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Lumbar Low Back Herniated Disk
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
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
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
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
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.?
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
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
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
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
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
Does a herniated disk in the lower back cause burning pain in the back and the leg? Please explain and help
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
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
Bad pain in my groin going down my legs comes and goes. I have a herniated disk in lower back and have no injuries as of late to cause a herniations?
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
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
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
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.
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
40 y/o male N.Delhi India suffering from lower back pain (L4L5 herniated disk) & spinal stenosis as per MRI. Pain in left side. Take NSAIDs. Advise pl?
Physical therapy: Chiropractor's manipulations, will helpGet a more detailed answer ›
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?
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
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
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
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?
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