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Bulging disc in mid-backlower thoracic, what to do?

Bulging disc in mid-backlower thoracic, what to do?

Back pain: Initially tried conservative treatment can try heating pad whirlpool does not work then possibly steroid injections for the next step. ...Read more

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


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Can you please tell me about a bulging disc in the lower thoracic spine?

It means nothing: Bulging discs in the thoracic spine have no meaning. The thoracic spine is not mobile and much less likely to have a significant herniated disc. The presence of a herniated disc anywhere in the spine is most commonly simply part of living and nothing to worry about. The rate at which disc changes occur is largely genetic in origin. Bottom line: don't worry. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area? .

I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area? .

Dermatome: The c5, C6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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I have bulging disk thoracic spine t7 8, what to do?

I have bulging disk thoracic spine t7 8, what to do?

Depends if they are: Causing problems. A study of asymptomatic patients (no pain or other issues) showed that roughly 40% have bulging or mildly herniated discs and no issues. You may want to be more careful and work on core strengthening to help support those discs. Exercise, hydrate, and keep in shape and as long as you don't notice symptoms, you may just be part of that 40%! ...Read more

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Hi, I’m 46, female, have chronic pain across my chest area in my back, recent mri of lower back shows bulging disc 3, 4, 5... what could be wrong?

Hi, I’m 46, female, have chronic pain across my chest area in my back, recent mri of lower back shows bulging disc 3, 4, 5... what could be wrong?

Maybe thoracic prob: Bulging disc from accident? Spontaneous? In Lumbar area may also have thoracic involvement;need exam and imaging. May be secondary muscle involvement from strains.
chest pain should be worked up ; cardiac, lung, GI or MSK is unclear. ...Read more

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Can I get vertigo and chest muscle tension from a bulging disc in the neck?

Can I get vertigo and chest muscle tension from a bulging disc in the neck?

Interesting: A disc issue in the neck should not cause vertigo or dizziness. It can, in severe cases, cause issues with ambulation and gait stability. As far as chest muscle tension, there can be associated/referred pain that can be occasionally associated with lower cervical disc issues. Make sure there is no cardiac/heart issues in the presence of chest tension. ...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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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 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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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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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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If I have ddd and bulging disc at the age of 28, will I have for sure more serious issues with my spine with the aging process? P.S: I'm a smoker.

If I have ddd and bulging disc at the age of 28, will I have for sure more serious issues with my spine with the aging process? P.S: I'm a smoker.

Aging spine: No you will not. The presence of degenerative changes and / or buldging disks is not uncommon as we grow older. In fact the changes which are often identified on imaging like MRI studies rarely result in symptoms. In some cases symptoms may develop or persist to the point surgery may become necessary. Certainly smokers healer less readily compared to non smokers. ...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?

Don't assume its symp: I think of these findings as asymptomstic findings disc bulges are frequently asymptomstic nontreatment needed for this finding don't assume it is the cause of pain, file it as interesting but not conclusive. ...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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Is vaginal pain from bulging disc?

Doubtful: Bulging discs certainly can radiate pain to many areas but usually to the legs. Radiating pain to the groin area less likely as is vaginal pain. I would recommend a vaginal exam to rule out other pathology as a source of your pain. If no source is found in the vaginal area then other conditions need to be ruled out which would include an exam and possible xrays of other areas including the back ...Read more

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C6 C7 bulging disc 1 mm, is that bad?

No: A one mm disc bulge is not concerning. If does pose any risks or concern. ...Read more

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Will a cortisone injection help fix or relieve a bulging disc?

Bulging Disc: A bulging disc may not be cause of pain. It is just a finding on and MRI and may not mean anything. In fact, in a review of lumbar mri’s in individuals with no back pain, 54% of people less than 60 had at least 1 bulging disc and 74% of those sixty and older had at least one bulging disc (boden et al, 1990). That being said an epidural block offers relief to many patients with back pain. ...Read more