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Personal consult: An in-person evaluation would be needed to provide you with information about what treatment option is best for you. ...Read more
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
Abnormal appearance: A bulging disc refers to an intervertebral disc that has extended past its original footprint, so to speak, and may be pushing up against the nerves. The bulge may involve the firm rind (annulus), or the watery disc material in the middle of the disc (nucleus pulpous). The bulge may cause a lot of pain, weakness, or numbness, or none at all. ...Read more
" bulging disk": Initial treatment for symptomatic bulging disc is conservative (eg physical therapy, non-opioid analgesics, etc.) and also addresses preventative measures. Depending on severity of the symptoms, injections for pain control may be utilized. For more severe cases, surgery may be indicated. The course of treatment is determined by symptoms and objective findings. ...Read more
Yes!: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function. ...Read more
Minimal process: 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 nerve or spinal cord. ...Read more
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
Hard to tell: Bulging discs are a normal part of aging. They can happen spontaneously or as a result of injury. Particularly between your late 20s and 50s you are become more susceptible to disc issues. ...Read more
Variable: Some people are completely asymptomatic from disc bulges. Some people experience profound pain (radiculitis) and motor and sensory loss (radiculopathy). Back pain is variable as well but usually affects people with acute herniated discs due to annular tears and chemical secretion. ...Read more
Hard to say: "mild" bulge would be based on how the disc looks on mri. This has nothing to do with whether or not the disc is painful. In fact, having disc bulges is normal as we age. However, a bulging disc can be painful. So, if you have back pain and a bulge they might (or might not) be related. If no pain, then no big deal. If needed, best to discuss with non-surgical spine specialist. ...Read more
In many cases the problem can resolve, but the more severe the discomfort, the more likely you will need treatment.
Subsequent mris over several years have demonstrated resolution of some disc herniations. ...Read more
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
I have had a bulging disk for 3 months now and the meds they are giving are not helping, what can I do?
Bulging discs: Bulging disc are a common occurrence on MRI even in people that do not have back pain. The best thing for back pain is exercise. Some times the meds will help you feel better in order to exercise but they will not replace the need to improve your posture, range of motion, and strength. Consider doing neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill. They are available on youtube. ...Read more
What are the best exercises to lose 30 lbs in 8 weeks with 2 herniated disks and 5 bulging disks through out your spine.
Water: Well, you would definitely want to avoid aggravating your spine by doing "too much" exercise. Water exercises take much of the stress off the back and could potentially be better tolerated. Ultimately weight loss us based upon calorie intake verse calories burned, so limiting your intake of calories would certainly be helpful. You might consider getting the help of a trainer. ...Read more
Can you have a bulging disk that only presses on nerves causing pain sometime when you twist or move a certin way? Thanks
Yes: Yes depending upon the location of the herniated disc, you can turn in a fashion that brings the nerve closer to the disk and injuring it transiently. This accounts for the pain when you move in a certain way. Thereafter you have muscular contraction in your back that is present for several weeks. ...Read more
I have bulging disks from a car accident im on tramodal (spelling?) is that something I eill have to be on the rest of my life?
What could case pain in spine under bra? It's different pain than the bulging disks I have and much more severe, not muscular at all. I'm miserable
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.
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ESI: Epidural injections are most useful for situations in which a patient has leg pain from nerve compression. Back pain alone is not a good indication. The effectiveness is greatest if a MRI scan shows evidence of nerve compression or spinal stenosis. A bulging disc is usually a normal finding and not the source of pain, unless a patient has a congenitally narrow spinal canal. ...Read more
Synonyms: The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, herniated disk are roughly the same idea that they disc has moved out of place where it should be and possibly compressing nerve or spinal cord. Typically though herniated disk signifies a slight increase in severity of pathology over a bulging disc. It gets a little more specific if terms like disc protrusion and disc extrusion come into the mix. ...Read more
Epidural injection: This is called an epidural injection. There are different types but the all share the same principles. Image guidance is used to place a fine needle into the epidural space. Numbing medications and steroids are then injected to provide pain relief by decreasing the inflammation of the nerves. The procedure is safe but it is not risk free. Ask your spine specialist for details. ...Read more