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Is it herniated disc or muscle strain, how can I tell?

Is it herniated disc or muscle strain, how can I tell?

Back: While both can cause pain in your back slipped discs very commonly also cause nerve pinch type symptoms with pain radiating down the leg. Ultimately, an evaluation from your doctor and perhaps an MRI would be helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

-exposed 2 forces beyond it's ability 2 handle, it causes damage R the muscle. Just like a bruise. It is first a stretch with reversibility 2 recover fully if left alone 4 a while. 2'nd is actual tear of some muscle fibers & need a longer time 2 heal, & can if big enough scar & lead 2 pain & easily aggravated . 3'rd is total tear, which can not B repaired. Also 3'rd can ...Read more


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What is the difference between a herniated disk and a pulled muscle?

What is the difference between a herniated disk and a pulled muscle?

Both can be painful: But a pulled muscle is a tearing of the actual muscle fibers and will heal within 6 weeks and not cause any neurologic or nerve findings while a disc herniation is a tearing of the outer coating of the disc with a piece of the disc shifting its position out of its normal place which can lead to muscular pain or even compress nerve tissue leading to neurologic findings with most healing over time. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. How to tell the difference between muscle strain n slipped lumbar disc?

Lower back pain. How to tell the difference between muscle strain n slipped lumbar disc?

One can cause other: it is kind of you should be called instability, which can cause a muscle strain. We call that muscle guarding in the osteopathic world. The way to really differentiate a problem from a discrimination, use when the disc is pressing on the nerve causing shooting pain down the leg. This is when its a surgical problem. When the pain is on the back, even if there was a disk involve, it is non surgical. ...Read more

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I have L4 and L5 compressed discs and possibly one in my neck, muscle strain & spasms would it be ok to go on a 5 hr road trip? I was in a car accident in aug/11 and injured my right shoulder, neck and back. I have a stiff shoulder (possible adhesive caps

I have L4 and L5 compressed discs and possibly one in my neck, muscle strain & spasms would it be ok to go on a 5 hr road trip? I was in a car accident in aug/11 and injured my right shoulder, neck and back. I have a stiff shoulder (possible adhesive caps

Take breaks: I would not recommend being the driver on this road trip if possible, especially not if you're taking pain medications that cause sedation or impaired ability to drive. During the trip, take regular breaks to get out of the car, stretch and relax. Take a break every 30-60 min, or whenever you find the discomfort increasing. ...Read more

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I took 300mg of gabapentin last night before bed for a herniated disc and it made the pain worse I had trouble standing could not relax my muscle?

I took 300mg of gabapentin last night before bed for a herniated disc and it made the pain worse I had trouble standing could not relax my muscle?

Not likely: It would be very unusual for Gabapentin to make pain worse. It is very effective for a radiculopathy like Sciatica from a herniated disc. I strongly suspect your increased pain was unrelated to the Gabapentin. Gabapentin reaches maximum therapeutic effect after taking it for a number of days. 300 mg is likely an ineffective dose. **Ask your physician about increasing it to 600 mg. ...Read more

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When there is a herniated disc compressing a nerve, do the muscles innervated by the nerve become tight and weak?

When there is a herniated disc compressing a nerve, do the muscles innervated by the nerve become tight and weak?

YES: The main problem here involves progressive muscular atrophy and weakness secondary to the nerve compression, unless this can be reversed. This kind of issue often results in a decision to do operation to relieve the problems. The tightness, or spasms, may involve paraspinal muscles which contributes to an additional component of pain. ...Read more

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What is the best cardio after healing from herniated disc ? can i get back the muscles of my midsection (six pack) ?

What is the best cardio after healing from herniated disc ? can i get back the muscles of my midsection (six pack) ?

Swimming or cycling: Will not put as much strain on your back as jogging. Abdominal exercises such as situps or crunches should be avoided. Planks or yoga will assist in regaining toned abdomen. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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If I have herniated disc-no pain, will riding bike in the "aero" position lead to worse leg muscle weakness?

If I have herniated disc-no pain, will riding bike in the "aero" position lead to worse leg muscle weakness?

Herniated Disc: Not necessarily. It depends on whether there is any nerve compression and where, anatomically, the compression is located. Your doctor can provide better advice by performing an MRI of the spine, if he hasn't already. Unless you have had sciatica or a previous history of leg weakness, you can always try a bicycle run and see if it affects you. ...Read more

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A recent MRI found I have a herniated disc in neck. I have had it for 2+ years. Meds (muscle relaxers, pain meds) don't help. What are my options?

Neurosurgery consult: If you have neurologic symptoms in your arms or hands, such as numbness or weakness, i would consult with a neurosurgeon. Physical therapy can sometimes help, but not so much with symptoms that have been going on so long. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...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