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How Long Does It Take To Heal A Bulging Disc
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I take homeopathic oils for bulging disc pain in back one ingredient is "California Poppy" does this show up on a drug test??
No: These are remarkably safe and this won't show as opium -- the famous signature flower of California doesn't produce anything that will be a problem. ...Read more
Mild bulging disc c6-c7. Reinjured previous bulge. Radiculopathy mostly resolved. 23 y/o, healing (90%). Full recovery possible? Long term prognosis?
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
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
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.Get a more detailed answer ›
How often does a bulging disc l5-s1 heals itself %100 for 28 yrs old male who is doing excersies and walking on a daily basis + sleeping 8 hrs a day?
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
Back freezes (sciatic both legs) if I stand, sit, or lay flat for too long 15-20 min. 2 bulging disc am i missing something? Please help in pain
Spine Specialist: Recommend seeing a fellowship trained spine/pain specialist. ...Read more
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?
Is it safe to take 50 mg Tramadol for bulging disc, nerve pain, when I already take 4mg of Zanaflex (tizanidine) as needed, 150mg of Zoloft? I Would like the safest med
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
Whiplash from MVA 10dy ago. I have 2 bulging disc in neck. Neck pain unbearable. New rt shoulder & low back pain. Should I b in so much pain? Long 4
Comments: You need to have supervision from a rehab doc and you will benefit from a combination of physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture. Too soon to say if you have injured shoulder joint, brachial plexus, or sacroiliac joint, but all could occur from a MVA. Find experienced specialty care, this is NOT an area for a generalist. ...Read more
Hello! I was recently diagnosed with a bulging disc c5-c6, neck pain with radiculopathy amd sever muscle spasms. I was prescribed Soma 350mg but took one and felt horrible. So he prescribed me Robaxin which I take 2 at bedtime as needed. So about a half h
Yes!: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function. ...Read more
Herniated disk: Most herniated discs heal on their own. Initial rest, physical therapy and anti inflammation medication all work to speed up the healing time. Surgery is reserved for discs that don't respond to the above interventions with continued uncontrollable pain or motor deficit. ...Read more
I suffer from fibromyalgia and have a bulging disk in my lower back, the pain has got so unbearable in the last 4 years that I can't take it anymore.
Lots to try: First, it sounds like you are quite distressed by your symptoms. There is hope for relief. Find a doctor who has a lot of experience treating fibromyalgia. Have them see if the bulging disc is responsible for any of your pain as it often is not. Treatment often requires a combination of physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Meds like cymbalta, savella, (milnacipran) or Lyrica can be helpful too. ...Read more
Not usually : Unlikely. One possible scenerio is that the disc caused weakness leading to an imbalance but this is just speculation if the disc caused weakness in the area involved. ...Read more
What is the likelihood a root block injection will provide a long term fix for the back pain I feel due to my minor l5/s1 bulging disk?
Root block: A nerve root block is most typically done for the purpose of improving radiating leg pain (aka radiculopathy or sciatica). If you are having isolated back pain then a root block is actually unlikely to help. For a minor bulging disk, most patients will improve with conservative treatment measures such as physical therapy and nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). ...Read more
I have a bulging disk in my back, been operated on, it's been 2 years and now some meds are making me sick why? Norcos, gabapentin 600, flexiril, motrin 800, I can't sleep also so im also taking ambin, im still in a lot of pain but now when I take s
Aging issue: As people age, discs lose some of their water content. This causes them to be less able to resist the body weight pressing on them. This causes the disc to bulge (imagine a marshmallow being squeezed at the top and bottom). I more severe cases the disc can herniation or rupture. ...Read more
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