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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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I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

Can take long time: Here is the good news....According to greenburg, 50% of all things such as herniated disks or other examples of what we would refer to as "compressive neuropathies" resolve without any out side intervention. The bad news....It can take a very long time. In my case, when I got sciatica after doing legs with a buddy it took over 9 months for my back and leg feel normal again. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk in my L4 l5. I just got a chiropractor and saw a pt earlier today...What if my whole back gets cramped?

I have a herniated disk in my L4 l5. I just got a chiropractor and saw a pt earlier today...What if my whole back gets cramped?

See an orthopod: If you know you have a herniated l 4-5 disc, you have probably had someone look at it of quality. You will have pain on motion, and numbness over the top of your thigh on that side. As long as you have no muscle function loss, you can wait for a while. Take nsaids like ibuprofen, ice the back (do not use heat), and rest. This may take several months. A chiro cannot help this at all. ...Read more

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Can you have a pinched nerve without having any herniated disks in back but mild spondylitic change in L4-L5 (some facet degenerative change)?

Can you have a pinched nerve without having any herniated disks in back but mild spondylitic change in L4-L5 (some facet degenerative change)?

Yes: The facet joint outlines the neuroforamen in which the spinal nerve exits out of the spine. So if you have spondylitic change you may be compressing the nerve that exits out, hence pain. That said, it doesn't take much for a disc to bulge (it doesn't have to herniate) and the facet joint arthritis to cause such an event. ...Read more

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Just had an operation on herniated disc l4/l5 and still same symptoms on left leg as before op i.E. Numbness and scrapping feeling, is this normal?

Just had an operation on herniated disc l4/l5 and still same symptoms on left leg as before op i.E. Numbness and scrapping feeling, is this normal?

See below: If the nerve was heavily trapped the symptoms can persist as the nerve tries to heal. Talk to your surgeon about your problem. ...Read more

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What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Core exercises like yoga ; pilates. ...Read more

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Is a torn disc the same as a herniated disc? What effects could an l4-l5 torn disc cause?

Is a torn disc the same as a herniated disc? What effects could an l4-l5 torn disc cause?

The term torn as you: Are using it would imply a tear of the outer coating of a disc known as an annular tear. This is different from a disc herniation which occurs when a piece of a core of the disc called the nucleus polposusmoves through the annular tear. Boh can cause painor can be painless, incidental findings on a mri. These tears canbe the result of norms. Disc aging or can be traumatic in nature. Most heal. ...Read more

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What are the most effective ways to get a herniated disc back in place? I have a large herniated disc in the L4/L5 region.

What are the most effective ways to get a herniated disc back in place? I have a large herniated disc in the L4/L5 region.

Herniated disc: Not too much to get it back into place - given that it is a large one. But you do things to make it less symptomatic - PT, core strengthening, injections, medication, Stem Cell/PRP disc injections. ...Read more

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Herniated disc at L4 and L5 causing sciatica, please help?

Herniated disc at L4 and L5 causing sciatica, please help?

See your doctor: The doctor who ordered the scan which showed the disc herniations should be able to give advice regarding the next steps. Any numbness or weakness associated with the sciatica should be worked up by a neurosurgeon, who may recommend conservative management including injections, endoscopic or minimally invasive discectomy, laminectomy etc depending on the findings. ...Read more

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Do you think I should have surgery for my L4 L5 herniated disc that is causing debilitating pain?

Definitely: Discectomy is very successful for the treatment of sciatic pain (shooting pain in leg past the knee) caused by disk herniation. Failure of nonsurgical management or persistent/severe pain even in the short-term are some reasons to proceed. Studies show that although long-term outcomes are similar, surgery resolves pain much more quickly than nonsurgical allowing quicker return to function. ...Read more

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I have been having a constipation problem and I was wondering if it was due to the herniated disc I have on my l4-l5?

I have been having a constipation problem and I was wondering if it was due to the herniated disc I have on my l4-l5?

Sometimes: Lower back pain from a disc herniation or even back surgery cn cause your bowels to become sluggish or get constipated. Pain meds for either of the above can alos contribute as does decrease physical activity due to the back pain. Be sure to drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily, more if you are on pain meds and eat a healthy diet. ...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

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I have been diagnosed with bulging disc in L4 and herniated disc in l5. I also suffer from utis at least every other month...What should I do?

UTIs not related: First, check with a urologist on UTI & frequency as not related to back issues. In terms of a disc bulge, they are normal findings. Even herniated discs can occur in asymptomatic people. For back health, you need to exercise regularly, particularly core exercise & cardiovascular regimens. Watch your weight & don't smoke. Make sure you have good vitamin d and calcium intake as well. ...Read more

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I was operated from a herniated disc L4 L5 a year ago what sports can I do?

If you have made a: Full recovery and have no symptoms as well as rehabilitated appropriately, you have no real restrictions. However, sports that involve repetitive flexion and rotation may place you at a higher risk of recurrence. Weight lifting competitively would not be recommended, it is important that you keep your core strong and body flexible while maintaining good cardio endurance, . ...Read more

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Can a L4/L5 herniated disc cause my back too pulse and if I have anxiety disorder can I feel even more the pulse?

Can a L4/L5 herniated disc cause my back too pulse and if I have anxiety disorder can I feel even more the pulse?

Hypervigilance: Hypervigilance is an anxiety symptom where a person pays too much attention to a physical symptom or even a normal function. Hypervigilance can lead to more anxiety thereby intensifying physical symptoms. Hypervigilance can also alter a person's perception to the point where pain is intensified. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with herniated disc on L4/L5 and L5/S1 three months ago. Is it possible to still do weight training? If so, what to avoid?

Symptoms?: Need to know symptoms attributed to disc abnormalities? Its possible to return to weight room but why? Weight lifting does increase intra dscal pressure ...Read more

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I have l4, L5 and s1 herniated disc. Would this cause loss off bladder control?

I have l4, L5 and s1 herniated disc. Would this cause loss off bladder control?

Rarely: Loss of bladder control in the setting of herniated lumbar discs is a medical emergency. Please seek immediate medical help. ...Read more

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Have been diagnosed with herniated disc L3-L4 and L4-L5, advised for the epidural pain injection also surgery. I am scared, is this the last option?

Have been diagnosed with herniated disc L3-L4 and L4-L5, advised for the epidural pain injection also surgery. I am scared, is this the last option?

Herniated disc: Surgery is not the only option. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, aquatic therapy, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, cortisone injections, rhizotomy, bracing and a variety of medications including compound creams can relieve the pain without surgery. Microdiscectomy is the most common surgical procedure to repair a herniated lumbar disc. Fusion is performed when there is instability too. ...Read more

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I have herniated disc st L4 L5 pain down right leg waiting to have fusion done. I have delobped swelling of right leg is this relatef to my back?

I have herniated disc st L4 L5 pain down right leg waiting to have fusion done. I have delobped swelling of right leg is this relatef to my back?

Unlikely: It would be rather unusual to see swelling in your leg because of compression of a nerve in your back. Is their swelling your calf? If so, that would raise the possibility that you might have some type of obstruction of the vein bloodflow in your leg. There are some simple noninvasive test that can tell if there's any blockage of the blood flow return in your leg. Call your doctor and review your situation with him to determine if these test should be done or not ...Read more

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I have herniated disc on L4 L5 and buldge on L5 s1. Before pain in flexion now more on extension. Y? Any sugstn? Mri done

I have herniated disc on L4 L5 and buldge on L5 s1. Before pain in flexion now more on extension. Y? Any sugstn? Mri done

Many treatments: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to continue to play wheelchair basketball with a herniated disc? It's in my L4-L5 region. I do have some pain in my back and hips.

Is it a bad idea to continue to play wheelchair basketball with a herniated disc? It's in my L4-L5 region. I do have some pain in my back and hips.

Wheelchair: Basketball can be very tough on the back. I would make sure I ran this by a supervising physiotherapist who is familiar with your medical conditions. ...Read more

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I have herniated discs at t10-t12 and l4-l5.And a herniated disc at s1 which is encroaching s1 nerve root. Can it get better? Its been 6 yrs

May recede: Herniated discs may or may not recede over time. Their presence on MRI does not indicate that they are causing signs or symptoms. The significance requires correlation with history and examination. ...Read more

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Bloodwork in oct. Showed elevated platelets (458). In nov., an MRI indicated that I had a 9mm herniated disc at l4/l5. Could the two be related?

Bloodwork in oct. Showed elevated platelets (458). In nov., an MRI indicated that I had a 9mm herniated disc at l4/l5. Could the two be related?

No: Disc herniation does not cause high platelet counts. Platelets can go up during any active infection or inflammation, so be sure to recheck to make sure they came down. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more