I have had more injuries then anyone I have ever met and Ill be honest, I think most of them stem from that fact that Im incredibly stubborn. Ill give you an example of one of my more serious injuries. I had been having some back pain on and off and never thought anything or probably didnt want to think anything of it, so continued to push myself in work outs and lifts. The more I pushed it the worse it got. A couple weeks later I ended up unable to walk and in the hospital with two herniated discs. Im not even going to go into what it took to recover from that and Im still plagued by the injury to this day, but I often wonder if it could have all been avoided had I paid attention to the warning signs my body was giving me.
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Herniated disc - symptoms for me included loss of feeling in my left leg, tingling sensation in my leg, pain around disc and before the more intense symptoms occurred I had achy pain and muscle tightness in my lower back.
Torn ligaments in outside ankle - symptoms for me included hearing a pop, feeling lose in the ankle, weak, unable to put body weight on ankle, soreness around ankle, extreme pain when ligament is touched, soreness up outside of leg. I could tell I had weak ankles so I could have prevented the injury by doing some strengthening exercises.