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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


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Herniated disk & ruptured & bulging, have endometriosis even after partial hyster. Had it & have it bad, back pain bad, can endo make back pain worse?

Herniated disk & ruptured & bulging, have endometriosis even after partial hyster. Had it & have it bad, back pain bad, can endo make back pain worse?

Yes: Endometriosis spills all over, and one of the muscles where it can seed is the psoas. The psoas plays a role in back pain and overall stability of the spine, it can cause compression of the spine and sacroiliac joint when in severe spasm. Try upward dog or cobra positions with deep breathing to see if it helps to alleviate component of your pain that's muscular. ...Read more

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Can herniated disks rupture?

Can herniated disks rupture?

All variations: A disc herniation is when a piece of disc material moves out of its normal position. There are a variety of medical terms that describe some types of herniations but the term "ruptured " is not one but more of a lay person's descriptive term for a disc herniation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a ruptured disc and a herniated disc?

What is the difference between a ruptured disc and a herniated disc?

Pain: When a disc bulges out it is said to be herniated. A herniated disc may cause dysfunction by compression of adjacent nerves in the area. If the disc ruptures during this process, then the disc contents leak out. These are horrendously inflammatory and will set up signficant local pain as as well as cause nerve malfunction. Your orthopod can sort this out and recommend treatment. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of a herniated disc different from those of a sequestrated/ruptured disc? Can herniated discs 'pop'?

How are the symptoms of a herniated disc different from those of a sequestrated/ruptured disc? Can herniated discs 'pop'?

Symptoms and terms: Many consider a ruptured disc and a herniated the same thing and use the terms interchangeably. A sequestered disc is a very large disc herniation. Where the disc itself is out of the disc space and behind the vertebral body above or below that level. symptoms tend to be worse with large herniations but not always. Symptoms include leg pain with numbness and tingling ...Read more

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I had a ruptured herniated disc L5 it resulted in a severe footdrop if this goes untreated what happens.

I had a ruptured herniated disc L5 it resulted in a severe footdrop if this goes untreated what happens.

Could be permanent: Although a foot drop may resolve spontaneously, the problem could be permanent with or without surgical decompression depending on the severity and duration of the footdrop, . ...Read more

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Think i just ruptured lower back herniated disc l4/l5. Acute sharp pain, intense muscle spasms. Hurts to move. What should I do?

Seek Medical Attn: I would recommend seeking medical attention in the er or if you don't want to go, then at least call your primary care physician who knows your entire medical history for advice. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of herniated disk?

Depends: Believe it or not many herniated discs cause no symptoms at all. If the herniation irritates or compresses a nearby spinal nerve root, people will often report back and leg pain on the side of the herniation. Depending on which disc herniates, the pain can occur on the front, side or back of the thigh and leg and can go down into the foot. Some people will have weakness and numbness. ...Read more

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What are the tests for herniated disk?

What are the tests for herniated disk?

The best ...: Most are diagnosed through a clinical evaluation with testing done to confirm the diagnosis as the number of disc herniations found in patients without symptoms increases with age. Knowing that, MRI is probably the best imaging test followed by a ct. A myelogram-ct is excellent as well with a contrast MRI the best test for people with prior back surgery to distinguish post op scar from a disc. ...Read more

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How come I have herniated disk, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have herniated disk, but nobody else in the family has it?

How do you know?: Disc herniations are fairly common & can be found in people with no symptoms, over 20% as we get to middle age. Disc herniations due not have to be genetic but disc disease in general can run in families. They are also found more in smokers (2x) more frequent than in non smokers. ...Read more

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Is it okay to keep bodybuilding with a herniated disk?

Is it okay to keep bodybuilding with a herniated disk?

It is OK: You can have a herniated disk without knowing it. Herniated disks sometimes show up on spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disk problem. If you have symptoms, there are many simple actions you can take right at home to help treat and reduce back/neck pain from a herniated disc. Rec.: consult with your treating physician for more information and proper pt. ...Read more

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Do x rays show herniated disk

No: X-ray will reveal the space between the vertebral bodies where the disc is found but unless the disc is calcified, it will not be visualized as x-ray energy will pass through this soft tissue structure while it does not penetrate the bone but you can get idea of how degenerative the disc may be by seeing how narrowed the disc space is or amount of bone spurs seen around it. Ct & MRI reveal disc. ...Read more

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How does a surgeon treat a herniated disk?

With Surgery: Usually cuts the offending disc out if surgery is warranted. Conservative care may be considered to include PT, Exercise, Injection Therapy, etc. ...Read more

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Docs, could a herniated disk be deadly to you?

Docs, could a herniated disk be deadly to you?

Generally no: However, that said if you had a really high cervical spine disk herniation that caused immediate severe spinal stenosis and/or spinal cord injury around c2/3 or c3/4 could result in difficulty breathing and move from that level below. That's pretty rare, so not likely to be deadly at any level below that... ...Read more

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Ok to golf 3 week after herniated disk surgery?

Ok to golf 3 week after herniated disk surgery?

Doctor dependent: I would see what your surgeon thinks. Swinging is probably not that bad. Loading and unloading heavy clubs into your car and other similar things that go into the logistics of playing golf are probably not good in light of recent back surgery. I usually tell my patients to stick with putting for the first 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How successful is a discectomy for a herniated disk?

90-95%: As long as leg pain is predominant or only pain and imaging studies reveal a disc herniation compressing the nerve consistent with your symptoms and exam findings are positive and surgery done after nonop care fails but not waiting too long allowing secondary changes to affect compressed nerve, successful outcome 90-95%. ...Read more

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Can you have too much treatment for a herniated disk?

If you had surgery: Since 90% od disc herniations resolve non operatively, surgery is often over indicated and then this is too much treament! ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more


Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more