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Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Yes : 75% are better nonop within 2 to 12 weeks from onset of leg pain. 90% get better without surgery. However , lifestyle changes are important to minimize recurrent problems: not smoking, regular exercise and weight control. If you need surgery, 90% do well, too especially if they follow the same advice. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more


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Can you have still have an epidural with herniated disks in your spine?

Can you have still have an epidural with herniated disks in your spine?

Yes: The short answer is yes. I don't know what context you are asking about this for. There are labor epidurals and those for surgery to render a patient numb and then there are therapeutic epidurals with steroid for herniated discs etc. ...Read more

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Should i consider having a spinal fusion if I have been diagnosed with herniated disc, a disc with a tear and dds?

Should i consider having a spinal fusion if I have been diagnosed with herniated disc, a disc with a tear and dds?

Very complex questio: Complex and contrversial. Leg or back pain? Discogram? Fusion is too much surgery for the classic disc herniation causing leg pain. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have a chiropractic adjustment with a 9mm disc herniation at l5/s1?

Yes: A herniated disc is a contraindication to manipulation....You could make it worse. ...Read more

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How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

How long can you have a pinched nerve or a herniated disc or suffer from nerve pain? And even with mild scoliosis can this affect your disc in your back and injuries that can happen to your the rustic spine

It varies: Pain arising from a "pinched" or irritated nerve in the spine usually goes away within a few weeks to a few months depending on the cause. However in a minority of cases the pain can persist for months or even years. Scoliosis is rotation/curvature of the spine most often in the middle back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar). This can cause added stress to the discs in your spine. ...Read more

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I have a minor pinched sciatic nerve that doesn't have any herniated disks. How long should I be seeing a chiropractor?

I have a minor pinched sciatic nerve that doesn't have any herniated disks. How long should I be seeing a chiropractor?

Not very.: Three treatments ought to bring about relief, or you should pursue other modalities. The chiropracter should also have given you specific exercises to do at home. If not improving, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a person experience an imbalance when walking due to a cervical bulged, herniated or slipped disc or would this hardly ever happen at the neck?

Can a person experience an imbalance when walking due to a cervical bulged, herniated or slipped disc or would this hardly ever happen at the neck?

See below: If a herniated disc is compressing the spinal cord bad enough it could affect your ability to walk. This is usually diagnosed with an MRI and requires immediate surgical consultation. ...Read more

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If I have a slipped or herniated disc or a rotation in my spine and a bruised spine will that stuff show up on a ct? Or is it best to have a mri?

If I have a slipped or herniated disc or a rotation in my spine and a bruised spine will that stuff show up on a ct? Or is it best to have a mri?

Ct/ MRI /X-rays : Both are helpful and look at the spine in a slightly different way. X-ray is also used to evaluate the entire spine for curvature etc . Ct and MRI complement each other. ...Read more

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Can I be a marine if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can I be a marine if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Duty Restrictions: Many people have lumbar stenosis. In some cases, it's congenital or acquired. Patients usually don't see a doctor until they become symptomatic. Duty restrictions directly related to severity, pain and functional limitations. Applicants to the military are examined, but x-rays and MRI of the spine aren't routinely performed. Pre-existing conditions may disqualify applicants from the military. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc and lumbar spinal stenosis. I have a bad lower back tattoo that needs to be covered. Can getting it cause any damage?

I have a bulging disc and lumbar spinal stenosis. I have a bad lower back tattoo that needs to be covered. Can getting it cause any damage?

Not necessarily : Need more data on your general health not see a reason no to cover it depending how you will treat the lumbar stenosis If planning possible surgery ...Read more

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I have a disc herniation causing a pinched nerve so will I need to have part of the disc removed?

I have a disc herniation causing a pinched nerve so will I need to have part of the disc removed?

Disc removal : Most disk herniations that cause nerve pain will get better with conservative treatment in 6-8 weeks. If the pain does not improve at that point then epidural steroid injections or surgery to remove the disc can be an option. Talk to your primary doctor about a referral to a surgeon if you pain does not improve in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a lumbar back herniated disk. In what way would a course of physiotherapy help me?

I have a lumbar back herniated disk. In what way would a course of physiotherapy help me?

Reduce pain: The therapist can show you ways to strengthen your core (back and tummy) muscles, improve flexibility, work on leg strength, improve body mechanics (how you move and lift), and overall fitness. This may be enough to get you over the disk herniation. ...Read more

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I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?

Not based on this : Female age unknown has age-related spine changes noted on MRI. When MRI first invented "bulging" disks thought to be pain generators. Now, surgeons realize these can be red herrings. Some studies indicate only 10% back pain disorders benefitted by surgery. U.S. leads world in unnecessary back operations. Get second opinion. First try aquatherapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, & etc. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to have sex with a herniated disc in your back?

Is it a bad idea to have sex with a herniated disc in your back?

Sex and back problem: Having intercourse ought not be avoided because you have a bad back. By careful "experimentation", a comfortable sexual position for you and your partner can be found. If, however, you notice any exacerbation of symptoms during (or after) intercourse, you ought to stop and make arrangements to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a cervical fusion at C3,4,5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

I have a cervical fusion at C3,4,5. I have a herniation at C5-6. How would the herniated disc be fixed? Would it be connected to my current fusion?

Adjacent Fusion: If you have a herniated disc at a level near your current fusion the new disc can be treated with a fusion that would connect with the other fusion. There are also new modern devices which allow us to do this without removing the plate from your previous surgery. ...Read more

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If you had a herniated disc from very young, like 10yrs, and it never hurt- can your body have compensated with involuntary abdominal contracture?

No: A herniated disc will have the tendency to undergo resorption, meaning that it will go back to its place. You can help with having good posture and core muscle strength. ...Read more