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    Over two weeks ago I felt something bounce out while I was was trying to do a deadlift. I stoppped and felt fine soon after. Didn't hurt, just felt like a wrong movement.

    The following week I achieved my highest ever deadlift. Felt fine.

    Since then (over a week) gradually my back has got sorer and sorer, even though I am resting it and only walking. Even a few days ago I was fine just making sure I sit up straight in my office chair, but even that is now uncomfortable. Last night I found the most comfortable way to sleep was to put a pillow under my back, to raise it. This morning I felt stiff, something unusual for me. When I stand around I have the urge to lean backwards.

    Am I overcompensating for putting my back under so much strain and making it sore by sitting so upright and with the small of my back against the lumber support of my chair? Or have I done some horrible injury to my back? I thought it would get better by now, nine days after my last deadlift, not worse.

  • #2
    Sounds like you need to take a break and see a doc.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by MightyMouse View Post
      Sounds like you need to take a break and see a doc.
      I will if it is worse tomorrow. Have been taking a break already (9 days now). I wonder if I haven't been making it worse by being so straight-postured - effectively putting my back under unused-to tension.

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      • #4
        Have you gotten a new chair lately? Sometimes they can cause problems.
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        • #5
          No, same chair as always - upmarket Herman Miller affair. I am sure it is deadlift related. I think a week was not long enough last time and that I should avoid trying to lift the heaviest possible straight out, and not worry about lifting lighter. I might flat out avoid deadlifts for a while until I feel much better.

          Do feel a bit better since going to the park in my lunch break and lying flat on the grass in the sun. Maybe will try sleeping on the floor tonight if I am not comfortable.

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          • #6
            Is it just stiff and sore or do you have shooting/sharp pain depending on your angle? From the sound of what you described, you might have pulled a muscle.

            The heavier and heavier your DLs get the longer the recovery time. I have noticed that 7-10 days isn't unreasonable to recover from DLs.

            If you start back, I would definitely reset down to something easy.

            Another thing that I had read on mobilityWoD was try to avoid sleeping on your stomach. This totally screws my lower back. I don't know what your routine is like but I also do hyper extensions as a support exercise for DL and it has helped.
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            • #7
              is the pain in a muscle or in your spine?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                Is it just stiff and sore or do you have shooting/sharp pain depending on your angle? From the sound of what you described, you might have pulled a muscle.
                Just stiff and sore. No shooting pains, just gets painful if I sit or stand still for some time. I find myself wanting to learn over on my side to put things in the dishwasher, which is ridiculous.
                The heavier and heavier your DLs get the longer the recovery time. I have noticed that 7-10 days isn't unreasonable to recover from DLs.

                If you start back, I would definitely reset down to something easy.
                When I start dong them again it will definitely be less heavy, or if I go for a maximum it won't be the max every week. I take your point about needing longer to recover than a week. I think I didn't leave it long enough at a week - that was the first day I felt up to going back to the gym. Maybe I wasn't very warmed up too - only walked there to warm up, about ten minutes.
                Another thing that I had read on mobilityWoD was try to avoid sleeping on your stomach. This totally screws my lower back. I don't know what your routine is like but I also do hyper extensions as a support exercise for DL and it has helped.
                I normally sleep on my back or side, but side is now uncomfortable. I will try sleeping on the floor.

                Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                is the pain in a muscle or in your spine?
                Probably muscle. I'm not sure how I would tell. Diffused, anyway.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by billp View Post

                  Probably muscle. I'm not sure how I would tell. Diffused, anyway.
                  really? the answer to this question trumps all other questions. if you pulled a muscle, then you treat it one way. if you herniated a disc, then you have a whole other set of problems

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                    really? the answer to this question trumps all other questions. if you pulled a muscle, then you treat it one way. if you herniated a disc, then you have a whole other set of problems
                    I don't really know how I would tell them apart. Back feels a little bit better after lunchtime lie down in the park.

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                    • #11
                      Are you stretching?? The kind of pain you are describing is not really the same as a herniated disc and really not even the same as a serious muscle injury. As someone with relatively frequent back muscle soreness - not pain so much - I highly recomend insuring you are really stretching your hamstrings especially after big dead lift day. Tight hamstrings can actually cause your lower back to hurt.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MprDoc View Post
                        Are you stretching?? The kind of pain you are describing is not really the same as a herniated disc and really not even the same as a serious muscle injury. As someone with relatively frequent back muscle soreness - not pain so much - I highly recommend ensuring you are really stretching your hamstrings especially after big dead lift day. Tight hamstrings can actually cause your lower back to hurt.
                        Hmm. I don't think I have been stretching at all. It is a bit better today, but still slightly painful all along my spine, in particular the lower area. I hope don't think I have a herniated disc as I think it would be more painful and in a specific place.

                        Seems posture related too. If I let my posture slouch, it gets painful. If I overcompensate it gets painful. If I sit or stand still it gets painful. Sitting without over compensating or walking are fine.

                        I hope don't think I have a herniated disc. However, I am wary of falsely assuming the worst based on just soreness. I definitely have some of the minor symptoms (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_disc_herniation) but I don't detect any of the major symptoms. So I think I will just leave it and let it get better on its own, and stay out of the gym and away from weights until feeling completely better. If things don't just clear up I may give it several months, but I would probably go to a doctor first for an actual diagnosis, so I knew how long beyond "I feel fine" it was necessary to rest before start to lift again.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MprDoc View Post
                          The kind of pain you are describing is not really the same as a herniated disc and really not even the same as a serious muscle injury. .
                          really? he hurt himself over 2 weeks ago. that's more than just a minor tweak.

                          i agree with you about the stretching though. mobility is everything.

                          if its gone this long, it might be time for the OP to see a doctor. i mean, he isn't even sure where it hurts.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                            really? he hurt himself over 2 weeks ago. that's more than just a minor tweak.

                            i agree with you about the stretching though. mobility is everything.

                            if its gone this long, it might be time for the OP to see a doctor. i mean, he isn't even sure where it hurts.
                            I will go to the doctor if it is still painful tomorrow. I'll have to find a doctor first, but there are bound to be plenty near my office. The odd thing was it was not painful when I was in the gym on that day - only gradually since then. It's fine if I walk about or ride my bike or lie on a hard surface, but not fine if I sit down for a long time.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by not on the rug View Post
                              is the pain in a muscle or in your spine?
                              Spine I think, actually.

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