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I Have A Herniated Disc
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
Yes: Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful. We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ones that cause pain: This is only in the acute phase. Over time, activity helps the herniated disc to heal. For example, if there are twins, one fat and one thin, the fat twin will have the better looking discs. Instead of thinking of activity as a problem, think of it as a solution! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare: A ruptured or herniated disc in a young (16) year old patient is rare in the absence of trauma. However, it can happen and if it is symptomatic with back pain with radiation down one of the legs, you may consider a consultation with a neurosurgeon. Most would be reluctant to do any operation unless all of the conservative measures (physical therapy, pain consult) have been exhausted. ...Read more
I recently found out that I have a herniated disc (o5 i think). Will i ever have a full recovery and be able to do everything i did before?
If symptomatic now ?: By o i assume it's c-5.If you r symptomatic & have arm pain due 2 the disk, & there is surgery being contemplated @ur age, u r expecting a cure. This is not the usual outcome. This would b nice but it involves a fusion & i would not expect a full recovery & a return 2 all of ur usual activities, if u try u would b @ a risk of further injury. U & parents need 2 ask ur surgeon these questions. ...Read more
As long as you have : A valid license and you are not taking any medication that may impair you for your symptoms related to the disc herniation. Sitting and driving may aggravate your symptoms and watch that your reaction time is not diminished by any of your symptoms like back &/or leg pain, numbness or weakness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The pain from a herniated disc is due both to pinched nerves and to reactive muscle spasms. The heat will help relieve the muscle spasm related pain. Typically nerve pain will be more responsive to application of cold packs. Generally speaking, pain is a very subjective experience. Whether heat or cold works better for you depends on your individual sensation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Herniated disc: This means that one of the discs in your lumbar spine is protruding outside its normal area. This could be large or small. It could cause severe compression of the nerves or not at all. It can be very painful or not painful at all. What is means depends on your symptoms and exam and imaging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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