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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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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 bulging disc in your neck cause impingement symptoms? At what levels if any would cause that impingement? Would the bulging disk cause burning ?

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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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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What to do if I got into an accident and found that I had disc herniation and a bulging disc in the neck?

What to do if I got into an accident and found that I had disc herniation and a bulging disc in the neck?

Symptoms?: It depends on the size and location of the disc herniation, you don't give more detail but unless you have symptoms then watchful waiting would be the treatment of choice. Depending on the symptoms pain management, physical therapy and as a last resort surgery could be considered ...Read more

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I have a stiff neck I have bulging disc in the neck but recently with the air on it it hurts a lot can't turn it one way please help ?

I have a stiff neck I have bulging disc in the neck but recently with the air on it it hurts a lot can't turn it one way please help ?

Stiff neck: Cervical bulging disc is a serious problem as can temporarily or permanently compress and damage the nerve. Please see neuro surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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4 bulging disc in the neck. Could this be touching a nerve cause shoulder, arm and upper pain that was not seen on an mri? How can I find out if it is

4 bulging disc in the neck. Could this be touching a nerve cause shoulder, arm and upper pain that was not seen on an mri? How can I find out if it is

Ways to know: Neck pain can lead to muscle spasms and radiating pain. Is it from nerve? If the MRI report discusses neuroforaminal stenosis, then it is possible. Another method is emg/nerve conduction studies from a neurologist or physical medicine provider. ...Read more

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Doing chiropractic care but doesn't seem to relieve my upper back and neck pain. Have 4 bulging disc in the neck, what should I do next? Want relief.

Doing chiropractic care but doesn't seem to relieve my upper back and neck pain. Have 4 bulging disc in the neck, what should I do next? Want relief.

Consider a second op: Thanks for your question. Neck and back pain unfortunately can be difficult conditions to treat. I would advise getting a second opinion from an orthopaedic spine surgeon. This much pain and bulging discs in an 18 year old is not very common. ...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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Kyphosis and 4 bulging disc in the neck , have neck, shoulder and upper back pain, want relief , and have anxiety that it could be something serious?

Kyphosis and 4 bulging disc in the neck , have neck, shoulder and upper back pain, want relief , and have anxiety that it could be something serious?

Below: Could be as simple as muscle pain and just need some physical therapy. With that history though, you'd want to be fully evaluated by a spine specialist (physiatry or anesthesia pain management, or an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon). Make sure you take you MRI images to the first visit. ...Read more

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Have 4 bulging disc in the neck and kyphosis . Upper back, neck and shoulder pain, had it for 6 months, could this be a cervical strain or?

Have 4 bulging disc in the neck and kyphosis . Upper back, neck and shoulder pain, had it for 6 months, could this be a cervical strain or?

Neck, back, shoulder: It would be difficult to say without an exam. A cervical strain tends to dissipate over time and resolve within a few weeks. It usually does not last for months. ...Read more

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Need upper back pain relief, no doctor has been able to tell me if this is the cause but I do have 4 bulging disc in the neck and kyphosis could it b?

Need upper back pain relief, no doctor has been able to tell me if this is the cause but I do have 4 bulging disc in the neck and kyphosis could it b?

Doubt cervical disks: If the cervical disks are not causing a radiating pain, numbness, tingling or weakness, they may not be the cause of upper back pain. Congenital kyphosis is more likely. Physical therapy and a trans cutaneous nerve stimulator might be of help. Imaging of the thoracic spine may shed further light on the problem. ...Read more

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Could kyphosis and 4 bulging disc in the neck cause neck, shoulder, and upper back pain.. Gone to a lot of physicians and nobody can give me an answer?

Definitely, but...: Well, kyphosis and cervical disc bulges can certainly cause neck, shoulder and upper back pain, but it by no means that this is what's causing your pains. Before giving up, make sure you've been to a physiatrist or anesthesiologist with fellowship training in spine/pain. ...Read more

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Small bulging disc can it cause headches if its in the neck?

Headaches and disk: Headaches can be associated with cervical disk problems, but generally that is a secondary phenomenon. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go to Chiro if you have bulging disc in neck that is not pressing on nerves?

Is it safe to go to Chiro if you have bulging disc in neck that is not pressing on nerves?

Why would you go?: Are you havin pain? Musculoskeletal problems can give you neck pain (strain, joints, arthritis, pinched nerve). A disc bulge can be minor or serious. Why would you go to a chiro ? Best to see an md who can help you isolate the cause and arrive at a solution. In the mean time, stretch, heat, relaxation may help. ...Read more

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Can a bulging disc cause subluxation in a neck or back?

Can a bulging disc cause subluxation in a neck or back?

Short answer:: No. It cannot cause subluxation in the neck or back as a bulging or even herniated disc. What you're talking about occurs after a traumatic blow or fall occurs against the joint in question or the neck. Questions: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make appointment. ...Read more

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Can a bulging disc in neck cause lightheadedness and dizziness?

Cervical disc: It is unlikely that a bulging disc will cause your symptoms. It may cause muscle spasms of the neck muscles, which cause pain along with any nerve that is being pinched by the bulging disc. Pain can cause lightheadedness or even dizziness if it is severe. Please get evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I've been dizzy for a whole week. Could this be related to bulging disc's in neck? I've had increased spasms in neck/shoulders lately..

I've been dizzy for a whole week. Could this be related to bulging disc's in neck? I've had increased spasms in neck/shoulders lately..

It is possible: in case of the superior cervical ganglion syndrome causing dizziness, nausea, phonophobia, blurred vision and blocked ears. See an interventional pain management specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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I have 2 mm of subluxation & bulging disc in C7-T1. Is that pinching my nerve in my neck?

I have 2 mm of subluxation & bulging disc in C7-T1. Is that pinching my nerve in my neck?

Possibly: Consider PT, mild anti- inflammatory medication and passive range of motion exercises. Consult your orthopedic expert. ...Read more