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Can I do curl ups to improve core body strength if I hav degenrative disc or bulging disc in the lumbar region?

Can I do curl ups to improve core body strength if I hav degenrative disc or bulging disc in the lumbar region?

Absolutely can BUT--: Though you are young for this sort of problem the answer is still true no matter your age...Exercises abound for people with your types of arthritic problems and you should do them with gusto and not avoid them. But it may be advisable to work with someone who's experienced such as a therapist or trainer to be sure you are doing things the right way. Try aquatic therapy as well. Talk to your doc. ...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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Are chin ups and push ups ok to do if I have sciatica due to bulging disc n degenrative disc in the lumbar region?

Are chin ups and push ups ok to do if I have sciatica due to bulging disc n degenrative disc in the lumbar region?

OK with Technique: Exercis is always good even with slight injury to help heal faster, however you must take caution with the use of proper technique. Prolonged extension and flexion of the spine can make things worse. Use the rule of thumb if it hurts afterwards don't do that again until you are feeling better. ...Read more

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Can you have both a bulging disc in lumbar and cervical spine at the same time?

Can you have both a bulging disc in lumbar and cervical spine at the same time?

Yes: A bulging disc can be a sign of genetics, aging or trauma. They can be located anywhere along the spine although the neck or lower back are the most common areas. ...Read more

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Body hurts constantly. Bulging disc in neck, lumbar hypertrophic disease, beginnings of spinal stenosis. How to ease pain without narcotics?

Body hurts constantly. Bulging disc in neck, lumbar hypertrophic disease, beginnings of spinal stenosis. How to ease pain without narcotics?

Physical therapy, ice, Arnica.: physical therapy exercises, including stretching exercises, may be very helpful. Ice applications to the area may decrease pain as well. Arnica is a natural anti-inflammatory that may also give you some relief. Acupuncture, massage, meditation our other conservative approaches that may help you. Spine injections can also be an option. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc and lumbar spinal stenosis. I have a bad lower back tattoo that needs to be covered. Can getting it cause any damage?

I have a bulging disc and lumbar spinal stenosis. I have a bad lower back tattoo that needs to be covered. Can getting it cause any damage?

Not necessarily: Need more data on your general health not see a reason no to cover it depending how you will treat the lumbar stenosis If planning possible surgery ...Read more

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I have a lower back bulging disc around L5. Been treated with epidural lumbar injection 3 times, no real improvements so far, they want to try the lumbar facet injection, would it work better? Isn't that just for the facet joints? What differs?

I have a lower back bulging disc around L5. Been treated with epidural lumbar injection 3 times, no real improvements so far, they want to try the lumbar facet injection, would it work better? Isn't that just for the facet joints? What differs?

Pain generators: Facets can be pain generators as well. Likely, you doctor is thinking that the epidural treated part of the problem but facet block may treat the other component of your problem. Facet blocks can be diagnostic as well as therapeutic. ...Read more

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Had MRI after lumbar puncture due to pain. No leak/hematoma. Bulging disc, tears, cysts. No pain/symptoms before puncture, did it cause/irritate this?

Had MRI after lumbar puncture due to pain. No leak/hematoma. Bulging disc, tears, cysts. No pain/symptoms before puncture, did it cause/irritate this?

Probably: The epidural needle goes through an area that is sensitive and can irritate the nerves in your spinal cord as well. Should resolve. ...Read more

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Help me I have herniated and bulging disc lumbar area sciatica but I don't know why I got severe neck and mid back pain hurts when I breath and cough?

Help me I have herniated and bulging disc lumbar area sciatica but I don't know why I got severe neck and mid back pain hurts when I breath and cough?

Cervical spine disc: Many people that have lumbar disease, also have similar finding in the neck which can lead to pain and sensory symptoms in the arms similar to the sciatica you have in your leg. Speak to your md about it and see about getting the neck evaluated. ...Read more

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Bulging disc in lumbar. Constant pain/worse when lifting/or shifting weight. Spinal dr. Burned nerves. Pain continues. Arms/legs numb when bent. Help!

2nd. Opinion: See a neurologist. Bulging disc in low back can not cause pain or numbness in arms. A possibility of systemic disease or fibromyalgia needs to be considered. ...Read more

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Most effective way to treat bulging disk in the lumbar spine?

Most effective way to treat bulging disk in the lumbar spine?

Time: Physical therapy and time to start. Most symptoms will resolve over 3-6 months. There are other more invasive treatments but I would recommend conservative treatment to start. ...Read more

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Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Verify actually caus: Verify that is actually causing the symptoms. Are there specific objective neurologic findings? ...Read more

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Is it ok that I feel uncomfortable especially while im sitting and feeling something dislocated on my left lower back in a recent minor bulging disc?

Is it ok that I feel uncomfortable especially while im sitting and feeling something dislocated on my left lower back in a recent minor bulging disc?

Yes: The fear of back problems can be overwhelming. Most humans have minor bulging discs and the physical therapy will probably be more than enough to compensate for the discomfort. See your doctor for followup. ...Read more

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Is the plank safe for a bulging disc? Sometimes when I do I get little electric shocks in my lower back.

Is the plank safe for a bulging disc? Sometimes when I do I get little electric shocks in my lower back.

Planks: Planks are usually safe for a bulging disc. Anything that strengthens the core should be helpful. However, when you experience pain, that is your body's way of protecting you from doing damage. It is a sign that you should do something different.

A good physical therapist can guide your exercise routine appropriately. ...Read more

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What can I do about a bulging disc in the lower back?

Options: Options include physical therapy, exercise, weight loss. The bulge is not inherently a problem. But pain may be the manifestation of the bulge. ...Read more

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How effective are lower back surgeries for for bulging disc n are there any side effects. Does it limit u from doing certain things?

How effective are lower back surgeries for for bulging disc n are there any side effects. Does it limit u from doing certain things?

Be careful: Studies have shown a poor correlation between a "bulging disc" and the presence of back pain. Some would consider back surgery only in the presence of definite abnormalities of the neurological exam with leg (and not just back) symptoms. Removal of parts of the disc with fusion can be done but even if successful there can be emerging problems later at the disc sites above/below the current site. ...Read more

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Hi, I’m 46, female, have chronic pain across my chest area in my back, recent mri of lower back shows bulging disc 3, 4, 5... what could be wrong?

Hi, I’m 46, female, have chronic pain across my chest area in my back, recent mri of lower back shows bulging disc 3, 4, 5... what could be wrong?

Maybe thoracic prob: Bulging disc from accident? Spontaneous? In Lumbar area may also have thoracic involvement;need exam and imaging. May be secondary muscle involvement from strains.
chest pain should be worked up ; cardiac, lung, GI or MSK is unclear. ...Read more

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I have a lower back injury. (bulging disc and degenerative back disease) I used to run 3 to 4 miles a day before this injury. Can I run with this?

I have a lower back injury. (bulging disc and degenerative back disease) I used to run 3 to 4 miles a day before this injury. Can I run with this?

Yes: These diagnoses are radiologist terms for images on films. Bulges no longer considered significant pathology as they once were. Bulges & degenerative disk disease not necessarily related to back pain. Many your age without back pain have same MRI findings. See osteopath for hands-on evaluation. You might have soft tissue sacroiliac joint disorder. See my chronic pain board at quora. Com (free). ...Read more

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My MRI scan showed that I have a bulging disc in my lower back. Should I see a spine specialist?

My MRI scan showed that I have a bulging disc in my lower back. Should I see a spine specialist?

Depends: Depends on if you have nerve symptoms. If you have only back pain or sciatica type pain but no weakness or numbness or bowel or bladder problems, then you don't have to, but may want to see one to discuss first non-surgical options of treatment and then if they do not work, then possible surgical options. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc and degenerative disc disease in my lower back. I pulled a muscle in my lower back can that cause me to have knee pain with move?

Yes: Yes, but @ age 25 deg disc disease is rather uncommon unless other factors involved. Back pain w/ nerve 'pinching' can cause knee pain BUT a good examination / history can normally distinguish between back and related nerve pain and a primary knee problem (tendinitis, kneecap, etc.). My reccommation would be to see a board certified ORS if your symptoms persist. Best of Luck!! ...Read more

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I have two bulging disc in lower back which has caused the core muscles to open therefore I have a fat tummy from under my breast what belt would help?

I have two bulging disc in lower back which has caused the core muscles to open therefore I have a fat tummy from under my breast what belt would help?

See below: Bulging discs do not cause your core muscles to bulge and a fat tummy. The amount of bulging is not possible to affect the abdominal contents. See a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation and they can help you strengthen those core muscles and help you get rid of that fat tummy. ...Read more

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Bulging disc in lower back. Right side hip pain and sciatic shooting pains down legs. Medications or non surgical treatments for relief?

USUALLY: Over 90% of bulging discs with sciatica will get better without surgery. Non-surgical treatments (PT, Chiro, etc) along with either medications (NSAIDs or short burst of oral steroids) and possibly Epidural steroid injection should take care of most. ...Read more

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I've lower back pain which is now raidiating down my right leg to toes (tingly). X-ray & bloods clear doc thinks bulging disc. What's the tingling?

I've lower back pain which is now raidiating down my right leg to toes (tingly). X-ray & bloods clear doc thinks bulging disc. What's the tingling?

Nerve irritation: In this case, one of your nerve roots is likely irritated by the bulging disc. The disc may have a tear and release chemical signals that will irritate a nearby nerve root, or even intermittently make contact and compress the root. The resultant stray signals from the root is the tingling. No need to see doctor unless tingling gets painful or leg becomes weak/numb & interferes with function. ...Read more

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Bulging disc in lower back now making legs tingly/numb but not affecting walking & no pain in legs. Also jaw sore now. See a doc again?

Neuropathy: Lower back disc compressing the nerves will cause legs to become numb with tingles. That is neuropathy. I would see the doctor perhaps you need an MRI to assess the severity. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc in my lower back causing pain from hip to knee. I had a cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection in my hip a week ago now lower lip keeps twitching?

I have a bulging disc in my lower back causing pain from hip to knee. I had a cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection in my hip a week ago now lower lip keeps twitching?

Unlikely related: Cortisone shots can cause minor twitching to the area they're injected & even regional jerks depending on how much & where injected. However, I very much doubt that any shot of cortisone in your hip for pain to your knee could trigger your lower lip to twitch. I believe that's a benign finding of some sort which will resolve. Write me if you'd like: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?

Bulging disc: Is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment.
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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

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Are steroid shots that are injected into a bulging disk, neck and lower back, an effective procedure, does it help with the pain. I am really nervous?

Are steroid shots that are injected into a bulging disk, neck and lower back, an effective procedure, does it help with the pain. I am really nervous?

Yes: But they're not injected into the disk. Steroids can be injected into the facet joints or into epidural spaces. Epidurals are very safe and effective for sciatica and can also be used to treat spinal stenosis, but less effectively. And yes, they help to reduce pain. ...Read more

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When I sit in a chair and try to do straight leg raises it hurts so much in my lower back? I do have a history of a bulging disk at L5 s1 help

"Doctor: It hurts...: The right and first answer when they hear that doing something hurts, is to tell the patient not to do the thing that hurts. I see no benefit of you doing straight leg raises with pain. Perhaps it is time to get back to the doctor to figure out what to do with your spine injury. ...Read more

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Multiple Sclerosis in me not active. MRI shows bulging disk in neck an lower back (bulging in not out) Does it have anything to do with my walking?

Multiple Sclerosis in me not active. MRI shows bulging disk in neck an lower back (bulging in not out) Does it have anything to do with my walking?

Let's analyze: If you possess bulging discs in neck and back, these are NOT affecting your walking in any fashion. You claim your Multiple Sclerosis is "not active", but instead, is it Secondary Progressive? Do you have a co-morbidity of B-12 deficiency? Is your neurologist an MS focused specialist? Do you need a second opinion? If your gait is deteriorating, there are reasons, and you need answers. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain in lower back that comes on sometimes with movement and sitting pluse electrical shocks in hips also cramping at night. Bulging disk?

A few causes: There could be early arthritic change in the lower back, but you might have a facet issue, or sacra-iliac problems, or merely muscular strain/sprain. A physical therapist could help instruct for a home exercise program, which would allow you control and stabilization of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more