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Before starting off, I would like to acknowledge that my decisions I made during and in the process of the activity that triggered this injury were very poor. I have learned my lesson, the hard way
Anyways, starting off, I’m not sure if this contributed to my lower back pain but I had lower back pain when running one day in which it made me stiffen up and hurt to run. I stretched and warmed up like usual and out of nowhere it hurt so it was odd to me. I ran track since 4th grade until senior year of high school, and I never had any injuries pertaining to running except for shin splints.
I took a year off running and my first day back, this happened while running my usual warm up mile and had to stop my workout. I thought it was odd and thought I was just rusty so I ran again the day after, thinking it would be better, but no luck. It happened every time I ran, every single time. But when I would play basketball, everything was fine. No lowerback pain, unless I run on the track for a longer amount of time. So I just decided to stop running because i didn’t know what the issue was.
Fast forward one year after that incident and I start to lift weights. And after a few months of weight lifting, I have gotten the hang of it. However, my friend and I were deadlifting one day and he made me deadlift 2 45s on each side more than I ever had, telling me that I would be fine, and I did one rep (the poorest decision I ever made) and stopped. That whole day, my lower back hurt but I dismissed it as being sore. It still felt “sore” after a couple days, and I kept dismissing it and played basketball almost everyday on it. After weeks, the pain was still there, but I kept dismissing it because I wanted to play and I didn’t think it was that serious (again, poor) and it would heal eventually, but I did stop doing lower back lifting.
Flash forward 4 months, I kept this routine but decided to stop any type of activity for around 3 weeks to let my back heal. I would stretch my lower back twice a day still though. After those 3 weeks, I played one game of basketball, felt the pain again, and stopped. And I have stopped since then and it has been another month of no activity, no stretching (seeing if it would heal but I think I need to, not sure) trying to let it heal but no luck.
The pain only comes at certain positions I make. For example, it doesn’t hurt if it walk, but if I bend when sitting a certain way, i can feel it. Certain movements I make makes me feel it. The pain isn’t bad enough to restrict me in doing whatever type of movement I want, but I do feel discomfort when I do, so I only get discouraged to move certain ways, but I can still do it if needed and if I wanted to.
The pain feels like it’s at my lower, right back, and sometimes in the middle. When I put pressure on the bone in the lower back, not the very lowest bone I could touch, but somewhere a bit above it, it hurts. But when I put pressure on the right or left lower back bones, it doesn’t.
When I did stretch it, the pain would not be as bad as it was, and it felt good when stretching. But I haven’t stretched in a long time, just seeing if it heals by itself. But I’m not really sure what to do, as I have kept researching about this for a long time now. I have been busy so I haven’t been able to properly attend to it.
So, what seems to be the problem or injury I’m facing here? I’m not sure if it’s a herniated disc because I did the test you can do to check, the raising the leg up and straight, but no pain or anything. I am trying not to go to the doctors as much as possible as my family is in a very tight financial situation, I do not work and go to college using financial aid, and don’t want to use as much money as possible if I can. Should I just keep stretching and lay off from physical activities until the pain goes away? My friend insists it’s a muscle strain and to just lay off it.
Thank you for any feedback, and I appreciate it.
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