Slipped disk/ Herniated disk

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    Jul 15, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    anyone had experienced before?
    how did you recover? and how much did it changed your work-out routine after recovery?
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    Sep 27, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    I herniated a lower disk this past March. Found out then that it's a degenerative disk from a previous injury some 15 years ago. Since having herniated it this last time I've had to be careful how I lift things and has slowed me down considerably. I used to be more active but it just doesn't take the use and abuse that it used to. There are several exercises that I do to help me with it. My favorite one I call the half pushup. Keeping my hip and legs flat on the floor I do a push up of my upper body. Even then I have to be careful how I do it because if I try to push up all the way when the disk is hurting, it jolts me with a sharp pain. If done carefully it does cause the "fluid" in the disk to even out again (insted of flowing to the back of the disk from bending over and/or lifting things) and that, hopefull will keep the disk in well enough shape to continue on with normal daily activities.
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    Sep 29, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    theantijock said

    As to exercise, I've avoided sit ups, afraid that will put too much stress on my lower back and have been using ab machines at the gym. Though now I've moved and this gym doesn't have those machines so I have to figure something else out.


    You might find the exercises discussed in this article (and demonstrated in the accompanying video) to be worth a try.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/17/core-myths/?ref=magazine
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    Jun 02, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    Not fun in the slightest. I used to squat with crazy weight and introduced the bosu, after that workout I knew I pushed too far and turned out to be a slipped disc. Was walking like an out of shape 80 yr old for a week but thankfully I'm at 100% with no lasting effects from it.
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    Jun 02, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    I slipped a disk when I was 20. Had syatic nerve pain for two years, Got myself back to 100% with yoga, and now dont have any pain and can work out fine. I would recommend Vinyasa yoga. I still can't do a lot of lifting of random objects like moving apartments, but I am at a point where I can live, lift hand have fun, and hey thats why god created movers
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    Yeah doing yoga and getting a physical therapist who knows how muscles in that area work, can help you try to tighten things up to help. I had what was thought to be herniated disc, turned out to be when I ripped out my shoulder it caused muscle imbalance in the rhomboids and that pulled on my spine and pinched nerves. I can only imagine the pain you're in if what I was describing then to doctors made them think herniated disc. Good luck man. I was on oxycontin for 3 weeks. If you do the epideral and whatever the doctor says you have to do (cause I'm not a doctor) I would def find a way to focus workouts around that general area with someone who knows what they're doing so you don't reinjure yourself. My physical therapist used to do the competitive biking/racing whatever when he was thrown off and had 2 herniated discs. He is right back to biking, running, lifting because he worked himself back up slowly and strenghtened the muscles in charge of keeping your spine and back together.

    So it's not the end of the world, but you'll def have to pay more attention to what you do. This may turn your workouts completely around for the better when you figure the right ones out.
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:09 PM GMT
    I had one a few years ago... go bod so it had to be removed adn a cadaver bone interted between c6/c7 vert. then fused them together .

    its bee 2 yrs and i still havent gotten back to a regular daily gym routine. my neck adn back start to get painful/uncomfortable after alot of physical activity.

    doc said ill have arthritis in my neck earlier than normal and for longer in my future.

    damn i need to get back in shape
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    Jun 02, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    My L3-L4 discs were heavily damaged in a car accident several years ago. I was driving a corolla and the asshat was driving a lifted F-350. Slammed into me from behind at 60 mph. It wasn't pretty. MRI's revealed that both the L3 and L4 discs were cracked straight through because of the impact. As a result, spinal fluid would seep out when the discs "shift" and the fluid would compress the DRG's (dorsal root ganglions, the nerve cluster on the dorsal side of the spinal column, possessing both afferent and efferent neurons for both motor and sensory processes) and cause back pain. Aside from surgery (success rate 40% with a 70% hemi-paralysis), there's botox (to deaden the nerve cluster - did this, which felt AMAZING), and just dealing with it. I deal with it.

    I do yoga, back exercises and focus on good form for my core to keep that region strong. I am not cleared to run, so I avoid those types of high-impact activities, though I run on the beach as an alternative. You gotta do what feels right. Yoga DEFINITELY helps.
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    Jun 02, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    When I was lifting heavier weights -- often at the expense of form -- I pulled my back out a few times.

    One time the pull was so bad and the pain so excruciating that I couldn't stand up for more than a week and couldn't work out for more than a month. A trip to the bathroom took 30 minutes. The kitchen might as well have been in another continent. I remember going to a meeting -- stupid move -- and barely being able to rise from my seat afterwards because I was in such agony. Once up, I couldn't move. Not even one step. Only after an hour of standing in the conference room hunched over and helpless was I able to inch my way home. Longest subway ride of my life.

    Not fun.

    I now lift lighter weights and wear a weight belt to give support to my lower back. I haven't had a back issue since (as I knock on every piece of wood around me).

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    Jun 02, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    Rolekz saidanyone had experienced before?
    how did you recover? and how much did it changed your work-out routine after recovery?
    I just experienced it today...found out the hard way when I was trying to do squats and almost dropped ~200 of weights. Ended up doing leg press and lunges instead.
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    Jun 02, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
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    Rolekz saidanyone had experienced before?
    how did you recover? and how much did it changed your work-out routine after recovery?
    I just experienced it today...found out the hard way when I was trying to do squats and almost dropped ~200 of weights. Ended up doing leg press and lunges instead.


    If you could do leg presses and lunges after, it was probably not a herniated disk.
    That's what I'm thinking...probably just slipped. I knew my back hurt a little bit (between the shoulder blades), but didn't realize the extent of it 'till I stacked the weight on.

    I've gotta work tomorrow through Sunday, but Monday I'll run to the chiropractor and have it x-ray'd. It's been years since I had a good back poppin, so it's long overdue. Still sucks though.
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    Jun 03, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
    viveutvivas saidI have had a couple of bulging discs causing constant pain for more than a year now. I manage it with Tramadol, which is not ideal, but without it I would have no life, no sleep, etc.

    It is essential that you must avoid exercises that will further injure your discs. In particular, all the following exercises and activities will further injure damaged discs:


    avoid sit-ups
    avoid crunches
    avoid the back extension machine
    avoid stretches and exercises within an hour of getting up
    avoid bending forward, especially within an hour of getting up
    avoid knee to chest stretches
    avoid sitting as much as you can
    etc.


    It is important to know that a lot of these exercises will be prescribed by doctors or physios who don't know any better. You have to take ownership of your own body, otherwise you can easily be messed up more by so-called professionals.

    Here is a good source for safe back exercises by Stuart McGill. He is one of the foremost experts worldwide on the mechanism and treatment of disc injuries.

    http://www.sportsrehabexpert.com/public/195.cfm?sd=2

    You could get his books on Amazon. They are very good. I would recommend them.





    Thanks for posting the McGill stuff. I thought I'd posted a link to a Times article and video on his techniques way back at the top of this thread, but the link wasn't there. I just edited that post to put it in. It will be good to have this new article and video as well.