Here?s my story, sorry about the novel, but I?m worried and need some sincere educated opinions
I am a 20 year old healthy male and have always been an extremely active, bodily conscious, nutritious person in great shape and participate seriously in mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding, MMA type training, running, and heavy lifting.
About 7-8 months ago, I was simply curling a straight bar and felt a slight "pop" or "bump" on the edge of my oblique (psoas muscle I believe) It only had some mild pain associated with it right at the moment. I even finished my workout without really thinking about it.
The next day I did my normal workout routine and while doing oblique declined sit-ups, I felt a slight discomfort in that area so I stopped working out that day and rested the next. It went away completely. The next night, not even thinking twice about the little incident, I worked a heavy bag for a good 20 minutes and sorry to be graphic but got lucky that night, and the next day I woke up with severe "discomfort" on the edge of my oblique. For the next week I had to be very careful doing everyday activities like bowel movements, coughing, or even getting into bed. I became quite conscious about it and started mildly stretching and very lightly working it out and after a few weeks of rest and it got much better. But after that there was a very slight discomfort or tight feeling in that area all the time. This is about the time I started being able to actually feel it becoming raised up more than the other side. I actally thought it was a hernia for quite some time but was recently ruled out.
After about 2 months I started working out again with not too much problems but always felt a very slight tight feeling or discomfort in that area, and couldn?t strain myself like I used to. Then one day about 3 weeks later I decided to step up my workout and the next day I woke back up with the same terrible discomfort as the first time. At this point I felt pretty stupid, scared and helpless. I knew I was in for quite a long recovery time this time.
Since then, it has never gone away and is VERY easily re-injured by something as simple as almost slipping on ice or sleeping different. About 2 months ago, I was able to make quite a bit of the pain subside by stretching and lightly working it out again, it actually started feeling normal for a few days, BUT OUT OF NOWHERE, the feelings came back. It has been about a 2 straight months of pain and discomfort making it impossible for me to do any type of the sports or activities I love.
If I compare one side with the other, my right side (injured) is bumpy, and about twice as large as the left side, I?m guessing it?s just a mess of scar tissue. It takes me about 10 minutes of slow stretching in the shower every morning for the extreme tight feeling to go away.
Pain and discomfort is greatly increased when I am full from eating, or have a full bladder. I have to be very careful while urinating not to try and "push" it out" or else I will feel slightly sharp and annoying pains.
Right now I am on my 3rd "self physical therapy session" of stretching and its getting SLIGHTLY better but just does NOT want to stretch out. I am beginning to become worried that I have done permanent damage. Doctors have begun to just kind of shrug me off because they can?t find any hard evidence. DOES ANYONE RECOMEND AN MRI?? I?ve already had a CT scan to rule out a hernia, but this did not show any muscle damage. This injury has not only kept me from staying active and keeping fit in favorite sports, but has significantly cut into my mood and confidence, throwing me into a funk I?ve never been in. Now I am worried and convinced I will not be able to work for the tree service I make big bucks at when I come back home from college.
What I am asking is if anyone has ever had such muscle injuries and how they healed them. I have seen several doctors about a possible hernia and that has been ruled out by CT scan. They all tell me it will be better in no more than 6 weeks....HA
I found a diagram online that shows pretty much the exact point of injury. http://www.yorku.ca/earmstro/journey...tobliques.jpeg
It is right where the bottom arrow is pointing right at the edge of the oblique.
Currently I am trying hot compresses accompanied constant stretching by reaching for the sky, kneeling and leaning forward, and laying on my stomach and pushing up with my arms to stretch the abdominals.
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!
any input greatly apreciated
Hi man, sorry to hear about your injury and pain, I know exactly how it feels and Understand the mental side too,
well, I have a very close case my self, but my injury is right below the rips on the side. I don?t have pain like yours when eat or urinate, but my injury caused me a back spasm that made me look like 70 years old and i am only 28. I have been living with this injury and my back spasm that caused a lower and upper back pain all the time for 3 month now, went to handful of doctors and no answer, they just say you pulled a muscle and rest it.
I would definatly advice you tom make a MRI because it shows more details than CAT Scan and also when you made your CAT scan was it with contrast or with out ( it has to be with contrast to show)
those muscle we having problem with are core muscles, they used for every single activity even walking and standing still, so if every thing else failed to cure you, you should try
a week or two of complete rest, not even walking, and keep you food minimal and healthy, also watch the way you sleep you might be hurting that muscle. ( this is just my personal opinion and I have no medical back ground)
I still have the pain my self and can not do any of my sports activity, so if any thing you can share and advice me with, I will be grateful
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I need to beable to pull myself up and over a 6 wall. This has been quite the challenge for me as I do not have a lot of upper body strength yet. I also did not know until recently that the muscle used to pull yourself up is actually your lats and the arms are secondary. I guess my question is, what is the fastest way to build up these muscles to I can get over that 6 wall. I have about a month, but If I am unable to in a month then i absolutely have to do it in three months.
There is an assisted pull up machine at my gym which I have been using a little bit, how much should I be using the assisted pull up machine, would it be ok to use every day? and how many set/reps? I would love some help
Hey same age/back ground as you...and almost the same problem. My pain is the ribs (attachment of the obliques) and inguinal ligament tissue. I think you may need to get an MRI to diagnose your condition
i am just writing to ask u if you ever recovered from your injury? i was injuried in the same area, not the same way but the same result four years ago, i have had three mri and multi doctors have tried to figue out why this injury has not healed. I can only walk about 100 yards and i cannot work because of this injury. the first year i could not do anything but rest and try to perform therapy but it only made it worse. i am now on my 4th year of recovery, i have tried almost everything. cold laser therapy works the best, along with massage therapy. i am now going to a doctor to perform prolotherapy and im praying that it will have some relief. Do not take this injury lightly. i have lost my job my home and everything i once knew as a person doing everyday activities. i hope your injury is better i dont know the date in wich you were injured. thank you for your time