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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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Herniated disc, what is better, heat or ice?

Herniated disc, what is better, heat or ice?

Herniated Disc: It really depends on the acuteness of the disc herniation. Early in the course of the disease ice might be considered good, however, for chronic disc herniation, heat would be of most benefit. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck for yrs. pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps. ?

I have a herniated disc in T 6 and bulging disc in 5&7 in neck  for yrs. pinched nerve in shoulder blade causing pain in arm and numbing in hand  I have tried over the counter meds heat and ice. Nothing helps. ?

Further treatment: There are more aggressive treatment options for the spine that are more powerful than using over the counter medications, but they get progressively more involved. From non invasive alternatives such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, to interventional pain procedures which are invasive but non surgical, to even surgical considerations. I would not hesitate to be seen to discuss options. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc. Can heat help relieve the pain?

Yes: The pain from a herniated disc is due both to pinched nerves and to reactive muscle spasms. The heat will help relieve the muscle spasm related pain. Typically nerve pain will be more responsive to application of cold packs. Generally speaking, pain is a very subjective experience. Whether heat or cold works better for you depends on your individual sensation. ...Read more

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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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I have herniated disc at L4 and 5 impinging on S1. I was put on Neurontin (gabapentin) which worked great for 2 weeks. Any suggestions?

I have herniated disc at L4 and 5 impinging on S1. I was put on Neurontin (gabapentin)  which worked great for 2 weeks. Any suggestions?

Nerve root pain: Perhaps all you need is a slightly higher dose of neurontin (gabapentin). Other treatments that may be helpful are physical therapy, traction treatment, rest, ibuprofen, and sometimes other medicines like amitriptyline. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery for herniated disc they put a 2 inch titanium plate to replace disc does the screws come loose and cause pain?

It shouldn't...: But it could theoretically. An x-ray could help to tell. See your doctor, there are lots of simpler reasons for pain. ...Read more

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Herniated disc l4 and l5. Can sitting in slouching position put more pressure on these areas of back and aggravate the disc pain more?

Herniated disc l4 and l5. Can sitting in slouching position put more pressure on these areas of back and aggravate the disc pain more?

It takes more than tit takes more than tha: it takes more than that. Each person is different and there can be different mechanisms of your problems. Part of this depends on who you are, which are the anatomic structure involved and how they can be impacted. You need to discuss this with your physician, and get the right evaluation. ...Read more