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Doctor insights on: C3 C4 Herniated Disc Symptoms

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Will shots work for a c3-c4 herniated disc?

Will shots work for a c3-c4 herniated disc?

No. Tread lightly.: No. Disc will not heal with injections. What ore your symptoms? Any weakness/numbness - see neurosurgeon. Pain only - nerve root block may indeed help. "shots" in the sense of epidural steroid injections are a (lucrative) "band-aid". Given the proximity to the spinal cord, injections into the cervical epidural space can cause paralysis. If pain is at all tolerable - tread lightly around "shots". ...Read more

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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Why would they do epidural between c7 & t1 when the herniated disc is between c3 &c4 & c4&c5?

Why would they do epidural between c7 & t1 when the herniated disc is between c3 &c4 & c4&c5?

Anatomy: There are 2 different types of epidural injections in the cervical spine: transforaminal and inter laminar. Inter laminar injections are given near the midline of the neck They are typically given either at c6-7 or c7-T1 because there is much more space for the cord at that level and the injection will typically spread up to the other levels like C3-5. More danger to do interlaminar at c3-5. ...Read more

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I have a cervical fusion at C3, 4, 5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

I have a cervical fusion at C3, 4, 5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

Adjacent Fusion: If you have a herniated disc at a level near your current fusion the new disc can be treated with a fusion that would connect with the other fusion. There are also new modern devices which allow us to do this without removing the plate from your previous surgery. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

Diagnosis first: The injections are to confirm clinically what the pain generator is he is trying to figure out what pain is coming from where, the disc causes refered pain but usually not tenderness confirming the working diagnosis for pain is alwys a good idea. ...Read more

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How risky are cervical epidural injections for some one with ddd severe canal stenosis and foraminal stenosis and 2 herniated discs c3/c4 and c7T1?

How risky are cervical epidural injections for some one with ddd severe canal stenosis and foraminal stenosis and 2 herniated discs c3/c4 and c7T1?

Just as risky: Just as risky, is for someone without these findings. Risk do not increase, based on severity of the disease for which you are doing the epidural. Which in your case, is spinal stenosis. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated discs in my neck (c3-c4 poster and c5-c6 left side w impingement) I've tried pt (helps) is there a permanent way to fix? The pain is unbearable sometime

I have 2 herniated discs in my neck (c3-c4 poster and c5-c6 left side w impingement) I've tried pt (helps) is there a permanent way to fix? The pain is unbearable sometime

See below: If you have done pt, are you doing the exercises that have been prescribed for you to do at home? I find that sometimes people forget to do these or think that these are not necessary. People do best when they follow the home exercise program. At 30 years of age, disc herniations can heal on there own but can take a while, sometimes over a year. Surgery can "fix" but will involve a fusion. ...Read more

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I got herniated discs in the c3-4 c4-5 c5-6 t6-7 t7-8 t11-12 l2-3 l3-4 l5- s1 indent cord ventral margin with clumping of nerve roots.? Does it mean

I got herniated discs in the c3-4 c4-5 c5-6 t6-7 t7-8 t11-12 l2-3 l3-4 l5- s1 indent cord ventral margin with clumping of nerve roots.? Does it mean

It's complicated: As we age, we are prone to get basically arthritis of the spine, often referred to as spinal stenosis as well as changes in the discs between the spine bony vertebrae. Some have these changes earlier. If you have any arm or leg weakness, loss of control of bowels/bladder, then you will need to see a neurologist to further examine you and evaluate your symptoms in the context of the MRI findings. ...Read more

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Can u tell me what symptoms occur from retrolethesis (? Sp) of C3 c4? I also have bulged, or herniated dics at every other level in my neck...

Can u tell me what symptoms occur from retrolethesis (? Sp) of C3 c4? I also have bulged, or herniated dics at every other level in my neck...

Retrolisthesis: From wikipedia: "structural instability may be experienced as a local uneasiness or a structural compensatory distortion involving the whole spine. If the joints are stuck in a retrolisthesis configuration there may also be changes to range of motion. Pain may be experienced as a result of irritation to the sensory nerve roots by bone depending on the degree of displacemement.". ...Read more

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Should I have herniated disc surgery if I have no neurological symptoms?

Should I have herniated disc surgery if I have no neurological symptoms?

No: Thr surgery is effective for arm or leg pain only if you have no pain or weakness you can only lose comfort with a back induction I'm puzzled why did you get a MRI for no symptoms if it's was for back pain then the MRI funding is spurious and should be considered not a symptom causer we should be getting studies without symptoms unless it is a screening test for early a symptomatic disease. ...Read more

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Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Yes: Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful. We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain. ...Read more

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What are the pain symptoms associated with a herniated disc?

Variety of them: There can be back or neck pain only or there can be extremity pain only or combined with neck or back pain with the extremity pain usually the predominant pain. Coughing & sneezing may increase the pain as will certain positions with other positions decreasing the pain. In the chest region, the pain can radiate around the chest over the ribs. These are more rare. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a slipped disc and a herniated disc?

What are the symptoms of a slipped disc and a herniated disc?

Referred pain...: Radiating pain to a well defined area of a single extremity is typical for this problem, if it's in the cervical or lumbar spine. It could also cause weakness and numbness. If the disc herniation is central and large, it could affect both sides of the body. It will often feel like knee or shoulder pain, but there is no history of a knee or elbow injury. ...Read more

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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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Comon symptoms of a herniated disc?

Comon symptoms of a herniated disc?

Back and/or Leg Pain: Sciatica is pain in the distribution of the leg as a 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 and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Can I have herniated disc surgery with no neurological symptoms?

Can I have herniated disc surgery with no neurological symptoms?

Are U asking if U: Can have such surgery having no neuro symptoms at all, or are u asking if u can have this surgery with no risks of getting any neuro problems from the surgery.
Best person to provide you with these answers would be your surgeon, who has determined that you need surgery.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of a herniated disc different from those of a sequestrated/ruptured disc? Can herniated discs 'pop'?

How are the symptoms of a herniated disc different from those of a sequestrated/ruptured disc? Can herniated discs 'pop'?

Symptoms and terms: Many consider a ruptured disc and a herniated the same thing and use the terms interchangeably. A sequestered disc is a very large disc herniation. Where the disc itself is out of the disc space and behind the vertebral body above or below that level.
symptoms tend to be worse with large herniations but not always. Symptoms include leg pain with numbness and tingling ...Read more

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How do I know if I have chest pain? I have a herniated disc, and GERD and I can't ever tell if its actual chest pain or symptoms from my back/gerd.

Difficult: Herniated th disca. And gerd both can cause chest pain. It often is adeep pain, inside your. Bidy. Muscle pains are often more superficial. You did not say how you got the herniated disc, many are caused by trama causing other soft tissue injury which also can cause chest pain.
If your conditions are treated properly those pains should be contolled. ...Read more

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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis, Herniated disc, Bulging disc?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little.
Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more

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Just had an operation on herniated disc l4/l5 and still same symptoms on left leg as before op i.E. Numbness and scrapping feeling, is this normal?

See below: If the nerve was heavily trapped the symptoms can persist as the nerve tries to heal. Talk to your surgeon about your problem. ...Read more

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Does kyphosis cause heart issues? Or c5-c6 herniated disc symptoms are similar to heart issues symptoms.

Does kyphosis cause heart issues? Or c5-c6 herniated disc symptoms are similar to heart issues symptoms.

May be: Kyphosis does not cause any heart diease. How ever depending on the severity of kyphosis, people are more prone to get degenerative changes and arthritic changes in spine. This in turn can pinch the nerves and may cause referred pain in chest wall which would mascaraed as heart pain. ...Read more

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How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. Peripheral neuropathy vs. Degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. Peripheral neuropathy vs. Degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

Read on!: peripheral neuropathy is usually a symmetrical bilateral set of symptoms sensory or motor, Disc problems are often focal, local and unilateral A neurologist with the help of an electromyogram can help ...Read more

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I had a MRI for low back pain and it showed I had a enlarged uterus but I am having no symptoms I only have a herniated disc in back? Please explain?

I had a MRI for low back pain and it showed I had a enlarged uterus but I am having no symptoms I only have a herniated disc in back? Please explain?

The uterus can be: Enlarged for several reasons, the most common are multiple pregnancies and benign smooth muscle tumors, called leiomyomata or fibroids.

The findings on MRI may be incidental - meaning unexpected and generally unrelated to the patient's symptoms, but not alway unimportant.

Please discuss next steps with your doctor, depending on your personal history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can be intermittent: If a herniated disc causes signs like straight leg raising or sciatic nerve tenderness, it can be intermittent. So can any neurological or muscular sign or symptom. Left alone most resolve with conservative treatment. And some people with herniated disc on imaging studies have no pain. ...Read more

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Can hip pain be a symptom of herniated disc? I have l 3-4 disc protrusion (per mri) from lifting a heavy object. Initially I only had low back and hip pain. Over the period of 2 weeks I developed pain down my left leg and into the sole of my left foot.

Yes: A lumbar disc protrusion can definitely cause hip and leg pain. There are also many other potential causes including having a bad hip itself. A physical exam can usually determine the cause of your pain. Thank you for the question. ...Read more