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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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What can treat the pain from sciatica or herniated disk?

What can treat the pain from sciatica or herniated disk?

Time: Often time is the best medicine. Research shows that pain from a herniated disc will resolve with conservative care and time. I would recommend physical therapy, nsaids, muscle relaxants and mild pain medication if needed. Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation is also helpful. Mri after a few months of treatment and no improvements. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain due to a herniated disc and sciatic pain?

How can I relieve pain due to a herniated disc and sciatic pain?

Several : Low back, buttock and "shooting" leg pain are all symptoms of a pinched nerve. It sounds like you may have that problem. If the pain is severe and limiting your activity still, the best non-narcotic medications that I have found to work for my patients are antiinflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen which are over-the-counter medications. Other non-narcotic medications include tramadol (ultram) which requires a prescription and nerve-pain medications such as gabapentin. These are all to be taken for temporary pain relief. This type of pain typically resolves with time. Ask your primary physician about these if the pain is still limiting you. If it is still going on for more than a month an MRI may be helpful to help sort out what is going on and there could be other potential treatments outside of surgery that could benefit you. ...Read more

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How can I alleviate pain from a pinched nerve and/or herniated disk?

How can I alleviate pain from a pinched nerve and/or herniated disk?

Time plus: Time is the best healer but activity restriction, guided exercise, medication especially a steroid pack, and even epidural steroid injections may help. Cessation of smoking, weight reduction and regular exercise will help prevent a recurrence which has a rate of 5% if due to a disc herniation. 90% are treated without surgery with 10% going to surgery with a 90% success rate if not a smoker. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to relieve pain from lumbar spinal stenosis?

What are good exercises to relieve pain from lumbar spinal stenosis?

Flexion: Most exercises help but ones with your lower back in fkexion such as biking or walikng uphill or on a incline are good as are williams flexion exercises and swimming pool workouts. Core exercises are helpful like pilates. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc. Can heat help relieve the pain?

I have a herniated disc.  Can heat help relieve the pain?

Yes: The pain from a herniated disc is due both to pinched nerves and to reactive muscle spasms. The heat will help relieve the muscle spasm related pain. Typically nerve pain will be more responsive to application of cold packs. Generally speaking, pain is a very subjective experience. Whether heat or cold works better for you depends on your individual sensation. ...Read more

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What can a physiatrist to help with my herniated disks, fms and the chronic pain?

What can a physiatrist to help with my herniated disks, fms and the chronic pain?

Never give up : None of us have perfect bodies..Herniated discs move. You will have tough days buth there are others would be less. Fish oil, collagen, vitamin d move free, exercise exercise and exercise. If you do not do yoga or exercise, then do not complain! Cymbalta (duloxetine) and old antidepressants Elavil and Doxepin are helpful to some extent. Bottom line is never give up and there is always a better tomorrow. ...Read more

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How to get pain relief for a disc protrusion?

How to get pain relief for a disc protrusion?

Take it easy: Most patients with sciatica will improve with time and conservative care. Treatments include rest, avoiding strenuous activity, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and if symptoms persist surgery is an option. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Can you tell me about the best way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Time is the best : healer as the majority of disc issues improve but exercise guided by someone experienced in this area along with avoiding activities that aggravate symptoms such as bending and twisting along with prolonged positioning. Get into shape by keeping trim, avoid smoking and develop a regular exercise regimen. Use of NSAIDs can help if no contraindications as well as epidural steroid injections too. ...Read more

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How can I help reduce leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

How can I help reduce leg pain after a herniated disk surgery?

It should on it's ..: This should do it on own if you!re non smoker & your leg pain was predominant pain. Occasionlly, the nerve can still remain irritated from it's prior compression &/or manipulation during surgery. Anti inflammatory meds or meds like neurontin, Elavil or Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help as well. If the pain is persisting, you may need a contrast MRI to see if there is a retained disc fragment or recurrent one. ...Read more

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How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

How do I get pain relief from a herniated disk?

Treating back pain: Herniated disk can be painful. To help with this physical therapy and pain medication but since it is chronic i would suggest acupuncture, feldenkrais therapy and improving your core strength. If it gets worse, they may recommend epidural injections and evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more

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What can help with the pain from diabetic nerve pain?

What can help with the pain from diabetic nerve pain?

Control your diabetes: If your diabetes is under control, i would recommend seeing a neurologist. There're certain medications that may help, Lyrica (pregabalin) neurontin. These medications may help you. ...Read more

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How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

How do I relieve the pain of severe sciatica caused by a herniated disc?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work to relieve pain from bulging disk?

Can acupuncture work to relieve pain from bulging disk?

Yes: Acupuncture is a great HEALING tool. What I mean is: It opens up the energy channels, the blockages to healing. In this way it allows the innate healing powers of the body to cick in. And yes they are tremendous. They can do changes on all levels - biochemical, physiological, anatomical, symptomatic ( pain relief ) , psychological ( pain and physicsl suffering leads to depression,..), spiritual. ...Read more

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How can I get pain relief from a degenerative disc with no insurance?

How can I get pain relief from a degenerative disc with no insurance?

See below: pain medication. • chiropractic manipulation. • epidural injections. An epidural injection into the spine delivers steroids that can provide low back pain relief by decreasing inflammation in the painful area. • tens units. These devices deliver mild electrical stimulation that overrides the painful signals sent to the lower back. • ultrasound. • massage. ...Read more

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Will acupuncture help pain from herniated discs?

Will acupuncture help pain from herniated discs?

Low back pain: Yes. Acupuncture reduces inflammation through the release of endorphins and increases microcirculation to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle stiffness. Acupuncture stimulates the release of serotonin and noradrenaline too. Eastern medicine may provide another alternative for pain relief. ...Read more

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What are some ways I can relieve the pain from my bulging disc and osteoarthritis ?

What are some ways I can relieve the pain from my  bulging disc and osteoarthritis ?

Some approaches: OTC NSAID's such as ibuprofen or naproxen may help reduce some of the pain, but best long term approach involves stretching, exercise and flexibility approaches. ...Read more

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How could i get pain relief from a degenerative disc?

How could i get pain relief from a degenerative disc?

Lifestyle change : Usually, it involves a more active attempt to exercise regularly, weight control and smoking cessation if these are factors. If the back pain is the type that is worse with activity and certain positions and better with rest and changing positions. Sometimes, over the counter medications like ibuprophen can help. You may need an evaluation for a diagnosis and then physical therapy to get going. ...Read more

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What can you take fot back pain cause by disc or pinch nerve?

What can you take fot back pain cause by disc or pinch nerve?

Back pain: A number of over the counter medications can help with mild back pain, including ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen. Other prescriptions, nsaids, help with inflammation and pain. Muscle relaxants, narcotic pain meds can be given for severe pai, short term. Cortisone oral or injectable medication reduce swelling and pain. Meds for chronic nerve pain, gabapentin, can reduce pain. ...Read more

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What is a pain reliever without codeine that would help with a pinched nerve and herniated disc I3?

What is a pain reliever without codeine that would help with a pinched nerve and herniated disc I3?

Many: Codeine is weak compared to many other narcotics.Many combinations exist from short-acting (4-6 hours): pure morphine, percocet, non-narcotic Ultram, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) dilaudid, etc. Then there are long-acting narcotics like MScontin and OxyContin.NSAIDs like prescription strength ibuprofen & naproxen may also be good choices.Talk with your dr.Personally, I use glucose in a caudal epidural injection. ...Read more