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Can a herniated disc be made worse by sleeping on your back?

Can a herniated disc be made worse by sleeping on your back?

No: Usually, sleeping on one's back will not worsen the disc herniation, however, it can exacerbate the pain depending upon the location of the hernation. ...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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My husband has a herniated disc. Should he sleep on his back?

My husband has a herniated disc.  Should he sleep on his back?

Not neccessarily : I have unsuccessfully tried to make a science out of sleeping positions and mattress types for various conditions. Sleeping on the back is usually best for herniated discs- particularly if the disc is not all the way out. Sleeping on the back places the back in extension and reduces many discs. If the disc is fully extruded, he may be more comfortable on his side which will provide more room. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated disc's in my lower back. I am having a lot of feelings like ( going to sleep) in my upper body (most of my upper torso). Should i?

I have 2 herniated disc's in my lower back. I am having a lot of feelings like ( going to sleep) in my upper body (most of my upper torso). Should i?

Your presentation is: A bit unusual . The symptom from nerve compression or impingment is distal to the lesion . If you have bulge disc that is symptomatic . The symptoms should be lower than the area of injury not higher up. I think you need to see your doc and need reevaluation . Good luck. ...Read more

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Trauma and back pain? I was hit by a drunk driver and have had back pain ever since. It's gotten much worse over the years and about eight months ago i was told i had a herniated disc. About two weeks ago i was working on a ladder and fell about five or

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Trauma and back pain? I was hit by a drunk driver and have had back pain ever since. It's gotten much worse over the years and about eight months ago  i was told i had a herniated disc. About two weeks ago i was working on a ladder and fell about five or

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... It sounds like your pain might come from trauma. I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management physician, spine surgeon ...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigated. Surgery is an option when weakness, pain and sensory loss all correlate to the location of the disk herniation. Usually physical therapy, steroid injections and other methods are employed first. Seven weeks is not a long time. But try another way. ...Read more

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Can long walks help a back or make it worse my hips are out of alinment and left shoulder higher than right and herniated disc middle old fracture?

Can long walks help a back or make it worse my hips are out of alinment and left shoulder higher than right and herniated disc middle old fracture?

Help: 20's female with malaligned hips and tilted shoulders can take walks if this activity does not cause pain. An osteopath and physical therapist can advise ways to ameliorate the problems. Check brighton criteria for joint hypermobility syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more