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Herniated Disc Or Muscle Strain
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Some differences: Muscle strain: Soreness in the back, but not buttocks, thigh or leg. Better with rest, ibuprofen, heat. Heals in 6 weeks (unless re-injured). "Slipped disc": Actually a disc herniation. Has muscle soreness as above since muscles try to protect the back. May have buttock, thigh and/or leg pain. Worse after prolonged sitting. May have leg numbness, tingling or weakness. Does not heal in 6 weeks. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
I have a herniated disc at t3-t4 from an accident burning pain in chest and muscle pain is this bad?
Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... It sounds like you are experiencing nerve pain. Before we can say if this bad, we need to know how severe is your conditions. Please see a pain management doctor or spine surgeon, you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Radiation: Herniated discs usually cause radiating pain along the nerve pattern of the nerve they compress and often don't cause back pain. Back pain is usually representative of a structural problem at the sight of the pain either in the bone, joints, muscles or connective tissue. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Is it possible that a c5-c6 herniated disc cause muscle issues in the dorsal area? If so, does an operation that removes the prolapsed part fix it?
C5 and 6: Yes, c5 and c6 roots innervate a number of muscles on your upper back, including contributing to supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. If you are having weakness in these muscles, prior to surgery, i would recommend to have an EMG prior to surgery to make sure its due to nerve root issue. If you have surgery, it could help, but depends on time severity whether it recovers. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
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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