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Can I Have Bulging Discs And Not Know It
How often should I have mris for bulging discs? I have two bulging discs in my back and i was wondering how often I should have an MRI done. Whenever the pain gets worse, i think that something may have changed and want to get another mri. Am i just bei
MRI: Is safe and does not use radiation, so in theory you could do as many as you want. This is not practical, though, as the test can be expensive and unlikely to change much with slight worsening of pain and bulging discs. If, on the other hand, you develop new symptoms, especially pain radiating into one or both of your legs, it may be time to reassess whether you have more than a bulging disc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have cervical myelomalacia i wonder if there is neck exercises that can help this is very painful. My doctor will not do surgery?
Cord changes: Myelomalacia refers to changes that have already occurred in the spinal cord. Neck exercise will not change that but it is a good idea to maintain good strength and tone of your neck and arm musculature especially if if there is associated weakness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neuromuscular: A disc bulging or herniation causing sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy can be very painful. Sometimes pain medications i long with the pain can gave nausea. This could be worsened by activity. If your symptoms persist or worsen contact your physician for proper care. Hope you feel well soon. ...Read more
I want to know if my Ovarian cyst is causing problems I have pain all the time and bulging they said it was not a hernia.
I will get sharp pains in my hands that make me think they are fractured but they are not. Could it be arthritis? What can I do to minimize the pain?
Spine problems it hurst badbly when I bend down? I googled it and found that it migh be intervertebral disc. How do I treat this? What should I do?
How do you determine if you have cancer if your back aches? I do have arthritis and spinal steonosis and bulging disc. But my middle back aches after I have been up a while
90% are treated : without surgery with time the biggest healer along with guided exercise, activity modification, not smoking, and for symptom relief-use of various medications if no contraindications like oral steroids, NSAIDs, Neurontin or Lyrica (pregabalin). Epidural steroid injections can be considered. If no better &leg or arm symptoms predominant over back or neck pain, surgery an option with > 90% success rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful. We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What to do if I have rheumitoid arthritis and some people say that it can kill you and how bad can it really get?
Don't be afraid: In this day and age it is very uncommon to die from a complication of rheumatoid arthritis and getting less and less common to have the serious deformities. Current treatment in the hands of a Rheumatologist versed in the current drugs used is critical to the patient and he can help you manage the disease and the fears some may tell you about ...Read more
I have IH and how do I know when to go to ER for LP? Also have you heard of discs pressing spinal cord causing impingement on csf flo? I dont have a leak.
Why the ER?: Intracranial hypertension is NOT an emergency. Using the ER as a walk-in clinic is a MISuse of the ER and ER staff. Why are you posting that question here? You can't just order up an LP. You and your doctor together properly should decide if you need one. Ask him/her when you need one. Your doctor can then schedule it as an outpatient procedure ("day surgery"). That's the way to do it. ...Read more
If you cannot feel osteoporosis in the spine, what else could it be? I have pain in my neck, and spine, and I have severe osteoporosis?
What does it mean if I have a tilted optic nerve? Can i fix it and are there any associated problems? Thanks.
Incomplete info: Without knowing what your symptoms are it is difficult to say whether you need any fixing. Also it is not clear what you mean by tilted optic nerve. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Joint noise is often due to the forceful extraction of gas that has built up in the joint( cracking of knuckles) at other times it may be due to soft tissue structures like ligaments and tendons not gliding smoothly over the joint and moving with a snapping motion. Joint noise can however indicatec early changes of arthritis. Best to be seen medically and evaluated. ...Read more
I have a strong spinal pain because my disc are worn. I have seen doctors say it is due to (spondyloartrosis). What I do for the pain? Regards
Try these: Spodyloarthrosis or degenerative disc disease or arthritis of the spine is a very common and benign condition. It is caused by wear and tear of our spine from regular or strenuous activity. The word is scary to hear from a layman's point of view but fear not! people don't die from it. Your arthritis will definitely outlive you. Try some otc tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen (if u have no allergies). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I know if I have damage from a chiropractic treatment, and not just normal muscle soreness?
How do I know if I have abdominal migraines? I have all the symptoms. If I do have it what is the worse that could happen? And how do I cope with it?
Never heard of it!: I have not heard about this term..Abdominal migraines! i assume you have some sort of pain in the belly. If you are concerned about what you might have, you need to go see your doctor and get tested. There is no reason to worry about something without knowing what it is. So go get a check up by your doctor soon.At your age it is unlikely to be anything serious, yet you must find out what is going. ...Read more
If I have have athritis in my spine and disc degeneration disease, what can I do to relieve the symptoms of either?
Exercise & NSAIDs: I wish that we could provide you with a magical cure, but presently you will have to work for your pain relief. Staying mobile is the key. Staying as active as possible will help. Specially, i would recommend that you see a physical therapist. Also try yoga, but with a knowledgable instructor, starting as a beginner. Also try pilates. The use of otc nsaids should be your 1st choice of medication. ...Read more
I have really dense pain in my right foot.However, I have not done anything to it. What could be the problem?
Many possibilities: Without seeing the foot, it is difficult to determine what might be causing your pain. It is also important to know if there is swelling or redness or increased warmth in the foot. The pain could be from a deep callous or a stress fracture or gout as some possibilities. You should see a podiatrist to be evaluated if it persists. ...Read more
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