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Can inguinal hernia repair nerve damage?

Can inguinal hernia repair nerve damage?

Yes: Nerve injuries are rare complications of open & laparoscopic hernia repair. In open surgery, the nerve that innervates the skin of the groin & thigh is prone to injury, leading to numbness or pain. In laparoscopic repair, a tack holding the mesh can irritate branches of the same nerve, or, more rarely, catch a nerve to the leg. Chronic pain responds to injecting the nerve, if necessary. ...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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Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc, slipped disc pinched nerve, treatment?

Herniated disc: If you have a confirmed herniation with an MRI, the first line of treatment is usually a steroid injection around the nerve performed by a qualified pain physician. You may require more than one, but no more than three in a year. If the herniation is large and you have weakness, surgery is the best option. Along with these treatments, you may be given an antiinflammatory medication as well. ...Read more

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Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. Consider core strengthening exercises while you are on your own at home. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Can herniated discs heal without surgery?

Yes: Symptoms can subside overtime but may require activity adjustments to live with. Disc material has alot of waetr content and this can be reabsorbed the volume shrinks putting less pressure on nerve. The nerve calms down the leg pain improves. ...Read more

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Could a herniated disc / bulging disk be affecting thecal sac?

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Could a herniated disc / bulging disk be affecting thecal sac?

Disc herniation: Depend on the size and the type of the herniation, it might affect or even compress the thecal sac. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage repair itself?

Can nerve damage repair itself?

Sometimes: A broad question, because there are many ways a nerve can be damaged: compression (carpal tunnel), crush, cut, etc. A "bruised" nerve can heal itself; it grows back at about 1 inch/month. If the nerve is divided, it may occasionally heal, but more often needs surgical repair--and this doesn't always result in return of function. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression fix a bulging disk?

Maybe: Some chiropractors use a machine to apply traction to the spine and they call this "decompressioin." the scientific data is not robust so far and i dont believe any insurance companies cover the treatment which can be expensive. Some patients swear that it was helpful while others not so... "caveat emptor". ...Read more

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Can herniated disks rupture?

Can herniated disks rupture?

All variations: A disc herniation is when a piece of disc material moves out of its normal position. There are a variety of medical terms that describe some types of herniations but the term "ruptured " is not one but more of a lay person's descriptive term for a disc herniation. ...Read more

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Spinal MRI- multilevel disk & facet degen. scar tissue encasing S1,roots, Bulges &herniations, flat vent. dural sac, narrow foramin/spinal. Bad pain?

Spinal MRI- multilevel disk & facet degen. scar tissue encasing S1,roots, Bulges &herniations, flat vent. dural sac, narrow foramin/spinal.  Bad pain?

Degenerative disease: These findings may be the cause of your back pain. But how to take care of the pain is a whole other concern. You may do well with a combination of pain pills, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, and pain patches or liniments. Rheumatologists and orthopedists can give injections after doing tests to pinpoint the location and mechanism of the pain, such as pinched nerves. Lastly operation if need ...Read more

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Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

See a doctor: I assume you have had an MRI to know this. A herniated disc may cause leg pain and numbness, but with medications, physical therapy, injections, the symtpoms may resolve. However, if the pain persists, or you develop weakness you should see a spine surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Does a bulging disc / minor herniation repair itself over time?

Yes: Many can get better with time and conservative care within 6-8 weeks. Check out Spine-health.com. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage to sciatic nerves repair/heal itself?

Maybe, maybe not: Nerve pain from sciatica almost always (over 90%) heals itself. Nerve damage is less predictable. Some nerve damage is reversible, but the healing process is very slow - years. ...Read more

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Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read more

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Do disks actually repair themselves in a degenerated spine?

Do disks actually repair themselves in a degenerated spine?

No: Disc do not regenerate. The damage is done once the degeneration starts, or herniation occurs. It is a form of arthritis, and that is a progressive problem. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Yes: Technically, spinal stenosis is defined as a narrowing of the nerve canal and a disc herniation can definitely cause narrowing of the canal. ...Read more

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Is disk herniation surgery effective?

Is disk herniation surgery effective?

Yes: Your surgeon will help you decide when it is needed. In most instances, after non-operative care has been tried and failed, discectomy is very effective at improving leg pain. ...Read more

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I recently had a herniated disk repaired, can i take my percocet, and valium with my previously perscribed tizanidine?

I recently had a herniated disk repaired, can i take my percocet, and valium with my previously perscribed tizanidine?

Surgeon: Speak with your surgeon..The percocet and valium should be quite sufficient in most cases. I tend to recommend minimizing narcotic usage to under a week for this procedure. Make sure you follow the surgeon's post-op protocols. ...Read more

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How can I treat a herniated disk?

How can I treat a herniated disk?

Depends: Sometimes they are not the cause of a pain as they can be found in people who have no spine problems. For those that it does, most just get better with time. Additional help can be through: activity modification, guided exercise , medication, epidural steroid injections, and if all fails, surgery. Being a smoker, obese and not an exerciser but you at a higher risk of failing treatment. ...Read more

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How can I address a herniated disk?

How can I address a herniated disk?

Time & exercise: A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment. If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Understand that 90% of pain associated with nerve root irritation will resolve with time. Otc prescription nsaids, oral steroids, heat/cold and stretching exercises will help resolve the acute pain. If not then epidural steroids may be beneficial. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of herniated disk?

What are symptoms of herniated disk?

Back / arm/leg Pain: The most frequent symptom of a herniated disc in the lower back is pain radiating from this region into one or both of the legs. Similarly, in the cervical spine, pain radiates into the arms. ...Read more

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Can you over-treat a herniated disk?

Can you over-treat a herniated disk?

Yes you can: You can over treat any disease. It all depends what the complains of the patient are. If the pain is very minimal and the person can control it with over the counter medication, every other form of treatment would be considered over treatment. On the other hand, there are forms of disc herniation that fail all conservative measures and need surgery. Every case is unique and requires common sense. ...Read more

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What are the tests for herniated disk?

What are the tests for herniated disk?

The best ...: Most are diagnosed through a clinical evaluation with testing done to confirm the diagnosis as the number of disc herniations found in patients without symptoms increases with age. Knowing that, MRI is probably the best imaging test followed by a ct. A myelogram-ct is excellent as well with a contrast MRI the best test for people with prior back surgery to distinguish post op scar from a disc. ...Read more

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Will a herniated disk go away by itself?

Possibly: If the herniation is acute (just happened) a common course is that these issues resolve on their own within 6-8 weeks. Often physical therapy and anti-inflammatories are important in the healing process. If the pain does not resolve with these conservative measures or is accompanied by lower extremity weakness/numbness you should seek the care of an expert as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How serious is a having a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, amount of inflammation, location (neck, mid back, low back, against spinal cord, against nerve but not cord). Sometimes it keeps nerves or spinal cord from working properly. Other times it causes pain. Sometimes it is silent (no symptoms, problems). Most improve with time. Treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are, whether or not they are worsening, & how long they last. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for herniated disk?

Proper evaluation: This needs an appropriate evaluation. How much damage is it causing. A few need immediate emergency surgery while most need appropriate physical therapy. In some cases injection of corticosteroids in the back in a location called the epidural space between the spinal cord and the vertebrae, this is done to decrease swelling around the disk to decrease pain and let the herniation resolve. ...Read more

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Can I join the navy with a herniated disk?

No: No. "ruptured nucleus pulposus, herniation of intervertebral disk or history of operation for this condition" are all causes for rejection for induction, enlistment or commissioning into all branches of the armed forces. ...Read more

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Herniated disk when can I go back to work?

Orthopedics: geta orthopedic clearance- herniation is not always crippling, nor should it prevent work. Also consult a physicial therapist. ...Read more

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Does a herniated disk get worse over time?

Not necessarily: If you continue with physical therapy and avoid/limit activities that impact more on the disc it should stabilize and minimize related discomfort/problems. ...Read more

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Can a slip & fall cause a herniated disk?

Yes: Disk that have some degeneration (wear and tear, aging) have microscopic tear, which weaken them. When a person slips and falls, the movement made to stop the fall may tear the disk more, allowing it to herniate. ...Read more

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How does one recover from a herniated disk?

Many paths: To treatment of herniated disks. Some are also asymptomatic. You need a doctor to be the person calling all the shots. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of a herniated disk?

How can I best take care of a herniated disk?

Many: As long as there is no neurological damage (numbness or weakness or bowel/bladder dysfunction), then you can start with daily stretching and core strengthening exercises. Pt or chiropractic care can help. Cortisone injections are popular. Surgery if all else fails. ...Read more

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How serious or dangerous is a herniated disk?

How serious or dangerous is a herniated disk?

Depends: It depends on size, location, and how large your spinal canal (channel where the nerves and spinal cord are). If it pushes on your spinal cord and affects its function, it is potentially very serious. If it pushes on a nerve and there is enough irritation to lose strength and feeling that is progressive or severe, it is also a problem. Most herniations are not this serious, improving with time. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my herniated disk go away?

How fast can I make my herniated disk go away?

Be patient: Most (more than 90%) will improve with time, but it takes 6 to 12 weeks. Anti-inflammatory medication (like Ibuprofen and naproxen) may hasten the process, but be careful of side effects (read the package insert).Trying to maintain regular activities and exercise may also help you recover. ...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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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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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a condition in which the gel-like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more