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Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Sometimes: Any activity that increases intra-abdominal pressure (tightening of the stomach muscles) will increase the pressure on the disc and thus pinch a nerve harder. This can be uncomfortable until the symptoms of the herniated disc resolve. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy make bulging disc worse?

Can physical therapy make bulging disc worse?

Physical therapy: A trained physical therapist will help with modalities and gentle stretching. ...Read more

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I lift my baby up often. Will this make my herniated discs worse?

I lift my baby up often.  Will this make my herniated discs worse?

Possibly: Lifting and bending can make the symptoms of disc herniation worse. Make skeep to keep back and abdominal muscles strong with daily stretching and strengthening to allow you to limit thenproblems that herniated discs can cause. ...Read more

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Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

Can ice make herniated disc pain worse?

No: Pain from a herniated disc is due to nerve root irritation. Ice is considered a pain reliever. Some nerve irritation can cause an abnormal hypersensitivity such that the cold is perceived as painful. It might be difficult for the person with herniated disc pain to differentiate that pain from the hypersensitivity associated with the cold because temperature and pain are transmitted on same nerves. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia make herniated disc pain worse for a longer period of time.

Can fibromyalgia make herniated disc pain worse for a longer period of time.

Yes it can: While the disc pathology will not be changed by fibro, the central sensitization to pain is often very increased. This means that the perception of the pain, the subjective feeling of pain will most likely be increased. This along with the increased myofascial pain that can be aggravated by disc herniation and nerve pain, it certainly can cause significant, extended pain. ...Read more

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Had an epidural yesterday for disc pain.Now pain is worse. Is this normal?

Had an epidural yesterday for disc pain.Now pain is worse. Is this normal?

Yes, probably: The epidural injection you received, as is the case with most "cortisone" injections, has 2 components: a long-acting local anesthetic and a steroid. The local lasts for 4-5 hours, and the steroid takes about 72 hours to "kick-in." during the interval, you pain may be worse, as there is now fluid around the area increasing the pressure. Take you usual pain meds for this. You've got 2 days to go. ...Read more

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