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Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Can you have a normal life with a herniated lumbar disc?

Yes : 75% are better nonop within 2 to 12 weeks from onset of leg pain. 90% get better without surgery. However , lifestyle changes are important to minimize recurrent problems: not smoking, regular exercise and weight control. If you need surgery, 90% do well, too especially if they follow the same advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Quality Of Life (Definition)

Quality of life means different things to different people. Essentially it is that constellation of life activities, physical and mental health, relationships, self worth and happiness for an individuals. Different individuals have differing perceptions of what constitutes an ...Read more


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How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

How to reduce weight, if I am having herniated lumbar disc?

Try low impact: Reducing calories can produce weight loss, but exercise makes it a bit easier. Exercise that does not "jar" or load the back will usually be more comfortable and may also help you feel better. Often water exercise can help a person burn calories with low back stress (swimming, water walking, water aerobics). Other options include elliptical machines, bicycling, perhaps walking. ...Read more

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Is an operation necessary for a herniated lumbar disc of 5cm?

Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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I am very physically active. I just found out that I have herniated lumbar disc. Will I ever be able to be active again?

Yes: Once you are through with the acute spasm and muscular back pain regular exercise and core strengthening are vital. See a physical therapist to learn proper exercises and technique. I've run 6 marathons since i had my herniated disc issue. ...Read more

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Does cold therapy penetrate deep enough to treat a herniated lumbar disc?

Does cold therapy penetrate deep enough to treat a herniated lumbar disc?

Yes: In most patients, cold therapy can help relieve some of the inflammation in the large muscles that surround the spine. Although the cold temperature associated with cold therapy does not reach all the way to the disc, it can help relieve some of the pain and muscle spasm that occurs along the muscles just underneath the skin layer. ...Read more

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I have herniated lumbar disc & now sharp shooting sciatic pain going down both sides to soles of feet. Can hardly walk. Will pt cure it?

I have herniated lumbar disc & now sharp shooting sciatic pain going down both sides to soles of feet. Can hardly walk. Will pt cure it?

Try acupuncture: I would recommend acupuncture. It's gentle, noninvasive and shown great results with back issues. Acupuncture needles feel good! it's completely not the same as any other experienced in western care. Don't let it deter you. They aren't hollow, like clinic needles. They are thinner than your hair. ...Read more

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Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Non-surg back option: Physical therapy can benefit even long-term degenerative disc disease sufferers, aimed at muscle relaxation then equilibration, opening intervertebral disc spaces for discs to return to their normal shape, and physical pain relief. Tens units & licensed massage therapy help pain without side effects. Swimming helps strengthen back muscles without jarring or grinding down discs. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?

Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?

Probably normal: Disk degeneration by itself does not affect lifespan. Your longevity is more affected by other factors (genetics, blood pressure, heart-lung-other internal organ function, exercise, tobacco-alcohol-drug use). ...Read more

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Hi i am 24 my job is fym coach and i have lumbar disc herniation i would like i be informed adout what kind of problems could this cause to me life;?

Hi i am 24 my job is fym coach and i have lumbar disc herniation i would like i be informed adout what kind of problems could this cause to me life;?

Disc herniation: I recommend consulting a neurosurgeon who will take a history of your symptoms, perform a physical examination and review your MRI. He/she can then advise you about the natural history of your type of herniated disc, what your physical limitations should be and the best treatment for you, if any, at this time.
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How is lumbar disc replaced?

Not replaced: Diseased disks are removed and the adjacent vertebrae fused. Disks are not replaced. ...Read more

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How much fluid is actually in a lumbar disc?

How much fluid is actually in a lumbar disc?

70-90%: The normal young adult disk is about 70-90% water, but it is held in the cells and other parts of the disk. Some of the molecules act like sponges to suck in and hold onto the water molecules. As we stand and sit and work throughout the day, some gets squeezed out; when we lie down and rest, those molecules suck it back in. As the disk ages, the percentage will decrease. ...Read more

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Why did my bulging lumbar disc from 2012 never heal?

Bulging discs: will not :deflate on their own: this is an interesting clinical finding, which only requires periodic evaluation and if necessary anti inflammatory medicines, ...Read more

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Symptoms of Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

Symptoms of  Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

And the question IS?: I'm afraid your question mark should really be a comma if anything. I'm not catching your drift. Are you asking for a list of symptoms associated with IVD disease without myelopathy....or if one could even exist without the other? Perhaps, you're copying something out of a report? Revamp your question and send through again. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Lumbar (Definition)

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