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Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

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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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 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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Herniated disc, what is better, heat or ice?

Herniated disc, what is better, heat or ice?

Herniated Disc: It really depends on the acuteness of the disc herniation. Early in the course of the disease ice might be considered good, however, for chronic disc herniation, heat would be of most benefit. ...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