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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 was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says i need surgery so how long is recovery?

I was diagnosed with herniated disc in my lower and my doctor says i need surgery so how long is recovery?

Varies: Open discectomy a bit longer. In my practice i perform minimally invasive surgery whereby I use a 1.5-2 cm incision and dialate the muscles and use a tubular retractor (metrx). Back to work in 3-7 days, walking hours after surgery, no lifting greater than 25 lbs or axial loading maneuvers - jogging, squats, military press x 6 weeks. Folks with jobs that require significant manual labor- off 6 w. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?

I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc after severe pain for only 8 days but doctors are recommending immediate surgery due to leg weakness-advice?

good advice: If you have leg weakness in the setting of a herniated disc, urgent surgical intervention is usually warranted to prevent long term neurologic damage. ...Read more

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TX for herniated disc l5s1 told to be cortisone injections, PT, or surgery Doc says no surgery due to weight 205lbs what other treatments are there?

TX for herniated disc l5s1 told to be cortisone injections, PT, or surgery Doc says no surgery due to weight 205lbs what other treatments are there?

Herniated disc: In most cases the discomfort from a herniated disc subsides without any treatment within 6 weeks. For additional up to date treatment options consider consulting a center that only specializes in spinal disorders. Pain management specialist may also be helpful even if you opt not to receive epidural injections.Bring your MRI images along with any record of treatments you already received with you. ...Read more

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Have herniated. Disk tried the epidural shoot can't have surgery need a doctor who can help with my pain how do I find one?

Have herniated. Disk tried the epidural shoot can't have surgery need a doctor who can help with my pain how do I find one?

Three options: There are three treatments for herniated disks that lead to sciatica. Physical treatments (pt, chirpractic, traction) medical treatment (nsaids, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and steroids) and surgical treatment. Generally we use the first options before considering surgery. Bets to find a local neurosurgeon to review your case and your remaining options. ...Read more

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31 yr old female, L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad

31 yr old female,  L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad

Varies: I would not hesitate to be seen. The vast majority of patients with disc herniation a do respond to nonoperative care, but a small percentage do require surgery, which in general is highly successful for the appropriate candidate. ...Read more

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Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Clearance by surgeon: After clearance, a progressive program emphasizing core strengthening, flexibility, good posture, and proper use of lower back mechanics. Don't do those things that aggravate your symptoms. May need work with a physical therapist or trainer. ...Read more

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What do doctors think is the top pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

What do doctors think is the top pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

Meds for spinal pain: First line for pain should be nsaid's i'd you tolerate them. Aleve is more convenient as it is twice daily, but Ibuprofen is fine if taken 4x daily. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is also good for pain, but not an anti-inflammatory. Next for sciatic/nerve pain would be lyrica/neurontin--both nonaddictive. Elavil, Cymbalta also good options especially if trouble sleeping. Narcotics only short time for severe/acute pain. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk ? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Be evaluated: You would need to be followed closely. But yes, weakness from a herniated disc can potentially improve as the herniation heals. But you need to be followed closely because if it worsens you might need urgent surgery to avoid a complete and permanent "foot drop." See a spinal surgeon to discuss, even if you don't think you need surgery, you need to be followed by a surgeon just in case. ...Read more

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How do I no if i need back surgery from herniated disc?

How do I no if i need back surgery from herniated disc?

Ortho: A decision for or against disc surgery needs to be reached by an orthopedic specialist, after a thorough review and examination. Pros and cons need to be discussed with you so an informed decision can be reached. ...Read more

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My father had a surgery 10 years ago at the lower back for herniated disc. Why is his left pulp vibrating non stop?

Vertebral discs: There are discs in between the bones of the spine. Sometimes they can be injured. They are similar to a tough rubber or plastic material. On the inside, there is a softer material (pulp) which can herniate out (squeeze out) when the disc is torn. A great deal of force is needed to do this- like a car accident, lifting something very heavy, playing certain sports are examples. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at l5-s1. I suffer frecuently strong back pain. Planning to have surgery but i'm not sure what to do. What do you recommend?

I have a herniated disc at l5-s1. I suffer frecuently strong back pain. Planning to have surgery but i'm not sure what to do. What do you recommend?

Back surgery!!!: When faced with this question know that not all back pains are caused by a herniated disc & not all herniated discs require surgery. Guided pt, injections & other options may help. In severe cases, in cases where conservative care failed, in cases with neurological deficit, surgery may be the best & only option. If surgery needed, ask questions; don't be afraid to get pain relief sooner than later. ...Read more

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Is there a type of surgery that can be done for bulging herniated disc and tore disc? Also could one of these be causing LOTS of SEVERE pain??

Is there a type of surgery that can be done for bulging herniated disc and tore disc? Also could one of these be causing LOTS of SEVERE pain??

Spine specialist: The two most common surgeries are decompression and discectomy. However, back surgery might be an option if conservative treatments failed and your pain is persistent, debilitating and disabling. Ask a spine specialist about potential complications and best combination of treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc at l5-s1. I suffer acute back pain crisis frequently. Should i resort to surgery?

I have a herniated disc at l5-s1. I suffer acute back pain crisis frequently. Should i resort to surgery?

Sciatica: True sciatica is leg pain that shoots from back, down the leg past the knee. This mimics the path of the sciatic nerve, thus it's name. Young patients more likely to have herniated disc. Older patients, pressure from arthritic spurs. All can be treated non-surgically if not getting worse. Physical therapy, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve, nerve blocks, the combination works 80% of the time. ...Read more

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What to do when you have pain urinating when you have had a back surgery from a previous herniated disc?

What to do when you have pain urinating when you have had a back surgery from a previous herniated disc?

See your doctor: It's probably a urinary tract infection. If you can't control your urine or bowel habits, then you should go to your local emergency room because that's a more serious complaint. ...Read more

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I have a back that needs surgery on it. Herniated disc, degenerative changes. 3 days now my right hip & thigh have gone numb with a lot of pain.

I have a back that needs surgery on it.  Herniated disc, degenerative changes.  3 days now my right hip & thigh have gone numb with a lot of pain.

Talk to an MD: This is a procedure that can be treated by either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon that has specialized in back surgery. The use of a pain clinic to try epidural steroids prior to surgery is another viable option. ...Read more

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