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What causes numbness in the lower back? I do have a herniated disk. My low back doesn't feel right also have extreme leg pain with numb and tingling?

What causes numbness in the lower back? I do have a herniated disk. My low back doesn't feel right also have extreme leg pain with numb and tingling?

Numbness in your-: -back is not from a disk but leg pain & numbness in the legs can be disk related. Get in to see a fellowship trained spine surgeon & get an answer. ...Read more

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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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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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?

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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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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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

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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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I have a herniated disk in my lower back what precautions should I take being pregnant and having a 1 year old?

Don't sit too much: Sitting too much or laying down too much isn't healthy overall, and isn't healthy for your back. See a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do at home to help with my lower back pain. I have a herniated disk and I'm getting surgery but until then im suffering :/?

Is there anything I can do at home to help with my lower back pain. I have a herniated disk and I'm getting surgery but until then im suffering :/?

Non-operative: You should try gentle stretching and core strengthening exercises. You can try a hot tub or heating pad but use it sparingly and don't injure yourself by too much heat. Injections can often relieve the sciatic pain by both reducing inflammation of the nerve and also dissolving some of the fat around the nerves which can often yield excellent relief. It all these fail then surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Does a herniated disk in the lower back cause burning pain in the back and the leg? Please explain and help

Does a herniated disk in the lower back cause burning pain in the back and the leg? Please explain and help

Yes: Because the disc is impinging the nerve that goes down your leg. Treatment options include conservative treatment, steroid injections, and surgery depending on extent of the herniation, symptoms, signs, etc. Consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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Does kinesio tape help if you have a herniated disk in the lower back? Why does my knee hurt and burn just as much as my back?

Does kinesio tape help if you have a herniated disk in the lower back? Why does my knee hurt and burn just as much as my back?

Very little evidence: Kinesio tape has been shown to have very little or trivial benefit in treating musculoskeletal sports injuries, and there's less evidence to support using it in back injuries. Sciatica, or radicular back pain, will cause pain away from the injury which can be quite severe. The good news is that sciatica is very treatable and your back and leg pain should both resolve. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated disk on my lower back due to a car accident, every time I'm on my period my back hurts to the point I can't walk, is that normal?

It is not normal: Pain is never normal. There are various lower back disorders which could cause pain during the period. I can appreciate your concerned about your health, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for examination, tests and referral, if needed, for the treatment. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk on my lower back & I play sports my surgeon told me to stop playing for 4 months I was wondering why should I stop sports if I have no pain while playing & no pain after I play, I have pain when I'm not active so why stop?

I have a herniated disk on my lower back & I play sports my surgeon told me to stop playing for 4 months I was wondering why should I stop sports if I have no pain while playing & no pain after I play, I have pain when I'm not active so why stop?

Please repost: Perhaps to try to let the disc herniation resolve spontaneously. Please repost and include the answer your surgeon gave you to this question; or if you have not asked your surgeon - after all, (s)he's the one who told you - please state why not. ...Read more

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Herniated disk in my lower back right above my butt, having numbness in my right leg. Hurts to breathe. Should I go to er?

Pain control only: Chances are the er physician will do the best he/she can to get your pain under control; however, long term treatment should be discussed between you and your regular physician. Typically, i'd recommend an MRI of your back as well as emg/nerve conduction study to see where to go next. These will not be done in the er. Again, er is good for short term pain control only. ...Read more

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Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Cross SLR: This could be a sign of a lumbar spine intervertebral disc herniation or something else. See your doctor for further evaluation and examination. The history and exam may be able to diagnose a disc herniation. An MRI is often needed to confirm the diagnosis and to help guide treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a me to have a herniated disk in my lower back? Extreme pain with coughing, sneezing with bending over & extending my legs.

Is it possible for a me to have a herniated disk in my lower back? Extreme pain with coughing, sneezing with bending over & extending my legs.

Classic signs: Pain on valsava (coughing/straining/sneezing) causes increased intra spinal pressure = pain with herniation

pain on straight leg raising = stretching nerve root. ...Read more

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I'm having lower back pain. I had surgery on my back 2 years ago for a herniated disk. I tried motrin and Soma (carisoprodol) for pain nothing helps. Any ideas please?

Instability: Some patients develop instability after discectomy due to loss of disc material and perhaps some pre-existing instability which led to the herniation in the first place. You should see your surgeon and be evaluated. Most of the time physical therapy is all it takes to alleviate these symptoms. If you have pain which radiates to your leg, those might be from a recurrent disc. ...Read more

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My wife has severe lower back pain. The pain came on gradually. She can walk with the aid of a walker. She has noradicular pain. The doctor in the ER thinks that it is a herniated disk but I think it is a spasm. Your opinion?

My wife has severe lower back pain. The pain came on gradually. She can walk with the aid of a walker. She has noradicular pain. The doctor in the ER thinks that it is a herniated disk but I think it is a spasm. Your opinion?

Herniated disc?: Sounds like your wife needs an mri. Herniated disc is likely, although it could be several different things. If your wife has new weakness, bowel, or bladder changes these are never normal and need to be worked up emergently. ...Read more

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Is a bulging, slipped or herniated disk the same thing? I have severe pain bending forward or reaching I have to roll out of bed. Low back is injured

Is a bulging, slipped or herniated disk the same thing? I have severe pain bending forward or reaching I have to roll out of bed. Low back is injured

Usually: These terms usually refer to the same problem, when the soft tissue between the vertebrae protrudes out where the nerve exits, and presses on the nerve causing pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. See a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon that specializes in spine disease for a consultation to find out more. May need to go through your primary care first. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a non-surgical method of relieving low back pain caused by a herniated disk?

What is a non-surgical method of relieving low back pain caused by a herniated disk?

4 options: The non-surgical options for a herniated disc are: pain meds, stretching (see harvardneurosurgeon. Com/pt2.Html), physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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I am having a lot if low back pain that goes into the butt what could this be? I have a herniated disk at L5 s1

I am having a lot if low back pain that goes into the butt what could this be? I have a herniated disk at L5 s1

Related to disc: Disc herniation at the l5-s1 level can produce back, buttock, leg and foot pain, weakness and numbness. If your pain is not better after physical therapy, have a re-evaluation by your doctor to see if you need further treatment. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack? Does it work to take care of inflammation in the low back due to a herniated disk? Please help

Potentially: A Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack is basically a regimen of oral steroids, usually taken for anywhere from a 6-15 day course. Steroids are very potent anti-inflammatories and so can help inflammatory conditions such as a radiculopathy secondary to a herniated disc. The effectiveness, and also the time they last vary tremendously. Steroids can cause multiple, severe side effects but usually more in chronic use. ...Read more

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I have l5-s1 herniated disk. For two days I have this buzzing vibrating around my vagina. Lots of low back pain with it. Can it be from my back?

I have l5-s1 herniated disk. For two days I have this buzzing vibrating around my vagina. Lots of low back pain with it. Can it be from my back?

Family practice: Pain or sensation changes to your vagina and rectum can be from your back. It suggests you have a nerve root impingement from your herniated disk. You need to be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Hellman
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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


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more