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Doctor insights on: Affect Of Herniated Disc On Rest Of Body

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

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


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19 y o athlete on scholarship who has L5 s1 herniated disc and has tried conservative tx of pt, epidural and meds and rest with no significant relief ?

19 y o athlete on scholarship who has L5 s1 herniated disc and has tried conservative tx of pt, epidural and meds and rest with no significant relief ?

?MRI done: Large disc herniations with neurological signs or symptoms may require surgery - an MRI can give a good idea of the prognosis - most disc herniations will heal with time. I have used inversion tables with excellent success in many cases of back pain - chronic seems to respond better than acute but worth a try. The is is a well-studied but underutilized modality. ...Read more

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What is best for a moderate pain herniated disk, rest or activity? I waited a week before resuming running/incline walking and the pain is now worse.

What is best for a moderate pain herniated disk, rest or activity? I waited a week before resuming running/incline walking and the pain is now worse.

Need to rest : Herniated disc syndrome can be very painful. Rest, MRI and maybe lumbar epidural could be the next treatment options for you . ...Read more

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Are full body aches related to herniated disc?

Are full body aches related to herniated disc?

No: A herniated disc tends to cause localized pain or if a nerve is being compressed by a herniated disc pain can occur in an arm or leg. For example, if a disc is herniated in the neck, pain can radiate into an arm which we call a radiculopathy or radicular pain. If the herniated disc is in the lower back the pain can radiate into a leg and it can be severe. Full body aches are not related to a disc. ...Read more

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Are generalized body aches be related to herniated disc?

Are generalized body aches be related to herniated disc?

Only in Fibromyalgia: Disc herniation usually results in nerve impingement which causes shooting pain in the arms or legs affected by the specific nerve. Only scenario this can lead to diffuse pain in an overlap fibromyalgia syndrome where a constant pain generating source like herniated disc can causes a central pain sensitivity state. This leads to hypervigilance and pain awareness, felt throughout the body. ...Read more

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What is the best way to position my body for bed if I have a lumbar herniated disc?

What is the best way to position my body for bed if I have a lumbar herniated disc?

Typically however: You are most comfortable. If you are concerned about doing something to provoke the problem, speak with a good physical therapist. ...Read more

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Does a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the body look deformed?

No: A sipped or herniated disc doesn't make the body look any different unless the patient finds the pain to be less if they position themselves in an unusual way. ...Read more

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Could a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the body look deformed?

Could  a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the body look deformed?

Not really: but if the pain is associated with movement, then your body may choose to move into a position of ease and that may make you feel deformed, but generally as the disc heals you will likely go back to being normal. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated disc's in my lower back. I am having a lot of feelings like ( going to sleep) in my upper body (most of my upper torso). Should i?

I have 2 herniated disc's in my lower back. I am having a lot of feelings like ( going to sleep) in my upper body (most of my upper torso). Should i?

Your presentation is: A bit unusual . The symptom from nerve compression or impingment is distal to the lesion . If you have bulge disc that is symptomatic . The symptoms should be lower than the area of injury not higher up. I think you need to see your doc and need reevaluation . Good luck. ...Read more

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If you had a herniated disc from very young, like 10yrs, and it never hurt- can your body have compensated with involuntary abdominal contracture?

No: A herniated disc will have the tendency to undergo resorption, meaning that it will go back to its place. You can help with having good posture and core muscle strength. ...Read more