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How fast can I make my herniated disk go away?

How fast can I make my herniated disk go away?

Be patient: Most (more than 90%) will improve with time, but it takes 6 to 12 weeks. Anti-inflammatory medication (like Ibuprofen and naproxen) may hasten the process, but be careful of side effects (read the package insert).Trying to maintain regular activities and exercise may also help you recover. ...Read more

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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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Will a herniated disk go away by itself?

Will a herniated disk go away by itself?

Possibly: If the herniation is acute (just happened) a common course is that these issues resolve on their own within 6-8 weeks. Often physical therapy and anti-inflammatories are important in the healing process. If the pain does not resolve with these conservative measures or is accompanied by lower extremity weakness/numbness you should seek the care of an expert as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Had tsi yesterday for 2 pinched nerves, herniated disk on2 level injections, takes 7-1o days before the pain with go away if it works.What are my option?

Injections for HNP: If injections work, and 3-5 per year keep you out of the or, keep it up. But if you only get a week or two relief, time to try something else. Mckenziept is an option, nsaids, other nerve pain meds. Failing that, if it is hnp, have discectomies--outpatient surgery with excellent results for leg pain. ...Read more

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Does a herniated disk at L5 s1 ever go away without having a epidural injection? Why does my ankle hurt so much on the right side of the disk

Does a herniated disk at L5 s1 ever go away without having a epidural injection? Why does my ankle hurt so much on the right side of the disk

Yes it does!: Lots of people live not knowing they have 1. Also if some1 has pain and 1 is found, pain attributed to it. Surgery doesn't always helpi have patients who got rid of even foot drops with yoga and or rehab. Pain is just your body telling you you are doing something wrong, and at that point it is often reversible if you listen. Yes it cd go away, but what you really need is have it silent. ...Read more

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Herniated disk when can I go back to work?

Herniated disk when can I go back to work?

Orthopedics: geta orthopedic clearance- herniation is not always crippling, nor should it prevent work. Also consult a physicial therapist. ...Read more

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I think i may have degenerate disc disease or a herniated disk how soon should I go in i can barely move and it has been a few years last few weeks ar?

I think i may have degenerate disc disease or a herniated disk how soon should I go in i can barely move and it has been a few years last few weeks ar?

Anytime, but : You must be proactive in terms of lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising & not smoking. Make sure you have adequate sleep and good vitamin d/calcium intake. Most people remain functional without spine surgery for lower back pain. You may require additional treatment that may include physical rherapy, medication as well as possible pain management techniques. ...Read more

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How can I treat a herniated disk?

Depends: Sometimes they are not the cause of a pain as they can be found in people who have no spine problems. For those that it does, most just get better with time. Additional help can be through: activity modification, guided exercise , medication, epidural steroid injections, and if all fails, surgery. Being a smoker, obese and not an exerciser but you at a higher risk of failing treatment. ...Read more

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How can I address a herniated disk?

How can I address a herniated disk?

Time & exercise: A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment. If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Understand that 90% of pain associated with nerve root irritation will resolve with time. Otc prescription nsaids, oral steroids, heat/cold and stretching exercises will help resolve the acute pain. If not then epidural steroids may be beneficial. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of herniated disk?

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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Can you over-treat a herniated disk?

Can you over-treat a herniated disk?

Yes you can: You can over treat any disease. It all depends what the complains of the patient are. If the pain is very minimal and the person can control it with over the counter medication, every other form of treatment would be considered over treatment. On the other hand, there are forms of disc herniation that fail all conservative measures and need surgery. Every case is unique and requires common sense. ...Read more

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

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 pain, numbness and tingling. ...Read more