I'm getting sick of people diagnosing other people over the forum saying "Sounds like a disc problem" I'd like to thoroughly state why.
I came to this forum with lower back pain and got replies that got me super uber paranoid to the point I went to 5 doctors - 3 GP's, 1 specialist, and 1 surgeon. All of which said "No, trust me, you don't have it." Furthermore, I was told to go get an MRI by SO many people on this forum that I just had to make it my mission. six weeks later, I feel a lot better and should of listened to my doctors. None of them said I have a herniated disc issue. I did not get an MRI.
The problem is this: MRIs are expensive. Furthermore I have a lot of friends in med school that talk to me as to why doctors prescribe medicines and so on your first visit telling them to come back if the pain doesn't go away. They always told me that the rule of thumb is "Always assume the simplest case." This is true, because over complicating things from the beginning can actually cause the patient to cause further harm (either physical through misdiagnosis or mentally through stress and anxiety).
On top of this, I need to make something clear about herniated discs:
If you were to gather 100 people with ZERO symptoms, no pain in the lower back, no pain in the legs, no symptoms of sciatica whatsoever, and get them to go get an MRI, based on the research that **I've done** , 85% (yes, that's right, 85 people) would have herniated discs.
So, all in all, you can't tell if a certain weight lifting accident that led to a minor, mere lower back strain of the spinae erector muscles, led to a herniated disc. You may have got that herniated disc a long, long time ago.
I know many of you are saying this is BS, I ask you to go look this up for yourselves and see that I'm correct on the matter.
"What if it's pinching a nerve"
A lot of research suggests that this can be double-edged. A pinched nerve could be to many, many things. If a disc herniation is PRESSING on a disc it could actually be due to the cause of your symptoms. HOWEVER, it may not have anything to do with it. To this very day, doctors can not conclude sources of back pain. Furthermore, they all conclude that 90% of the time, surgery is not needed because the disc tends to heal on its own, because it goes away for some people. I'm not saying that surgery doesn't work for some people because it does, and I've seen it through others' experiance. But the treatment is very invasive and as much as 50% of people get absolutely NO relief after the surgery
I don't care if you say "the disc will never be 100% if it were to heal" the truth is, our bodies will never be 100%. Every single person on this forum is an active, engaging individual who has a passion for lifting weights and/or losing fat. We put our bodies in stress mode constantly, and to say that we'll never be 100% is a stupid, stupid assumption because that's just how stuff goes. We get older. We're human. Some times we feel good and sometimes we feel bad. The point I'm trying to make here is that discs do heal, so please stop showing false information that people will never be able to squat or deadlift again because it gets people soiling their underwear and depressed. Even if it does heal 80% of the way through, that's still enough for you to go on with your life.
As for the ABSOLUTE SIMPLEST WAY TO TELL IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A HERNIATED DISC ***THAT LEADS TO PAINFUL SYMPTOMS*** check out this informative video:
For all of you people who aren't bothered, the specialist in this video explains that the simplest ways of knowing if your herniated disc is the source of your problem, then you need to adhere to the facts
The main theory behind herniated disc is that there is a bulge/rupture of the nucleus that impinges, or pinches, or even pushes against the sciatic nerve in the S1, L5, or L4 region. (If you don't know what these are, these are the specific disks located in the Lumbar area of your body).
Fact 1 - When you cough, you exert six times more pressure on these discs than usual, which pushes against the nerve more, which leads to a flare up of your painful symptoms
Fact 2 - When you sneeze, you exert TWENTY TWO times more pressure on these discs than usual, which pushes against the nerve more, which leads to a flare up of your painful symptoms
Fact 3 - When you laugh, it should aggravate the pain.
I made this post because I feel there is a lack of informative diagnosis on herniated discs. A lot of people just jump to conclusions and say "It's a disc problem, go get an MRI" for the people who do get an MRI and say "Oh I do have it, this sucks" I empathize, but please be aware that your weight lifting accident may not be the source of your injury at all.
God bless and heal well.