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    Herniated discs

    After a few years in the military and probably bad lifting form. I have 3 herniated bulging discs in my back. I'm just shy of thirty. What do I do to recover fast? What can I take? What exercises do you recommend and don't recommend?

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    Try a epidural and the chiropractor.

    They are pretty common back injuries. Some people don't experience pain from them at all. I'm not so fortunate.
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    I wholeheartedly suggest checking out the book Back Mechanic by Dr. Stuart McGill

    He is one of the world's top spine biomechanists. He has performed a ton of research on the causal mechanisms of disc herniations, and how to recover from them. The book would be able to answer all the questions you asked. I am in no way affiliated with him, but I have read a lot of his research, and he is respected as a top rehab expert by most rehab clinicians.
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    I herniated my S1/L5 disc and tried all alternative therapies but eventually had surgery. My only regret is that I spent so much time in pain when I could have had the surgery years earlier.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    I herniated my S1/L5 disc and tried all alternative therapies but eventually had surgery. My only regret is that I spent so much time in pain when I could have had the surgery years earlier.

    I've never had one; but I have a very good friend who has and he says the exact same thing. After surgery; it was immediate relief!

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    Do you still deadlift after getting the surgery Prince?

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    I think I have the same problem, but I haven't checked. How long does it take to recover after the surgery? When can you expect to go back to the gym?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Call of Ktulu View Post
    Do you still deadlift after getting the surgery Prince?
    I don't even work legs anymore.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JODER View Post
    I think I have the same problem, but I haven't checked. How long does it take to recover after the surgery? When can you expect to go back to the gym?

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    Yes just yes! Surgery is the best option I have ever heard so you can try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    I don't even work legs anymore.
    Same here. Pain doc says I can, but y'know... You find out how much pressure your lumbar takes when you do leg ext., squats and leg press.

    Bodyweight squats, even using something to hold onto is what I do for now.

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    I have deterioration from L3 down to S1 getting worse toward the bottom. I can't squat or deadlift. Leg presses are a problem too. So I Bike ride in the mountains and do hamstrings and calves. Sounds gay but yoga helps a lot with the pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glycomann View Post
    I have deterioration from L3 down to S1 getting worse toward the bottom. I can't squat or deadlift. Leg presses are a problem too. So I Bike ride in the mountains and do hamstrings and calves. Sounds gay but yoga helps a lot with the pain.
    don't worry they have already tested using stem cells in discs and they completely regenerate in one year back to normal. its not yet approved in the US but it's only a matter of time.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    don't worry they have already tested using stem cells in discs and they completely regenerate in one year back to normal. its not yet approved in the US but it's only a matter of time.
    FDA is very slow to approve especially cell based treatments. You are right though. I should save my pennies and get it done.

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    I have a shredded disc between the L4-L5. The two above it are bulging. I used to do spinal injections but it got to the point the Doc said I need to contemplate surgery. I still haven't had it done. I still work legs but go much lighter now. Around 405 is all my lower back will take squatting. After that their is just too much compression. I still do bent rows and Yates rows. I don't DL anymore other than some lighter rack pulls. For now go to the chiro. If it flares up and shit gets tight, back off and give it some rest. Try to do most of your lifts supported if you can.

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