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I have bulging discs in my neck. What are the chances of them rupturing?

I have bulging discs in my neck. What are the chances of them rupturing?

Bulging discs: I am not sure anyone knows the real answer as many people having bulging discs but not all become symptomatic so at this point would not worry too much. ...Read more

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 would cause a dip in the lower right back? I have bulging discs in c3, c4, and c5. I also have stenosis of the spine. The area has sunken in.

What would cause a dip in the lower right back? I have bulging discs in c3, c4, and c5. I also have stenosis of the spine. The area has sunken in.

Posture, shots.: Low back problems/pain results in favoring one side or the other, and change in posture can lead to change in contour of back. Steroid shots can result in loss of fatty tissue, ending in sunken place. Best to check with your back doctor. ...Read more

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Hello I have Bulging discs L4-5 and S1 so I have constant pain now I have aching pain running down from buttocs down my rite side and going down entir?

Hello I have Bulging discs L4-5 and S1 so I have constant pain now I have aching pain running down from buttocs down my rite side and going down entir?

Sciatica: What you are describing is likely a sciatica, which is a pain that runs down into the leg from the irritation of a nerve in the back. I would let your doctor know. There are many alternatives that can potentially help. ...Read more

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I have torn muscles in my lower back. I also believe I have bulging discs. I have been in horrible pain for the past few months. I can't afford to see a doctor or a chiropractor. Is there anything that you could recommend to ease the pain. Suggestions? T

I have torn muscles in my lower back. I also believe I have bulging discs. I have been in horrible pain for the past few months. I can't afford to see a doctor or a chiropractor. Is there anything that you could recommend to ease the pain. Suggestions? T

Simple measures: Local heat (heating pad) Advil or Aleve, (naproxen) if not allergic to these medicines, BioFreeze topical cream (OTC), and don't depend on any online "quick cure:: PLAIN AND SIMPLE, YOU MUST BE EXAMINED- GO TO A LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINIC (FREE EXAM) ...Read more

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What's best fix for bulging discs?

What's best fix for bulging discs?

Surgery: Surgical revision with either a disc replacement or a fusion continue to be the best fix for a bulging vertebral disc. ...Read more

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What causes lumbar bulging discs?

What causes lumbar bulging discs?

Very common: Bulging disc does not necessarily mean herniation or compression/impingement of nerve and thus often no pain. It is rather common, more as we get older. Excessive force on the spine colum, often because of excessive wt, trauma etc. Causes the discs to bulge out. Aging weakens the tissues and thus increases risk of bulging and possible herniation.
Stay lean/healthy reduces risk.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the stair-master safe if I have moderately degenerated bulging discs?

Yes: You can do whatever you can tolerate. I am sure that the stairmaster has an advanced level, that might bother you. Start light and see what you can tolerate. Believe it or not, the worst exercise you can do with disc problems are sit ups. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal, after having surgery for two bulging discs?

Depends: Depends completely upon the type of surgery anticipated. Understand, your terminology may be different than your surgeon's. Disc bulge, is not, in and of itself, an indication for surgery. A disc herniation with sciatica is—2-3 months before back to normal. Disk problem requiring fusion—3-6 months before back to normal. Plan on upper end of estimate for 2 levels. ...Read more

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Doctors say that bulging discs are a normal finding, if you have one do you have to be more careful then someone who hasn't, when exercising?

Doctors say that bulging discs are a normal finding, if you have one do you have to be more careful then someone who hasn't, when exercising?

Depends!: Bulging discs are surprisingly common in patients without symptoms of back or leg pain. One study showed more than half of middle-aged patients have at least one but have no significant pain! I would not limit activities for a patient who has no back or leg pain. But severe pain can be a sign that something's wrong and may need further evaluation or treatment. ...Read more

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2 bulging discs for past few years. Hurts after standing alot- I live on 3rd floor and wonder am I damaging it worse by climbing 3 flights every day?

2 bulging discs for past few years. Hurts after standing alot- I live on 3rd floor and wonder am I damaging it worse by climbing 3 flights every day?

Not more damage.: Certainly climbing those stairs will be difficult with herniated discs, but you're not causing yourself more actual damage by climbing them. ...Read more

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What is a bulging disk?

What is a bulging disk?

Abnormal appearance: A bulging disc refers to an intervertebral disc that has extended past its original footprint, so to speak, and may be pushing up against the nerves. The bulge may involve the firm rind (annulus), or the watery disc material in the middle of the disc (nucleus pulpous). The bulge may cause a lot of pain, weakness, or numbness, or none at all. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bulging disk?

MRI: The best test to evaluate the disks of the spine is an MRI of the cervical (neck) thoracic (mid back) or lumbar (low back) spine. Your gp can order the appropriate study and make referral to a specialist as needed. ...Read more

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What you should do for a bulging disk?

What you should do for a bulging disk?

" bulging disk": Initial treatment for symptomatic bulging disc is conservative (eg physical therapy, non-opioid analgesics, etc.) and also addresses preventative measures. Depending on severity of the symptoms, injections for pain control may be utilized. For more severe cases, surgery may be indicated. The course of treatment is determined by symptoms and objective findings. ...Read more

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Can I use a treadmill with bulging discs?

Can I use a treadmill with bulging discs?

Yes: Exercise, particularly walking is much better than doing nothing. ...Read more

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Can a herniated bulging disk heal on its own?

Can a herniated bulging disk heal on its own?

Yes!: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bulging disk?

Minimal process: 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 nerve or spinal cord. ...Read more

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Does cranial osteopathy work for bulging discs in neck?

Does cranial osteopathy work for bulging discs in neck?

No: Bulging discs in the neck may often be treated with physical therapy especially cervical traction and home cervical traction. Bulging discs are often not associated with any pain or radiculopathy but a finding on MRI or ct. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging disk in my back--what is done for this?

Do they hurt?: The mere fact of 3 bulging discs (or 2 or 5) means nothing. What is important is how the condition affects your well-being. I have plenty of patients with terrible looking MRI scans who have no pain and function very well. On the other hand it is not at all unusual to see a person whose scan looks quite normal, yet is in incapacitating pain. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a bulging disk. How did I get hurt?

I was diagnosed with a bulging disk. How did I get hurt?

Hard to tell: Bulging discs are a normal part of aging. They can happen spontaneously or as a result of injury. Particularly between your late 20s and 50s you are become more susceptible to disc issues. ...Read more

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Are there usually many symptoms when you have bulging disk?

Variable: Some people are completely asymptomatic from disc bulges. Some people experience profound pain (radiculitis) and motor and sensory loss (radiculopathy). Back pain is variable as well but usually affects people with acute herniated discs due to annular tears and chemical secretion. ...Read more

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What is the best way to relieve the pain of a bulging disk?

What is the best way to relieve the pain of a bulging disk?

Conservative means: Initially, try medications, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, injections.

If these measures fail, and MRI shows correctable problem, then surgery may be appropriate. ...Read more

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I also have mild bulging disk. What does "mild" mean for me?

Hard to say: "mild" bulge would be based on how the disc looks on mri. This has nothing to do with whether or not the disc is painful. In fact, having disc bulges is normal as we age. However, a bulging disc can be painful. So, if you have back pain and a bulge they might (or might not) be related. If no pain, then no big deal. If needed, best to discuss with non-surgical spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have a mild bulging disk how can a surgant make it better?

I have a mild bulging disk how can a surgant make it better?

I do not know: However surgery certainly last resort and maybe not even indicated for bulge. Try therapy and or meds ...Read more

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Please tell me what can happen if I don't treat a bulging disk?

Variable: In many cases the problem can resolve, but the more severe the discomfort, the more likely you will need treatment.
Subsequent mris over several years have demonstrated resolution of some disc herniations. ...Read more

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I have been told I have 2 bulging discs. Could they be causing sciatica?

I have been told I have 2 bulging discs. Could they be causing sciatica?

Very common: Bulging discs are very common and are frequently seen on MRI scans. These need to be rather large to cause nerve compression. Many are a symptomatic. A spine specialist can help determine if the disc bulges are the cause of the leg pain. ...Read more