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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

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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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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

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