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Doctor insights on: Warning Signs For Disc Herniation

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Could a disc herniation (l4, l5)lead to permanent nerve damage. If so what are signs of nerve damage around l4, L5 does nerve damage show on a mri?

Could a disc herniation (l4, l5)lead to permanent nerve damage. If so what are signs of nerve damage around l4, L5 does nerve damage show on a mri?

It is possible: If any nerve is compressed severely for a long time it can be permanently damaged damage at l4- could cause foot drop it is possible to see compression on MRI but injury would not necessarily be seen. ...Read more

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What is a disc herniation like?

What is a disc herniation like?

It is when the inner: Material or nucleus pulposus moves through outer layer or annulus fibrosis which is thick & tough in most areas with the nucleus gel like at a younger age and dries out as we age to a consistency like crabmeat. As we age, the annulus develops cracks or tears which can expand & allow the nucleus out. The peak incidence for this is between ages30-50. Stepping on a jelly doughnut is an example. ...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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Can disc herniation cause disabity?

Can disc herniation cause disabity?

It can but is : Usually self limiting as 90% get better non operatively and those that need surgery have a 90% success rate. Rarely, a disc herniation can cause permanent neurologic deficit but most of the time it is not a total disability. ...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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How should I address c-5, c-6 disc herniation?

How should I address c-5, c-6 disc herniation?

Depends: A c5/6 cervical disc herniation is a commonly seen pathology in a spine surgical setting. Many can be treated conservatively without surgery with time, meds, and therapy. There are cases that are more severe in which surgery may need to be done in acute (emergent) or chronic (failure of non-op) conditions. See a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have a disc herniation so how can they fix it?

90% are treated : without surgery with time the biggest healer along with guided exercise, activity modification, not smoking, and for symptom relief-use of various medications if no contraindications like oral steroids, NSAIDs, Neurontin or Lyrica (pregabalin). Epidural steroid injections can be considered. If no better &leg or arm symptoms predominant over back or neck pain, surgery an option with > 90% success rate. ...Read more

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Central or paracentral disc herniation. What is that?

Central or paracentral disc herniation. What is that?

Location: A central disc herniation is when the herniation bulges equally down the center of the canal. A paracentral herniation is when the disc is more towards the left or right. This may lead to symptoms going down one leg more than the other. ...Read more

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What type of physical activity can I do with my disc herniation?

What type of physical activity can I do with my disc herniation?

Everything: If herniation is not causing symptoms, then it is okay to exercise as you have been doing. I would suggest not bunjy jumpting. If you have pain or other symptoms, speak to your doctor. ...Read more