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My doctor told me I had a bulging disc in my back. Will I need surgery?

My doctor told me I had a bulging disc in my back. Will I need surgery?

Maybe: You are a surgical candidate if 3 criteria are met: 1.) pain that lasts more than 6 months and that has failed to respond to nonsurgical measures. 2.) there is a surgically "correctable" problem. In the case of a bulging disc, one does not know the answer to this until a discogram has been performed. Yes, bulging discs can be sources of severe pain. 3.) you determine that you can't live with it. ...Read more

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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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My doctor has told me I have a bulging disk in my neck and lower back. The pain has now spread around to my hip. Is this normal? Been on gabapentin.

My doctor has told me I have a bulging disk in my neck and lower back. The pain has now spread around to my hip. Is this normal? Been on gabapentin.

Back and hip. : Bulging disks in the low back can certainly cause hip pain. Discs however in the neck do not. It is very common for pain to start in the back and slowly progress and start to radiate along the path of the nerve which can be in fact in the hip area. Gabapentin tends to work best for burning or searing pain however dull achy toothache like discomfort rarely responds to that medication. ...Read more

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Have friend in 40's; told has bulging disc; told also by 2 doctors would need surgery to correct. Is this true or is there more options?

? pain in legs?: Does your friend have leg pain that can be associated with the spinal level with the disc bulge? If you take 100 40 year olds with no back pain, 30 of them will have bulging discs. If you have leg pain that correlates with the disc bulges, your odds of good surgical result are improved. Recent studies report not much difference between surgery and no surgery 5 years out. ...Read more

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After taking dihydrocodeine for my bulging disc pain in my back. any suggestions to put to my doctor.?

After taking dihydrocodeine for my bulging disc pain in my back. any suggestions to put to my doctor.?

Referral to pain: interventional spine specialist. Interventional pain management involves special procedures to treat and manage chronic pain and spine disorders. ...Read more

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My bf had back surgery because he had a bulging disk (5l) that herniated. We are ttc. Suggestions?

My bf had back surgery because he had a bulging disk (5l) that herniated. We are ttc. Suggestions?

TTC BACK SURGERY: If i understand ttc means trying to conceive, if thats is correct, than back surgery is not going to interfere with you getting pregnant, because of his condition, as long as he can have sex.If ttc foryou mean something else, still have agood time and write back again good luck. ...Read more

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I have l5-s1 slight bulging disc..One doc told me that I should quit squash for good and another doc said i can play again within 3 months. I'm 28?

I have l5-s1 slight bulging disc..One doc told me that I should quit squash for good and another doc said i can play again within 3 months. I'm 28?

See details: A bulging disc is not necessarily a serious issue. You can play when the back pain is significantly better and if playing does not cause a flare in the pain. ...Read more

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My MRI report says that I have l5-s1 herniation and two doctors told me that i got a bulging disc when they checked my mri...I'm confused, help pls?

My MRI report says that I have l5-s1 herniation and two doctors told me that i got a bulging disc when they checked my mri...I'm confused, help pls?

A matter of: Interpretation. Some people call small disc protrusions bulges. What's more important is what the disc bulge or protrusion is actually doing. That is, whether or not it's causing nerve root impingement or foraminal stenosis. ...Read more

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