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Severe back pain; can hardly work; how do you check for a bulging disc?

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Dr. Miles Singer
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: See your doctor

Your condition needs to be diagnosed with history and examination.
Then your doctor will recomend the appropriate test to further identify. The buldging discs can be seen on cat scans or MRI imaging.

In brief: See your doctor

Your condition needs to be diagnosed with history and examination.
Then your doctor will recomend the appropriate test to further identify. The buldging discs can be seen on cat scans or MRI imaging.
Dr. Miles Singer
Dr. Miles Singer
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: MRI, however ....

A bulged disk is likely not a primary pain generator unless there is a strong component of sciatica or nerve symptoms into an arm or leg.
Research shows most people (>50%) will have disk bulges on MRI even without any pain. In most cases of back/neck pain without nerve symptoms, MRI is not needed. If the back/neck pain is severe or persistent, consult your primary care provider.

In brief: MRI, however ....

A bulged disk is likely not a primary pain generator unless there is a strong component of sciatica or nerve symptoms into an arm or leg.
Research shows most people (>50%) will have disk bulges on MRI even without any pain. In most cases of back/neck pain without nerve symptoms, MRI is not needed. If the back/neck pain is severe or persistent, consult your primary care provider.
Dr. Stan Lee
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