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I have chronic coughing and it does bother me as it hurts my back when I cough, due to having a herniated disk in lower back.?

I have chronic coughing and it does bother me as it hurts my back when I cough, due to having a herniated disk in lower back.?

Possible: Back pain that radiates to leg and lancinating that is worsened by coughing or strining is suggestive of a herniated disc
physical therapy, and other modalities are vailable see your family doctor to havre it further dealt with. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a herniated disk in my lower back. Why does it hurt so much when I cough or sneeze?

I have a herniated disk in my lower back. Why does it hurt so much when I cough or sneeze?

Stretch: The sneeze is causing a localized vibration/trauma which causes the spine to shift and impinge upon the nerve rootlets.. ...Read more

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I recently found out that I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. It does not hurt so bad as of now but when I try to walk for exercise it hur?

I recently found out that I have a small herniated disc in my lower back. It does not hurt so bad as of now but when I try to walk for exercise it hur?

Physical therapy: Would see a doctor to evaluate you for physical therapy.
Proper exercise techniques can be learned from a skilled therapist and avoid continued injury to your back. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a me to have a herniated disk in my lower back? Extreme pain with coughing, sneezing with bending over & extending my legs.

Is it possible for a me to have a herniated disk in my lower back? Extreme pain with coughing, sneezing with bending over & extending my legs.

Classic signs: Pain on valsava (coughing/straining/sneezing) causes increased intra spinal pressure = pain with herniation

pain on straight leg raising = stretching nerve root. ...Read more

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My back always hurts me. I can lay on my stomach move my hips n feel/hear a popping noise n the lower part. Nobody else can tho? Herniated disc or?

My back always hurts me. I can lay on my stomach move my hips n feel/hear a popping noise n the lower part. Nobody else can tho? Herniated disc or?

Depends: It sounds like this may be a hip problem. It depends on your age and other symptoms. Torn cartilage in your hips can result in similar symptoms. You should be examined by an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back. And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Seven weeks ago doctor said I have a herniated disc in lower back. And sciatic nerve damage. I did theropy and it hurts worse now. No improvement?

Radiculopathy: Most herniated disks will get better on their own, however if the symptoms worsen after conservative treatment then other methods should be investigated. Surgery is an option when weakness, pain and sensory loss all correlate to the location of the disk herniation. Usually physical therapy, steroid injections and other methods are employed first. Seven weeks is not a long time. But try another way. ...Read more

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Think I just ruptured lower back herniated disc l4/l5. Acute sharp pain, intense muscle spasms. Hurts to move. What should I do?

Think I just ruptured lower back herniated disc l4/l5. Acute sharp pain, intense muscle spasms. Hurts to move. What should I do?

Seek Medical Attn: I would recommend seeking medical attention in the er or if you don't want to go, then at least call your primary care physician who knows your entire medical history for advice. ...Read more

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Low back pain progressed to buttocks, hips, thighs, mostly Lt sided. No injury. Hurts to sit. Walking relieves pain. MRI soon. Is it a herniated disc?

Low back pain progressed to buttocks, hips, thighs, mostly Lt sided. No injury. Hurts to sit. Walking relieves pain. MRI soon. Is it a herniated disc?

Likely yes;sciatica: Could be if numbness down leg, mdi good to see, often body healed itself, surgery only if worsening. physical therapy, maybe gabapentin first and alive/acetaminophine ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

I have a herniated disk in my l4/l5 area how long will it take to get better been having it for 4 weeks now back doesn't really hurt just in my leg?

Can take long time: Here is the good news....According to greenburg, 50% of all things such as herniated disks or other examples of what we would refer to as "compressive neuropathies" resolve without any out side intervention. The bad news....It can take a very long time. In my case, when I got sciatica after doing legs with a buddy it took over 9 months for my back and leg feel normal again. ...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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Does kinesio tape help if you have a herniated disk in the lower back? Why does my knee hurt and burn just as much as my back?

Does kinesio tape help if you have a herniated disk in the lower back? Why does my knee hurt and burn just as much as my back?

Very little evidence: Kinesio tape has been shown to have very little or trivial benefit in treating musculoskeletal sports injuries, and there's less evidence to support using it in back injuries. Sciatica, or radicular back pain, will cause pain away from the injury which can be quite severe. The good news is that sciatica is very treatable and your back and leg pain should both resolve. ...Read more

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I have 2 herniated disk on my lower back due to a car accident, every time I'm on my period my back hurts to the point I can't walk, is that normal?

I have 2 herniated disk on my lower back due to a car accident, every time I'm on my period my back hurts to the point I can't walk, is that normal?

It is not normal: Pain is never normal. There are various lower back disorders which could cause pain during the period. I can appreciate your concerned about your health, but finding a proper diagnosis and treatment may be the answer to your worries. Rec.: see your physician for examination, tests and referral, if needed, for the treatment. ...Read more

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Herniated disk in my lower back right above my butt, having numbness in my right leg. Hurts to breathe. Should I go to er?

Pain control only: Chances are the er physician will do the best he/she can to get your pain under control; however, long term treatment should be discussed between you and your regular physician. Typically, i'd recommend an MRI of your back as well as emg/nerve conduction study to see where to go next. These will not be done in the er. Again, er is good for short term pain control only. ...Read more

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Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Cross SLR: This could be a sign of a lumbar spine intervertebral disc herniation or something else. See your doctor for further evaluation and examination. The history and exam may be able to diagnose a disc herniation. An MRI is often needed to confirm the diagnosis and to help guide treatment options. ...Read more

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Why does it hurts so much to sit down with a herniated disk? At L5 s1? When I wear a lumbar support that doesn't happen ever. Pain in the ankle

Pressure: The sitting position puts the most stress on your low back. Try using a lumbar support on the chair. Also try standing and stretching as much as possible. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

First, lifestyle: Changes in terms of not being a smoker, staying trim, regular exercise (emphasis on core strength) & regular sleep habits. Most are treated non op with back support, pt, medication & pain management options which could include: epidural steroid injections, 90% are treated without surgery and if surgery is needed 95% success rate when leg pain worse than back pain and a nonsmoker. ...Read more

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Hi is there any reflection between depakine chrono & lyrica (pregabalin)? As I get depakine for epilepsy by 2 tablets daily & lyrica (pregabalin) for herniated disc in back

Hi is there any reflection between depakine chrono & lyrica (pregabalin)? As I get depakine for epilepsy by 2 tablets daily & lyrica (pregabalin) for herniated disc in back

See below: Depakene (valproic acid) or Depakote and Lyrica (pregabalin) are both antiseizure medications. They have a different mechanism of action but both can work to calm down overactive nerves in both the brain, spinal cord and the nerves outside of the spinal cord. Both can be used for pain conditions that are caused by overactive or damaged nerves. We often use more than one together because they work differently. ...Read more

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I have several herniated disc in back for the last month I have had burning pain numbness in right buttock which runs down leg what can I do to releiv?

I have several herniated disc in back for the last month I have had burning pain numbness in right buttock which runs down leg what can I do to releiv?

Sciatica: Low back pain that radiates into the leg is called sciatica. A herniated disc in the lumbar area is one common cause. Simple exercises and stretching, over the counter pain medication, or prednisone or other steroid medications like Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak can reduce inflammation. Physical therapy can help. If it has been present for more than 3 weeks, see a Doctor. An MRI might be the next step. ...Read more

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I had a MRI for low back pain and it showed I had a enlarged uterus but I am having no symptoms I only have a herniated disc in back? Please explain?

I had a MRI for low back pain and it showed I had a enlarged uterus but I am having no symptoms I only have a herniated disc in back? Please explain?

The uterus can be: Enlarged for several reasons, the most common are multiple pregnancies and benign smooth muscle tumors, called leiomyomata or fibroids.

The findings on MRI may be incidental - meaning unexpected and generally unrelated to the patient's symptoms, but not alway unimportant.

Please discuss next steps with your doctor, depending on your personal history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what do you do for a herniated disc in your back?

Can you tell me what do you do for a herniated disc in your back?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist/bend maneuvers. If had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have pt, may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Time is biggest healer-90% better without surgery. ...Read more

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What will fix a herniated disc, will I ever be able to go back to normal daily activities or will this pain last forever?

What will fix a herniated disc, will I ever be able to go back to normal daily activities or will this pain last forever?

It varies: Most herniated disks heal on their own. The leg pain usually subsides, but some chronic low back pain is common. The best thing most people can do is to be as normal as possible during the early phase, but limiting uncomfortable positions/activities, heavy lifting, bending, twisting. Low impact aerobic activity is excellent for low back health (30 minutes 3 times a week minimum). ...Read more

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My husband has a herniated disc. Should he sleep on his back?

My husband has a herniated disc. Should he sleep on his back?

Not neccessarily: I have unsuccessfully tried to make a science out of sleeping positions and mattress types for various conditions. Sleeping on the back is usually best for herniated discs- particularly if the disc is not all the way out. Sleeping on the back places the back in extension and reduces many discs. If the disc is fully extruded, he may be more comfortable on his side which will provide more room. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the treatments for a back herniated disc?

Several: Treatments include non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, epidural steroid injections and avoiding strenuous activities. If conservative measures fail, surgery. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Can a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the back look deformed?

Can a slipped disc (herniated disk) make the back look deformed?

Not really: A disc herniation itself won't cause the back to look deformed. However, if you have a back muscle spasm, due to pain, it can cause you to have a posture that makes your back appear deformed. ...Read more

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Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

Herniated disc in spine. Now wnat?

See a doctor: I assume you have had an MRI to know this. A herniated disc may cause leg pain and numbness, but with medications, physical therapy, injections, the symtpoms may resolve. However, if the pain persists, or you develop weakness you should see a spine surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc be the source of back problems?

Back pain: A herniated disc in thie spine can frequently cost back discomfort. Often times when a disk herniates it puts pressure on ligaments in the spine which results in stiffness as muscles around the spine tighten to reduce the amount of movement which occurs. If the disc herniate in close proximity to a nerve then it is also common to experience pain which radiates down the lower extremities. There are many other causes for back pain however and consequently I would recommend that you discuss this further with your physician. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a herniated disc in my lower back?

Herniated disc: This means that one of the discs in your lumbar spine is protruding outside its normal area. This could be large or small. It could cause severe compression of the nerves or not at all. It can be very painful or not painful at all. What is means depends on your symptoms and exam and imaging. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc in my lower back and nothing seems to help relieve the pain?

Good evaluation: This is a very very frequent situation. It needs to be fully evaluated by a neurologist to understand the compromise you have and if it is progresive. If the pain you are having could be atributed to the disk and if you have advancement of the compression the treatment is surgical. Physical therapy analgesia and wimming are good alternative treatments. ...Read more

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If I have a herniated disc, can I go back to running regularly once the pain goes away? Is there anything special I should do or watch out for?

Sure!: Many herniated discs can be treated without any type of procedure. As long as you are not experiencing symptoms like, numbness or weakness in your legs, loss of bowel or bladder control, then getting back to exercising is a great goal! ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc be made worse by sleeping on your back?

Can a herniated disc be made worse by sleeping on your back?

No: Usually, sleeping on one's back will not worsen the disc herniation, however, it can exacerbate the pain depending upon the location of the hernation. ...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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What is the best painkiller for a herniated disc in the spine?

What is the best painkiller for a herniated disc in the spine?

NSAIDS: Usually the best medicine is an anti inflammatory (advil, alleve, etc.) and possibly a muscle relaxant to reduce any muscle spasm. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc on my upper shoulder blade is surgery really going to fix it permantly?

I have a herniated disc on my upper shoulder blade is surgery really going to fix it permantly?

Cervical spine: The herniated dick is in the cercical spine. Your surgeon has to determine the evidence that the pain comes from the hernietaion, correlation between symptoms and findings and the electromyogram. If there are criteria for surgery and the pain is related to the disk that is suspected. Surgery should help. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc on my upper shoulder blade. Is surgery really going to fix it permanently?

See below: There are no "discs" in your shoulder blade. A degenerative joint or disc in the neck can refer pain to the shoulder blade. A pinched nerve in your neck or upper back can also cause pain near the shoulder blade. There are many non-surgical options to consider before surgery including medication, physical therapy, and injections. Discuss these options with your md. ...Read more

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What exactly are Lumbar Spondylosis and Herniated Disc Disease?

What exactly are Lumbar Spondylosis and Herniated Disc Disease?

See below: Lumbar spondylysis just essentially refers to the development of degernerstive changes within the spine. A herniated disc is a condition in which a part of the inner portion of the disc has displaced out through the outer portion of the disc into the nerve canal. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor. It is sometimes easier to understand by looking at the MRI images themselves. ...Read more

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