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Doctor insights on: Bulging Disc Symptoms

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Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. Consider core strengthening exercises while you are on your own at home. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...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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How is spinal stenosis symptom different from herniated disc symptoms?

How is spinal stenosis symptom different from herniated disc symptoms?

Typical spinal : Stenosis symptoms in the lumbar spine are pains radiating to the leg(s) with progressive standing and walking relieved by bending over or sitting while a disc herniation causes pain into the leg(s) worse with sitting and bending and usually better standing or walking. Both feel better typically lying down. Obviously, there are variables based on several factors in terms of symptom presentation. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

Symptoms of  Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

And the question IS?: I'm afraid your question mark should really be a comma if anything. I'm not catching your drift. Are you asking for a list of symptoms associated with IVD disease without myelopathy....or if one could even exist without the other? Perhaps, you're copying something out of a report? Revamp your question and send through again. ...Read more

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What causes lumbar bulging discs?

What causes lumbar bulging discs?

Very common: Bulging disc does not necessarily mean herniation or compression/impingement of nerve and thus often no pain. It is rather common, more as we get older. Excessive force on the spine colum, often because of excessive wt, trauma etc..Causes the discs to bulge out. Aging weakens the tissues and thus increases risk of bulging and possible herniation. Stay lean/healthy reduces risk. Good luck. ...Read more

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Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc: If you have a confirmed herniation with an MRI, the first line of treatment is usually a steroid injection around the nerve performed by a qualified pain physician. You may require more than one, but no more than three in a year. If the herniation is large and you have weakness, surgery is the best option. Along with these treatments, you may be given an antiinflammatory medication as well. ...Read more

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What causes bulging or herniated disc?

What causes bulging or herniated disc?

Aging, injury: Disc bulges are normal variants & not an issue that should cause a problem. This occurs with disc loading as well. A disc herniation is an actual disruption of the disc's coating layers allowing disc material to move out of a normal position. This is a more frequent finding as we age as the disc degenerates which is accelerated by obesity & smoking. Overloading a disc's weight capacity=herniation. ...Read more

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Spinal disc herniation is what?

Spinal disc herniation is what?

Symptom Vs Cause: A disc herniation causes sciatica, which is a symptom of back & leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg, . ...Read more

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Could a herniated disc / bulging disk be affecting thecal sac?

Could a herniated disc / bulging disk be affecting thecal sac?

Disc herniation: Depend on the size and the type of the herniation, it might affect or even compress the thecal sac. ...Read more

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How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment does not imply pressure, or severity, or the presence of symptoms. ...Read more

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Can min. Broadbased disc bulge at c3-4 & broadbased disc bulge w/superimposed central disc protrusion and endplate spurring at c6-7 cause torticollis?

Can min. Broadbased disc bulge at c3-4 & broadbased disc bulge w/superimposed central disc protrusion and endplate spurring at c6-7 cause torticollis?

Other way: No. Actually, it is usually the other way around; torticollis causes excess wear and tear of the discs and joints, leading to early degeneration. Torticollis is caused by the abnormal implementation of motor programs in the brain. The spine is an innocent bystander. ...Read more

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I have herniated buldged& compressed discs?

I have herniated buldged& compressed discs?

Symptoms?: Sounds like you had an imaging study. Herniated bulged and compressed discs are of no significance unless you have symptoms that correlate with the noted abnormalities. ...Read more

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Difference between herniated discs, nerve compression, radiculopathy, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylosis and osteoarthritis. I get various diagnosis?

Difference between herniated discs, nerve compression, radiculopathy, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylosis and osteoarthritis. I get various diagnosis?

It may be that you : Have them all as everyone ages so by 49 as a male, there are degenerative or arthritis changes in the spine termed spondylosis. By age 60, 20% have some narrowing or stenosis of the spinal canal. Disc herniation can lead to it too all resulting in nerve compression which can cause arm/leg symptoms termed a radiculopathy or in leg also known as a sciatica. ...Read more

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Can cervical disk bulge cause arm weakness?

Can cervical disk bulge cause arm weakness?

Possible: If the disc is pressing on a nerve root or part of the spinal cord, it could cause weakness and/or numbness in the arm. ...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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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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Prognosis of sciatica pain from lumbar disc bulge or herniation without surgery or injection?

Prognosis of sciatica pain from lumbar disc bulge or herniation without surgery or injection?

Quick answer: greater than 90% of patients who have surgery have the same pain or lack of pain after 5 years compared to those who do not have surgery. If the pain is tolerable, wait before considering surgery ...Read more

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Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Yes: Technically, spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the nerve canal and a disc herniation can definitely cause narrowing of the canal. ...Read more

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