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I have a bulging L5 disc and numbness in my legs. Is it best to get surgery or pain management?

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Dr. Adam Zuber
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In brief: Back pain

If you have no weakness and no urinary symptoms you can use over the counter pain meds as tolerated for a short duration.
If you have any weakness then you should make a virtual appointment to discuss further. You can also use hot or cold compress and pain relief patches. Bulging disc may not of significant unless associated with symptoms like you are having which is numbness aka nerve damage

In brief: Back pain

If you have no weakness and no urinary symptoms you can use over the counter pain meds as tolerated for a short duration.
If you have any weakness then you should make a virtual appointment to discuss further. You can also use hot or cold compress and pain relief patches. Bulging disc may not of significant unless associated with symptoms like you are having which is numbness aka nerve damage
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