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Doctor insights on: Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk

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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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Is it safe to run or jog with a herniated disk in my lower back?

Is it safe to run or jog with a herniated disk in my lower back?

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

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Lumbar (low back) herniated disk (Tip)

The most important treatment is physical therapy. Usually gentle stretching exercise for life. ...See more

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
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Managing a Herniated Disk (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs and/or pain medications
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Get an X-ray/MRI to evaluate further if you do not improve in 4-6 weeks
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See a spine specialist for treatment options
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Can I still play some volleyball with a herniated disk in my lower back?

Can I still play some volleyball with a herniated disk in my lower back?

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

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Lumbar (low back) herniated disk (Tip)

Initially don't lift, pull, push, or carry anything over 10 pounds for the first four weeks. ...See more

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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 chronic coughing and it does bother me as it hurts my back when I cough, due to having a herniated disk in lower back.  ?

Possible: Back pain that radiates to leg and lancinating that is worsened by coughing or strining is suggestive of a herniated disc physical therapy, and other modalities are vailable see your family doctor to havre it further dealt with. ...Read more

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How painful is it ?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

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How painful is it ?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

Not awful: People with a really bad radiculopathy often wake up from surgery feeling better, happy to trade postoperative pain for the radicular pain. Patients typically go home same or next day with oral pain medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
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Lumbar (low back) herniated disk (Tip)

Hurt back? Keep moving! More than 3 days rest is associated with increased pain and poorer recovery. ...See more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
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Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
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Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
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What are the symptoms?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

What are the symptoms?After lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

Usually none except: Most disc surgeries are successful when done for primarily sciatic pain in a non smoker, 90-95%. There is usually some incisional pain based on the size of incision. There may or may not be some residual pain in the leg usually due to ongoing nerve irritation from its prior compression by the disc or by the manipulation during surgery. Sometimes, there can be residual neurologic symptoms ...Read more

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How will your back feel after lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

How will your back feel after lower back surgery for a herniated disk?

Usually just ...: Usually this is just incisional pain of up to 2 weeks duration.. If there was back pain equal to or worse than leg pain pre operatively, then you most likely will not get much improvement of your back pain & all bets are off if you are a smoker. However, about 10% of disc surgery patients can experience back pain due to ongoing degenerative changes in disc over time with a 5% risk of reherniation. ...Read more

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Lumbar (low back) herniated disk (Tip)

Avoid bending ; heavy lifting. Walking daily (30 minutes) ; swimming. Lose weight, quit smoking. ...See more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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What are the symptoms of having a herniated disk in the lower back?I have numbness and tingling in the lower back when sitting?

What are the symptoms of having a herniated disk in the lower back?I have numbness and tingling in the lower back when sitting?

Many symptoms...: While this could be a sign of a herniated disc, it sounds a little more like facet arthritis as it does not radiate to different areas and does not have a constant dull ache. That being said, a physical exam and imaging would be necessary to be sure. If you are concerned about an actual herniation, then I would recommend seeing a physician for an exam to be safe. ...Read more

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What are types of stretches or exercises that will help relieve pain from a herniated disk in the lower back?

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

Dr. Frank Holmes Dr. Holmes
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Lumbar (low back) herniated disk (Tip)

Yoga is an excellent exercise for those with chronic low back pain but good form is very important. ...See more

Dr. Matt Wachsman Dr. Wachsman
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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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I have a herniated disk in my lower back. Why does it hurt so much when I cough or sneeze?

I have a herniated disk in my lower back. Why does it hurt so much when I cough or sneeze?

Stretch: The sneeze is causing a localized vibration/trauma which causes the spine to shift and impinge upon the nerve rootlets.. ...Read more

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Back Of The Neck (Definition)

Neck x-ray is dedicated to the neck, a complete study is an ap, lat, r&l obliques as well as a swimmers view to visualize the lowest cerv segment and t1. L spine is an ap, lat, r&l obliques & a coned lat ...Read more


Low Fiber Diet (Definition)

You may have noticed that some of the commercial foods are adding fiber. This is totally unnecessary. Fresh fruit and vegetables supply fiber ...Read more