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Can food and lifestyle choice make my herniated disc worse?

Can food and lifestyle choice make my herniated disc worse?

Yes: Food only affects a herniated disc if it's contributing to obesity. Lifestyle, like leading a sedentary lifestyle, or overdoing activity when your body isn't ready for it, can contribute. It is important to stretch, exercise, strengthen the paraspinous muscles, and keep your weight at a healthy level. ...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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What is the best supplements that help repairing discs? I was diagnosed with a bulging disc and i feel mckenzie made my back worse and increased ddd

What is the best supplements that help repairing discs? I was diagnosed with a bulging disc and i feel mckenzie made my back worse and increased ddd

None repair discs: There are no supplements that repair discs. Limiting your lifting, performing gentle stretching exercises, strengthening your abs, wearing a lumbar support brace, getting to a reasonable weight and even decompression machines or inversion tables that provide traction are all things that help. ...Read more

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I'm having more and more discs(lumbar) herniating, and worsening arthritis in the spine as well. Can barely walk. Best Dr. & treatment options please?

I'm having more and more discs(lumbar) herniating, and worsening arthritis in the spine as well. Can barely walk. Best Dr. & treatment options please?

Orthopedic surgeon: An orthopedic surgeon is one of the several specialties that treat people with spine problems. That is not to say you need surgery, but they can discuss your condition and your treatment options with you. ...Read more

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Is joint pain worse or better in the cold with autoimmune? And what can I do to make it better without meds? Exercise? Stretching? Toning?

Is joint pain worse or better in the cold with autoimmune? And what can I do to make it better without meds? Exercise? Stretching? Toning?

See details: Generally temps do not effect joint pain all that much. Humidity and drops in barometric pressure have greater effect. Beware trying to treat autoimmune causes of arthritis by so-called natural means. These are systemic inflammatory diseases that carry great risk. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can exercise make glandular fever symptoms worse? My neck is so swollen and I'm trying to stick to my exercise regime but my neck feels worse

Can exercise make glandular fever symptoms worse? My neck is so swollen and I'm trying to stick to my exercise regime but my neck feels worse

Mononucleosis: Some people barely get ill with mono and others can become quite debilitated. Please allow your body to rest as it heals. Take care. ...Read more

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I have degenative disc disease badly and my chiropractor wants to put me on nutrihcg diet. Is this a safe diet to be on?

I have degenative disc disease badly and my chiropractor wants to put me on nutrihcg diet. Is this a safe diet to be on?

No one knows . . .: Great question! why fall prey to all this marketing & buy a new "diet" w/o any proven benefit? Just eat plenty of fruits & veggies, lean protein (fish, chicken, eggs, beans etc), nuts, olive oil etc aka mediterranean diet. No one stands to profit from this "diet" yet it's been studied time & again (w/published data) to lower risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, alzheimer's disease etc. ...Read more

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I have a bulging L5 disc and numbness in my legs. Is it best to get surgery or pain management?

Back pain: If you have no weakness and no urinary symptoms you can use over the counter pain meds as tolerated for a short duration. If you have any weakness then you should make a virtual appointment to discuss further. You can also use hot or cold compress and pain relief patches. Bulging disc may not of significant unless associated with symptoms like you are having which is numbness aka nerve damage ...Read more

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Can a soft mattress make my spinal stenosis worse?

Can a soft mattress make my  spinal stenosis worse?

No: No, however, lying on your stomach may increase the arch or sway or lordosis of your lower back that could aggravate your symptoms and if thereis advanced stenosis, lying flat on your back may also do the same. Most people sleep in a fetal position on either side for relief like bending over for relief opening up the stenosis. ...Read more

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Can i improve kidney health for better . ( by alternatives and healthy food )especially if the problem due to accident with epileptic seizures.

Can i improve  kidney health for  better . ( by alternatives and healthy food )especially if the problem  due to accident  with epileptic seizures.

Possibly: We don't know your age or your kidney function. If the kidney function is normal, then no. If it is abnormal, it is possible that some patients might benefit from a diet that provides the rdi for protein intake or if you are followed by a nephrologist, a lower protein diet could be used. Use of drugs like Ibuprofen regularly can cause kidney damage. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc l5/s1 can menustration make the pain worse?

I have a bulging disc l5/s1 can menustration make the pain worse?

Bulges: Discs naturally bulge as we age. Unless there is evidence on MRI and on exam that the disc is actually pushing on some other structure (typically a nerve) then the disc bulge is highly unlikely to be the cause of back pain. Look for other causes (muscles, joints, etc.) as for getting worse with menses, has your doctor considered endometriosis? ...Read more

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How bad can degenerative disc disorder get, if not treated? And can bulging, non impacting, discs affect nerves in legs?

How bad can degenerative disc disorder get, if not treated? And can bulging, non impacting, discs affect nerves in legs?

It varies: All degenerating disks are not painful. When they are, the amount of pain does not always correlate with the degree of degeneration. A bulging disk often has little effect of the nerves to and from the legs, but if the degeneration has inflammation in the area, there can be leg symptoms. That could happen if the disk tears without herniating (rupture), leaking irritating chemicals. ...Read more

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What type of food and drinks can make the pain from arthritis better or worse?

Anti-inflammatory: Anti-infl diets can be found online basically eating foods as close to their natural state as possible & not eating anything with a label on it (processed). Anti-infl herbs include turmeric, ginger, rosemary & many more. Zyflamend is a good herbal anti-inflammatory. Try same 400 - 1600 mg/ day (not with bipolar or prostate cancer) must be taken with b-complex. Glucosamine helps. All take time. ...Read more

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Have grade 3 ddd and bulging discs. Does Bikram yoga really help improve disc height and health or will it worsen bulges?

Have grade 3 ddd and bulging discs. Does Bikram yoga really help improve disc height and health or will it worsen bulges?

It may help you feel: Better if back pain by increasing flexibility and core strength - it will not affect the status of any of the discs directly. The disc degeneration has multiple etiologies including genetic and lifestyle issues such as being obese and smoking as well as a prior history of back injury or surgery. It will not worsen you in any case. ...Read more

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Mri on back, 2 lower bulging discs. Pain from all activities, including PT. Swimming not an option. Anything else i can do to help strengthen?

Walking: If you have pain from all activities, there just is not much you can do to help strengthen. However, one of the safest and easiest method to stay strong is to walk. Laying in bed is actually very harmful for the back unless you have just had an acute back attack. But as soon as you can and as much as you can, walk and try to stay in shape. ...Read more

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My c5 is out of alignment and causing much pain and limiting my ROM. I'm afraid of chiropractor adjustments. Any other way to safely get it back?

Sounds like U have-: -already been 2 C a DC. That is not a diagnosis from an MD. U should C Ur PCP or orthopedic surgeon & have it looked @. B sure 2 bring along the images that were taken 2 arrive @ that diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pain/burning in my arms,hands,neck,back due to radiculopathy seem to be getting worse by the day.Losing strength in hands/arms.Surgery best option?

Pain/burning in my arms,hands,neck,back due to radiculopathy seem to be getting worse by the day.Losing strength in hands/arms.Surgery best option?

Nerve problems: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health and, certainly when there seems to be progressive SERIOUS nerve damage, surgery would generally be recommended. Loss of strength is not one of the early signs (loss of dexterity/dropping things is an early sign). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more