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Regarding lumbar herniations, a phd told me that a black low disc is actually more stable than a high plump disc. Agree disagree?
Agree: If you look at it from the point of view that a plump, well hydrated disc has only one way to go then a degenerated disc may well be more stable in the sense that it may have little additional change possible. Welcome to the aging process! wait until you get into your 40's! ...Read more
The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
Many: Treatment for symptomatic degenerative disc disease and disc herniations depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you don't have any neurologic deficit, such as weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder incontinence, you can first try conservative therapy with stretching, strengthening, and anti-inflammatories. If these don't provide relief, you should consult with a pain doctor. ...Read more
See below: Unfortunately our backs start degenerating in our late teens. Strengthening the core abdominal muscles, and back muscles . Using proper body mechanics and lifting techniques, weight-loss regimen if necessary, avoid smoking, avoid trauma are a few recommendations. Good luck thank you. ...Read more
I've been in bed for a week with horrible sciatic pain. What can I do to help alleviate the pain & become mobile? I have 3 lumbar discs herniations.
See your doctor: At this point, i would suggest that you see your doctor to discuss other treatment options such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections or medications such as muscle relaxants of anti-inflammatory meds. Surgery can be considered if all else fails. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Generally, you're going to want to avoid high impact exercises as they may worsen the herniation. Avoid rapid starts and stops. Emphasize exercises that gently stretch, like yoga, and remember to respect your body; when something causes you pain, don't do it. I would also strongly advise seeing someone who specializes in this type of problem. You need to fix it and not make it worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nerve impingement: If a disc herniation is severe enough, it can lead to neurologic issues because of nerve compressions. Therefore, a disc hernation can potentially lead to pain, change in bowel function, and change in bladder function - including urinary retention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cauda Equina : Syndrome when a disc in the lumbar region herniates and compresses the sac of nerves known as the thecal sac or even the end of the spinal cord known as the conus with enough pressure to cause the bladder not to function usually associated with numbness in the region where you would sit on a horse's saddle-saddle anesthesia. This is a true emergency and needs immediate evaluation and surgery. ...Read more
BiLat lumbar facial fat herniation +Danlos, +athletic season, tx options?! Occasional restricted motion/severe pain (usually no or mild mod pain)
Fibromyalgia: 34 y fem w. low back pain, dysautonomia, migraine, insomnia & Ehlers-Danlos has symptoms of Fibromyalgia, FM. British MD's aware association Hypermobility Syndrome & FM. Loose joints beget tilted body tower struggling to remain upright as repetitive gravitational stress causes joint subluxations, autonomic impingements & soft tissue spasm/pain. Aquatherapy, yoga, massage, walking & cannabis help. ...Read more
It usually heals: Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own. Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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