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2 yrs ago a chiropractor found a thinning disc in my neck. I never found out what could cause this? And what can be done? What can I expect later on?

2 yrs ago a chiropractor found a thinning disc in my neck. I never found out what could cause this? And what can be done? What can I expect  later on?

"Thin" cervical disk: Hello. First was the disk imaged by x-ray or ct scan? Or was it just a clinical notion?If confirmed, just one disk or several? Activities: do/did you do gymnastics ?Breakdancing?Carry heavy objects on your head? Fall on your head, or heavy object fall on your head . Are you having any symptoms now?Then?( you tell me/us). Best to talk/see your primary care physician first. Soon if having symptoms. ...Read more

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Thinning(1)disk in my neck shown by x- rays no head or neck trauma no activities no heavy objects carried only poss. Symptom- migraine how?What now?

Thinning(1)disk in my neck shown by x- rays no head or neck trauma no activities no heavy objects carried only poss. Symptom- migraine how?What now?

It is called being : Human as degenerative changes in discs have been demonstrated as early as 10 years of age. There is a genetic component as well and there are life style choices that affect these changes including obesity and smoking. Everyone develops changes over time. ...Read more

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Why does a disc herniate?

Why does a disc herniate?

Aging: Disc herniation is part of the aging process. Repetitive loading and unloading of the disc causes is to wear out. Disc herniation is part of spondylosis. Of course the are also other factors that may make if more likely for you to develop spondylosis, including genetic factors and smoking. ...Read more

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What is an artificial disc made of?

Mostly metal: The are several different materials but usually it is a combination of metal and plastic. ...Read more

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I have herniated buldged& compressed discs?

I have herniated buldged& compressed discs?

Symptoms?: Sounds like you had an imaging study. Herniated bulged and compressed discs are of no significance unless you have symptoms that correlate with the noted abnormalities. ...Read more

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I have a slip disc problem?

I have a slip disc problem?

Herniated disc: A "slipped disc" refers to a disc in the spine which is protruding to some degree.Sometimes a disc protrusion can pinch a nerve, causing radiating pain into an extremity. Many "slipped discs" are minor and are simply a part of the normal aging process which includes wearing out of discs, bone spurs, etc - nothing needs to be done about these normal aging changes if there are no associated symptoms. ...Read more

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How painful are herniated discs?

How painful are herniated discs?

Varies: Pain from a herniated disc can be severe with symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the back, buttocks, upper leg and lower leg. On the other end of the spectrum, there can be little or no pain to a herniated disc. Be sure to see your doctor if you are suspicious of a herniated disc. ...Read more

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What is diffuse disc dessication?

What is diffuse disc dessication?

Discs dehydrated: It is dehydration of multiple discs, us ggesting degenerative aging of the spine and discs foretelling a decay cycle and aging of the disc. In and of itself, not important to worry about unless associated with severe symptoms, then needs proper consideration and evaluation. ...Read more

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I have slip disc,what should I do?

I have slip disc,what should I do?

Various treatment : Assuming you have an MRI, start with back stabilization exercises given by physical therapy so it can be documented. Could also benefit from a steroid epidural injection. Use Naproxen twice a day, and have that documented in a chart to establish you have been treated conservatively. If pain persists with the above, get a surgical evaluation. ...Read more

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What is disc herniation? How is it treated?

What is disc herniation? How is it treated?

Varies : A disc acts as a cushion between two vertebrae in the spinal column. The disc consists of an inner soft part surrounded by tough fibers known as the annulus. If the annulus tears, the soft inner part can herniated out through the tear. It can then cause irritation of a nerve and subsequent pain. Herniations can heal by themselves, but they can also cause severe pain. Many treatment options. ...Read more

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What causes disc herniations to be asymmetric?

Interesting Question: Most likely the answer is that you yourself are not symmetric in any way shape or form. There are asymmetries found in your body and spine all the time and which leads to the disc herniation also being asymmetric. Another common reason is that the ligament that hold the disc in place does not cover the whole disc only the central part, which leads to the disc herniation going to one or the other ...Read more

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How to reat l1-5 bulged discs significant pain?

Depends: Not all bulging discs cause pain, so your problems might not be from all of those discs. This type of pain, typically radiates down the legs and is burning. Conservative measures should be tried first. Neuropathic medications and pt should be your first steps. Interventional pain next and then surgery. Hopefully it does not go that far. ...Read more

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What if your 5 and 6 disc are pressing against your spinle cored?

What if your 5 and 6 disc are pressing against your spinle cored?

Neurological problem: This can be motor (mucle use) or sensory problems. It depends on th type of pressure. Ask you physicain to have you see a neurologist ...Read more

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What's a "bulging disc?

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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Whats best fix for bulging discs?

Whats best fix for bulging discs?

Surgery: Surgical revision with either a disc replacement or a fusion continue to be the best fix for a bulging vertebral disc. ...Read more

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What causes lumbar bulging discs?

What causes lumbar bulging discs?

Very common: Bulging disc does not necessarily mean herniation or compression/impingement of nerve and thus often no pain. It is rather common, more as we get older. Excessive force on the spine colum, often because of excessive wt, trauma etc..Causes the discs to bulge out. Aging weakens the tissues and thus increases risk of bulging and possible herniation. Stay lean/healthy reduces risk. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for prolapsed vertebral disc?

Prolapsed Disc: The treatment consists of anti inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and back exercises, pain meds to minimise the disconfort and in few cases which do not respond to conservative therapy nnerve block and in few cases when nothing works then surgery. ...Read more

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I have bulging discs in my neck. What are the chances of them rupturing?

I have bulging discs in my neck. What are the chances of them rupturing?

Bulging discs: I am not sure anyone knows the real answer as many people having bulging discs but not all become symptomatic so at this point would not worry too much. ...Read more

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What is degentive disc?

Back pain: Degenerative disk disease is a breakdown of the spongy disks that separate the bone disks that make up your spine. Basically think of them as jelly donuts. Over time the 'jelly' and starts to bulge and can put pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spinal column. This pain can be positional due bending forward/backward/sideways which can cause the bulge to change. ...Read more

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