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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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Mild herniated disc in lumbar region and. Hip bursitis symptoms?. Right hip feels out of place but X-ray was normal. Knees give out. Burning numb legs

Mild herniated disc in lumbar region and. Hip bursitis symptoms?. Right hip feels out of place but X-ray was normal. Knees give out. Burning numb legs

Possibly from back: Chronic hip bursitis that does not improve with conservative stretching may be a sign of back issues. A complete exam with a spinal specialist would help determine causation and get you on the road to recovery. ...Read more

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65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

Pain: First question - were any of these MRI findings believed to be the cause of the back and left side pain? Has an orthopedic surgeon been consulted? If not, recommend that. Depending on his/her findings - there may be a number of treatment options. Acupuncture won't fix the actual intervertebral disc problems but it can often reduce inflammation in the surrounding area & improve range of motion, ...Read more

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What is the average time to heal from a lumbar herniated disc, naturally?

What is the average time to heal from a lumbar herniated disc, naturally?

Depends on severity: It depends on the severity of your injury and how diligently you do the prescribed back exercises to help your body recover, can range from 8 weeks to several months or even longer if you do not follow through with the exercises as discussed with your doctor. I would definitely consult your physician for an exam and specific guidance for your recovery. Physical therapy can also be very helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best way to position my body for bed if I have a lumbar herniated disc?

What is the best way to position my body for bed if I have a lumbar herniated disc?

Typically however: You are most comfortable. If you are concerned about doing something to provoke the problem, speak with a good physical therapist. ...Read more

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What is anesthesia therapy for a lower lumbar herniated disc?

What is anesthesia therapy for a lower lumbar herniated disc?

General anesthesia: If you are having surgery such as lumbar laminectomy, discectomy, and/or fusion, you will recieve general anesthesia. However, a herniated disc does not always require surgery and is dependent on your symptoms and treatments. Physical therapy, epidural steroids, and/or oral pain medications are often sufficient treatment of symptoms of a hernieated disc. ...Read more

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I may be having a lumbar herniated disc as doc said. i have been into bodybuilding for 6 months. can i go back to bodybuilding ever ?

I may be having a lumbar herniated disc as doc said. i have been into bodybuilding for 6 months. can i go back to bodybuilding ever ?

It's possible: First we don't know if you actually have a herniated disc? So the only way to be sure would be an MRI or CT of your lumbar spine. Second if you have one you may be able to continue to bodybuild base on the severity and frequency of your symptoms. There are professional athletes who have had disc problems including surgery and returned to their sport activity. ...Read more

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I am taking oral nsaids for a lumbar herniated disc conservative treatment. How long should I take them? Is there a standard duration?

Long term : You to use them till the pain stop, then you could see if you cut them in half and see if the will under control. You have to be sure you do not develop any complications in the process. ...Read more

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I have been on percocet 10/325 4-6 per day. Would suboxene be better for my liver? Been on this for 10 years for herniated discs in lumbar cervical.

Percocet/Suboxone: Although tyelenol (in percocet) can be detrimental to the liver. I would go by clinical picture ie abdominal pain, jaundice. Generally it would be good to check liver function test every 6 months while on Percocet like this. Suboxone has not tyelenol so it can be safer for the liver, but all opioid create tolerance over time. ...Read more

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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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Is an operation necessary for a herniated lumbar disc of 5cm?

Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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I am very physically active. I just found out that I have herniated lumbar disc. Will I ever be able to be active again?

Yes: Once you are through with the acute spasm and muscular back pain regular exercise and core strengthening are vital. See a physical therapist to learn proper exercises and technique. I've run 6 marathons since i had my herniated disc issue. ...Read more

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