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Doctor insights on: Spinal Discs Problems

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Can spinal disc problems ever heal on their own?

Can spinal disc problems ever heal on their own?

Absolutely: Almost 40% of the population by statistic have a ruptured disk in their back without symptoms. It happens at some point in time but they do not keep their symptoms. Of course, sometimes the herniation is so severe that surgery is necessary to remove it. ...Read more

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How does/can smoking affect spinal disc problems, if it contributes? (ie: healing, causing higher risk of herniation, etc)

How does/can smoking affect spinal disc problems, if it contributes? (ie: healing, causing higher risk of herniation, etc)

Smoking BAD!: Smoking has been linked to increased pain patterns for patients who suffer from back and neck pain. Not only does it slow healing, the decreased blood flow pattern allows the chemicals of inflammation to bath the problem sites for longer periods of time and that results in more painful inflammation decreased function. You need to stop smoking for your general health and for your back. Good luck! ...Read more

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Spinal disc problem I have undergone two MRI but not clear diagosis. Please suggest a good way of detecting spinal disc related problems?

Spinal disc problem I have undergone two MRI but not clear diagosis. Please suggest a good way of detecting spinal disc related problems?

Perhaps not disc: Perhaps the problem is not in the disc. Symptoms from different anatomical areas may be similar. Also, sometimes symptoms do not have a distinct anatomic basis. ...Read more

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I have had a spinal disc problem (l4-l5) and terrible pains for more tha 20 years now, does it get worse to the time that i won't be able to walk?.Thx

I have had a spinal disc problem (l4-l5) and terrible pains for more tha 20 years now, does it get worse to the time that i won't be able to walk?.Thx

Rare but possible: Typically without anything compressing your nerves like herniated discs or bone spurs. And without spinal stenosis, symptoms will like be restricted to your back. You must watch out for any changes in your bowel or bladder function, as that could imply an emergency. You need to be evaluated by a spine surgeon, to inform you of your specific diagnosis. There are lots of effective treatments. ...Read more

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I have unbearable pain due to disc problems, spinal stenosis, spurs, bulging discs, little help from meds. Would tummy tuck help decrease pain?

Nope.: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are not performed to relive pain. The tummy tuck is a cosmetic operation used to smooth the belly. It removes excess skin, lower abdominal fat and tightens to abdominal muscles. It does not treat the spine or any of the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Can spinal disk herniation cause gastrointestinal problem?

Yes: Certain lumbar disc herniations can result in the lose of bowel control. When this occurs it is a major emergent problem and requires emergent surgery. ...Read more

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My back pain problem is spinal estenose, what you advise? Cirurgury with a spacer on vertebral discs?

Just a decompression: Stenosis is surgically treatedcwith a simple decompression through a small insicion on the back to relieve leg pain with activityt the complex reconstruction you describe is for something entirely different decompression tak e30 min to do one level4weeks to recover from. ...Read more

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What can cause sacrum pain that comes and goes in the past 9 months other than spinal disc or cyst or muscle problem? Like, pain 3 days, stop 2 days.

What can cause sacrum pain that comes and goes in the past 9 months other than spinal disc or cyst or muscle problem? Like, pain 3 days, stop 2 days.

Sacral pain: Degenerative problems, as you listed, can cause sacral pain. However, other things, such as fractures, infections, or tumors can also cause sacral pain, though they typically aren't intermittent like you describe. ...Read more

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Sign spinal stenosis at l4-l5. Small syn cyst right side l4-l5 no hern disc 14 wk out apptwill corrective action delay cause problems?Options i may ha

Sign spinal stenosis at l4-l5. Small syn cyst right side l4-l5 no hern disc 14 wk out apptwill corrective action delay cause problems?Options i may ha

Depends: If you are having weakness in leg related to this, and surgery might be considered, then it is better not to wait as fixing it after delay might mean permanent weakness, if this is pain and other symptoms like numbness you can tolerate or manage conservatively, then the delay is not likely going to threaten your functioning. ...Read more