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Disc Injuries

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

The discomfort and compromised physical ability that a bulging disc causes is dependent on where the disc is located. Discs are situated in the spine and provide protection. When a disc develops an area of vulnerability that causes it to pop, it protrudes. Some people may have the condition and are unaware of it because the bulge does not compress any tissue. In such cases, it will be virtually impossible to know that the disc has bulged out. When the spinal nerves are compressed by the disc, symptoms can occur and one will be able to detect that there is a problem in that area. When the lower back is affected, pain can be felt from the hips to the legs. When the upper portion of the back is affected, pain or discomfort is commonly felt in the neck, arms and hands.  

A bulging disc is most likely to affect the lower portion of the back. If the disc interferes with the sciatica nerve, sciatica pain is caused. Whenever a person suspects that they may have the condition, it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible so as to have the problem addressed in a timely manner. Considering just how painful a bulging disc can be, it would be a good idea to avoid being affected by one by being aware of what the possible causes are in which a MRI Scan we be valuable. However, it may not always be possible to completely rule out the chances of being afflicted by the condition. Certain activities make people more vulnerable, especially when the health of one’s back is compromised.

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15 Responses to “Symptoms of a Bulging Disc”

  1. Peripheral neuropathy reerfs to several conditions that result when the nerves from the rest of the body that connects the brain and spinal cord is injured or sick to damage these nerves interferes with communication between the brain and other parts of the body and can damage muscular movement, prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs and cause sme4rta.Det are many different types of peripheral neuropathy with many different causes from carpal tunnel syndrome (an injury common after chronic repeated use of the hands and wrists as the use of computers) for Guillain-Barre syndrome (a rare, sudden paralysis). Up to one in three cases the cause can not be determined. Diabetes is responsible for one third. Other known causes include various rare hereditary diseases, alcoholism, toxins and pollutants, malnutrition or vitamin deficiencies, trauma due to compression, herniated disk in his back, some cancers, the conditions in which the nerves unfairly attacked by the system or damaged by the body’s immune response to overaggressive injury, including drugs, kidney disease, thyroid disease, and infections such as Lyme disease, herpes zoster or AIDS.

    Posted by Laura | May 31, 2012, 5:48 pm
    • Several things come to mind..1. Limit the amnout of time to sit at any given stretch in otherwords, make sure you get up at least every 20 minutes even if it’s go get a drink of water or put something away your intradiscal pressure increases dramatically when you sit.2. You may require use of a lumbar roll this helps to maintain the lordotic curve we loose when we sit.3. Posture, posture, posture I cannot emphasize this enough probably about 90% of sciatic problems can be traced back to poor posture4. Pick up a copy of Robin McKenzie’s book Treat your own back it’s a guide we frequently use with patients in PT it will help you understand your back/sciatic pain, how to help control it, and how to prevent it from reoccurring If you are having difficulty, a few sessions with an MDT certified PT can help you make the most of the book.

      Posted by Karolina | April 10, 2013, 2:44 am
    • Hmmm . You should talk to your dooctr about getting pain meds to deal with the pain. Explain that you can’t do PT right now. If you can, try do various streching to loosen up the muscles in your back.Can you or have you been to a chiropractor? Insurance usually covers a certain amount per year. If yours doesn’t talk to them about paying cash. Most likely they will give you a price break for a treatment.I am not sure which disc you had surgery on. Are you having pain in any other areas in your back,hip or butt? If you do it could be related to Piriformis Syndrome. The nerve runs under the piriformis and if it’s inflammed it’ll put pressue on that nerve and cause pain.

      Posted by Maykon | April 10, 2013, 2:44 am
  2. Hi, Doc Had PT, Hi, Doc Had PT, pain mgmt, pain killers, mecaidl massages, accupunture, injections(tons), and lastly neck and back surgery. Nothing has worked, my neck is better after laser spinal surgery however the lower back did not heal properly after laser spine surgery on L4, L5, S1. I currently have burning pain in my lumbar area and it travels down my right leg but first in my groin area and then all the way to bottom of foot. NEVER had this before until after my surgery. What can i do?

    Posted by Asana | May 31, 2012, 6:32 pm
    • i am 32 yrs old.i have had extreme pain in my left calf ,the back of my leg and smoitemes heel of my foot mostly in my calf for 8 years.i have tried everything p.t.,chiropractor,accupuncture,traction and i have had a lamn discectomy.the chiro i seen tried to adjust me by putting me on a table on my side and coming down on my knee this put me in worse pain.the onlyway i find relief by stretching and sex until i get up and move around. any advise would be very much appriciated.hadL45herniated

      Posted by Christine | January 9, 2013, 1:12 am
  3. hey DocThanks, actually after i seen the first video i quit ptnuitg the heat on it, and it really does feel much better. It’s all about doing the stretches and exercises. Maybe it’s easier for me because i’m young and this is my first back injury. My chiro did something called decompression?? he kept pushing my legs up and down while i held on tight, that was the BEST feeling ever! Wish my insurance would pay for it!! I’d like to be a chiro someday..thanks SO MUCH for all the videos!

    Posted by Siga | January 8, 2013, 6:25 am
  4. @rchirodoc Oh! Thank you for the quick reply! Yes, there’s a general disfomcort/stiffness/mild pain from lower back that goes to the right hip. But I did have a recent MRI of the lumbar area which came back clear.’ So I didn’t know if the pain may have actually originated somehwere higher up the spine. I’m hoping that, if it’s a bulging disk, the clear MRI means its a very minor thing . . . Thanks again. I’m ording your book tonight, too.

    Posted by Liani | January 8, 2013, 1:10 pm
  5. i may have a herniated/bulging disc so inetasd of doing an MRI he diagnosed it as that. he gave me stretches to do, and said before i do them put ice on them, and then after put heat. should i not do that? also i can’t afford his treatment anymore and was just diagnosed two days ago i’m going to continue his exercies and stretches and hopefully i heal myself!! thanks for the info, i’m only on tip 1 so i got a long night!!

    Posted by Nedemek | January 8, 2013, 1:10 pm
  6. Hi there! I never like to disagree with somenoe’s doctor, but I would really not recommend that you use the heat after the ice treatment. This confuses the nervous system, and although many doctors still recommend this, I’ve found that it has an adverse effect with a herniated disc / bulging disc. Everything else sounds good, but stick with the ice for now, and my ecourse will tell you when to start using heat. Thanks!

    Posted by Leen | January 8, 2013, 8:20 pm
  7. Dr. Thank you for posting, I retcnely found out after enduring 10 months of Sciatic pain in both hips to feet,numbness, burning, and Stabbing pain in both hands. that I have a Bulging Disc at C5-6 withforaminal stenosis at c2-3 c3-4 Minor Degenerative joint changes in C6-7 and c7-T1, A Herniated Disc at T11-12, Cord impingment and central disc protrusions at T8-9 T9-10 L1-2. Another MRI is going to be booked to look further down the L’s. But this is a start to why..

    Posted by Ayaaz | January 8, 2013, 11:37 pm
  8. I sincerly hope that you will not take sgreury unless your case is too serious. Any sgreury can cause side effects and it cause a big shock to the body. What is more, risks cannot be avoided. There should be some other solutions. I have had a herinated disc in L5S1for nearly 18 years. No sgreury but natural therapies. They work.

    Posted by Hima | January 9, 2013, 1:14 am
  9. I Have often seen patients have more prebloms after surgery been before. What you are experiencing is quite common.I would use ice fifteen minutes at a time to help numb the nerve.Walking maybe to much for your body at this time. If you have a access to a pool it would be better to do walking in the water as it relieves pressure on all the joints. Another exercise that would be helpful is Yoga.If you can do a Jacuzzi daily and afterwards use ice it would start to improve the circulation and help relieve the pain.Your best bet for pain relief is to see a qualified chiropractor. They see patients before back surgery and after back surgery. They are the best at working on the sciatic nerve.I’ve enclosed a link where you can find a qualified chiropractor in your area in the USA.If you have any further questions please let me know,Billie77

    Posted by Nathan | April 10, 2013, 2:43 am
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