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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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What eill relieve neck pain due to a herniated disc?

What eill relieve neck pain due to a herniated disc?

Therapy/medication: Initially a short course of anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and physical therapy can help. Sometimes injections can be used to help decrease the pain and facilitate therapy. Surgery should be reserved as a last resort. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated disc in my neck and I'm having real bad migraines what can I do to stop them?

I have 2 herniated disc in my neck and I'm having real bad migraines what can I do to stop them?

See a pain managemen: Physician trained in interventional techniques. They may be cervicogenic headaches and may benefit from cervical injections. ...Read more

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I have three herniated disc in my neck. I have constant disabling pain in my spine between my shoulders. What can I do to be pain free?

I have three herniated disc in my neck. I have constant disabling pain in my spine between my shoulders. What can I do to be pain free?

Be seen: I would definitely consider being seen to discuss treatment options. Rest and medications and non-invasive onterventions such as physical therapy/ traction are the more conservative options; epidural steroids and surgical intervention are more powerful options, but clearly more involved. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

It shouldn't...: But it could theoretically. An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disc in my neck?

Spine specialist: Spinal specialist, could be a neurosurgeon, or orthopaedic spine surgeon. Also for conservative managment, you can also see physiatrists. But remember having herniated disc does not mean you need treatment, unless it is symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc or herniated disk in your neck kill you?

Can a slipped disc or herniated disk in your neck kill you?

It can't: Can't kill you but it can definitely cause weakness and numbness; sometimes severe dysfunction ...Read more

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What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

What type of doctor do I see for a herniated disc in my neck.?

Neurosurg or ortho: Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons with a spine fellowship are capable to perform the diagnostic workup that includes a history, physical and MRI interpretation. Both of these specialties also understand the various conservative treatments such as chiropractic, pt, pain management, and acupuncture. Your surgeon should be able to transcend the bias to operate and provide optimal care. ...Read more

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I get random But very brief pain in my forehead, And sometimes my lower face tingled for hours Any idea? Related to herniated disc in neck?

I get random But very brief pain in my forehead, And sometimes my lower face tingled for hours Any idea? Related to herniated disc in neck?

Not your disc: If the symptoms you describe are on the same side of your face you should see a neurologist. A herniated disc would not be the cause of this. A trigeminal nerve disorder could be the cause. ...Read more

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Was walking & had Sudden pain/stiffness in neck when tilting head backwards only. I have herniated disc for many yrs but never felt this before. Why?

Was walking & had Sudden pain/stiffness in neck when tilting head backwards only. I have herniated disc for many yrs but never felt this before. Why?

Possible trouble: You may have had an enlargement of the herniated disc or trapped some joint tissue between the facet joints. Watch for new sensory or muscle problems in your arms and hands--if present, contact your physician. If it recurs repeatedly and predictably, you may have a new problem that should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Herniated disc in neck caused by a car accident, along w/chronic neck prblms, I began pt recent. This morn woke with worst headache/neck pain & weak!

Herniated disc in neck caused by a car accident, along w/chronic neck prblms, I began pt recent. This morn woke with worst headache/neck pain & weak!

Get checked: Most disc herniation a in the neck can be treated initially nonoperatively, with interventions including therapy. The main exception to this, however, is if a person is developing signs of nerve damage. If you are truly developing progressive weakness in the arm, you need to let your doctor know immediately and you may even need surgery. ...Read more

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A recent MRI found I have a herniated disc in neck. I have had it for 2+ years. Meds (muscle relaxers, pain meds) don't help. What are my options?

A recent MRI found I have a herniated disc in neck. I have had it for 2+ years. Meds (muscle relaxers, pain meds) don't help. What are my options?

Neurosurgery consult: If you have neurologic symptoms in your arms or hands, such as numbness or weakness, I would consult with a neurosurgeon. Physical therapy can sometimes help, but not so much with symptoms that have been going on so long. ...Read more

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Diagnosed brain lesion and small herniated disc in neck Past 2 months head n neck tension Motrin don't work Can it be herniated disc or lesion?

Diagnosed brain lesion and small herniated disc in neck Past 2 months head n neck tension Motrin don't work Can it be herniated disc or lesion?

What kind of lesion: You'll need to specify your "brain lesion" since this can mean many different types of problems from stroke, to tumor, to degenerative white matter disease, to demyelination or MS. The pain in the neck is more likely secondary to the herniated disc rather than an intracranial lesion. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. Pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps.?

I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. Pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps.?

Further treatment: There are more aggressive treatment options for the spine that are more powerful than using over the counter medications, but they get progressively more involved. From non invasive alternatives such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, to interventional pain procedures which are invasive but non surgical, to even surgical considerations. I would not hesitate to be seen to discuss options. ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a cervical herniated disc be pain free in the neck but have mid-back pain instead?

Very unusual: It is much more likely that you have a primary cause in your mid-back than having the pain come from an asymptomatic cervical disk. ...Read more

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I have c5-c6 herniated disc and spondylosis...I feel like I want to crack my neck, is that ok or might make it worse?

I have c5-c6 herniated disc and spondylosis...I feel like I want to crack my neck, is that ok or might make it worse?

Risky: With the diagnosis you have, it would be unwise to crack your neck. Proper physical therapy directed by your orthopedic physician would be the safest thing you could do to help with the present situation and to have a home program set up for you that will both help alleviate your present and future situations. Some of the sensation may be spasm which applying warmth to your neck could help. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of major pain in neck and headache following physical therapy for herniated disc and chronic radiculopathy.

Sudden onset of major pain in neck and headache following physical therapy for herniated disc and chronic radiculopathy.

See doctor: If u have a " herniated disc" and have an abrupt increase in pain in your neck or increase in your radicular pain after a p.T. Session I would contact your ors or neurosurgeon. It may indicate a worsening of the disc protrusion, possibly. ...Read more

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Had a lumbar fusion a few years ago, having pain in same place and in hip constantly last few months as well as a herniated disc in my neck?

Had a lumbar fusion a few years ago, having pain in same place and in hip constantly last few months as well as a herniated disc in my neck?

These symptoms: Are probably not related. However, sorting them out should, and can only, be done face to face with an orthopedist or neurologist. Persistent pain may mean recurrence of the problem that required your fusion initially. ...Read more

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Can herniated disc cause sudden neck pain and right side head and eye pain. Vom?

Can herniated disc cause sudden neck pain and right side head and eye pain. Vom?

Unlikely: A disc herniation could cause sudden neck pain & pain may cause nausea & vomiting but not eye pain. A headache up back of head could be from the cervical muscles being stimulated to involuntary contract leading to muscular or tension like headache. I would also be concerned about vascular issue of one of blood vessels leading into the brain such as the carotid or vertebral arteries so see doctor. ...Read more

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A severe herniated disc 6/7 in neck. Waiting for results if a few tests before I see neuro again. Blurry vision, head and neck pain? Vision scares me?

A severe herniated disc 6/7 in neck. Waiting for results if a few tests before I see neuro again. Blurry vision, head and neck pain? Vision scares me?

Maybe Unrelated: Herniated discs in your neck don't cause vision problems. The c6-c7 disc could cause many other sx. Such as neck pain, arm pain, hyperreflexia. Neck problems can also cause hedaches in the back of the head known as occipital neuralgia. Your vision should absolutely be assessed by a board-certified opthalmologist. You should also probably see a neurologist for the most comprehensive workup. ...Read more

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I get pain under my jaw, Side of my neck, My ear and then I get a headache. They're random sharp pains. Related to herniated disc in neck?

I get pain under my jaw, Side of my neck, My ear and then I get a headache. They're random sharp pains. Related to herniated disc in neck?

Hard to say: Without a complete exam, other jaw, teeth, ear related issues could be contributing. I suggest an exam by your doctor to give a better diagnosis. Good luck ...Read more

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When I drive a lot I get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

When I drive a lot I get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

Neck or shoulder: You can get similar symptoms from an impingement on either your neck or shoulder itself. Best thing to do is see a physiatrist and get examined as there are special tests that can be done to determine which it is. If the exam doesn't lead to answers and MRI would be the next step. Heart problems can be referred to the left arm (angina) so if you have risk factors for heart disease see an md. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my neck and mid back, I sometimes get brief pain in my shoulder blade and chest area. Is that my back or maybe my heart?

I have a herniated disc in my neck and mid back, I sometimes get brief pain in my shoulder blade and chest area. Is that my back or maybe my heart?

Hard to say: It can be hard to say as both conditions can cause similar symptoms. It would be a limitless unusual for a 21 year old to have cardiac disease, but I would not hesitate to be seen, particularly if you have any associated shortness of breath or jaw pain with it. ...Read more

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Should I have surgery on my neck or injection? I have a herniated disc at my c5-6 cervical that is compressing a nerve that is givin me right arm pain and numbness. Should I choose to have surgery instead of the injection to asure that I want have issues w

Should I have surgery on my neck or injection? I have a herniated disc at my c5-6 cervical that is compressing a nerve that is givin me right arm pain and numbness. Should I choose to have surgery instead of the injection to asure that I want have issues w

Surgery: Surgery and injections are not interchangeable options- they work in completely different ways. The decision is made typically on what symptoms you have, what your examination shows, and what your MRI demonstrates.

Injections are typically done under x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) to direct a needle, under local anesthesia, into either the spinal canal (for an epidural injection) or into the small canal through which an individual nerve leaves the spine (a selective nerve root block, into the foramen). Typically, both a numbing medicine (local anesthetic) and a steroid are injected together. A diagnostic block may only use the local anesthetic without the steroid. The local anesthesia gives you temporary relief of the nerve pain, and the steroid may give you longer relief.

To be clear, injections do not make the disc herniation resolve or heal any faster. However, as the majority of disc herniations will heal without surgery, injections often help control the pain while the body is trying to heal itself. I always prescribe physical therapy with injections.

In my experience, injections do nothing for numbness, or for weakness- only for pain relief.

The advantage of an injection is that it can be done without general anesthesia, in the office, and with quick recovery. The disadvantage is that it does not remove the herniated disc, or take the pressure off of the nerve, so the injection relief may be short-lived.

Surgery is much more invasive, but does involve direct decompression of the pinched nerve, with complete removal of the herniated disc. This treats both pain, weakness, and numbness. However, surgery is also much more involved, with an overnight stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and recovery over several weeks. It is a more permanent treatment, however.

I send lots of patients for injections and operate on many others. The patient who responds best to injections is one whose primary complaint is pain (little numbness and no weakness), who has a smaller disc herniation, with recent symptoms, and who has no signs/symptoms of spinal cord compression.

Patients with larger herniations are less likely to improve with conservative treatments, and typically do better with surgery. Patients with signs/symptoms of spinal cord compression, or those with progressive weakness of the arm/hand, or with severe pain, often do better with surgery. Patients with long-standing symptoms (more than 6 months) likely have a disc herniation that is not healing, and are less likely to have long-term relief with injections. ...Read more

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Pain down the back of left leg and into my calf muscle. I am currently on workers comp. I have a work injury, its 3 herniated disc in my neck. Over the past 2 weeks I have been having pain in lower back side and pain in my left calf muscle. I woke up 2 nites

Pain down the back of left leg and into my calf muscle. I am currently on workers comp. I have a work injury, its 3 herniated disc in my neck. Over the past 2 weeks I have been having pain in lower back side and pain in my left calf muscle. I woke up 2 nites

You: You could have a cord compression or myelopathy but this is not very common. This type of problem is more common with pinched nerves to the low back. Another possibility with calf pain is a blood clot in the area which should be evaluated immediately. Tell your doctor right away. After examination he may request a doppler test for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more