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Can you suggest tips for degenerate disc disease in lumbar and disc herniations?

Can you suggest tips for degenerate disc disease in lumbar and disc herniations?

Many: Treatment for symptomatic degenerative disc disease and disc herniations depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you don't have any neurologic deficit, such as weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder incontinence, you can first try conservative therapy with stretching, strengthening, and anti-inflammatories. If these don't provide relief, you should consult with a pain doctor. ...Read more

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Can all disc bulges recover shape and decompress nerves over time? How to determine if a disc is ruptured, aside from discogram?

Can all disc bulges recover shape and decompress nerves over time? How to determine if a disc is ruptured, aside from discogram?

Short answer - no: Not all disc bluges or herniations will decompress or recover shape. Some of them may remain stable and not change or become worse depending on a variety of factors. If you'd like to know the stability of your disc bugles and their effect on nerves, you should see a neurologist. He or she may recommend an MRI of your spine to document changes over time. ...Read more

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What exercises and spinal positions should I avoid if I have a lumbar disc herniation?

Several: Generally, you're going to want to avoid high impact exercises as they may worsen the herniation. Avoid rapid starts and stops. Emphasize exercises that gently stretch, like yoga, and remember to respect your body; when something causes you pain, don't do it. I would also strongly advise seeing someone who specializes in this type of problem. You need to fix it and not make it worse. ...Read more

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Herniated disc pain after microdiscectomy, what to do?

Herniated disc pain after microdiscectomy, what to do?

Check with doctor: You may need a repeat MRI. Some people can re-herniate through the area of the microdiscectomy. The left over disc is not as strong as the original and can be prone to re-injury. ...Read more

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Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Can sex make disc herniation worse?

Sometimes: Any activity that increases intra-abdominal pressure (tightening of the stomach muscles) will increase the pressure on the disc and thus pinch a nerve harder. This can be uncomfortable until the symptoms of the herniated disc resolve. ...Read more

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Have sciatica from bulging lumbar discs. Doing PT. Will pain ever go away? Or likely worsen or herniate before improving?

Have sciatica from bulging lumbar discs. Doing PT. Will pain ever go away? Or likely worsen or herniate before improving?

Already have: "Bulging" MEANS herniated. A herniation can be very mild or it can be severe. The first thing you have to ascertain is if your pain really is coming from your discs. It doesn't always. There are other causes, including none that can be found in testing. ...Read more

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Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more. Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more.  Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

It may help with : your symptoms in conjunction with a well executed exercise program combining: flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and core strengthening. You may want to start this program under the guidance of your physician and a physical therapist and transition to a home program. ...Read more

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Can you suggest exercises post herniated disc surgery(discectomy)?

Can you suggest exercises post herniated disc surgery(discectomy)?

Herniated disc: The exercise are really based on where the pain distribution is location and any other associated signs or symptoms. Consultation with a local physical therapist would like be the best recommendation as they have the most experience in this type of treatment. ...Read more

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I need some tips for degenerate disc disease in lumbar and disc herniations?

See below: Unfortunately our backs start degenerating in our late teens. Strengthening the core abdominal muscles, and back muscles . Using proper body mechanics and lifting techniques, weight-loss regimen if necessary, avoid smoking, avoid trauma are a few recommendations. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Might a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?

Might a herniated disk without nerve compression still cause sciatica pain?

Yes: Nerve compression is just one way sciatica can happen. Often when looking at MRI, doctors don't take into consideration that this is a still image and doesn't show what your spine will do when you move, bend over or even stand up. That is why you need to see a spine specialist that can discuss this with you and your options for treatment. ...Read more

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How do lumbar disc herniations cause bladder retention?

How do lumbar disc herniations cause bladder retention?

Nerve impingement: If a disc herniation is severe enough, it can lead to neurologic issues because of nerve compressions. Therefore, a disc hernation can potentially lead to pain, change in bowel function, and change in bladder function - including urinary retention. ...Read more

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How can I deal with herniated disc pain after microdiscectomy?

How can I deal with herniated disc pain after microdiscectomy?

Tell the surgeon: Start by discussing it with the surgeon. There are many mechanisms involved in producing local and radicular pain. ...Read more

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In what way can lumbar disc herniations cause bladder retention?

In what way can lumbar disc herniations cause bladder retention?

Cauda Equina : Syndrome when a disc in the lumbar region herniates and compresses the sac of nerves known as the thecal sac or even the end of the spinal cord known as the conus with enough pressure to cause the bladder not to function usually associated with numbness in the region where you would sit on a horse's saddle-saddle anesthesia. This is a true emergency and needs immediate evaluation and surgery. ...Read more

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Are chin ups and push ups ok to do if I have sciatica due to bulging disc n degenrative disc in the lumbar region?

Are chin ups and push ups ok to do if I have sciatica due to bulging disc n degenrative disc in the lumbar region?

OK with Technique: Exercis is always good even with slight injury to help heal faster, however you must take caution with the use of proper technique. Prolonged extension and flexion of the spine can make things worse. Use the rule of thumb if it hurts afterwards don't do that again until you are feeling better. ...Read more

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Prognosis of sciatica pain from lumbar disc bulge or herniation without surgery or injection?

Prognosis of sciatica pain from lumbar disc bulge or herniation without surgery or injection?

Quick answer: greater than 90% of patients who have surgery have the same pain or lack of pain after 5 years compared to those who do not have surgery. If the pain is tolerable, wait before considering surgery ...Read more

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Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica. Would microdiscectomy surgery help with SI joint pain or just the sciatica?

Herniated L5/S1 w/sciatica. Would microdiscectomy surgery help with SI joint pain or just the sciatica?

Most likely: just the sciatica. SI joint pain is an arthritic phenomenon, and releasing pressure on the nerves wouldn't affect that. Be sure to speak with your surgeon, as surgery is usually a last resort, and is not always successful in relieving the pain. ...Read more

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What could cervical disk herniation aggravate into? Can the neck break or something?how to slow wear and tear after diagnosis.

What could cervical disk herniation aggravate into? Can the neck break or something?how to slow wear and tear after diagnosis.

Neck can't break,but: Your neck can;t break,but you could get articular nerve pain, numbness and tingling at that level. You should make sure you have a proper head rest in your car. and if you swim don't dive. A physical therapist can instruct you in gentle strengthening exercises and activities to avoid. ...Read more