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Dr. Foead Geula
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Slipped Disc (Definition)

The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape ...Read more


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MY friend 40yr old female. Weakness in arms caused by Slipped discs in neck. Arms and legs started swelling afew days ago and look veiny. Causes?

MY friend 40yr old female. Weakness in arms caused by Slipped discs in neck. Arms and legs started swelling afew days ago and look veiny. Causes?

Unusual: the neuropathies from disc may cause pain or weakness anywhere down the nerve path. BUT swelling is not the usual? Thoracic outlet with nerve and venous compassion and thrombosis in the arms BUT that leaves the leg swelling ?? Needs good pcp visit with full history and physical examination ...Read more

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Im a bus operator. Does this profession cause pinched nerves or slipped disc?

Im a bus operator. Does this profession cause pinched nerves or slipped disc?

Good question still : Debated in spine literature. Some studies suggest an increased risk & others do not. However, disc issues are fairly common to begin with & sitting, particularly driving, can put additional stress across discs of tj lower back as sitting generates 4 times one's body weight across those discs while spines & vehicles vibrate at the same harmonic frequency of 5 hertz leading to vibrational load too. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc cause severe back pain?

Can a slipped disc cause severe back pain?

Yes : A disc herniation can cause severe back pain especially early on in its presentation and when it is a central disc herniation. The good news is that 90% get better non operatively over time. ...Read more

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Can a sudden fall onto your coccyx cause a disc to slip L5 s1?

Can a sudden fall onto your coccyx cause a disc to slip L5 s1?

Disc: It is certainly possible, but perhaps there were already disc issues before. ...Read more

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I've had pain in the soles of my feet & fingertips & feel bruised. Also my whole body feels sensitive. I also have a slipped disc. Is this the cause?

Unlikely: A herniated disc is unlikely to cause the symptoms you described. Have your doctor evaluate and possible refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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