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how can you tell the difference between a slipped disc or just muscle spasms in your back

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Spasms tender: Spams are tender to touch disc give referred leg pain you can't find with your fingers. Making physical exam most impt sensitive test for muscular bac ... Read More

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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
34 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
You : You cannot. If yo have a pinched nerve from a disc herniation you may have weakness to your legs or may experience numbness, tingling or abnormal sens ... Read More
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience Sports Medicine
Back: While both can cause pain in your back slipped discs very commonly also cause nerve pinch type symptoms with pain radiating down the leg. Ultimately, ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Disc disease: You have a disc disease....not muscle strain. Get Xray/CT/MRI done to define the problem. Continue present med.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Videh Mahajan
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Hot: Localized increase in temperature may represent localized infection called cellulitis. Seek medical attention
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Simon
37 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No: Someone has been reading too many medical horror stories. It is mega highly unlikely that spasms in an otherwise healthy 20 year old represent anythin ... Read More
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Dr. Pavle Repovic
Specializes in Neurology
This : This is very, very tricky. Yes, there are reported cases of mri-negative ms, but they are very rare, so it is paramount to rule out other conditions. ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Bad choices: You probably don't need or want to pick A or B. Both require a doctor's DX and TX and it might be another thing altogether. A common cause of neuropat ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
//: Could be the ms or possibly "good old" sciatica which is a pinched or irritated nerve in the low back causing such symptoms as you relate in an ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Consult Neurologist: Trgeminal neuralgia has been reported in patients with ms.You have to ask this question from your neyrologist as he/she is the only one can tell you i ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
Myoclonic seizures?: You may be experiencing a form of limited or localized seizure disorder known as "myoclonus" (muscle-centered), which is a form of epilepsy (sudden in ... Read More

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