So I've always lifted weights and been a runner. Unfortunately, about 8 weeks ago I was doing deadlifts with some dumbbells (a weight lifting move) when suddenly I felt a sharp knife like pain in my middle lower back. I could barely bend over after that. Fast forward and it's been 8 weeks. Although the pain has gotten better, it still flares up from time to time. Just to be careful, I haven't done any weight lifting or running during this time period and it's eating me alive. Besides just walking, I have no other way to release my endorphins so just wanted to vent and say to those of you that can...do not take exercising for granted. Every time I get an injury it always reminds me of this. But this one is more frustrating as ever because I can't seem to heal. I've been doing PT stretches/exercises at home every day for my hip and lower back...I'll go for days without pain but then yesterday I decided to walk 4 miles with my wife and it flared up out of no where. I haven't been to a doctor because I thought doing stretches and giving it time on my home would heal it but it might be coming time for that soon. Don't take exercising for granted!