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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?

Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?

Bulging disc: Is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment.

Dr. Foead Geula
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Slipped Disc (Definition)

The disks are protective shock-absorbing pads between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). The disks of the spine are also referred to as intervertebral disks. Although they do not actually "slip, " a disk may move, split, or rupture. This can cause the disk cartilage and nearby tissue to fail (herniate), allowing the inner gel portion of the disk to escape ...Read more


Dr. EVAN Leibowitz Dr. Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
21 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I suffer from fibromyalgia and have a bulging disk in my lower back, the pain has got so unbearable in the last 4 years that I can't take it anymore.

I suffer from fibromyalgia and have a bulging disk in my lower back, the pain has got so unbearable in the last 4 years that I can't take it anymore.

Lots to try: First, it sounds like you are quite distressed by your symptoms. There is hope for relief. Find a doctor who has a lot of experience treating fibromyalgia. Have them see if the bulging disc is responsible for any of your pain as it often is not. Treatment often requires a combination of physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Meds like cymbalta, savella, (milnacipran) or Lyrica can be helpful too.

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Dr. Kevin Vaught Dr. Vaught
Neurosurgery
24 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can inversion tables help lower back pinched nerve and bulging disk.?

Can inversion tables help lower back pinched nerve and bulging disk.?

It can: It is a safe treatment option that does help some. Check out spine-health. Com.

Dr. Lali Sekhon Dr. Sekhon
Neurosurgery
28 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Mark Sterling Dr. Sterling
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
26 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Are steroid shots that are injected into a bulging disk, neck and lower back, an effective procedure, does it help with the pain. I am really nervous?

Are steroid shots that are injected into a bulging disk, neck and lower back, an effective procedure, does it help with the pain. I am really nervous?

Yes: But they're not injected into the disk. Steroids can be injected into the facet joints or into epidural spaces. Epidurals are very safe and effective for sciatica and can also be used to treat spinal stenosis, but less effectively. And yes, they help to reduce pain.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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When I sit in a chair and try to do straight leg raises it hurts so much in my lower back? I do have a history of a bulging disk at L5 s1 help

"Doctor: It hurts...: The right and first answer when they hear that doing something hurts, is to tell the patient not to do the thing that hurts. I see no benefit of you doing straight leg raises with pain. Perhaps it is time to get back to the doctor to figure out what to do with your spine injury.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Multiple Sclerosis in me not active. MRI shows bulging disk in neck an lower back (bulging in not out) Does it have anything to do with my walking?

Multiple Sclerosis in me not active. MRI shows bulging disk in neck an lower back (bulging in not out) Does it have anything to do with my walking?

Let's analyze: If you possess bulging discs in neck and back, these are NOT affecting your walking in any fashion. You claim your Multiple Sclerosis is "not active", but instead, is it Secondary Progressive? Do you have a co-morbidity of B-12 deficiency? Is your neurologist an MS focused specialist? Do you need a second opinion? If your gait is deteriorating, there are reasons, and you need answers.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I have sharp pain in lower back that comes on sometimes with movement and sitting pluse electrical shocks in hips also cramping at night. Bulging disk?

I have sharp pain in lower back that comes on sometimes with movement and sitting pluse electrical shocks in hips also cramping at night. Bulging disk?

A few causes: There could be early arthritic change in the lower back, but you might have a facet issue, or sacra-iliac problems, or merely muscular strain/sprain. A physical therapist could help instruct for a home exercise program, which would allow you control and stabilization of your symptoms.

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Why is it that when I bend by neck down it hurts in my lower back? Hurts a lot to sneeze I do have a bulging disk L5 s1 hurts to get up from sitting

Direct reason is: Because flexion of neck places tension on the spinal cord. But your symptoms could be from meningitis, not from disc. So I would have your doctor take a look at it.

Dr. Steven Beer Dr. Beer
Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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My doctor has told me I have a bulging disk in my neck and lower back. The pain has now spread around to my hip. Is this normal? Been on gabapentin.

Back and hip.: Bulging disks in the low back can certainly cause hip pain. Discs however in the neck do not. It is very common for pain to start in the back and slowly progress and start to radiate along the path of the nerve which can be in fact in the hip area. Gabapentin tends to work best for burning or searing pain however dull achy toothache like discomfort rarely responds to that medication.

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Verify actually caus: Verify that is actually causing the symptoms. Are there specific objective neurologic findings?

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Dr. William Newton Dr. Newton
Pain Management
15 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Most effective way to treat bulging disk in the lumbar spine?

Most effective way to treat bulging disk in the lumbar spine?

Time: Physical therapy and time to start. Most symptoms will resolve over 3-6 months. There are other more invasive treatments but I would recommend conservative treatment to start.

Dr. Klaus d Lessnau Dr. Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
32 years in practice
Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
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Dr. Sheila Calderon Dr. Calderon
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Is it ok that I feel uncomfortable especially while im sitting and feeling something dislocated on my left lower back in a recent minor bulging disc?

Is it ok that I feel uncomfortable especially while im sitting and feeling something dislocated on my left lower back in a recent minor bulging disc?

Yes: The fear of back problems can be overwhelming. Most humans have minor bulging discs and the physical therapy will probably be more than enough to compensate for the discomfort. See your doctor for followup.

Dr. Mehul Desai Dr. Desai
Pain Management
15 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
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What can I do about a bulging disc in the lower back?

Options: Options include physical therapy, exercise, weight loss. The bulge is not inherently a problem. But pain may be the manifestation of the bulge.

Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Joshua Rovner Dr. Rovner
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
15 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Is the plank safe for a bulging disc? Sometimes when I do I get little electric shocks in my lower back.

Is the plank safe for a bulging disc? Sometimes when I do I get little electric shocks in my lower back.

Planks: Planks are usually safe for a bulging disc. Anything that strengthens the core should be helpful. However, when you experience pain, that is your body's way of protecting you from doing damage. It is a sign that you should do something different. A good physical therapist can guide your exercise routine appropriately.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I have some bulging discs in my lower back and neck from an mba. Will my condition get better and I'm I prone to other conditions?

Motor vehicle acc.: Bulging discs are unlikely to be pain generators, and even if protruded should gradually and steadily dessicate and shrink over a period of months. With your physical therapy, and conservative treatment, you should steadily improve and recover.

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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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I'm 19 and I have bulging discs in my lower back. Should I bend forward or bend backward to treat it? How long will it take to heal?

I'm 19 and I have bulging discs in my lower back. Should I bend forward or bend backward to treat it? How long will it take to heal?

Need passive exercis: Passive exercise, make sure you stand and sit straight. Have your doctor order physical therapy. This will help you learn the proper exercises

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