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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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Does a herniated L5 disc send pain down the front or the side of the leg?

Does a herniated L5 disc send pain down the front or the side of the leg?

L45orl5s1: Pain goes down side or back of leg not front of leg and thigh is L4 nerve irritation usually disc herniation at l3-4 many variations like far lateral l45 disc herniation, diagnostic injections best way to confirm suspicions before surgery also have to throw in hip DJD and si joint for front of thigh pain. Also disc are named by two vertebra" L5 disc" is not enough info to describe a disc. ...Read more

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Possible herniated cervical disc. How to diagnose it? Is MRI the only sure diagnosis?

Possible herniated cervical disc. How to diagnose it? Is MRI the only sure diagnosis?

Weakness and pain.: Usually a herniated disk causes pressure to be put on nerves of that area, causing pain. Cervical disk problems can be localized by a patterrn of motor weakness, and areflexia. This can be seen at the shoulder(c5), biceps(c6), triceps/finger and wrist extensors(c7), finger flexors(c8). Mri is great to comfirm the diagnosis, but it is expensive. See a good neuro. Doctor first. ...Read more

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I herniated my disc in my back when I 13 my parents said no to surgery I am now 28 and it still affects me would it be to late for surgery?

I herniated my disc in my back when I 13 my parents said no to surgery I am now 28 and it still affects me would it be to late for surgery?

Disc disease: You are still too young to have this problem. But surgical decision is based not just by age, it is based on the consideration of the severity of the disease, damage it is causing or caused. See a neurosurgeon or Orthopedic physician specialized in back problems. ...Read more

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L Side Herniated L5S1 disc now developing sciatica symptoms on right side why ? ( have sciatica on left side cortisone injec. 2/10/16 on L side)

L Side Herniated L5S1 disc now developing sciatica symptoms on right side why ? ( have sciatica on left side cortisone injec. 2/10/16 on L side)

Sacro-iliac joint: New "sciatica" opposite from herniation can be extension of herniation, neurogenic inflammation of the lowest lumbar discs, a piriformis syndrome or a sacro-iliac joint dysfunction secondary to overworking your right side attempting to protect left side. You need exam to try to pin down the specific cause and treat that cause! ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between cervical vertigo n ordinary vertigo? Does having cervical vertigo indicate severity of herniated cervical disc?

How to tell the difference between cervical vertigo n ordinary vertigo? Does having cervical vertigo indicate severity of  herniated cervical  disc?

There is no way to : Tell this and any vertigo related to cervical issues is usually a diagnosis of exclusion and more often seen with whiplash type injuries which leads most to believe that the problem is not necessarily cervical in origin but most likely brain related as the trauma that caused the whiplash may have also affected the brain leading to this symptom pattern. ...Read more

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I have a herniated slipped disc, so do I have to stop working?

I have a herniated slipped disc, so do I have to stop working?

Not necessarily: Slipped/herniated discs are quite common and many people function normally. Unfortunately, some experience debilitating pain which cannot be adequately treated etc..And thus not able to work. If your job is relative light and you don't have much problem with pain, no reason to stop working. Make sure you keep your back strong/healthy--regular strengtehing exercise. Consult your doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Nucleoplasty for herniated neck discs. How long will effect last? How long is recovery time after that? Can make spine unstable? Complication? Risk?

Nucleoplasty for herniated neck discs. How long will effect last?  How long is recovery time after that? Can make spine unstable? Complication? Risk?

Experimental: It is not really among the accepted treatments for disc herniations in the neck and as such the long term affects are not really known. It could work, but it would be fairly experimental compared to more conventional approaches (operative and nonoperative) for cervical disc herniations. ...Read more

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How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

Try low impact: Reducing calories can produce weight loss, but exercise makes it a bit easier. Exercise that does not "jar" or load the back will usually be more comfortable and may also help you feel better. Often water exercise can help a person burn calories with low back stress (swimming, water walking, water aerobics). Other options include elliptical machines, bicycling, perhaps walking. ...Read more

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