So i have 8 herniated discs, 2 bulging discs, and annular tear and an impinged nerve in my back.....way to slow down any progress ive made right?
So ive been training .....or was training really hard and made some good gains. I was getting body fat testing done throughout the process and in 16 weeks i lost ten lbs of body fat and gained 11 lbs of muscle. And then my back injury started messing with me and i havent been able to workout in a month because i got 6 cortisone epidural injections in my lumbar spine.
So basically i cut my calories in half as soon as i was knew i had to cut out the lifting and cardio. So in about 4 weeks time i have gone down on the scale about 9-10 lbs.
I am assuming that this is mostly muscle that i am losing? So i am wondering if anybody has some good ideas of what i can do to keep up my progress somewhat so i dont lose everything i have worked hard for?
I know i know i should be resting.... all i have tried so far is some light swimming in the pool while stabilizing my core. Also i have tried just lying on my back on the floor and working upper body with very very light weights.
Anybody else struggling with back issues? Ive posted a couple of times on here and never get any responses but im hoping that maybe you guys can help me out this time because im getting very discouraged at this point.
i forget....how did you get all those disc problems? :)
are you keeping your protein very high? that should help you keep more muscle....
have you ever gotten a movement/posture assessment from a really good PT? if not...it might be a really good idea. my posture contributed to my back injury....it may have to yours as well.
Like Pity mentioned, keep your protein intake high. You are definitely atrophying. A couple of the lbs you lost are probably from lower glycogen/fluid retention. I like to use resistance bands after an injury because I can do anything and everything with them, and I can change the resistance just by choking up on the band.
Keep your chin up.
When your injured like that the most important thing to do is to get healthy. Don't rush back into anything until you've healed up.
Keep the diet clean since you wont be doing much of anything and good luck.
Hey guys thanks for the input. Yea i have been trying to keep my protein intake pretty high. As far as diet, im eating mostly protein and veggies with a few carbs here and there in the mornings.
Pity...i got the injury originally from a car accident in 2001. I have been working with a physical therapist for some time now but i havent had a movement/posture asses. I will have to ask him about it the next time i see him.
Ive definitely been trying to use some bands and just some very light swimming to get some extra activity in my days.
I keep going down on the scale though so im gonna have my body fat tested again since i can get it done for free and see what it looks like.
thanks again guys!
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