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Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

No: Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation. Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves. ...Read more

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Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Sometimes: Any activity that increases intra-abdominal pressure (tightening of the stomach muscles) will increase the pressure on the disc and thus pinch a nerve harder. This can be uncomfortable until the symptoms of the herniated disc resolve. ...Read more

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I lift my baby up often. Will this make my herniated discs worse?

I lift my baby up often.  Will this make my herniated discs worse?

Possibly: Lifting and bending can make the symptoms of disc herniation worse. Make skeep to keep back and abdominal muscles strong with daily stretching and strengthening to allow you to limit thenproblems that herniated discs can cause. ...Read more

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Had an epidural yesterday for disc pain.Now pain is worse. Is this normal?

Had an epidural yesterday for disc pain.Now pain is worse. Is this normal?

Yes, probably: The epidural injection you received, as is the case with most "cortisone" injections, has 2 components: a long-acting local anesthetic and a steroid. The local lasts for 4-5 hours, and the steroid takes about 72 hours to "kick-in." during the interval, you pain may be worse, as there is now fluid around the area increasing the pressure. Take you usual pain meds for this. You've got 2 days to go. ...Read more

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Commuting for work on the freeway with a disc herniation and its worsening my symptoms. Any way i can minimize it? (symptoms i mean)

Commuting for work on the freeway with a disc herniation and its worsening my symptoms. Any way i can minimize it? (symptoms i mean)

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If not better with this I would suggest seeing a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Its been an year i was diagonised with mild disc bulge and i've been negligent. Is there any chance that it could get worse and what could it be?

Disc Bulge: If your disc bulge is symptomatic, you should continue medications to management. It could get worse, but more likely, symptoms should improve over time. ...Read more

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I injured my lower back when 40. Now at 65 is considerably worse. The discs for all practical purposes are gone. What can he done at this late stage?

I injured my lower back when 40. Now at 65 is considerably worse. The discs for all practical purposes are gone. What can he done at this late stage?

Depends: Non operatively you may need therapy and bracing, such as an abdominal binder, operatively you may need multiple level fusion. It depends on your health and activity level otherwise. ...Read more

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