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I have a bulging disc l5/s1 can menustration make the pain worse?

I have a bulging disc l5/s1 can menustration make the pain worse?

Bulges: Discs naturally bulge as we age. Unless there is evidence on MRI and on exam that the disc is actually pushing on some other structure (typically a nerve) then the disc bulge is highly unlikely to be the cause of back pain. Look for other causes (muscles, joints, etc.) as for getting worse with menses, has your doctor considered endometriosis? ...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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I have a recdnt bulging disc l5-s1... I'vs been hearing many cracks in my spine lately. Is that normal or it is getting herniated?

I have a recdnt bulging disc l5-s1... I'vs been hearing many cracks in my spine lately. Is that normal or it is getting herniated?

Bulging disk: A bulging disc does not usually cause "cracking" sounds in the spinal area, being able to predict whether a disc is going to herniate is quite difficult - likely your symptoms are not related. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a bulging disc l5/s1 I have had tingling in saddle area that comes and goes can you have this without cauda equina?

I have been diagnosed with a bulging disc l5/s1 I have had tingling in saddle area that comes and goes can you have this without cauda equina?

Yes: A biuging disc can not cause cauda equina a huge disc herniation can this would never be described as a disc bulge. ...Read more

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I have had pt and a esi for a bulging disc l5-s1 why do I still hurt so bad? I've also had a emg and the doctor said my nerves are slow on left side

First, a bulging: Disc is a fairly normal finding. Pt & an esi are only parts of treatment. Treatment depends on correctly diagnosing the cause of pain. If your pain is primarily in your back, an esi is unlikely to help & if sciatic in nature, it works 50% of the time. Lifestyle factors play a role like smoking, being overweight and not exercising regularly. Medication, time, activity modification play a role. ...Read more

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I have a broad based bulging disc L5 S1 and multilevel facet arthropathy throughout the lumbosacral spine. What does this mean?

I have a broad based bulging disc L5 S1 and multilevel facet arthropathy throughout the lumbosacral spine. What does this mean?

It means that: The disc between the 5th lumbar & 1st sacral vertebrae has developed a weak spot that allows the soft pulpy inside to bulge out. The rest has to do with the places where vertebrae connect. HEADS UP: Words really aren't enough here. ASK to review the images with the doc. You deserve an explanation in terms you understand. BUT, you also owe it to yourself to do your homework. Read up about it first. ...Read more

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I'm 19 and I have bulging disc in L5-S1 diagnosed on 18th. Advised minimum 23hrs of bed rest for 2 more weeks. Is this the right course of treatment?

I'm 19 and I have bulging disc in L5-S1 diagnosed on 18th. Advised minimum 23hrs of bed rest for 2 more weeks. Is this the right course of treatment?

No. Bed rest more: Than 2 days is of no help and may delay recovery which should be with guided exercise like PT and use of medication as needed to help symptoms based on medical hx with need to make sure you exercise, stay trim and avoid tobacco. ...Read more

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Can bulging disc at l5-s1 cause pain in the genitals?

Can bulging disc at l5-s1 cause pain in the genitals?

Unlikely: Nerve root most commonly compressed by a disc at l5-s1 is the s1 nerve root, less commonly the l5. Compression of either nerve root would cause pain down the leg, not typically the genitals. ...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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I've a protrusion disc on L5 s1 level and a bulging disc on t12 l1level. I'm an athlete. Do you recommend surgery? I want heal it fast! Thank you

I've a protrusion disc on L5 s1 level and a bulging disc on t12 l1level. I'm an athlete. Do you recommend surgery? I want heal it fast! Thank you

Not enough info: Generally these issues will not require surgery. Look for other causes of back pain at age 19, particularly spondylitis unless there is nerve entrapment and you do not respond to conservative therapy, surgery is not a good idea. ...Read more

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How often does a l5-s1 small protrusion disc / bulging disc shrink over time for a middle-age male? Period? And what helps it to shrink? Please help.

How often does a l5-s1 small protrusion disc / bulging disc shrink over time for a middle-age male? Period? And what helps it to shrink? Please help.

Several things: That have been demonstrated aboit disc herniations include the fact that 66% of them shrink or resolve by 6 monthsvas demonstrated by sequential mris. 90% of disc herniations are treated non operatively while bulging discs are normal and not problematic. Regular exercise, weight control as well as not smoking are key to maintaining a healthy back. ...Read more

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Does a bulging disc always come with facet arthropathy? I have l5-s1 bulging disc and my whole back is in pain. Is it possible from facet arthropathy?

No, two separate: Pain generators. However, you can certainly have both at the same time. Facet arthropathy and disc bulging will have different symptoms that can be determined by physical exam findings and have different treatment options. Facet pain will usually still be localized to levels or follow a referral pattern, not usually diffuse pain. You will need a physical exam. May be muscular as well. ...Read more

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Does a l5-s1 bulging disc hurt the hip? I have noticed that the pain coming from my hips more than anything else. Explain please.

Does a l5-s1 bulging disc hurt the hip? I have noticed that the pain coming from my hips more than anything else. Explain please.

Possibly: Referral of pain can radiate to several locations. However, disc bulging at l5-s1 is common and doesn't always have associated pain. If the hip pain is on both sides, and clearly away from the back and sacroiliac joints, then perhaps a look at the hips as a separate problem should be considered. ...Read more

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Is it common that a 1 month l5-s1 bulging disc makes my whole back/spine in pain? Or its from ddd? I felt pain increased after mckenzie excersies.

Common but not DDD: Degenarative disc disease is age related and do noy usually occur at your age of 28 unless you were treated with high doses of steroids for long period of time for some reason, and it will show on the MRI or cat scan which showed the disc bulge. The disc bulge can cause pain in spine and exercises can exaggerate the pain in the back. ...Read more

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Have a bulging disc with nerve compression at L5/S1, what distance is safe for me to walk each with a 10kg backpack for me to have no pain. Thank u?

Have a bulging disc with nerve compression at L5/S1, what distance is safe for me to walk each with a 10kg backpack for me to have no pain. Thank u?

Get a lumbar pack: Be kind to your back and it will be kind to you.
Backpacks are hard on the low back. Large fanny packs are known as "lumbar waist packs" allowing one to carry a lot of the weight directly on the hips and decrease back strain. See: http://www. Ebay. Com/sch/i.html? _trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=lumbar+fanny+pack&_sacat=0&_from=R40
I do not endorse this particular model, it is only an illustration. ...Read more

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Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Depends: Grade I L5S1 spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis- no intervention needed if no referable symptoms. Otherwise, physical exam including neurologic function to rule out neurologic deficits. With no referable significant deficit, physical therapy is usually a good start. ...Read more

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What is the best sport to protect my spine for the long-term? I was diagnosed with ddd and a l5-s1 bulging disc and I'm 28!

What is the best sport to protect my spine for the long-term? I was diagnosed with ddd and a l5-s1 bulging disc and I'm 28!

Core strengthening: Http://www. Spine-health. Com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/exercise-and-physical-therapy-disc-disease-treatment-and-pain-m.

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I have l5-s1 slight bulging disc. One doc told me that I should quit squash for good and another doc said I can play again within 3 months. I'm 28?

I have l5-s1 slight bulging disc. One doc told me that I should quit squash for good and another doc said I can play again within 3 months. I'm 28?

See details: A bulging disc is not necessarily a serious issue. You can play when the back pain is significantly better and if playing does not cause a flare in the pain. ...Read more

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My MRI report says that I have l5-s1 herniation and two doctors told me that I got a bulging disc when they checked my mri...I'm confused, help pls?

My MRI report says that I have l5-s1 herniation and two doctors told me that I got a bulging disc when they checked my mri...I'm confused, help pls?

A matter of: Interpretation. Some people call small disc protrusions bulges. What's more important is what the disc bulge or protrusion is actually doing. That is, whether or not it's causing nerve root impingement or foraminal stenosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a l5-s1 bulging disc and ddd at the age of 28? How serious is it?

Is it normal to have a l5-s1 bulging disc and ddd at the age of 28? How serious is it?

Not normal, but: Can happen, particularly after injury or trauma. To find out how serious it is you need to talk w/your doctor. ...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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Is bulging disc of L5 -s1 the cause of tingling feet? Does stress cause tingling feet? Please answer clearly?

A bulging L5/S1 disc: Can cause pressure on the nerve root resulting in symptoms such as tingling all or part of the way down the leg to the foot. Stress is much less likely to be the cause. ...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?

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'm 28 w/bulging disc, 50%-75% ddd both at l5-s1, and facet arthropaythy. My dr told me to start pt. My whole back muscles are really painfull. Help pls?

Think management: There is plenty of data showing exercise is the best preventative medicine for arthritic conditions, including the back.
Smoking is another big factor for chronic back pain as is genetics. People, of course, can quit smoking, but they can't quit their parents.
Chiro, decompression, meds, injections can help when flares do occur.
Surgery for back pain (vs leg pain or weakness) is controversial. ...Read more