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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

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Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Can sexual activities like ejaculation and orgasm cause worsening symptoms in patients with Spinal stenosis , Herniated disc , Bulging disc ?

Nothing permanent: Activity can affect these diseases but usually for the better. Exercise helps the problems but only a little. Bulging discs are rarely symptomatic so have at it. ...Read more

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Had MRI after lumbar puncture due to pain. No leak/hematoma. Bulging disc, tears, cysts. No pain/symptoms before puncture, did it cause/irritate this?

Had MRI after lumbar puncture due to pain. No leak/hematoma. Bulging disc, tears, cysts. No pain/symptoms before puncture, did it cause/irritate this?

Probably: The epidural needle goes through an area that is sensitive and can irritate the nerves in your spinal cord as well. Should resolve. ...Read more

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Are there usually many symptoms when you have bulging disk?

Variable: Some people are completely asymptomatic from disc bulges. Some people experience profound pain (radiculitis) and motor and sensory loss (radiculopathy). Back pain is variable as well but usually affects people with acute herniated discs due to annular tears and chemical secretion. ...Read more

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Is vibration of left foot a sign of bulging disk and spondylosis a symptom of condition getting worse?

Is vibration of left foot a sign of bulging disk and spondylosis a symptom of condition getting worse?

Is this your Q?: If you mean the feeling of vibration, it is possibly related to a bulging disc. It is a weak indicator though. Better symptoms are pain, numbness, tingling and weakness. Better still, WHERE the symptom occurs may fit a suspicious pattern. Consider asking the question- "I have a feeling of vibration in {precise area}. What could be the cause?" ...Read more

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What's a "bulging disc?

Aging issue: As people age, discs lose some of their water content. This causes them to be less able to resist the body weight pressing on them. This causes the disc to bulge ( imagine a marshmallow being squeezed at the top and bottom). I more severe cases the disc can herniation or rupture. ...Read more

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Is bulging disc reversible?

Symptoms are : A bulging disc will usually improve with conservative mgt. Just because a disc bulges does not mean it is symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is a diffuse bulging disc?

What is a diffuse bulging disc?

See below: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. As we age we lose the fluid in our discs which makes them more susceptible wearing out. As pressure is applied to these discs they start to bulge a little. ...Read more

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How do you treat a bulging disc?

Too vague: Bulging disks are natural. We as surgeons do not treat bulging disks unless they are causing nerve irritation. In these cases we start with therapy, and progress treatment depending on response. The most invasive treatment is disk decompression which is surgical. I would suggest you see a spine specialist if you have a specific spine or nerve complaint. ...Read more

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I have bulging disc in back, what to do?

Dont assume its symp: I think of these findings as asymptomstic findings disc bulges are frequently asymptomstic nontreatment needed for this finding dont assume it is the cause of pain, file it as interesting but not conclusive. ...Read more

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How can I heal from a bulging disc injury?

Yes: Bulging discs are part of aging. They are harmless for the most part. They can pop out after an injury but most of them just pop out just like that (without any significant trauma). Yes, they often "heal" themselves - and will not be visible on a followup MRI a year or so later. In general, discs degenerate and shrink over the years that's why we get shorter when we get older. ...Read more

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Why can my bulging disc not be operated on?

Depends: Lots of people without pain have disc bulges, so it's not at all clear that surgery for a disc bulge would be helpful. ...Read more

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What are common problems from bulging disc?

What are common problems from bulging disc?

Pain, numbness: 40% of the general population have a bulging disk and no symptoms. You can experience back or leg pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or other symptoms from a bulging disk. ...Read more

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Is nnunmbess due to bulging disc reversible?

Radiculopathy: The numbness accompanying a pinched nerve does tend to get better once the herniated disc gets better--either with surgery or spontaneously. However, there is always some chance that it might be at least partially irreversible. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a bulging disc?

SPORT study : Variable, conservative therapy includes anti inflammatory meds, physical therapy, and epidural injections. Last resort always surgery. Check out google search sport study dartmouth for one study on the topic. ...Read more

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What does the pain feel like for bulging disc?

Depends : Herniated discs can occur in the neck or low back. Pain radiating down an arm or leg is the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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