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Doctor insights on: L4 And L5 Bulging Discs

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I have severe stenosis at L4-L5 two bulging discs at L4-L5 & L-5-S-1, ddd. I have started noticing that area feels hot to the touch. Ideas?

I have severe stenosis at L4-L5 two bulging discs at L4-L5 & L-5-S-1, ddd. I have started noticing that area feels hot to the touch. Ideas?

Unusual: The presence of heat over the area is an unusual complaint, even in someone with severe stenosis. I would probably be seen and examined, in part to make sure you have not developed some form of infectious process somewhere; particularly if you have had any invasive spinal procedures such as an epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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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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I have l4-l5 bulging disc. My cat puke on my bed. Sudden horrible low back pain, changing sheets. Am i feeling the disc? What could it be?

I have l4-l5 bulging disc. My cat puke on my bed. Sudden horrible low back pain, changing sheets. Am i feeling the disc? What could it be?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Awful low back pain. Scoliosis. L4-l5 bulging disc. 1 year last time pain. Hurts to walk, sit, do anything . Radiates to thighs. What's causing this?

Awful low back pain. Scoliosis. L4-l5 bulging disc. 1 year last time pain. Hurts to walk, sit, do anything . Radiates to thighs. What's causing this?

Lumbar Muscle Spasm: If you have a bulging disc at l-4/l-5 probably irritated a nerve by twisting, bending, lifting, etc. Now have spasm compressing the nerves. ...Read more

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What does mild l4-l5 diffuse disc bulging with anterior thecal sac effacement mean?

What does mild l4-l5 diffuse disc bulging with anterior thecal sac effacement mean?

Disc bulge: It means that the disc is somewhat compressing the sac around the spinal canal. In some patients, this may cause neurologic deficit or be completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What is the maximum weight that I can lift/carry with a L4/L5 disc bulge and L5/S1 disc herniation with an annular tear?

What is the maximum weight that I can lift/carry with a L4/L5 disc bulge and L5/S1 disc herniation with an annular tear?

Impossible to say: You should ask the doctors who are treating you back issues, not someone who has never examined you or seen your MRI. ...Read more