Disc Bulge

When the intervertebral disc, which serves as the cushion between two vertebrae, slips from its normal position or swells up, it is called disc bulge. It causes nerve compression and thus results in symptoms like tingling or pain in the back, neck, or shoulders, leg pain, numbness, weakness, and sciatica. It can result from poor posture, sudden load to the vertebrae, and due to genes.

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Dr. Ruchi Bahuguna

Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your history and the attached x-ray and MRI files (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and observed the following. There is a mild intervertebral disc bulge at the C4-C5 level, which is causing compression of the thecal sac. This mi...  Read Full »

Why do I have a feeling of vibration in the blood flow?

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Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are related to a pinched nerve in the thoracic vertebral column, and it may result in a bulging of intervertebral disk. For this reason, I would recommend performing a cervicothoracic spine MRI 9magnetic resonance imaging) to investigate this issue. Doe...  Read Full »

Why do I have sciatica pain while walking and standing, and no problem while sitting?

Query: Hi doctor, I have sciatica on the left side. I have pain when walking or standing for a long period of time. I have no pain when sitting. Bending over to stretch and inversion help take the pain away. I had a problem for multiple years. Physical therapy and weight loss have helped, but there is sti...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to cliniq.com. Thanks for writing to us. I hope you are not in much discomfort. Your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) lumbar spine shows degenerative vertebral and disc changes in multiple levels, and there is acute edema in the endplates of L5 to S1 vertebral levels. Disc bulges are c...  Read Full »

Does my CT scan show spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing to us. I hope you are not in much discomfort. Images (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shared are of the CT (computed tomography) cervical and upper thoracic spine from C1 to T4 vertebral levels. Answers to your questions are following....  Read Full »

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Dr. Rajyaguru

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not quite agree with post-polio syndrome. Post-polio syndrome after these many years is quite rare. From a neurosurgical point of view, when I look at her MRI cervical spine (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there is a significant disc bulge present a...  Read Full »

What can be the cause of lower back pain while sitting or lying down in certain positions?

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Dr. Mohammed Wajid

Physiotherapist

Answer: Hi, welcome to icliniq. Here you may be suffering with Disc bulge. Pain is considered chronic once it lasts for more than three months and exceeds the body’s natural healing process. Chronic pain in the low back often involves a disc problem, a joint problem, and/or an irritated nerve root. C...  Read Full »

Is getting steroid injection before ablation for neck pain better?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had right-sided chronic cervical neck pain for the past six months. My MRI revealed the following. Bulging discs, C6-C7 and C5-C6 osteophytes and severe bilateral stenosis and typical degenerative disc disease. I visited a pain doctor hoping for a cervical steroid procedure, but in...  Read Full »


Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. You have had the same condition four years ago and treated with cervical steroid injections (three) and pain disappeared. Now, the pain has reappeared. Hence, steroids may...  Read Full »

What causes low back and dizziness while bending?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 45 years old. I have lower back pain for the past two days. One year back also, I faced the same issue and used medication for one week. Whenever I bend or doing some work, I feel a bit of pain and sometimes slight dizziness during the pain. If I sit idle, I am fine. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Manav Gupta

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are a few questions I would like you to answer. Is the pain radiating to the legs and feet? Is there any history of diabetes or hypertension or thyroid issues? Is there any history of trauma to the back or did you lift something heavy which caused back pain? ...  Read Full »

What could cause intense pain in upper and middle back?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female. I had intense back pain from upper to middle back for almost a week. I am not sure if there is a pinched nerve at my back. I have been working out ever since ecq happened. It is hard for me to move for almost a week now. There is a twinge of pain every time ...  Read Full »


Dr. Manav Gupta

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the history you have given, it is a possibility that you might have pinched a nerve or a disc might have bulged causing nerve irritation and reflex muscle spasm (protective) and hence the pain. It could also be other things like posture-related / muscular strain...  Read Full »

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Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniiq.com. Your symptoms (back pain radiating in the knee and leg) are suggestive of a bulging (slipped) intervertebral disc in the lumbar region, which is causing irradiating radicular pain in the knee. For this reason, I would recommend consulting with a neurologist for a ph...  Read Full »

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