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17.06.2010 Injuries1 Comment

Here is what happened for those wondering…

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.  He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”

I re-injured my back 2 nights ago during the “air squats” (a natural body movement that involves NO weight) of “angie”.  I felt a “snap” in my lower back and it immediately took me to the ground.  Luckily I had a lot of friends around who were able to create a stretcher and get me home.  (Thanks everyone at evolution!)

The doctor cleared me to do body weight exercises so that is what I was doing.  I listened to the doctor advice and have not lifted any weights over 10lbs  for months.  I wasn’t seeing much improvement but continued to be patient.  He also told me to do some trial and error considering everyone’s herniated discs affect them differently.  It is not like a broken bone where you cant use it.  You can use your back with this injury (if its mild) but you have to find out what works and doesn’t work for you.  This can lead to injury.  Unfortunately, a herniated disc is a life long injury that can calm down if taken care of properly but it is not uncommon for someone to re-injure themselves.

It was not Crossfit’s fault and could have happened anywhere.  From all of the blogs and research I have done on this injury, more herniated/bulging disc happen to people who are out of shape or overweight when they lean down to pick up kids, gardening, carrying boxes, etc. than in any other sport including Crossfit.

I get my MRI today, x-rays yesterday were fine, and will be seeing a neurologist, spine doc, physical therapist and chiro in the next couple weeks.  I am on steroids and pain killers that barley get me through the day but I know its only a matter of time before it gets better.  I will stay positive :)    I am out of work for at least 1-2 weeks and then will be re-evaluated.

My symptoms:

-extreme pain in lower back especially if I stand (with the help of my wonderful boyfriend) the pain raidiates

-numbness down both legs and toes but mainly left, especially if I sit in a chair (like at the doc’s office, you would think they would have more comfortable chairs!)

-shooting pain in glutes

-meds are making me nauseous but decreasing the pain  which lets me lay in different positions which is nice for a change.

Stay tuned for improvements and doctors opinions!  Thanks for reading :)

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