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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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Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Variable: Bulging discs are almost always normal at your age - they are a normal part of aging. Conservative treatment usually does well for treatment of neck pain (especially if you've had trauma, such as a car accident) - including physical therapy, progressive activity, and anti-inflammatory medications. Further treatment, if necessary, can include spinal injections. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Cervical spine surge: Surgery should be your last option. More than 90% of damaged discs heal by themselves over time. For ongoing nerve pain and neck pain, you should get a cervical epidural steroid injection done by a qualified and experienced pain physician under x-ray guidance. Also start physical therapy as soon as you can to relieve muscular spasm. ...Read more

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Should I have a breast reduction due to c5/c6 bulging disc pain and back pain, even though my BMI is 35.5?

Should I have a breast reduction due to c5/c6 bulging disc pain and back pain, even though my BMI is 35.5?

Depends on size: Of your breasts, but breast reduction surgery will have little direct effect on your disc bulge at that level. It might help indirectly, in that your bra strap might be impinging on nerves that exit the spinal canal at that level. Ask a neurologist for a definitive opinion on the likelihood the operation would help your neck/back pain. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area? .

Dermatome: The c5, C6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Yes and No: A bulging disk is an anatomical term. If the disk is compressing the spinal cord or nerve roots it can cause pain, neurologic symptoms including balance impairments. If the disk is bulging and not compressing any neural elements it can cause pain but usually no neuro symptoms. An expert neuro exam and carefull review of the images will need to be conducted by your dr. To determine the relevance. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disk at C5 C6 I also have numbness in my hand what fingers are involved for that location for a disk compression? Can it happen?

C5 and C6: Can affect the forearm (c5) and then the thumb, index and middle fingers (c6) might be involved. If the compression is really bad it can affect all the fingers as well. ...Read more

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I have a disc buldge in my neck c4, c5, c6. I am in intence discomfort for the last 3 years. I tried out all treatments nothing worked out. Please help?

I have a disc buldge in my neck c4, c5, c6. I am in intence discomfort for the last 3 years. I tried out all treatments nothing worked out. Please help?

See below.: If you are having arm symptoms including pain, weakness, and numbness you may be a candidate for an injection. Physical therapy can also be beneficial especially for neck pain. As a last resort, surgery can be beneficial for some patients especially if nerves are being compressed. I would consult with a spine specialist to discuss your specific case. ...Read more

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Disc bulge at c5 c6 did every thing still in pain why?

Disc bulge at c5 c6 did every thing still in pain why?

See below: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. As we age we lose the fluid in our discs which makes them more susceptible wearing out. As pressure is applied to these discs they start to bulge a little. While you may have pain from the disc there are other potential causes including pain from the neck muscles, joints, or ligaments. ...Read more

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If I have a bulging c5/c6 disc in my neck would it be putting pressure on my nerves?

If I have a bulging c5/c6 disc in my neck would it be putting pressure on my nerves?

SEE A PAIN DOC: A disc is bulging because it loses elasticity - like a waistband in your underwear. When it loses elasticity it no longer stays nice and tight and snug like it used to be. If it bulges enough it can get close to the nerve and irritate it. The inflammation and irritation can cause pain in the neck or shoulder blade as well as pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm. ...Read more

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What is cervical spondylosis? What does it mean if C5 - C6 and C6 -c7 disc shows diffuse circumferential bulge?

What is cervical spondylosis? What does it mean if C5 - C6 and C6 -c7 disc shows diffuse circumferential bulge?

Just means there are: Degenerative changes noted. Just as you would expect to have wear at the bottom of your shoes, and on your car tires, just as you expect to develop progressive skin wrinkles with age, spondylosis is just degenerative changes of the spine, and at age 40, having diffuse disc bulge can be age appropriate. The hydration in the disc decreases with age, leading to disc bulging circumferentially. ...Read more

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Smooth Reversal of the cervical lordosis. Minor disc bulge is effacing the CSF anterior to the cord at C5-C6.?

Smooth Reversal of the cervical lordosis. Minor disc bulge is effacing the CSF anterior to the cord at C5-C6.?

Neck: The reveral of the cervical lordosis is usually from muscle spasms. The bulging disc is pushing against the sac that holds the CSF and spinal cord. You don't mention of it is pushing against the cord itself so I will assume it doesn't. Usually need rest, pain meds and muscle relaxers. Keep all your appointments with your doctor. You might benefit from physical therapy too. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

Question?: I am unsure what your specific question is. If these are the findings on a MRI/CT, the finding can be associated with cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms include pain in the lower neck, shoulder, arm, thumb and index finger. Treatments can range for medications, physical therapy, epidural injections to surgery. A spinal orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can help decide on the best treatment. ...Read more

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Dehydrated disc, bulge at c5-c6 will fasting in the month of Ramadan make the dehydration worse? Can I hydrate the disc?

Dehydrated disc, bulge at c5-c6 will fasting in the month of Ramadan make the dehydration worse? Can I hydrate the disc?

No and No: "Dehydration" of the disc material refers more to changes in the collagen content of the disc. Fasting will not aggravate this type of "dehydration" of the disc. There is nothing that you can use to "rehydrate" the disc either. A "Bulging" disc is a VERY COMMON finding on MRI: it does not correlate very well with the presence/absence of symptoms; "bulging" by itself does not result in problems. ...Read more

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What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

Depends on symptoms: You are describing a radiographic finding. Many times, people have disc bulges and no symptoms, in which case nothing needs to be done. If you are having neck pain or arm pain or numbness/weakness of the arms, then treatment with therapy to reduce the disc bulge and relieve pressure on the nerve roots or medication for the symptoms may be indicated. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cervical spondylosis and C5 - C6 and C6 -c7 disc shows diffuse circumferential bulge?

This means that you: Have arthritis setting in at a couple levels in your neck (spondylosis) at specific joints in your spine with possible inflammation from this irritation as well. The diffuse circumferential bulges suggest degenerative disc disease and flattening of your discs, from either past trauma or disc issues that are causing them to bulge beyond the vertebral bodies. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have a bulge in c5-c6 disc, but I'm also having some strange symptoms. The whole right side of my face went numb and arm.?

I have a bulge in c5-c6 disc, but I'm also having some strange symptoms. The whole right side of my face went numb and arm.?

Be checked: The nerves that supply the face exit right out of the skull and do not go through the neck; so a disc bulge would not typically cause facial numbness. I would be checked to make sure it is not something in the brain. Trigeminal neuralgia is another possibility. But not from neck. Be seen. ...Read more

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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more