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Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

Slight disc bulge at l4/l5. Treatment needed? Will traction make disc go back in? Or just back exercises will do?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can take for back pain from bulging disks right below?

Is there anything i can take for back pain from bulging disks right below?

Bulging disks: Bulging discs in the lumbar spine can be a potential source of low back pain. The tough, outer covering of the disc space (annulus fibrosus) contains nociceptive pain fibers -- when the annulus is irritated or torn, low back pain can result. The first line of treatment is oral nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc). I would also recommend a dedicated pt program focused on core strengthening. ...Read more

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Working out to get 6 packs, i noticed that when i bend back or during some exercises, there is a slight bulge in between the recti. Is it diastasis?

Working out to get 6 packs, i noticed that when i bend back or during some exercises, there is a slight bulge in between the recti. Is it diastasis?

Yes: A herniation between your abdominus rectus muscles can cause a bulge like this. Continued exercise in the face of a herniation can cause it to grow in size. I would recommend you see a good local general surgeon. ...Read more

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Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

Might have to have back surgery for bulge disk. Dangerous surgery?

There are risks: There are significant risks associated with back surgery such as nerve damage, infection, bleeding, need for more surgery. The anesthesia also has risks. Fortunately, the risks for bad things happening are very low. You need to have honest discussion with your surgeon about the risks so that you're ok doing an elective procedure, or not. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging disk in my back--what is done for this?

I have 3 bulging disk in my back--what is done for this?

Do they hurt?: The mere fact of 3 bulging discs (or 2 or 5) means nothing. What is important is how the condition affects your well-being. I have plenty of patients with terrible looking MRI scans who have no pain and function very well. On the other hand it is not at all unusual to see a person whose scan looks quite normal, yet is in incapacitating pain. ...Read more

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I have two bulging disks, annual tear, siatica all in my lower back. Im a nurse have to lift patients everyday. Is that going to aggravate the tear?

I have two bulging disks, annual tear, siatica all in my lower back. Im a nurse have to lift patients everyday. Is that going to aggravate the tear?

Can certainly do so,: Any lifting at work or home, can be deleterious for your back. Suggest see P Therapist to learn the Do's and Don't at the Back School, where one gets taught about the causes of pain and the aggravating factors in general, and specifically those pertaining to you. See your PCP and get evaluated. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to lose 30 lbs in 8 weeks with 2 herniated disks and 5 bulging disks through out your spine.

What are the best exercises to lose 30 lbs in 8 weeks with 2 herniated disks and 5 bulging disks through out your spine.

You have a complex: case and need to be under medical management during your weight loss to document your symptoms as you lose weight since you've had significant trauma to your spine, and possibly be in pain. Usually it's safer to lose 5 pounds/month up to 10 pounds, but 4 pounds a week may be difficult as your overexercising could put strain on your body.So discuss this with your doctor first to see the safest way. ...Read more

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Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?

Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?

Bulging disc: is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment. ...Read more

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I suffer from fibromyalgia and have a bulging disk in my lower back, the pain has got so unbearable in the last 4 years that i can't take it anymore.

Lots to try: First, it sounds like you are quite distressed by your symptoms. There is hope for relief. Find a doctor who has a lot of experience treating fibromyalgia. Have them see if the bulging disc is responsible for any of your pain as it often is not. Treatment often requires a combination of physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Meds like cymbalta, savella, or Lyrica can be helpful too. ...Read more

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