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How serious is a having a herniated disk?

How serious is a having a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, amount of inflammation, location (neck, mid back, low back, against spinal cord, against nerve but not cord). Sometimes it keeps nerves or spinal cord from working properly. Other times it causes pain. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms, problems). Most improve with time. Treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are, whether or not they are worsening, & how long they last. ...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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How serious or dangerous is a herniated disk?

How serious or dangerous is a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, location, and how large your spinal canal (channel where the nerves and spinal cord are). If it pushes on your spinal cord and affects its function, it is potentially very serious. If it pushes on a nerve and there is enough irritation to lose strength and feeling that is progressive or severe, it is also a problem. Most herniations are not this serious, improving with time. ...Read more

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Best possible treatment fr herniated disk at the back with severe pain?

Best possible treatment fr herniated disk at the back with severe pain?

Needs evaluation 1st: If you've had the proper evaluation, been through physical therapy, medications to control pain, etc....and you are now bedbound and immobile with pain and maybe even some leg muscle weakness....time for surgery. Otherwise, I would continue to do things conservatively, try aquatherapy, water jogging, stretching, yoga, massages, etc. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin effective in treating severe spinal stinosis and a herniated disk?

Is  gabapentin effective in treating severe spinal stinosis and a herniated disk?

For pain: Gabapentin is a pain medication used primarily for nerve related pain. It will not improve spinal stenosis or disk herniation but it can help reduce pain caused by these problems if they are irritating the nerves in the area. ...Read more

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Is a bulging, slipped or herniated disk the same thing? I have severe pain bending forward or reaching I have to roll out of bed. Low back is injured

Is a bulging, slipped or herniated disk the same thing?  I have severe pain bending forward or reaching I have to roll out of bed. Low back is injured

Usually: These terms usually refer to the same problem, when the soft tissue between the vertebrae protrudes out where the nerve exits, and presses on the nerve causing pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. See a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spine disease for a consultation to find out more. May need to go through your primary care first. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My wife has severe lower back pain. The pain came on gradually. She can walk with the aid of a walker. She has noradicular pain. The doctor in the ER thinks that it is a herniated disk but i think it is a spasm. Your opinion?

My wife has severe lower back pain. The pain came on gradually. She can walk with the aid of a walker. She has noradicular pain. The doctor in the ER thinks that it is a herniated disk but i think it is a spasm. Your opinion?

Herniated disc?: Sounds like your wife needs an mri. Herniated disc is likely, although it could be several different things. If your wife has new weakness, bowel, or bladder changes these are never normal and need to be worked up emergently. ...Read more

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I have chronic coughing and it does bother me as it hurts my back when I cough, due to having a herniated disk in lower back. ?

I have chronic coughing and it does bother me as it hurts my back when I cough, due to having a herniated disk in lower back.  ?

Possible: Back pain that radiates to leg and lancinating that is worsened by coughing or strining is suggestive of a herniated disc physical therapy, and other modalities are vailable see your family doctor to havre it further dealt with. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a herniated disk in the lower back?I have numbness and tingling in the lower back when sitting?

What are the symptoms of having a herniated disk in the lower back?I have numbness and tingling in the lower back when sitting?

Many symptoms...: While this could be a sign of a herniated disc, it sounds a little more like facet arthritis as it does not radiate to different areas and does not have a constant dull ache. That being said, a physical exam and imaging would be necessary to be sure. If you are concerned about an actual herniation, then I would recommend seeing a physician for an exam to be safe. ...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