The problem with a herniated disc is that except if the pain happens in the very moment while you're doing some sort of lifting, you can't find out since when you have it.
For instance, as far as i remember i've always had lower back troubles. Since i was a teen... i remember the pain after doing some exercise. (not permanently, it just comes, then goes away for a few weeks and comes back)
I've recently done some exams that showed i have 2 herniated discs.
Doctors told me to stop lifting any weight above 100 pounds (lol). They said it might naturally go back to normal by itself, within a few years, if i totally stop working out.
But as i told 'em, i might have these two injuries for several years !
To me, its "only" 2 little injuries after many years of training.
So there's no way i quit.
My father definitely also has lower back problems.
So I probably have a genetic weakness. But i am now trying to go over it by improving my core.
Eventually, the weight you carry does not matter that much, tension and concentration are both way more important.
But i still go heavy :headbang::headbang::headbang: