor 2 weeks later and it turns out it's a torn muscle around my lowerback/right leg...Although the pain is mostly at the lower back area I can feel more pain on my right leg all the way down to my ankle... It takes me 2-3 mins to stand up straight after sitting down specially for so long... It sucks because I have to sit in school for so long and when I get up I can barely stand, limping to my next class... My doctor told me to take Anaproxen twice daily and tylenol #3 every 4 hours if needed... it's been a week and it still hurts like ***l... I can't stand the pain anymore..I'm probably gonna go back to my doctor and take that therapy he offered...
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