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Can You Have Spinal Arachnoiditis From Herniated Disc
Herniated disk is also known as Bulging disk. Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back ...Read more
I had anterior/posterior fusion l5-s1 in 2001. Spinal stenosis and ddd herniated disk l3/4 in 2009. Is it possible to now be developing arachnoiditis?
Not normally: Unless it was such a severe herniation that it caused cord edema (where you would have neurologic issues below that level if that happened). Normally arachnoiditis is more from issues closer to the cord, including infection, debris from surgery or injections, inflammation, infections, things of that nature. ...Read more
No: Unlikely from a bulging disc. Usually occurs after surgery or procedure to spine. Also can be if there was a history of spinal infection. ...Read more
Im having spinal injection for herniated disc l5s1. How effective is this? How quickly will it stop pain? How long will it last?
Is there a merit to claims that spinal discs can be stretched and hydrated? Is that the same as making a herniated disc heal back to normal?
Disc will change: Discs are not solid structures and will change shape, so a bulging disc may not be as pronounced or may worsen over time. Because back pain and bulging discs are very common, be wary of any claims to cure back pain and bulging discs. Standard treatment of physical therapy, stretching, core strengthening with anti-inflammatories are the most likely to help. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: If no symptoms, do nothing. If mild symptoms anti-inflammatory medications work great (take with meals, and make sure you can take those -- clear with your primary care doctor). If symptoms is acute and very severe, you can get a Medrol dose pack (oral steroids) which you take over 6 days... Ask you doctor to evaluate you first. You cannot have this if you have infection or brittle diabetic, etc.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should i consider having a spinal fusion if I have been diagnosed with herniated disc, a disc with a tear and dds?
Typical spinal : Stenosis symptoms in the lumbar spine are pains radiating to the leg(s) with progressive standing and walking relieved by bending over or sitting while a disc herniation causes pain into the leg(s) worse with sitting and bending and usually better standing or walking. Both feel better typically lying down. Obviously, there are variables based on several factors in terms of symptom presentation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal issues: stenosis is simply another word for "narrowing" of the space. So it's possible that a herniation (something going into a space it's not supposed to) is causing the narrowing. However herniation is not always the permanent disk problem people always think and this may be a different disc level. I'm not aware of the imaging obviously. Make sure to follow up with your physician to go over the imaging ...Read more
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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