Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Weeks to Months. Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. Consider core strengthening exercises while you are on your own at home. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself.
Yes. They can become asymptomatic after days, weeks or months. They my also shrink in size.
Degenerative disk. The bulge or herniation can decrease in size over time. There are treat, emits such as physical therapy that can help with discomfort. If this problem is associated with weakness in a correlating muscle then decompression may be required.

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I had 7 bulging discs, now I'm told I have 6 bulging discs and 1 herniated disc. Does this mean my bcd is getting worse?

"Bulging discs" Mean absolutely nothing in and of themselves. They seem to be a common complaint but are not usually accompanied by relevant symptoms and you have not said anything about how you feel. If one did a lumbosacral MRI of 100 people there is no way to tell who had and who did not have any symptoms simply by looking at the scans. So, do you have any symptoms that could be related to "bulging discs"? Read more...
May be not. Bulging disk or herniated disk could be found in people with or without significant back pain. Back pain with radicular symptoms may require neurosurgical evaluation. Read more...

Could a herniated disc / bulging disk be affecting thecal sac?

Yes. However, this pressure on the thecal sack is most probably insignificant. I would not be worried by that report that usually you will see the radiologist review. Read more...
Disc herniation. Depend on the size and the type of the herniation, it might affect or even compress the thecal sac. Read more...
Maybe. If a disc herniation is large enough, it may compress the thecal sac. Read more...

My daughter is 18 and has multi level degenerative joint disease with bulging discs and herniated disc which specialist should she see?

Spine Surgeon. An Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon would probably be the best specialists to evaluate the conditions you have described in your daughter. Read more...

Is there a difference between a bulging disk and a herniated disk?

Herniated disk. Very much the same but herniated generally connotes greater disc extrusion with greater potential for affecting spinal nerves. Read more...
Synonyms. The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, herniated disk are roughly the same idea that they disc has moved out of place where it should be and possibly compressing nerve or spinal cord. Typically though herniated disk signifies a slight increase in severity of pathology over a bulging disc. It gets a little more specific if terms like disc protrusion and disc extrusion come into the mix. Read more...

What is the difference between having a bulging disk and a herniated disk?

Size. Bulging discs are normal findings on imaging studies while disc herniations are discs that have moved out of there normal position. Disc bulges do not cause symptoms. A disc herniation is an actual passage of the disc's inner core or nucleus passing thru the outer part or annulus of the disc where a disc bulge does not result in any part if the disc out of its normal alignment of material. Read more...
Disc bulge herniatio. A bulging disc occurs with degeneration or minor disruption of the disc complex. A bulge usually doesn't contact or compress the spinal cord or nerve root and can be an a symptomatic finding. A herniated disc is a bigger disc disruption usually associated with mass effect on the spinal cord or nerve root. Weakness, sensory loss, or pain down the extremity is usually found. Read more...