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What can be done about bulging disks?

What can be done about bulging disks?

Consultation.: An orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon who knows your case, would be able to provide you with very specific options. Acupuncture can reduce pain & inflammation related to discs but will not cure the actual condition.

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My wife has a few bulging disks and she is only 25 what may come out of this?

My wife has a few bulging disks and she is only 25 what may come out of this?

Depends: Discs may are may not ever cause problems. Most discs are a symptomatic. Lifestyle like healthy diet, exercise and normal weight may prevent problems in the future.

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Surgery, shots, any advice on what to do for bulging disks?

Surgery, shots, any advice on what to do for bulging disks?

Personal consult: An in-person evaluation would be needed to provide you with information about what treatment option is best for you.

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My mum has 2 bulging disks and can't have surgery. Is there another way?

My mum has 2 bulging disks and can't have surgery. Is there another way?

Physical therapy: Okay to ask your doc why she was not a surgery candidate. Okay to ask for physical therapy, it can be helpful. Be well and good luck.

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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.

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What is a bulging disk?

What is a bulging disk?

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.

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What are the tests for bulging disk?

MRI: The best test to evaluate the disks of the spine is an MRI of the cervical (neck) thoracic (mid back) or lumbar (low back) spine. Your gp can order the appropriate study and make referral to a specialist as needed.

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What you should do for a bulging disk?

What you should do for a bulging disk?

" 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.

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Can a herniated bulging disk heal on its own?

Can a herniated bulging disk heal on its own?

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.

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What is the definition or description of: bulging disk?

What is the definition or description of: bulging disk?

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.

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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.

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I was diagnosed with a bulging disk. How did I get hurt?

I was diagnosed with a bulging disk. How did I get hurt?

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.

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Are there usually many symptoms when you have bulging disk?

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.

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What is the best way to relieve the pain of a bulging disk?

What is the best way to relieve the pain of a bulging disk?

Conservative means: Initially, try medications, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, injections. If these measures fail, and MRI shows correctable problem, then surgery may be appropriate.

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I also have mild bulging disk. What does "mild" mean for me?

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.

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I have a mild bulging disk how can a surgant make it better?

I have a mild bulging disk how can a surgant make it better?

I do not know: However surgery certainly last resort and maybe not even indicated for bulge. Try therapy and or meds

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Please tell me what can happen if I don't treat a bulging disk?

Variable: 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.

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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.

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