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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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Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

No: Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation. Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves. ...Read more

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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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Does my herniated disc get worse while im on my period?

Does my herniated disc get worse while im on my period?

NO: however, menstrual cramping can conversely cause lower back and pelvic pain. You can try using Aleve (naproxen) or Advil if not allergic to these medicines. ...Read more

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My herniated disc pain seems to start getting better then gets worse. This cycle continues. Is this a normal healing progression?

Herniated Disk Pain: Intermittent pain from a herniated disk is common, but not generally due to a healing process. Discogenic pain usually worsens when standing or sitting and improves when lying down. It is commonly activity-related, worsening by motion and relieved by rest. This is probably why your disc pain waxes and wanes. ...Read more

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Dr looked at MRI of herniated disc said it isn't that bad & he's seen worse, take some meds. pain is debilitating, does the size of herniation matter?

Dr looked at MRI of herniated disc said it isn't that bad & he's seen worse, take some meds. pain is debilitating, does the size of herniation matter?

Yes, however...: The larger the herniation the more pain and longer it takes to heal but even relatively small herniations can be very painful. The pain is often not just from the disc but muscles, tendons and ligaments. Just meds is not enough. I advise anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric and boswellia. Physical therapy, muscle relaxants, acupuncture, mind-body techniques and micro-current may help.See comment: ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia make herniated disc pain worse for a longer period of time.

Can fibromyalgia make herniated disc pain worse for a longer period of time.

Yes it can: While the disc pathology will not be changed by fibro, the central sensitization to pain is often very increased. This means that the perception of the pain, the subjective feeling of pain will most likely be increased. This along with the increased myofascial pain that can be aggravated by disc herniation and nerve pain, it certainly can cause significant, extended pain. ...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

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