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Bulging disc in lower back. right side hip pain and sciatic shooting pains down legs. medications or non surgical treatments for relief?

Bulging disc in lower back. right side hip pain and sciatic shooting pains down legs. medications or non surgical treatments for relief?

USUALLY: Over 90% of bulging discs with sciatica will get better without surgery. Non-surgical treatments (PT, Chiro, etc) along with either medications (NSAIDs or short burst of oral steroids) and possibly Epidural steroid injection should take care of most. ...Read more

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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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I have two bulging disc in lower back which has caused the core muscles to open therefore I have a fat tummy from under my breast what belt would help?

I have two bulging disc in lower back which has caused the core muscles to open therefore I have a fat tummy from under my breast what belt would help?

See below: Bulging discs do not cause your core muscles to bulge and a fat tummy. The amount of bulging is not possible to affect the abdominal contents. See a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation and they can help you strengthen those core muscles and help you get rid of that fat tummy. ...Read more

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Bulging disc in lower back now making legs tingly/numb but not affecting walking & no pain in legs. Also jaw sore now. See a doc again?

Neuropathy: Lower back disc compressing the nerves will cause legs to become numb with tingles. That is neuropathy. I would see the doctor perhaps you need an MRI to assess the severity. ...Read more

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Is it ok that i feel uncomfortable especially while im sitting and feeling something dislocated on my left lower back in a recent minor bulging disc?

Is it ok that i feel uncomfortable especially while im sitting and feeling something dislocated on my left lower back in a recent minor bulging disc?

yes: The fear of back problems can be overwhelming. Most humans have minor bulging discs and the physical therapy will probably be more than enough to compensate for the discomfort. See your doctor for followup. ...Read more

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Is the plank safe for a bulging disc? Sometimes when I do I get little electric shocks in my lower back.

Is the plank safe for a bulging disc? Sometimes when I do I get little electric shocks in my lower back.

Planks: Planks are usually safe for a bulging disc. Anything that strengthens the core should be helpful. However, when you experience pain, that is your body's way of protecting you from doing damage. It is a sign that you should do something different. A good physical therapist can guide your exercise routine appropriately. ...Read more

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What can I do about a bulging disc in the lower back?

Options: Options include physical therapy, exercise, weight loss. The bulge is not inherently a problem. But pain may be the manifestation of the bulge. ...Read more

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How effective are lower back surgeries for for bulging disc n are there any side effects. Does it limit u from doing certain things?

How effective are lower back surgeries for for bulging disc n are there any side effects. Does it limit u from doing certain things?

Be careful: Studies have shown a poor correlation between a "bulging disc" and the presence of back pain. Some would consider back surgery only in the presence of definite abnormalities of the neurological exam with leg (and not just back) symptoms. Removal of parts of the disc with fusion can be done but even if successful there can be emerging problems later at the disc sites above/below the current site. ...Read more