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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk
What causes numbness in the lower back? I do have a herniated disk. My low back doesn't feel right also have extreme leg pain with numb and tingling?
Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more
It depends...: Many have herniated or bulging disks in the lumbar spine that do not cause symptoms. However, generally speaking, if a herniation is acute (occurring within a recent time period) and is causing symptoms, then running should be suspended. The high-impact nature of running may cause the symptoms to increase or persist. Swimming or the elliptical generally are better choices in this situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have chronic coughing and it does bother me as it hurts my back when I cough, due to having a herniated disk in lower back. ?
Usually none except: Most disc surgeries are successful when done for primarily sciatic pain in a non smoker, 90-95%. There is usually some incisional pain based on the size of incision. There may or may not be some residual pain in the leg usually due to ongoing nerve irritation from its prior compression by the disc or by the manipulation during surgery. Sometimes, there can be residual neurologic symptoms ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually just ...: Usually this is just incisional pain of up to 2 weeks duration.. If there was back pain equal to or worse than leg pain pre operatively, then you most likely will not get much improvement of your back pain & all bets are off if you are a smoker. However, about 10% of disc surgery patients can experience back pain due to ongoing degenerative changes in disc over time with a 5% risk of reherniation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the symptoms of having a herniated disk in the lower back?I have numbness and tingling in the lower back when sitting?
Many symptoms...: While this could be a sign of a herniated disc, it sounds a little more like facet arthritis as it does not radiate to different areas and does not have a constant dull ache. That being said, a physical exam and imaging would be necessary to be sure. If you are concerned about an actual herniation, then I would recommend seeing a physician for an exam to be safe. ...Read more
What are types of stretches or exercises that will help relieve pain from a herniated disk in the lower back?
strengthen your core: Exercises that strengthen the muscles which support your spine will help keep the disc from getting worse. If you over stretch it can make things worse but stretching and strengthening exercises with a person who knows what they are doing, will help a lot. ...Read more