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    What to do when you get an injury?

    So about a month ago i injured my upper back pretty bad, went to the doctor and he gave me some pills and told me not to workout for 1-2 weeks i ignored him and just took the pills and the pain kinda went away. Now i feel more and more sick throughout my body, my back hurts, i got diarrhea, i feel really cold most of the time, and i have also injured my wrist. Im 18 and don't want to lose what i have spent so much time gaining. I have given up so much for this, friends, parties etc. My goal is to compete in 2 years and I fear that if i take a break now I'l do something dumb and take steroids which i know i shouldn't due to my already high test levels.

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    Ignoring doctors orders is not really helpful, but I can tell you that diarrhea, feeling cold and injuring your wrist is completely unrelated to the back problem.

    Also your back problem is most likely not very serious (muscle strain) otherwise the doc would ask for exams and more time off.

    Doing steroids would be dumb as you said and would not heal any injuries.

    Im trying to guess here, and might be wrong, but Im guessing you try to workout everyday and thats not good in any aspect. Neither in muscle building, neither in injuries, overall health, etc.
    Your muscle grow when they are rebuilding/repairing for the workouts, guess what? that happens outside of the gym, in your sleep, when you are resting and eating.
    Also not resting will lead to injuries as the micro tears and stress accumulate even in a young body full of natural growth hormone and testosterone like yours. Imagine what happens in 20, 30 years time? you will be crippled like a very old man in his 80's.

    Bottom line you need to let your body recover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.BB View Post
    Ignoring doctors orders is not really helpful, but I can tell you that diarrhea, feeling cold and injuring your wrist is completely unrelated to the back problem.

    Also your back problem is most likely not very serious (muscle strain) otherwise the doc would ask for exams and more time off.

    Doing steroids would be dumb as you said and would not heal any injuries.

    Im trying to guess here, and might be wrong, but Im guessing you try to workout everyday and thats not good in any aspect. Neither in muscle building, neither in injuries, overall health, etc.
    Your muscle grow when they are rebuilding/repairing for the workouts, guess what? that happens outside of the gym, in your sleep, when you are resting and eating.
    Also not resting will lead to injuries as the micro tears and stress accumulate even in a young body full of natural growth hormone and testosterone like yours. Imagine what happens in 20, 30 years time? you will be crippled like a very old man in his 80's.

    Bottom line you need to let your body recover.
    Yes, I training everyday. I normally do 6-8 days in a row before i take a rest day, but lately my body is too exhausted. I also trained two times a day this summer and have done it sometimes in the weekends when i got time. Can't do the in the weekdays due to school and simply not having the time for two workouts. I eat a lot and I eat good food. (although my appetite has decresed over the past weeks.)
    I know IFBB pros train up to 4 times a day and I know i these are my best years so i try to get the most out of them.

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    Training 4 times a day lololol

    Well, you have my opinion.

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    Upper back injury much less common than low back. What did you do to injure it? Is pain located centrally (in the spine itself) or on one side or the other?

    Not all docs (not a lot, in fact) are good with sport injuries or musculoskeletal injuries. Standard cocktail is pills and time off, though as Mr. BB so diplomatically pointed out you could benefit from the time off.

    At the very least I would avoid the exercises which bother it, ice the heck out of it (but do not over ice it) and allow it to heal. You are young and resilient but everyone is at risk for overuse injuries without sufficient rest and reasonable workout schedules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailRunAZ View Post
    Upper back injury much less common than low back. What did you do to injure it? Is pain located centrally (in the spine itself) or on one side or the other?

    Not all docs (not a lot, in fact) are good with sport injuries or musculoskeletal injuries. Standard cocktail is pills and time off, though as Mr. BB so diplomatically pointed out you could benefit from the time off.

    At the very least I would avoid the exercises which bother it, ice the heck out of it (but do not over ice it) and allow it to heal. You are young and resilient but everyone is at risk for overuse injuries without sufficient rest and reasonable workout schedules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailRunAZ View Post
    Upper back injury much less common than low back. What did you do to injure it? Is pain located centrally (in the spine itself) or on one side or the other?

    Not all docs (not a lot, in fact) are good with sport injuries or musculoskeletal injuries. Standard cocktail is pills and time off, though as Mr. BB so diplomatically pointed out you could benefit from the time off.

    At the very least I would avoid the exercises which bother it, ice the heck out of it (but do not over ice it) and allow it to heal. You are young and resilient but everyone is at risk for overuse injuries without sufficient rest and reasonable workout schedules.
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    I did rows and I think i extended my arms too much. It's the spine (upper) spine itself and somewhat the muscle on the left side of my upper back that is conected to the spine. I went to a new doctor now and he sent me to take a x-ray of my back. I also got a tendonitis in my wrist.
    This is my third day off the gym and today i started taking pain killers again, I'm going to do some biceps tomorrow and see how it goes. I was recommended not to train for a few weeks, but it just kills me to be off the gym.

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    Get to a physical therapist or athletic trainer as soon as possible and your chance of returning to baseline is much greater. They can treat and do some kinesio taping as well as dry needling (depending upon state you live in) so you get good, quick resolution. Ice it a lot and don't do anything that flares it up. A little time off might result in a long injury free course, whereas consistently working out injured can result is poor workouts and poor gains with risk of chronic pain and aggravation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gangen View Post

    Yes, I training everyday. I normally do 6-8 days in a row before i take a rest day, but lately my body is too exhausted. I also trained two times a day this summer and have done it sometimes in the weekends when i got time. Can't do the in the weekdays due to school and simply not having the time for two workouts. I eat a lot and I eat good food. (although my appetite has decresed over the past weeks.)
    I know IFBB pros train up to 4 times a day and I know i these are my best years so i try to get the most out of them.
    There is no comparison you can make to a pro bodybuilder. That is their job. Most top elite BBs have sponsors. So don't compare yourself to a pro. It's an entirely different game.
    That being said, your appetite has dropped because you are severely overtrained. Your CNS is shot after day after day training. Stop. Take a week off. Heal up some man. Take this time to formulate a plan when you start back. Define your goals. Do you want to get stronger? Bigger? Or both? Do you want to lean out some. You say these are your best years. Dude I'm 55 and I benched 585 last year. My goal is 600 in the near future. All of your years can be your best years if you make a good plan and follow it.
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    Brother you have got to be experiencing the side effects of being extremely over-trained. You're sick b/c you've broken you immune system down & your body is breaking down b/c you're never letting it recover.

    Most bodybuilders best years are in their mid to late 30's. When is the last time you saw a Mr. Olympia in his early 20's?

    Get on a rational training program, put recovery FIRST, & you'll be the best you without all the injuries & illnesses.

    My first recommendation would be to take a minimum 2 weeks off & then start easing back into it. Myself or others here can recommend a good routine to you but first you need to break the psychological addiction you have to training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gangen View Post
    Yes, I training everyday. I normally do 6-8 days in a row before i take a rest day, but lately my body is too exhausted. I also trained two times a day this summer and have done it sometimes in the weekends when i got time. Can't do the in the weekdays due to school and simply not having the time for two workouts. I eat a lot and I eat good food. (although my appetite has decresed over the past weeks.)
    I know IFBB pros train up to 4 times a day and I know i these are my best years so i try to get the most out of them.
    I have worked with a lot of IFBB pros over the years and most of my people don't spend that kind of time in the gym.
    Typically in and out of the gym in about 1-2 hrs MAX. There are times where we do two times per day but those are only brief periods. After awhile,,even on AAS training 4 times per day is going to lead to overtraining and injuries.

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