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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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Thoracic spinal pain no herniated disks what could this be? Feels like a vise grip with burning pain

Thoracic spinal pain no herniated disks what could this be? Feels like a vise grip with burning pain

Could be referred: Pain from acid reflux, gastritis, ulcer or gallbladder issue. It could also be back pain as most back problems do not arise from a disc herniation. See your doctor to get evaluated. ...Read more

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History of low back pain bulging/herniated disks l3-s1, reinjured now left leg going numb, pain when using bathroom, and left ovary pain is that weird?

History of low back pain bulging/herniated disks l3-s1, reinjured now left leg going numb, pain when using bathroom, and left ovary pain is that weird?

Pain: The symptoms you are feeling can be related to disc protrusion/herniation. If you have pain in the ovary and that may not be related to your back. These could be separate issues and you should check with your primary md and/or ob/gyn doc on this first. A urinary tract infection is also something to rule out here. ...Read more

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What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

What can be done for the pain of a herniated disk?

Time, meds, exercise: Most disc herniations get better with time, 90%. Activity modification with guided exercise, medication and epidural steroid injections are options and if no better after 12 weeks, surgery may be an option. Lifestyle changes like not smoking, not being obese and regularly exercising will minimize any future back problems as well as taking adequate vitamin d and calcium. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease pain from a herniated disk that's in my middle back?

What can I do to decrease pain from a herniated disk that's in my middle back?

Several things: Pain caused by herniated discs usually resolves with time, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and, if overweight, weight loss. ...Read more

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What should I do to decrease pain on a herniated disk that's in my middle back?

What should I do to decrease pain on a herniated disk that's in my middle back?

Disc Herniation: Most herniated discs heal on their own--80%. For those that are too painful or fail to improve with pt, nsaid's, 6-18 weeks time, nerve blocks, other medications, then discectomy (plucking out the ruptured fragment) is very successful. In the neck, this is often accompanied by disc replacement or fusion. In the lumbar spine, discectomy is all that is necessary. ...Read more

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What are my options for easing pain caused by herniated disk in neck when pt doesn't work?

What are my options for easing pain caused by herniated disk in neck when pt doesn't work?

Injections vs Surger: If pt is not helping, sometimes epidural steriod injections can help alleviate the pain. If those modalities fail and you are still experiencing pain, surgery may be an option. Fortunately, for the properly selected patients and in the right hands, surgery can be very successful. ...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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How can I help reduce leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

It should on it's. .: This should do it on own if you! Re non smoker & your leg pain was predominant pain. Occasionlly, the nerve can still remain irritated from it's prior compression &/or manipulation during surgery. Anti inflammatory meds or meds like neurontin, Elavil or Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help as well. If the pain is persisting, you may need a contrast MRI to see if there is a retained disc fragment or recurrent one. ...Read more

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How do I help relieve my leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

Pain relief: Mild bed rest with elevation of lkegs behind the knees will help with stretch on the paraspinous muscles. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help relieve my leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

That depends on why: There is still leg pain. Sometimes it is related to inflammation early postop although a retained disc fragment, a recurrent disc herniation, an unrecognized conjoined nerve root was present, scar formation or wrong level was operated on. Maybe the leg pain was not related to preop disc identified. Speak to your surgeon about further imaging if needed & treatment based on clinical exam & images. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk?

How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk?

Steroid injection: It usually takes a few days for the steroid to be effective. There is a wide variation on the response to this injection & symptom relief. The duration of relief also varies. ...Read more

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Does the methylprednisolone dosepak take away the pain of a herniated disk?

Prednisone for pain: Prednisone is a temporary solution to help with an acute flare of your back pain. Some people who have herniated disk do not have pain and others have it chronically. When there is a flare or a worsening of pain, this can help but will not permanently make the pain go away. ...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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How long does pain last from a herniated disk?

75% better 3 months: Most people get better between 2 to 12 weeks from the onset of their extremity pain. This is about 75% without any surgery & does not depend on any one type of treatment or any at all. The rest get better up to one year with about 10% needing surgery with appropriately indicated surgeries doing well 90% as long as they are non smokers, not obese & not diabetic. Those in shape do best in all! ...Read more

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How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

Treating back pain: Herniated disk can be painful. To help with this physical therapy and pain medication but since it is chronic I would suggest acupuncture, feldenkrais therapy and improving your core strength. If it gets worse, they may recommend epidural injections and evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more

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What is the recommended pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

What is the recommended pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

Anti-inflammatories: Generally, the majority of the pain in a herniated disc comes from the inflammatory process and thus anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen work well. If you also have nerve pain, drugs such as Neurontin (gabapentin) can help as well. Finally, muscle relaxers can help if you have a lot of spasms. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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


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