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Can A Herniated Bulging Disk Heal On Its Own
Yes!: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function.See 1 more doctor answer
The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape ...Read more
Herniated disk: Most herniated discs heal on their own. Initial rest, physical therapy and anti inflammation medication all work to speed up the healing time. Surgery is reserved for discs that don't respond to the above interventions with continued uncontrollable pain or motor deficit.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Synonyms: The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, herniated disk are roughly the same idea that they disc has moved out of place where it should be and possibly compressing nerve or spinal cord. Typically though herniated disk signifies a slight increase in severity of pathology over a bulging disc. It gets a little more specific if terms like disc protrusion and disc extrusion come into the mix.See 1 more doctor answer
Disc bulge herniatio: A bulging disc occurs with degeneration or minor disruption of the disc complex. A bulge usually doesn't contact or compress the spinal cord or nerve root and can be an a symptomatic finding. A herniated disc is a bigger disc disruption usually associated with mass effect on the spinal cord or nerve root. Weakness, sensory loss, or pain down the extremity is usually found.See 1 more doctor answer
My bf had back surgery because he had a bulging disk (5l) that herniated. We are ttc. Suggestions?
Disc herniation: Depend on the size and the type of the herniation, it might affect or even compress the thecal sac.See 2 more doctor answers
Does a l5-s1 bulging disk fully heal over time? If it does, how long does it approximitly take to heal? There is a slight tingling in my heel.
No: Bulging discs never unbuge by themselves. It is possible that symptoms attributed to the bulging disc may resolve over a period of weeks to months. This happens when swelling is the primary cause of irritation of nerve roots causing sciatica. As swelling subsides the symptoms resolve. If the disc is herniated (excessive bulging) and it causes paralysis and severe pain; it often needs surgery.
Abnormal appearance: A bulging disc refers to an intervertebral disc that has extended past its original footprint, so to speak, and may be pushing up against the nerves. The bulge may involve the firm rind (annulus), or the watery disc material in the middle of the disc (nucleus pulpous). The bulge may cause a lot of pain, weakness, or numbness, or none at all.
MRI: The best test to evaluate the disks of the spine is an MRI of the cervical (neck) thoracic (mid back) or lumbar (low back) spine. Your gp can order the appropriate study and make referral to a specialist as needed.
" bulging disk": Initial treatment for symptomatic bulging disc is conservative (eg physical therapy, non-opioid analgesics, etc.) and also addresses preventative measures. Depending on severity of the symptoms, injections for pain control may be utilized. For more severe cases, surgery may be indicated. The course of treatment is determined by symptoms and objective findings.See 1 more doctor answer
Minimal process: 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 nerve or spinal cord.See 1 more doctor answer
Do they hurt?: The mere fact of 3 bulging discs (or 2 or 5) means nothing. What is important is how the condition affects your well-being. I have plenty of patients with terrible looking MRI scans who have no pain and function very well. On the other hand it is not at all unusual to see a person whose scan looks quite normal, yet is in incapacitating pain.
Hard to tell: Bulging discs are a normal part of aging. They can happen spontaneously or as a result of injury. Particularly between your late 20s and 50s you are become more susceptible to disc issues.See 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Some people are completely asymptomatic from disc bulges. Some people experience profound pain (radiculitis) and motor and sensory loss (radiculopathy). Back pain is variable as well but usually affects people with acute herniated discs due to annular tears and chemical secretion.See 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: "mild" bulge would be based on how the disc looks on mri. This has nothing to do with whether or not the disc is painful. In fact, having disc bulges is normal as we age. However, a bulging disc can be painful. So, if you have back pain and a bulge they might (or might not) be related. If no pain, then no big deal. If needed, best to discuss with non-surgical spine specialist.See 1 more doctor answer
I do not know: However surgery certainly last resort and maybe not even indicated for bulge. Try therapy and or meds
Variable: In many cases the problem can resolve, but the more severe the discomfort, the more likely you will need treatment. Subsequent mris over several years have demonstrated resolution of some disc herniations.
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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