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Does a l5-s1 bulging disk fully heal over time? If it does, how long does it approximitly take to heal? There is a slight tingling in my heel.

Does a l5-s1 bulging disk fully heal over time? If it does, how long does it approximitly take to heal? There is a slight tingling in my heel.

No: Bulging discs never unbuge by themselves. It is possible that symptoms attributed to the bulging disc may resolve over a period of weeks to months. This happens when swelling is the primary cause of irritation of nerve roots causing sciatica. As swelling subsides the symptoms resolve. If the disc is herniated ( excessive bulging) and it causes paralysis and severe pain; it often needs surgery. ...Read more

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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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How often does a l5-s1 bulging disc shrink compared to other discs? And how long does it usually take to shrink?

How often does a l5-s1 bulging disc shrink compared to other discs? And how long does it usually take to shrink?

usually they don't.: Over the many years the water content of discs decreases and they can "shrink" in size. However the co-relation of bulging and pain is poor. Many people with absolutely no pain have bulging discs which are found incidentally. ...Read more

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Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI  still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Variable: Bulging discs are almost always normal at your age - they are a normal part of aging. Conservative treatment usually does well for treatment of neck pain (especially if you've had trauma, such as a car accident) - including physical therapy, progressive activity, and anti-inflammatory medications. Further treatment, if necessary, can include spinal injections. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Does fluoroscopy heal a bulging disc?

No: Fluoroscopy is a technique to get x-ray images that can be done live. It is used for diagnosis and as an aid during procedures. Like x-rays and ct scans it involves the use of radiation to obtain images of the body. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for spinal decompression to heal a bulging disc?

Is it possible for spinal decompression to heal a bulging disc?

Yes: There are definite case reports of patients who have medium sized disc bulges that have healed over time without surgery and with good physical therapy including spinal decompression tables. ...Read more

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How can I heal from a bulging disc injury?

Yes: Bulging discs are part of aging. They are harmless for the most part. They can pop out after an injury but most of them just pop out just like that (without any significant trauma). Yes, they often "heal" themselves - and will not be visible on a followup MRI a year or so later. In general, discs degenerate and shrink over the years that's why we get shorter when we get older. ...Read more

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I read bouncing on exercise ball will help disc heal. Is that true for a degenetated & bulging disc?

No: Discs typically do not heal. However, that doesn't mean that you can't live pain-free. A ruptured disk will often shrink away from a nerve. A herniated or bulging disk as you call it can move around but bouncing on a ball does not promise which direction it moves. If you are having symptoms, see a physical therapist or chiropractor. ...Read more

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I had a hard fall on my sacrum in 2012 but just got it checked out and MRI said I have a bulging disc above it. Did it never heal?

I had a hard fall on my sacrum in 2012 but just got it checked out and MRI said I have a bulging disc above it.  Did it never heal?

Well: At the time of the injury the blow must have been severe causing the lumbar spine area to be effected and injured. You should go to your doctor if you are having problems ...Read more

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I take homeopathic oils for bulging disc pain in back one ingredient is "California Poppy" does this show up on a drug test??

I take homeopathic oils for bulging disc pain in back one ingredient is "California Poppy" does this show up on a drug test??

Can't be sure: without knowing exactly how much is in the preparation. However, the guiding principal in homeopathic medicine is that "less is more." The amounts found in such remedies are usually extremely tiny, and in some cases you cannot even detect the substance, since they dilute the preparation over and over in its production to where there may only be a few molecules of the drug in it. So, it's unlikely ...Read more

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I wonder how long painful muscle spasms/issues in my whole back last which are caused by a bulging disc? It's been 1 month since i got injured.

I wonder how long painful  muscle spasms/issues in my whole back last which are caused by a bulging disc? It's been 1 month since i got injured.

variable: Muscle spasms are usually secondary to pain or something that is irritating your back(disc). They can last weeks or longer depending on the work that u do or activity level. See your ors for an evaluation and he can also prescribe tx. For your muscle spasms(heat, massage, possibly muscle relaxer, etc), good luck! ...Read more

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I've a protrusion disc on L5 s1 level and a bulging disc on t12 l1level. I'm an athlete. Do you recommend surgery? I want heal it fast! thank you

I've a protrusion disc on L5 s1 level and a bulging disc on t12 l1level.  I'm an athlete. Do you recommend surgery? I want heal it fast! thank you

Not enough info: Generally these issues will not require surgery. Look for other causes of back pain at age 19, particularly spondylitis unless there is nerve entrapment and you do not respond to conservative therapy, surgery is not a good idea. ...Read more

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What is the best sport to protect my spine for the long-term? I was diagnosed with ddd and a l5-s1 bulging disc and i'm 28!

What is the best sport to protect my spine for the long-term? I was diagnosed with ddd and a l5-s1 bulging disc and i'm 28!

Core strengthening: http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/exercise-and-physical-therapy-disc-disease-treatment-and-pain-m.

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I have a bad back due to a severe bulging disc which I had a laminectomy for I take flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) 10 mg three times a day wondering if I can take an extra ?

I have a bad back due to a severe bulging disc which I had a laminectomy for I take flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) 10 mg three times a day wondering if I can take an extra ?

No: 30 mg daily is,th maximum dose,for cyclobenzaprine. This may cause excess daytime sedation, so,use needs to,be with care, and muscle relaxants typically are not used forever. If your need has gone over a month, ask,your doc what is being treated and if,there is a better option for treatment. Or,,see a pain doc ...Read more

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I have been in back, hip&pelvis pain for 1 month since i got injured. I don't know if it is from the l5-s1 bulging disc or 50-75% ddd? Will it heal?

I have been in back, hip&pelvis pain for 1 month since i got injured. I don't know if it is from the l5-s1 bulging disc or 50-75% ddd? Will it heal?

it likely from just: Muscular sprain/strain. Those can be very painful, but good news is that they all heal well eventually. The disc bulge and ddd is normal findings on your MRI -- it happens in everyone, and continues as we get older. ...Read more

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Just diag congenital spinal stenosis.Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Just diag congenital spinal stenosis.Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Depends on symptoms: Congenital stenosis is narrowing of the space for the spinal cord in your neck that you were born with. If you have no nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, hand clumsiness, unsteady walking) just be careful; avoid situations that could lead to injuring your neck (and spinal cord): climbing ladders, running yellow lights, having obstacles around to trip over. If you do have these see a doc. ...Read more