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Please explain what are some symptoms of bulging discs and ruptured disc in the lumbar area?

Please explain what are some symptoms of bulging discs and ruptured disc in the lumbar area?

Many things: From point pain in the back, especially while coughing or sneezing, to radiating pain which suggests the disc is irritating a nerve. Many people have bulging discs and have no pain at all, where others are nearly disabled from the short term pain associated. Back pain is difficult to diagnose without a physical exam, but if you have increased pain with increased abdominal pressure, it may be disc. ...Read more

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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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What are the signs & symptoms of a bulging disc?

What are the signs & symptoms of a bulging disc?

Nonsp: Bulging discs usually do not cause symptoms. If a disc were to significantly protrude or herniate, symptoms would be depend on the location. It would also be related to whether there is nerve irritation or compression. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a bulging disc in the neck?

What are the symptoms of a bulging disc in the neck?

Pain/numbness/weak: A bulging disk in the neck will affect the nerves going to your arms and hands potentially causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. If the disc bulge is pushing on your spinal cord, it can cause arm/ hand and leg weakness and coordination problems. Small disc bulges may not affect the nerves or the spinal cord and usually are just associated with the normal aging of the neck. ...Read more

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With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

With prev. Question: is it meningitis? I had symptoms of it for three days before the sinus infection symptoms kicked in. Bulging disc a risk factor?

Not enough info: None of the symptoms you describe suggest meningitis. However, if you do have a severely stiff neck, sensitivity to light, fevers and/or mental status changes, go to the er immediately. ...Read more

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Tingling in my face, back of neck, and arms. Stiff and sore joints all over. Difficulty walking. Symptoms of my bulging cervical disc?

Tingling in my face, back of neck, and arms. Stiff and sore joints all over. Difficulty walking. Symptoms of my bulging cervical disc?

Bulging disc: and/or pinched nerve can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Son has spondyloarthritis. Daughter 15 now has symptoms. Her MRI shows osteoarthritis bulging discs romanus lesions end plate irregularities. Any info?

Son has spondyloarthritis. Daughter 15 now has symptoms. Her MRI shows osteoarthritis bulging discs romanus lesions end plate irregularities. Any info?

MD: theses are very specific questions they can only be answered by doctor who has all your records xrays and exam and history and can do lab or see the labwotrk that has been done ...Read more

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What types of symptoms other than back pain could occur with a bulging disc with a posterior annual tear at l3/4?

What types of symptoms other than back pain could occur with a bulging disc with a posterior annual tear at l3/4?

Several actually: the other symptoms you note including weakness, pain shooting down the leg and back pain can occur with a bulging disc. In addition, one may see muscle spasm or imbalance. Therefore core strengthening as you probably did in PT should be continued in an ongoing exercise program. This could include swimming, elliptical, restorative yoga, tai chi, bicycling or pilates. ...Read more

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Can bulging disc in your neck cause impingement symptoms? At what levels if any would cause that impingement? Would the bulging disk cause burning ?

Yes: They definitely could cause impingement to nerves, most specifically at the nerve roots exiting through foramen when the disc protrudes toward a specific foramen (opening on the side). This can happen at any level and can cause a burning sensation by irritating that nerve root. A history, physical and imaging is warranted. ...Read more

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I have had an MRI done due to a car accident and I have a slight bulging disc in my neck area. I have been experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism. al?

I have had an MRI done due to a car accident and I have a slight bulging disc in my neck area. I have been experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism. al?

Unclear question.: If your question is whether the bulging disk in the neck is related to thyroid disease, the answer is ("an almost") NO. It is VERY UNLIKELY. Thyroid disease can cause neurologic symptoms, but not the other way around. If you've not had neurologic symptoms prior or after the car accident, the bulging disk may be incidental (a "red herring"). 50% of humans have bulging disks with no neurologic probl ...Read more