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Herniated Lumber Disc
I have a herniated lumber disc. Worried that I have had symptoms of diarrahea and what seems to be cystitus for past 5 days.
While it is difficult: To know if the bowel and bladder symptoms are related to the herniated disc, they might be. Typically lumbar nerve dysfunction which affects the bowel and bladder are motility issues: difficulty passing stool or urine. I would suspect the bowel and bladder issues are unrelated but your skilled primary care provider can help sort this out for you. Good luck with the disc! ...Read more
I have herniated discs, lumber. I am getting worse, supposed to have surgery. When I have a bm, I get an intense pain in my back. Is this emergent?
Will a healed herniated disc or bulging disc still show up in an mri? At times I can feel something moving in my lumber. To be specific I describe the feeling as separated movement, almost like two discs had moved either into place or out of place at the
MRI: Mri is a study that evaluates the anatomy of the body. Referring do a disc, I am assuming a herniated disc. If the disc has repaired and is no longer herniated, this will show one follow-up mri. If I can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate. Dr khoury. Usradreview. Com mkhoury@usradreview. Com. ...Read more
Not all the time: About 20% of adult population will have a disc herniation on a study & not have symptoms. Sometimes symptoms are minor &no testing is done or if more severe, they are better before any evaluation is done. 90% of symptomatic disc herniations get better with just time independent of any specific treatment. Symptoms range from back or neck pain with/without extremity pain or just arm/leg pain. ...Read more
Depends: A lot depends on positions that cause problems (bending forward or back). This has an impact in exercises that help. So if you have pain with sitting or bending forward then do exercises in standing or neutral spine positions (elliptical), if the opposite consider things like recumbent bike. Either way avoid exercises where you have to bear down. ...Read more
Good question: Depends on the amount of herniation. Small contained herniation may change with time/remodel. 1. Conservative treatment include:physical therapy, steroid oral/injection, chiropracters, alternative medical care 2. Open surgery: discectomy, percutaneous discectomy, annuloplasty etc. ...Read more
Herniated discs: Surgery is indicated for a herniated disc when nonoperative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and pain management have failed to eliminate the pain and there is significant limitations in daily activities. Surgery is also indicated when there is weakness and/or atrophy of the affected muscles. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complicated: Discograms have 1 purpose only, which is to determine which disc is causing back pain. Altho radiologists try to fancy it up by discussing pressure & volume statistics, the only thing that matters is whether injection of fluid in the disc reproduces your spontaneously occurring pain. Sedative drugs should not be given immediately before or during the procedure because they blunt judgement & recall. ...Read more
Time exercise and: 90% of herniated discs get better without surgery over time. Not smoking, regular exercise, controlling your weight, and modifying your activities while experiencing your symptoms will help to control your symptoms. Avoid prolonged positioning and be aware of your body mechanics in terms of lifting and bending. Over the counter medications and a back support may help as well. ...Read more
Varies: Pain from a herniated disc can be severe with symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the back, buttocks, upper leg and lower leg. On the other end of the spectrum, there can be little or no pain to a herniated disc. Be sure to see your doctor if you are suspicious of a herniated disc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid heavy lifting: What exercises one performs with a disherniated disc depends on the current symptoms and signs caused by the disc problem. Generally speaking, I limit heavy lifting, especially overhead. The high-impact nature of running and jumping can also cause problems. Light weight training, especially focused on core & lower body, plus cardio such as elliptical & stationary biking are usually well tolerated. ...Read more
Varies: The majority (close to 97%) of disk herniations (ruptured or slipped disks) will improve with time. The inflammation (irritation) of the nerves subsides, and so do the symptoms. The process usually takes 6 to 12 weeks, sometimes a bit longer. Sometimes it is quicker. The body will sometimes absorb the herniation, but symptoms can get better even when this does not happen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have L-4 L-5 herniated discs. Now stuck in bent over position and can't straighten up. Lots of pain. What should I do?
For now, get into a: Fetal position on your side to reduce symptoms and take some OTC meds if no contraindications. May need to see a physician and get some additional types of medication and PT referral or even a possible epidural steroid injection if symptoms don't improve but 90% of disc herniations are treated without surgery. ...Read more
I had found out that I have 5 herniated discs a lil over a year ago and before I could get the shots in my back my insurance cut off....I still have them will it go away?
Varies: If you truly have one or multiple disc Herniations, they can and usually do heal at some point. What I have seen in my practice though, is sometimes patients are told they have multiple disc Herniations when in fact they have multiple level degenerative disc disease. This condition can get less symptomatic over time, but does not really heal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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