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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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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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Can food and lifestyle choice make my herniated disc worse?

Can food and lifestyle choice make my herniated disc worse?

Yes: Food only affects a herniated disc if it's contributing to obesity. Lifestyle, like leading a sedentary lifestyle, or overdoing activity when your body isn't ready for it, can contribute. It is important to stretch, exercise, strengthen the paraspinous muscles, and keep your weight at a healthy level. ...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

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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?

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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Hello i recently had a herniated disc at l5/s1 and had surgery to remove the piece pinching my siactic nerve but my pain is worse than before surgery ?

Postop pain: If the surgery was yesterday or within the last week, persistent pain can be seen. Typically the pain resolves quickly. But if you have persistent pain running down the leg and medication is not helping you may have a recurrent disk. Another imaging study may be helpful. More likely this is just residual nerve root irritation from compression followed by surgery. ...Read more

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Trauma and back pain? I was hit by a drunk driver and have had back pain ever since. It's gotten much worse over the years and about eight months ago i was told i had a herniated disc. About two weeks ago i was working on a ladder and fell about five or

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Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... It sounds like your pain might come from trauma. I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management physician, spine surgeon ...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I took 300mg of gabapentin last night before bed for a herniated disc and it made the pain worse I had trouble standing could not relax my muscle?

Not likely: It would be very unusual for Gabapentin to make pain worse. It is very effective for a radiculopathy like Sciatica from a herniated disc. I strongly suspect your increased pain was unrelated to the Gabapentin. Gabapentin reaches maximum therapeutic effect after taking it for a number of days. 300 mg is likely an ineffective dose. **Ask your physician about increasing it to 600 mg. ...Read more

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If I have herniated disc-no pain, will riding bike in the "aero" position lead to worse leg muscle weakness?

If I have herniated disc-no pain, will riding bike in the "aero" position lead to worse leg muscle weakness?

Herniated Disc: Not necessarily. It depends on whether there is any nerve compression and where, anatomically, the compression is located. Your doctor can provide better advice by performing an MRI of the spine, if he hasn't already. Unless you have had sciatica or a previous history of leg weakness, you can always try a bicycle run and see if it affects you. ...Read more

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Herniated disc. What does this MRI report mean? I am doing physical therapy. Should i still get an epidural shot? Does massages make it worse?

Herniated disc. What does this MRI report mean?  I am doing physical therapy. Should i still get an epidural shot? Does massages make it worse?

Where?: At your young age a true herniated disc in your lumbar spine that is causing both pain in your lower back and down your leg( esp. Past your knee) is a signifigant problem.Physical therapy , nsaids may be helpful. See a good spine specialist ( either ortho or neuro surgeon before you begin lesi's( injections).Massage can be helpful temporarily and will do no harm. Avoid 'manipulations'. Gl! ...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

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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little. Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more

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Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back .And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigated. Surgery is an option when weakness, pain and sensory loss all correlate to the location of the disk herniation. Usually physical therapy, steroid injections and other methods are employed first. Seven weeks is not a long time. But try another way. ...Read more

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Can long walks help a back or make it worse my hips are out of alinment and left shoulder higher than right and herniated disc middle old fracture?

Can long walks help a back or make it worse my hips are out of alinment and left shoulder higher than right and herniated disc middle old fracture?

Varies: In general, walking is good for your back and your overall health. Do as long as the walking does not seem to aggravate it, I would encourage you to keep walking. If it does cause pain, you might need to limit the walking to a comfortable level. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps. ?

I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck  for yrs. pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand  I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps. ?

Further treatment: There are more aggressive treatment options for the spine that are more powerful than using over the counter medications, but they get progressively more involved. From non invasive alternatives such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, to interventional pain procedures which are invasive but non surgical, to even surgical considerations. I would not hesitate to be seen to discuss options. ...Read more

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What causes tingling numbness i legs, knees and feet? Alsobottom of feet ache..Left worse than right. I do have bursitis in hips and C7 herniated disc

Many possible causes: There are many possible causes of numbness in your legs and feet. I know nothing of your health but diabetes can cause this, vitamin B12 deficiency, herniated disc issues, local nerve entrapment, or what is called idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. This warrants evaluation by your physician. ...Read more

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L5/s1 herniated disc leftwards, pain down both legs, when i sit the pain in my right is gets worse and my right ankle hurts and foot starts to go numb?

L5/s1 herniated disc leftwards, pain down both legs, when i sit the pain in my right is gets worse and my right ankle hurts and foot starts to go numb?

Another look at MRI: Since your right leg hurts more and has radicular symptoms, the right nerve roots are also being pinched. If there is severe facet joint disease on right side that may be the source. Another place to look would be right si joint area which can also irritate sciatic nerve causing radicular symptoms, injections at si joint may help better at times. A trial on depot Medrol (methylprednisolone) in right si joint. ...Read more

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