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Doctor insights on: L5 Bulging Disc Anular Tear

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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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Does a disc annular repair itself in a l5-s1 bulging disc case?

Does a disc annular repair itself in a l5-s1 bulging disc case?

Yes!: We never see them in older adults.

Even for full blown herniations, the discs repair...

http://casereports. Bmj. Com/cgi/content/full/bcr-2013-201037. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a l5-s1 bulging disc be herniated over time?

Is it possible that a l5-s1 bulging disc be herniated over time?

Bulging Disc: A bulging disc= herniated disc.

The real significance is the degree of herniation and whether there is any impingement on the nerves in the cauda equina of the lumbar spine (peripheral nerves). ...Read more

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What are some good, safe exercises to do with L5/S1 Herniated/Bulging disc?

What are some good, safe exercises to do with L5/S1 Herniated/Bulging disc?

Prone on Elbows: Hi TamaraR, It is always best to be evaluated by a competent specialist prior to starting exercises. Generally, pain can be relieved by stretching exercises that arch your back. You can lay down prone with elbows resting on the ground and arch your back for 3-5 min at a time. If you have symptoms such as weakness then it may be urgent to see a specialist.
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How often does a l5-s1 bulging disc shrink compared to other discs? And how long does it usually take to shrink?

How often does a l5-s1 bulging disc shrink compared to other discs? And how long does it usually take to shrink?

Usually they don't.: Over the many years the water content of discs decreases and they can "shrink" in size. However the co-relation of bulging and pain is poor. Many people with absolutely no pain have bulging discs which are found incidentally. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a l5-s1 bulging disc and ddd at the age of 28? How serious is it?

Is it normal to have a l5-s1 bulging disc and ddd at the age of 28? How serious is it?

Not normal, but: Can happen, particularly after injury or trauma. To find out how serious it is you need to talk w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it really rare for l5-s1 bulging disc / minor herniation to slip back to its place compared to l4-l5?

Is it really rare for l5-s1 bulging disc / minor herniation to slip back to its place compared to l4-l5?

First, discs don't: "Slip" back into place but the majority resolve just fine over time 90% without any surgery. If one were to do a follow up MRI from the first one over a 6 month period, 60+% chance of noting the disc resorted or shrink in size. Also, disc bulges are normal findings on imaging studies of the spine and even significant disc herniations can get better without surgery. ...Read more

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I have back pains with a bulging disc and pinched nerve in my L4 L5 disc and the neurosurgeon recommended amytriptlene?

1possibility: It is very common to have a bulging disc. The nerve symptoms are usually related to inflammation. The first step in treatment is usually anti- inflammatories and physical therapy to decrease the mechanical traits that are putting pressure on the disc and strengthen your core. When these measures do not completely work, a medication to help with netve pain is often added. Amytrip. Is one of those. ...Read more

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Does a l5-s1 bulging disc hurt the hip? I have noticed that the pain coming from my hips more than anything else. Explain please.

Does a l5-s1 bulging disc hurt the hip? I have noticed that the pain coming from my hips more than anything else. Explain please.

Possibly: Referral of pain can radiate to several locations. However, disc bulging at l5-s1 is common and doesn't always have associated pain. If the hip pain is on both sides, and clearly away from the back and sacroiliac joints, then perhaps a look at the hips as a separate problem should be considered. ...Read more

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Is it common that a 1 month l5-s1 bulging disc makes my whole back/spine in pain? Or its from ddd? I felt pain increased after mckenzie excersies.

Is it common that a 1 month l5-s1 bulging disc makes my whole back/spine in pain? Or its from ddd? I felt pain increased after mckenzie excersies.

Common but not DDD: Degenarative disc disease is age related and do noy usually occur at your age of 28 unless you were treated with high doses of steroids for long period of time for some reason, and it will show on the MRI or cat scan which showed the disc bulge. The disc bulge can cause pain in spine and exercises can exaggerate the pain in the back. ...Read more

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Have a bulging disc with nerve compression at L5/S1, what distance is safe for me to walk each with a 10kg backpack for me to have no pain. Thank u?

Have a bulging disc with nerve compression at L5/S1, what distance is safe for me to walk each with a 10kg backpack for me to have no pain. Thank u?

Get a lumbar pack: Be kind to your back and it will be kind to you.
Backpacks are hard on the low back. Large fanny packs are known as "lumbar waist packs" allowing one to carry a lot of the weight directly on the hips and decrease back strain. See: http://www. Ebay. Com/sch/i.html? _trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=lumbar+fanny+pack&_sacat=0&_from=R40
I do not endorse this particular model, it is only an illustration. ...Read more

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Can bulging disc at l5-s1 cause pain in the genitals?

Unlikely: Nerve root most commonly compressed by a disc at l5-s1 is the s1 nerve root, less commonly the l5. Compression of either nerve root would cause pain down the leg, not typically the genitals. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc l5/s1 can menustration make the pain worse?

I have a bulging disc l5/s1 can menustration make the pain worse?

Bulges: Discs naturally bulge as we age. Unless there is evidence on MRI and on exam that the disc is actually pushing on some other structure (typically a nerve) then the disc bulge is highly unlikely to be the cause of back pain. Look for other causes (muscles, joints, etc.) as for getting worse with menses, has your doctor considered endometriosis? ...Read more

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Can someone explain the effect extension has on a moderate bulging disc w/ mod degeneration at l4-5 and l5-s1?

Can someone explain the effect extension has on a moderate bulging disc w/ mod degeneration at l4-5 and l5-s1?

Complicated...but: There have been lots of studies that show mckenzie exercises help reduce pain but have no (or negligible) effect on bulging discs. They do not reduce recurrences of back pain and little functional benefit. But, I still recommend them for certain patients. See a spine specialist! ...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've a protrusion disc on L5 s1 level and a bulging disc on t12 l1level. I'm an athlete. Do you recommend surgery? I want heal it fast! Thank you

I've a protrusion disc on L5 s1 level and a bulging disc on t12 l1level. I'm an athlete. Do you recommend surgery? I want heal it fast! Thank you

Not enough info: Generally these issues will not require surgery. Look for other causes of back pain at age 19, particularly spondylitis unless there is nerve entrapment and you do not respond to conservative therapy, surgery is not a good idea. ...Read more

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How often does a l5-s1 small protrusion disc / bulging disc shrink over time for a middle-age male? Period? And what helps it to shrink? Please help.

How often does a l5-s1 small protrusion disc / bulging disc shrink over time for a middle-age male? Period? And what helps it to shrink? Please help.

Several things: That have been demonstrated aboit disc herniations include the fact that 66% of them shrink or resolve by 6 monthsvas demonstrated by sequential mris. 90% of disc herniations are treated non operatively while bulging discs are normal and not problematic. Regular exercise, weight control as well as not smoking are key to maintaining a healthy back. ...Read more

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Does a bulging disc always come with facet arthropathy? I have l5-s1 bulging disc and my whole back is in pain. Is it possible from facet arthropathy?

No, two separate: Pain generators. However, you can certainly have both at the same time. Facet arthropathy and disc bulging will have different symptoms that can be determined by physical exam findings and have different treatment options. Facet pain will usually still be localized to levels or follow a referral pattern, not usually diffuse pain. You will need a physical exam. May be muscular as well. ...Read more

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Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Depends: Grade I L5S1 spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis- no intervention needed if no referable symptoms. Otherwise, physical exam including neurologic function to rule out neurologic deficits. With no referable significant deficit, physical therapy is usually a good start. ...Read more

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What is the best sport to protect my spine for the long-term? I was diagnosed with ddd and a l5-s1 bulging disc and I'm 28!

What is the best sport to protect my spine for the long-term? I was diagnosed with ddd and a l5-s1 bulging disc and I'm 28!

Core strengthening: Http://www. Spine-health. Com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/exercise-and-physical-therapy-disc-disease-treatment-and-pain-m.

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I have a recdnt bulging disc l5-s1... I'vs been hearing many cracks in my spine lately. Is that normal or it is getting herniated?

Bulging disk: A bulging disc does not usually cause "cracking" sounds in the spinal area, being able to predict whether a disc is going to herniate is quite difficult - likely your symptoms are not related. ...Read more

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My MRI showed bulging disc L5S1 and moderate neuroforaminal compromise worse on left side with possible impingment of both exiting L5 nerve roots?

My MRI showed bulging disc L5S1 and moderate neuroforaminal compromise worse on left side with possible impingment of both exiting L5 nerve roots?

MRI: Ok you just read the MRI report. This means nothing alone. What to do depends on symptoms and exam. Unfortunately - medicine has lost sight of these components (good history and full exam). If you have no symptoms - do nothing. ...Read more

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I have l5-s1 slight bulging disc. One doc told me that I should quit squash for good and another doc said I can play again within 3 months. I'm 28?

I have l5-s1 slight bulging disc. One doc told me that I should quit squash for good and another doc said I can play again within 3 months. I'm 28?

See details: A bulging disc is not necessarily a serious issue. You can play when the back pain is significantly better and if playing does not cause a flare in the pain. ...Read more

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My MRI report says that I have l5-s1 herniation and two doctors told me that I got a bulging disc when they checked my mri...I'm confused, help pls?

My MRI report says that I have l5-s1 herniation and two doctors told me that I got a bulging disc when they checked my mri...I'm confused, help pls?

A matter of: Interpretation. Some people call small disc protrusions bulges. What's more important is what the disc bulge or protrusion is actually doing. That is, whether or not it's causing nerve root impingement or foraminal stenosis. ...Read more

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I have bulging disc at l4/l5 (based on mri) and pain in back and left leg. What can I do to put it back, to fix it and what shouldn't do? Thank you!

Wait a few days: Oftentimes, such pain goes away on its own after several days to several weeks. Studies show that those who have surgery on average are no better off after two years than those who don't.. If its unbearable or worsening, then see a doctor. Physical therapy can help in the short term, but best to just take it easy and don't lie down more than for sleeping, as it can make it worse. ...Read more