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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 you use a treadmill if you have a herniated disk?

Can you use a treadmill if you have a herniated disk?

Probably could: Keep the treadmill level, at a relatively low speed, perhaps no more than 3 mph. Use for about 10-15 min initially, and slowly build up duration and speed but perhaps work closely with physical therapist or trainer to be safe. If done correctly, you will maintain fitness, while your herniated disk desiccates and shrinks. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated disk on my lower back due to a car accident, every time I'm on my period my back hurts to the point i can't walk, is that normal?

I have 2 herniated disk on my lower back due to a car accident, every time I'm on my period my back hurts to the point i can't walk, is that normal?

It is not normal: Pain is never normal. There are various lower back disorders which could cause pain during the period. I can appreciate your concerned about your health, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for examination, tests and referral, if needed, for the treatment. ...Read more

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My wife has severe lower back pain. The pain came on gradually. She can walk with the aid of a walker. She has noradicular pain. The doctor in the ER thinks that it is a herniated disk but i think it is a spasm. Your opinion?

My wife has severe lower back pain. The pain came on gradually. She can walk with the aid of a walker. She has noradicular pain. The doctor in the ER thinks that it is a herniated disk but i think it is a spasm. Your opinion?

Herniated disc?: Sounds like your wife needs an mri. Herniated disc is likely, although it could be several different things. If your wife has new weakness, bowel, or bladder changes these are never normal and need to be worked up emergently. ...Read more

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Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Cross SLR : This could be a sign of a lumbar spine intervertebral disc herniation or something else. See your doctor for further evaluation and examination. The history and exam may be able to diagnose a disc herniation. An MRI is often needed to confirm the diagnosis and to help guide treatment options. ...Read more

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Can I walk a marathon if I have a herniated disc?

Can I walk a marathon if I have a herniated disc?

Probably would not: No real reason to walk 26miles with a problem in the spinal column. ...Read more

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I recently found out that I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. It does not hurt so bad as of now but when i try to walk for exercise it hur?

I recently found out that I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. It does not hurt so bad as of now but when i try to walk for exercise it hur?

Physical therapy: Would see a doctor to evaluate you for physical therapy.
Proper exercise techniques can be learned from a skilled therapist and avoid continued injury to your back. ...Read more

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I have bulging/herniated disc 4 months now. I get cramp on left side and dull pain when i walk more then 1/2 mile. Should i stop walking?

I have bulging/herniated disc 4 months now. I get cramp on left side and dull pain when i walk more then 1/2 mile. Should i stop walking?

Maybe maybe not: Trying to stay active can help maybe water aerobics try walking backwards
also see a physical therapist and learn a good program of back exercises done carefully and regularly
many of these things gradually get better over time hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Neck herniated disc and spondylosis. Feel pounding when i walk unless on tiptoe or support neck with hand. Does it mean spine is unstable? Serious?

No: It would be very rare for your neck to be unstable. The pounding you feel must be related to the pain due to the herniated disk or degenerated disk in your neck. There are treatment options for this so i recommend that you see a physician for this. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc L5 S1 with disc desiccation an disc height loss. Could my right foot be swollen due to this my foot hurts so bad to walk ?

I have a herniated disc L5 S1 with disc desiccation an disc height loss.  Could my right foot be swollen due to this my foot hurts so bad to walk  ?

Maybe indirectly: L5/s1 discs cause low back pain, buttock cramping, and throbbing bone pain in the thigh and calf but not swelling. The swelling might be indirectly related to it if you are not using the leg as the muscles move fluid back towards the heart. You should see your doctor to make sure it's not anything more serious such as a blood clot or fracture ...Read more

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How can I treat a herniated disk?

Depends: Sometimes they are not the cause of a pain as they can be found in people who have no spine problems. For those that it does, most just get better with time. Additional help can be through: activity modification, guided exercise , medication, epidural steroid injections, and if all fails, surgery. Being a smoker, obese and not an exerciser but you at a higher risk of failing treatment. ...Read more

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How can I address a herniated disk?

How can I address a herniated disk?

Time & exercise: A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment. If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Understand that 90% of pain associated with nerve root irritation will resolve with time. Otc prescription nsaids, oral steroids, heat/cold and stretching exercises will help resolve the acute pain. If not then epidural steroids may be beneficial. ...Read more

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How serious is a having a herniated disk?

How serious is a having a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, amount of inflammation, location (neck, mid back, low back, against spinal cord, against nerve but not cord). Sometimes it keeps nerves or spinal cord from working properly. Other times it causes pain. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms, problems). Most improve with time. Treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are, whether or not they are worsening, & how long they last. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for herniated disk?

Proper evaluation: This needs an appropriate evaluation. How much damage is it causing. A few need immediate emergency surgery while most need appropriate physical therapy. In some cases injection of corticosteroids in the back in a location called the epidural space between the spinal cord and the vertebrae, this is done to decrease swelling around the disk to decrease pain and let the herniation resolve. ...Read more

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What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

Time, meds, exercise: Most disc herniations get better with time, 90%. Activity modification with guided exercise, medication and epidural steroid injections are options and if no better after 12 weeks, surgery may be an option. Lifestyle changes like not smoking, not being obese and regularly exercising will minimize any future back problems as well as taking adequate vitamin d and calcium. ...Read more

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Herniated disk poping noises pain on left side why ?

Herniated disk poping noises pain on left side why ?

Varies: A herniated disc can push on nerves that supply sensation in the hip and leg and are a fairly common cause of pain there. A disc that herniated can be associated with instability at times and this could potentially explain the popping and clicking. Don't hesitate to be seen for an accurate evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Herniated disk?

What is the definition or description of: Herniated disk?

See Below: A spinal disc is kind of like a jelly filled donut. The outer ring of the disc ("donut") is make up of a firm cartilage called the annulus fibrosus. The inner portion of the disc ("jelly") is called the nucleus pulposus. Over time or with trauma the annulus can eventually tear or rupture. The "jelly" in the middle of the disc can then squeeze out or "herniate" causing pain or nerve compression ...Read more

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Is there a chance to have a recurrent for the herniated disk?

Possible: If you have had a herniated disk, this can shrink and desiccate over several months, but a traumatic event could result in more local damage and cause additional herniation or even fragmentation and either could compress a nerve root. ...Read more

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Can you have too much treatment for a herniated disk?

Can you have too much treatment for a herniated disk?

If you had surgery: Since 90% od disc herniations resolve non operatively, surgery is often over indicated and then this is too much treament! ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for herniated disk?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for herniated disk?

Depends: There is no "one best" treatment for a herniated disk. Most normal, healthy people with no back pain have detectable bulges in some of their disks so we know that not every herniated disk even needs treatment. You should see you doc and together design a treatment plan that treats your symptoms and gets you back as close as possible to your desired activity level. ...Read more

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Does muscle milk help herniated disk ?

Does muscle milk help herniated disk ?

No: Cant see any way in which drinking muscle milk would address a herniated disc. ...Read more

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Does herniated disk affect your right leg?

It can : It can affect either leg, both legs or neither! ...Read more

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Can a herniated disk affect your right leg?

Can a herniated disk affect your right leg?

Yes: A lumbar herniated disc most commonly presents as radiating or shooting pain down the leg. Most of the time back pain is absent most of the time this responds to conservative managemt. ...Read more

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Can a C5 herniated disk cause face tingling?

Can a C5 herniated disk cause face tingling?

No: The fifth cranial nerve can cause face tingling (called trigeminal nerve because it has 3 facial distributions v1, v2 and v3). C5 is a nerve root and goes to the arm. ...Read more

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How does my doctor know I have a herniated disk?

You tell him : Most diagnoses are made when you listen to what the patient complains about and then you do a thorough exam. 90% of the time a doctor will make the diagnosis with imaging/testing usually confirming it or helping to make the diagnosis in the other 10%. ...Read more

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What doctor is best to see for a herniated disk?

Rarely a surgeon as : 90% get better without surgery. So any doctor can claim a 90% success rate. You can see your pcp, a physiatrist, neurologist, pain management physician, orthopaedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Herniated disk -> back pain-sudden change in pain?

Herniated disk -> back pain-sudden change in pain?

There can be changes: Disc herniations can present in various ways & change their pain pattern as they heal or progress or even recur as in 5% of cases. They can initially present as back pain & then radiate to a leg(s) & back pain will improve or stay the same. Leg pain can start as initial pain & improve & back pain can get worse & then resolve (centralization). Sometimes there is no pain, just neurologic issues. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more