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Why me? I have a lumbar disc hernia?

Why me? I have a lumbar disc hernia?

Disc herniation: With normal aging, the intervertebral discs slowly degenerate with loss of fluid or hydration. These natural changes combined with weakening of the outer covering of the discs provides the mechanism for development of a disc herniation. The strength of the discs and alignment of the spine are genetically determined and also plays a parts in the process. ...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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I have a slip disc problem?

I have a slip disc problem?

Herniated disc: A "slipped disc" refers to a disc in the spine which is protruding to some degree.Sometimes a disc protrusion can pinch a nerve, causing radiating pain into an extremity. Many "slipped discs" are minor and are simply a part of the normal aging process which includes wearing out of discs, bone spurs, etc - nothing needs to be done about these normal aging changes if there are no associated symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a minor pinched sciatic nerve that doesn't have any herniated disks. How long should I be seeing a chiropractor?

I have a minor pinched sciatic nerve that doesn't have any herniated disks. How long should I be seeing a chiropractor?

Not very.: Three treatments ought to bring about relief, or you should pursue other modalities. The chiropracter should also have given you specific exercises to do at home. If not improving, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have cervical spondylosis and sever spinal stenosis. Should I see a chiropractor?

I have cervical spondylosis and sever spinal stenosis. Should I see a chiropractor?

Yes: As long as you have no instability or myleopathy(spinal cord involvement) or progressive neurologic symptoms or exam findings, treatment with a chiropractor can be tried as long as it involves modalities and gentle traction avoiding manupulation especially in extension. ...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 be a marine if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Can I be a marine if I have lumbar spinal stenosis?

Duty Restrictions: Many people have lumbar stenosis. In some cases, it's congenital or acquired. Patients usually don't see a doctor until they become symptomatic. Duty restrictions directly related to severity, pain and functional limitations. Applicants to the military are examined, but x-rays and MRI of the spine aren't routinely performed. Pre-existing conditions may disqualify applicants from the military. ...Read more

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Disc hernia and protrusion are the same? Back 5 years ago I have a small disc protrusion now I have a 7mm disc hernia

Disc hernia and protrusion are the same? Back 5 years ago I have a small disc protrusion now I have a 7mm disc hernia

Disk : Disk herniation and disk protrusion are generalized terms for describing a disk displaced or sticking out of the disk space into the spinal canal. Disk protrusion may be used more specifically to describe a disk displacement when the height is less then the width. Since the terms for describing disk herniations vary from doctor to doctor and there is little consistency to how they are named the best way to determine if your disk has worsened if by radiologist or back surgeon directly comparing your MRI films. For more information please see my health guide on lumbar disk herniations and sciatica. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have cervical myelopathy. Should I have a spinal fusion, laminectomy or adjustment?

I have cervical myelopathy. Should I have a spinal fusion, laminectomy or adjustment?

No adjustment!: Myelopathy means you have symptoms due to pressure on the spinal cord in the neck. Adjustments are absolutely out of the question. A decompression or fusion is the most appropriate treatment to stop progression of symptoms. However, the kind of procedure is dependent on the reason you have myelopathy. You need to see a spine surgeon in order to fully evaluate your problem. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc. The dr has recomended a laminotomy. Should I do it?

I have a herniated disc. The dr has recomended a laminotomy. Should I do it?

Radiculopathy: If you have a disabling radiculopathy that is affecting your overall fitness, goals and health, and conservative treatments have failed, it is a next step for people who do not want to lose there fitness, goals and spine health. A thorough evaluation necessary to know. ...Read more

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What exercises and spinal positions should I avoid if I have a lumbar disc herniation?

What exercises and spinal positions should I avoid if I have a lumbar disc herniation?

Several: Generally, you're going to want to avoid high impact exercises as they may worsen the herniation. Avoid rapid starts and stops. Emphasize exercises that gently stretch, like yoga, and remember to respect your body; when something causes you pain, don't do it. I would also strongly advise seeing someone who specializes in this type of problem. You need to fix it and not make it worse. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve in my neck and shoulder pain , should I have a MRI or just a neck xray. Am worried that i might have a slipped disc in my neck.?

I have a pinched nerve in my neck and shoulder pain , should I have a MRI or just a neck xray. Am worried that i might have a slipped disc in my neck.?

M R I: For the diagnosis of the disc in the neck is very good test. The x-ray also needed on the neck before the mri, i think i will do the x-ray then the m r i ...Read more

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I have a slipped disk hernia, from whom will I get help?

I have a slipped disk hernia, from whom will I get help?

Start with family MD: Since most people get better without surgery, start with your primary care doctor who might prescribe modification of activities, medicines, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatories, and possibly cortisone injections in the spine. If you remain symptomatic despite all that, your doctor may send you to a neurosurgeon, but that is not the first place to start...Again, because most don't need surgery. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc between l5/s1 would thay cause calf pain?

I have a herniated disc between l5/s1 would thay cause calf pain?

Yes: L5/s1 disc herniation is typically causing compression or irritation of either L5 or s1 nerve roots. These roots contribute to the sciatic nerve and that's why the calf pain is usual complain. ...Read more

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If I have herniated disks can I still weightlift?

If I have herniated disks can I still weightlift?

Yes/No: As far as what sport is safe, that is a million dollar question. Really I would say, play what you enjoy and if the disk becomes a problem then seek medical care right away so you don't have any lasting or activity limiting effects. Avoid any spine loading exercises or any exercises that cause you to twist with weights. ...Read more

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Might somebody have cervical radiculopathy from herniated discs and not have neck pain?

Might somebody have cervical radiculopathy from herniated discs and not have neck pain?

Yes: Yes, absolutely. You can have radiculopathy that presents as pain, numbness, or weakness in an extremity with no neck pain what so ever. ...Read more

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