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Inflamed Disk Lower Back
I have inflamed disks in my lower back and was in a car crash 4 months ago the pain started about 2 months ago, could the car accident be the reason?
Hard to say: Generally expect an acute injury to cause acute pain....Not pain that shows up 2 months later. Nonetheless in a completely healthy with no prior health issues, one would have to take the presence of new complaints as something more than circumstantial or incidental. ...Read more
Slipped disc?: Depends on wether your MRI results indicate a protruding disc or a herniated disc, and whether or not the involved disc material is encroaching on any nerves or you spinal cord. If you do not have a surgical lesion, then your treatment options are multiple, including but not limited to physical therapy, spinal manipulation, lumbar traction, weight reduction if applicable. Your dr. Should advise u. ...Read more
Can I still go walking for exercise with a bugling disk in my lower back, it doesn't hurt. Jogging really hurts?
Yes: Don't overdo it. Listen to u'r body. Mild stretching. Soft lumbar back support also beneficial which u can get at most pharmacies. Ice after the walk is also beneficial. ...Read more
I'm a 30 year old male with three disk fused too getheir lower back I have osteoporosis can workout my lower back and strength it?
Feeling lots of pain in lower back, MRI came back with basically a destroyed disk, what should I do?
Exercise: Need to be more proactive in terms of daily exercise program in terms of flexibility & cardio along with core strengthening while limiting prolonged sitting which generates 4 times body weight across the discs of the lower back. If a smoker stop and if overweight, lose some pounds. You can try otc meds if no medical reasons not to. Discs wear out naturally with age but you can stay in shape! ...Read more
What are types of stretches or exercises that will help relieve pain from a herniated disk in the lower back?
Strengthen your core: Exercises that strengthen the muscles which support your spine will help keep the disc from getting worse. If you over stretch it can make things worse but stretching and strengthening exercises with a person who knows what they are doing, will help a lot. ...Read more
I have been told that the disk in my lower back are worn down. What does that mean? I have had microdisectomy on L4 and L5 already. Thanks.
DJD L/S Spine: I guess that by "worn out" they mean there's small area or space between your vertebral bodies which means there is a degenerative or arthritic disease producing lack of flexibility and even possibly pain. ...Read more
Bulging Disks: Bulging Disks have the potential to cause severe pain and potentially serious neurologic problems including paralysis. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and MRI results you may wish to start with a neurosurgeon or orthopedic specialist to be sure you are not at risk for the most severe consequences. ...Read more
Exercises, ect.: Slipped or herniated disc most time does not result in pain and does not require treatment. Mackenzie exercises are an excellent start in trying to alleviate the pain. I would recommend that you are instructed by a physical therapist. Short term chiropractic care may also be beneficial. Oral steroids, nsaids, epidural steroid injections all may beneficial. If all fail then surgery may be an option. ...Read more
I did an MRI on. My lower back it shows 3 disk touching the nerve what can be done about it apart from surgery?
I had an injury in my lower back where the disk space between L5 & s1 has decreased. How long will it take to heal?
Disc: May have narrowed over the years, found after your injury. The narrowing likely to remain over time. ...Read more
I have chronic coughing and it does bother me as it hurts my back when I cough, due to having a herniated disk in lower back.?
I have two bulging disks, annual tear, siatica all in my lower back. I'm a nurse have to lift patients everyday. Is that going to aggravate the tear?
Can certainly do so,:
Any lifting at work or home, can be deleterious for your back.
Suggest see P Therapist to learn the Do's and Don't at the Back School, where one gets taught about the causes of pain and the aggravating factors in general, and specifically those pertaining to you.
See your PCP and get evaluated.
Good Luck. ...Read more
Have plusating pain in lower back no disk problems. Internet said aneurysm? I've had the pain on and off for 5 months! Is this possable? A bit worried
Aneurysm unlikely: An aneurysm would be a very unlikely cause of low back pain, especially at your age. The internet may be referring to an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is unheard of in healthy young people. The most common cause of such pain, especially at your age, is muscle spasm and strain. But if worried, a medical exam is always warranted. ...Read more
It depends...: Many have herniated or bulging disks in the lumbar spine that do not cause symptoms. However, generally speaking, if a herniation is acute (occurring within a recent time period) and is causing symptoms, then running should be suspended. The high-impact nature of running may cause the symptoms to increase or persist. Swimming or the elliptical generally are better choices in this situation. ...Read more
Yes depending on...: This depends on the type and severity of your symptoms as well as what aggravates them or makes them feel better. Exercise is generally better than rest but it depends on the exercise & sport as to how it affects you. ...Read more
Depend: Microdiscectomies (laminotomy) are performed to relieve radicular pain of an arm or leg. If your pain is "not bad" then I would recommend that you see your doctor and discuss treatment options such as oral steroids, nsaids, exercises, & possibly an epidural steroid injection series. Unless you bowel/bladder symptoms, surgery should be your last option. ...Read more
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