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Ice Make 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bending, lifting and twisting all load the discs and can injure or reinjure them. ...Read more
I had 7 bulging discs in 2010, now 1 is herniated 2014. Does this mean my back is getting worse? Pain has gone from 4/10 to 8/10.
Yes: From your description there is increased degeneration of the lumbar spine. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
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