JeletMemberJanuary 20, 2013 at 10:29 amPost count: 2
Hello Doctor Corenman. First of all I am very blessed to be able to get your opinion for free online especially in this economy. I really do appreciate it. God bless you.
My question is basically, what would you guess be for most of my pain to go away to be able to sit in class in college without any pain and generally be pain free…
My current doctor thinks most of my pain will go away in a month and i can return to the gym in a month but this doesnt seem right.
here is my mri report and some photos from my mri that i took at the doctors office.
I receive no leg pain, just a 24/7 weak lower back pain. But just recently, this morning and right now i am receiving a burning sensation in my foot. And I am now getting worried and wanted a second opinion because its hard for me to believe that in just a month i will be pain free when my back has made only a little bit of progress in healing these past 3 weeks…
I injured it on december 11th squatting in the gym and i couldnt get up. I had to call an ambulance to pick me up. But then the next day i could walk fine.
What are your thoughts, how bad does it look? When do you think most of my pain should go away ? just a guess would be appreciated.
^ actual mri picDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJanuary 20, 2013 at 8:04 pmPost count: 8465
I have suspicion that there might be more to the MRI than what was noted. Not uncommonly, a pars or facet fracture (new or old) can be missed. The images you sent were not complete or useful for that rule-out.
Let us assume that there is nothing missed and your pain developed from this posterior annular tear and bulge. Your history is typical for this tear as squats in the gym place more stress on the annulus than just about any other gym exercise and these tears are common.
Will the tear in the back wall of the disc heal. The answer is no. However, the tear can become much less painful over time. Many professional athletes develop these tears and recover to continue with professional sports.
Don’t worry about the burning in the foot. At least based upon the two images you sent, there is no significant nerve root compression that was noted.
How long will it take before you back is not abjectly painful? Hard to say but normally it takes between one to three months. The symptoms slowly will abate but your back might seem fragile for some time. I would consider eliminating squats from your routine and when you are ready, start with much lower weights and rehab your back appropriately.
Dr. CorenmanJeletMemberJanuary 21, 2013 at 6:32 amPost count: 2
Thank you Doctor Corenman. I wont be squatting or deadlifting again, just not worth the risk. Also just to add, my hands feel like they are burning now.
I woke up and i had no burning for 2 hours but then i went on the couch and burning started to slowly build up. im laying flat on my back. My friend that also had a herniated disc says that its normal and actually a good thing/sign? he says it the blow flowing/circulating/healing throughout my body. but i dont think he knows what he is talking about. cant be a good thing, can it?
I will update you when most of my pain goes away when that time comes just for your curiosity purposes…
also here is the ct scan report that i got at the emergency room on the night of the accident. in case your curious
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