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28 years old with lower back problems
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28 years old with lower back problems

Hi, I am a weightlifter that can do deadlifts with alot of weight and I carried all my furniture down three flights of stairs, then down another 2 when I moved..I moved very heavy things including a 450 lb TV...Anyway I am very knowledgable about the difference from "soarness" and "injury"..When I move heavy items, including weights I get the intense soarness in my lower back muscles which is lactic acid build up,ect...
But there is a weak area in my lower back right in a dimple about three inches to the right of the spine, and right above my glutes..This can hurt bending over to tie my shoe, or leaning forward to brush my teeth..The pain is intense and lasts about 2 days if I dont move..Its not related to lifting heavy things and it is definately an "injury"..Does anyone know what this could be??Thanks
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This also isnt a risidual pain that gradually creeps up...It is not related to lifting...I was just giving an example of how I can do the heavy lifting with no problems, but one day just bend over to look under the car and be practically paralyzed..
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Hi there,

Does your pain go down your leg at all or stay centralized in the areas you described?  You say there is a "weak" area - does the weakness prevent you from standing or walking?

How do you know it is not related to heavy lifting? Just because it doesn't scream when you lift does not mean you didn't initially injure it by lifting, you know?  Could be a disc is bulging and pressing on a nerve? That can certainly cause the weakness. Sometimes we can injure ourself and not have it act up for a long time. How often does this debilitation happen to you?

Cheers!
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The pain is so bad it usually covers the whole buttock area and I cant stand up with out pulling myself up with my arms...Once standing I can barely walk with a limp...I have to be very careful not to move in order for it to heal...If it heals 75% and I bend forward too quickly it will go back to 0..I was just wondering if there are discs on the sides of your back? I thought they just had to do with the spine?
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Hey!

The discs in your back can cause pain in all sorts of areas of your body. For example, if your L4-5 disc is bulging and pressing on a nerve, you can feel it in your butt cheek, hip, inner thigh to knee, etc. If it's your L5-S1 disc, you will feel a great deal in your butt as well but it will travel down the back of your leg. And so on...
Do you think it can be pirifiromis? Don't think I spelled that correctly, but that is when the muscles in your butt just SCREAM from being lapped over or something like that. They get so tight and act up big time!
Your muscles in your back also tighten up big time in order to try and protect you from further injury (I am sure you already know that being a weightlifter).
I completely understand what you are saying about being 75% healed and then going back to square one in an instant. Also, you needing to use your arms to pull yourself up should tell you that your back and/or legs are too weak. Again, nerve compression can cause weakness.
I'm not a doctor, just been in pain a while and have done my own research. I would say if it keeps up, go to the doctor, you may be causing yourself further damage that may be hard to come back from without proper treatment.
Cheers!
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That dimple area seemed to be the starting point for the pain that I had that went down the side (not back) of my leg to my toe (when it was bad, but was only in that dimple to my butt when not so bad).  Here is what I posted about my condition at another post on this website that might be of help to you:

I am a 43 year old male who had very bad sciatica 3 years ago for 2 months, then mild for another 4 months.  I went to the chiro, got xrays, diagnosed with sciatica, spondyliothesis.  Got MRI, confirmed the same, and showed disc bulges at L4 and L5 too.  

I had chiro adjustments for a while.  I went once to a back-decompression center, but couldn't afford the $2500 for a month of decompression therapy.  So I incorporated the decompression in my workouts.  I would hang at the gym from a "preacher chair" and from the pull-up bar repeatedly before and after my 2 hour mild workouts (2-3 times before and after for a minute for each hang).  It was the only thing that ever gave me any relief at all from the pain going down my butt, leg, and to my big toe.  It stretches the spasming muscles, ligaments, releases pressure on the discs, and pulls the slipping spine back up and straight).  Doing it repeatedly also pulls fluid back into the discs to help rejuvenate them (discs have no veins to supply fluid so they need movement to push fluids into them to keep them pliable).  I also leaned over my kitchen counter, bent my knees and let my legs hang several more times a day whenever the pain grew bad (or I leaned against the counter and turned my hands backwards on the edge and did a push up and locked out my elbows above the counter (anything to unweight/decompress the spine multiple times a day).  I also lost weight and strengthened my abs on the ab-roller type bench at the gym, and did back strengthening exercises as well.  I think the decompression was the most beneficial thing and helped heal my back.  Even though I have read that 80/90% of these sciatica pain issues go away on their own after a few months, I still believe that multiple decompression helps heal and keep spine healthy, so I still do it once before and after my workouts today...3 years later.  If you can afford the $2500 back decompression center costs, I would suggest to try that first before major surgery.  I am still doing good now and keeping my fingers crossed.  Good luck to you all and let me know how this works for you.  
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ive been trying your routine bending over the counter,tennis balls on my lower back when i lay on the floor,streches,iceing,ive been doing for a couple of days now about four or five times a day,i still have pain,but not as much,believe me i was hurting two days ago.the only way i could get relieve is to get off my feet,im to scared to think this is working.dont want to give myself bad luck.
had two disectamys in lower back.facing l4 l5 fusion.next month.had two surgurys in my neck,front and back,titanium plate and bolts in neck.all in one year.........what kind of pain do you think warrents surgury.......1-10
god bless-al
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the low back muscles consistently involved in pains syndromes are the Quadratus laborum. try this apply heat to your back for 5 minutes.---Then take a baseball, or a softball if you can handle it, and lay on it.==put the ball right on the spot that hurts.. then take the leg on that side and cross it over the other knee. now you have alot of weight on the ball on the point that hurts-- AND you have a stretch going on. If you can stand it-- try to lay on it for 4 minutes. then the other side. THEN, do some hip flexor stretches, (look them up on the internet) and then lay on the ball again. Ice when you are done. try this a few times per day for a week or two. This may be a postural problem---a forwardly tilted pelvis is notroiuos for casuing low back pain.
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