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I am 18. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 bulging discs (l3-4 l4-5) and im in pain every day. What do I do?

I am 18. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 bulging discs (l3-4 l4-5) and im in pain every day. What do I do?

Lasar surgery: They may retract in 90 days. If not the new lasar surgery is supposed to be fabulous. I have had the same problem since I was your age. Comes and goes. ...Read more

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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 l3-s1 w/ l4-5 herniation. Can mechanized traction irritate nerve and cause erectile dysfunction w/no prior issues? If not, what can?

Bulging disc at l3-s1 w/ l4-5 herniation. Can mechanized traction irritate nerve and cause erectile dysfunction w/no prior issues? If not, what can?

Narcotic therapy.: You would have to have lower nerve root issues to explain that. Problems at that level would not causes ed. If you are on narcotic therapy, including tramadol, your testosterone levels would be seriously lowered. Most docs do not explain this to patients. ...Read more

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2 bulging discs l3/4 and l4/5. Ran on treadmill for few min. Now have worse tingling/numbness. Did I damage/irritate discs?

2 bulging discs l3/4 and l4/5. Ran on treadmill for few min. Now have worse tingling/numbness. Did I damage/irritate discs?

Bulging discs: Treadmill is never a good idea when you have disc issues with bulges. The best is a low impact activity like ellipitical. Treadmill acts like a jackhammer on the back, your muscles are probably in spasms as a result. ...Read more

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My MRI states that I have 2 bulging disc at L3-4 and L5-S1 and moderate spinal stenosis at L4-5 narrowing the thecal sac to 8.7 mm. What does it mean?

My MRI states that I have 2 bulging disc at L3-4 and L5-S1 and moderate spinal stenosis at L4-5 narrowing the thecal sac to 8.7 mm. What does it mean?

Non-specific: 24y female has reported unilateral sciatica 4 weeks post-delivery & MRI shows "spinal canal stenosis" L-4/5 & "disc bulges" lumbar regions. MRI report does not explain symptoms; disc bulges oft seen in asymptomatic people. More likely birthing injured pelvic sacroiliac joint, now hyper mobile & impinging presacral plexus. Was excessive trendelenberg posture forced while had epidural anesthesia? ...Read more

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Fuse L4-S1 2-14. Stomach bug May 1st. New sharp pain since, worsening. Pre-op MRI showed bulging disc at l3/4 also. Could puking have made this worse?

Fuse L4-S1 2-14. Stomach bug May 1st. New sharp pain since, worsening. Pre-op MRI showed bulging disc at l3/4 also. Could puking have made this worse?

It could: Certainly the force of bending over and vomiting could cause back pain. It is unlikely that it caused your disc to rupture, but it certainly could make the pain worse; although the pain may also be simple muscle strain. Talk to your back surgeon about the pain, so that he is aware of your changing symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best procedure to fix an aneurism and bulging disk on L3 and L4 section on the spine, and followup recovery?

What is the best procedure to fix an aneurism and bulging disk on L3 and L4 section on the spine, and followup recovery?

Depends on size: Assuming you're talking about an abdominal aortic aneurysm, this is unrelated to bulging discs, although each can cause back pain. If aneurysm is under 5 cm, it usually is not treated. If over 5 cm it is treated either by a stent or open operation to replace aorta with graft. Bulging disc treatment depends on symptoms. Evaluate by spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

Conservative surgeon: There are several possibilities. The surgeon may feel that your problem (s) will not be helped by surgery. Another possibility is the doctor doesn't want to operate at multiple levels. Spine surgeons usually don't want to operate unless they are sure surgery can help you. This is an excellent attitude. ...Read more

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My 18yr old son just found out he has a bulging disc l3-l4is there something else or new beside surgery?

Many other things: Surgery is not the first treatment option for bulging discs. In fact, it is usually the last option if it is appropriate at all. Usually, treatment includes medications and physical therapy. Many people seek chiropractic care. If there are leg symptoms, often interventional pain management can be helpful. ...Read more

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Is it really rare for l5-s1 bulging disc / minor herniation to slip back to its place compared to l4-l5?

First, discs don't: "Slip" back into place but the majority resolve just fine over time 90% without any surgery. If one were to do a follow up MRI from the first one over a 6 month period, 60+% chance of noting the disc resorted or shrink in size. Also, disc bulges are normal findings on imaging studies of the spine and even significant disc herniations can get better without surgery. ...Read more

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I have back pains with a bulging disc and pinched nerve in my L4 L5 disc and the neurosurgeon recommended amytriptlene?

1possibility: It is very common to have a bulging disc. The nerve symptoms are usually related to inflammation. The first step in treatment is usually anti- inflammatories and physical therapy to decrease the mechanical traits that are putting pressure on the disc and strengthen your core. When these measures do not completely work, a medication to help with netve pain is often added. Amytrip. Is one of those. ...Read more

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Can someone explain the effect extension has on a moderate bulging disc w/ mod degeneration at l4-5 and l5-s1?

Can someone explain the effect extension has on a moderate bulging disc w/ mod degeneration at l4-5 and l5-s1?

Complicated...but: There have been lots of studies that show mckenzie exercises help reduce pain but have no (or negligible) effect on bulging discs. They do not reduce recurrences of back pain and little functional benefit. But, I still recommend them for certain patients. See a spine specialist! ...Read more

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MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

There is a condition: Known as adjacent segment disease in which a fusion may lead to altered spine mechanics and place increased load on the next adjacent spine segment but there may also be a genetic basis for this -it may also be due to smoking as well as to being obese. May need to also focus on core strength ending exercises but talk to your surgeon too ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with bulging disc in L4 and herniated disc in l5. I also suffer from utis at least every other month...What should I do?

UTIs not related: First, check with a urologist on UTI & frequency as not related to back issues. In terms of a disc bulge, they are normal findings. Even herniated discs can occur in asymptomatic people. For back health, you need to exercise regularly, particularly core exercise & cardiovascular regimens. Watch your weight & don't smoke. Make sure you have good vitamin d and calcium intake as well. ...Read more

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Fuse L4/S1 Feb 2014. MRI this month: L3/4: There is mild disc Desiccation, disc bulge, and posterior annual tear. What does this mean?

Fuse L4/S1 Feb 2014. MRI this month: L3/4: There is mild disc Desiccation, disc bulge, and posterior annual tear. What does this mean?

Back pain: You are developing breakdown or arthritis at the level above the fusion. The fusion acts as a lever and puts extra stress on the adjacent level. A CT scan of the lumbar spine can determine if the fusion is solid and the hardware is not broken/loose. Arthritis and back pain can occur at the level above the fusion (L3/4) or below the fusion (sacroiliac joints). See your spine surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is a bulging disc that is 8.7 mm in my L4-5 a candidate for surgery? It's causing me to lose all strength in my right leg and I can't walk on it.

Is a bulging disc that is 8.7 mm in my L4-5 a candidate for surgery? It's causing me to lose all strength in my right leg and I can't walk on it.

Bulging Disc: It depends on wether or not the disc is impinging on the nerve or spinal cord. I'm sure that a physician ordered the radiological study that gives you the information on the disc. Consult with him/her about the next steps in your treatment. You can always get a second opinion if not satisfied with heir recommendations. ...Read more

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I have bulging disc at l4/l5 (based on mri) and pain in back and left leg. What can I do to put it back, to fix it and what shouldn't do? Thank you!

Wait a few days: Oftentimes, such pain goes away on its own after several days to several weeks. Studies show that those who have surgery on average are no better off after two years than those who don't.. If its unbearable or worsening, then see a doctor. Physical therapy can help in the short term, but best to just take it easy and don't lie down more than for sleeping, as it can make it worse. ...Read more

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Non significant disc bulges & minor postero central annular fissures at l3-l4 and l4-l5. Small circumferential disc bulge at l5-s1. Please advise.?

Non significant disc bulges & minor postero central annular fissures at l3-l4 and l4-l5. Small circumferential disc bulge at l5-s1. Please advise.?

49 year old spine: Sounds like you have the spine of a 49 year old. It is very common to have minor abnormalities of the discs as you get older. These only become significant when there is a neurologic deficit or pain which directly correlates with the findings on mri. With the findings on this MRI no neurologic findings are expected. Pain is possible but it will be difficult to blame your discs. ...Read more

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I have pain in my arm, and am wondering if I need to get into the doctor. I have a bulging disc between my L4 and l5...Was off of work for almost 3 weeks with it. I am back to work now and was overcompensating so now I pulled something in my top left sho

C4/5 disc?: I presume you meant C4 and c5. The disc herniation at this site can cause shoulder pain and weakness. If you are having increasing pain, weakness and numbness, please see a neurosurgeon soon. If you are having trouble walking or balancing, I recommend urgent evaluation. ...Read more

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Returning left leg pain 5 days after l4-5 discectomy for a bulging disc, what to do?

Returning left leg pain 5 days after l4-5 discectomy for a bulging disc, what to do?

See your surgeon: Let your surgeon know what is going on. They would be in the best position to provide advice and determine if a new imaging study such as a MRI of the lumbar spine with and without contrast to rule out a recurrent disc herniation is warranted. ...Read more

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I have l4-l5 bulging disc. My cat puke on my bed. Sudden horrible low back pain, changing sheets. Am I feeling the disc? What could it be?

I have l4-l5 bulging disc. My cat puke on my bed. Sudden horrible low back pain, changing sheets. Am I feeling the disc? What could it be?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I just found out that I have Disc degeneration and posterior bulging disc at the L4/L5. I have had a spinal fusion at the L5/S1. what does this mean?

I just found out that I have Disc degeneration and posterior bulging disc at the L4/L5. I have had a spinal fusion at the L5/S1. what does this mean?

Depends: It depends on why the MRI was ordered and what symptoms and signs exist on the examination. It could be incidental or it could explain alot - without having more history it's impossible to tell. However, given that you have had an MRI, and your physician ordered it, you should ask your health care provider to go over it with you for an assessment. ...Read more

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I have a fusion at l4-l5 with instramentation. An MRI in 2010 confirmed I had a bulging disc at s1 where I have pain. A new MRI & cat scan was ordere?

I have a fusion at l4-l5 with instramentation. An MRI in 2010 confirmed I had a bulging disc at s1 where I have pain. A new MRI & cat scan was ordere?

Consult your Spine: Surgeon. It is a common to have increased stress at the spinal segment above and below a fusion, with resultant acceleration of degeneration of these segments. However because you see these on xray/mri doesn't mean it is causing any symptoms. A well-trained spine specialist in your area will help you identify the pain generator, which might have nothing to do with the bulging disc you described. ...Read more

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What is a disc bulge with a superimposed disc herniation? I have them @ l5-s1, l4-l5, l1-l2& moderate to large one in the right neural foramen @l3-l4

What is a disc bulge with a superimposed disc herniation? I have them @ l5-s1, l4-l5, l1-l2& moderate to large one in the right neural foramen @l3-l4

Multiple Pathologies: A disc bulge is just what it sounds like: a circumferential enlargement of the disc that is broad based in general. A disc herniation usually is either a protrusion or extrusion. A protrusion is one where the base (the part that attaches to the disc) is larger than the part that extends out. An extrusion is one where the base is smaller than the part that extends out suggesting it worse. ...Read more

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What is severe left neural foraminal narrowing at L3-4 secondary to mild broad disc Bulge and Facet Arthropathy Moderate L Neural at L4-5 and more.

What is severe left neural foraminal narrowing at L3-4 secondary to mild broad disc Bulge and Facet Arthropathy Moderate L Neural at L4-5 and more.

L3-4: Sounds like your reading a scan report. Why don't you bring them to the doctor who ordered them so he can explain them and correlate them to your symptoms. You might get a better appreciation of the scan findings if you do this. ...Read more

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Awful low back pain. Gets difficult to walk, sit, and stand. 1 week. H/o scoliosis, bulging disc l4-l5. What's causing it? Why is it so debilitating?

Acute lumbar Syndrom: Most likely you had an acute lumbar syndrome characterized by muscle spasm. The this really depends on whether it be the bulging disc or something else is causing. Usually the rest can help. If you are still in such pain, please see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Just diag congenital spinal stenosis. Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Just diag congenital spinal stenosis. Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Depends on symptoms: Congenital stenosis is narrowing of the space for the spinal cord in your neck that you were born with. If you have no nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, hand clumsiness, unsteady walking) just be careful; avoid situations that could lead to injuring your neck (and spinal cord): climbing ladders, running yellow lights, having obstacles around to trip over. If you do have these see a doc. ...Read more