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How to know if I have a herniated disc?

How to know if I have a herniated disc?

MRI: Although a history and physical is the first step, a MRI is the most common imaging study used to diagnose a herniated disc. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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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Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?

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 more

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What activities should I avoid if I have a herniated disc?

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 more

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Please help! I have a herniated disc and i'm only 16. Why?

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

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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

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I have a herniated disc; can I drive a car?

I have a herniated disc; can I drive a car?

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 more

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Can I walk a marathon if I have a herniated disc?

Can I walk a marathon if I have a herniated disc?

Yes as long as : The pain or other potential symptoms or issues like potential weakness limit you or aggravated by walking. Exercise in general is good treatment for most back problems as long as it is done judiciously. ...Read more

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Help docs! How to tell if I have a herniated disc?

Help docs! How to tell if I have a herniated disc?

Need MRI Eval: You need to be see by your doctor to order an MRI to really evaluate this. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc. Can heat help relieve the pain?

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 more

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What does it mean if I have a herniated disc in my lower back?

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 more

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