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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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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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Mri done, 4 bulging disc in my neck. Could this be the cause of my shoulder, upper back pain, and arm pain? Could the disc be touching a nerve?

Mri done, 4 bulging disc in my neck. Could this be the cause of my shoulder, upper back pain, and arm pain? Could the disc be touching a nerve?

Neck pain: The bulging discs could be the source of the pain. Generally, neck exercises, physical therapy and chiropractic care can eliminate the pain. Headaches can also be caused by poor alignment and bulging discs in the neck. ...Read more

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Had an ESI done on Tues. to help relieve the bulging disk in my neck. The shots have only made more pain and in new areas. Should I be concern?

Had an ESI done on Tues. to help relieve the bulging disk in my neck. The shots have only made more pain and in new areas. Should I be concern?

Bulging discs: I would contact the person who preformed the injection and check in with them. You may be experiencing normal injection site pain but it is possible to have a reaction to the medication. It does take the steroid a few days to kick in so it is not surprising pain not better as of yet. There are also rare occasions where injections can get infected. ...Read more

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What can be done for a nerve irritation in the neck from a bulging disk at C4 and c5? Can that cause burning and numbness pain? Please help

What can be done for a nerve irritation in the neck from a bulging disk at C4 and c5? Can that cause burning and numbness pain? Please help

Alpha Lipoic Acid: One natural approach is to take high doses of Alpha lipoic acid (see natural doc for dose). Also, good quality marine fish oil can help w/the covering on the nerves. Peace and good health. ...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 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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Im 32 male and get severe aching and sharp pains from shoulder to finger tips. Doctors have said is bulging disc in neck then they said its muscular?

Need thorough exam : Pain radiating to the fingertips is not muscular from the neck solely. This needs to evaluated by a specialist ( orthopedist, neurologist, physiatrist , neurosurgeon or pain management) to rule out a radiculopathy v radiculitis. You could possibly have concurrent problems going on like a neck, shoulder, elbow &/or wrist issue that can mimic a neck issue like a disc herniation, . ...Read more

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Body hurts constantly. Bulging disc in neck,lumbar hypertrophic disease,beginnings of spinal stenosis.How to ease pain without narcotics?

Physical therapy, ice, Arnica.: physical therapy exercises, including stretching exercises, may be very helpful. Ice applications to the area may decrease pain as well. Arnica is a natural anti-inflammatory that may also give you some relief. Acupuncture, massage, meditation our other conservative approaches that may help you. Spine injections can also be an option. ...Read more

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Sharp pain that went from my neck to the back of head while playing basketball trigger pain in my upper back? Have kyphosis and 4 bulging disc in neck

Hard to answer: This is hard to answer bass on the information given and not being able to examine you. Probably muscular but if indeed you do have four herniated discs it could be nerve root irritation. You should see your doctor for this. ...Read more

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Whiplash from MVA 10dy ago. I have 2 bulging disc in neck. Neck pain unbearable. New rt shoulder & low back pain. Should I b in so much pain? Long 4

Whiplash from MVA 10dy ago. I have 2 bulging disc in neck. Neck pain unbearable. New rt shoulder & low back pain. Should I b in so much pain? Long 4

Comments: You need to have supervision from a rehab doc and you will benefit from a combination of physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture. Too soon to say if you have injured shoulder joint, brachial plexus, or sacroiliac joint, but all could occur from a MVA. Find experienced specialty care, this is NOT an area for a generalist. ...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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Is it normal for a 48 year old woman with no precious pain or injury to her neck to have 4 bulging disc in her neck?

Is it normal for a 48 year old woman with no precious pain or injury to her neck to have 4 bulging disc in her neck?

Yes! It is possible: Yes, it's possible to have bulging discs in the neck without any known injury. Quite often this happens due to degenerative changes in the neck related to age. ...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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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