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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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 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 got a cervical med...  Read Full »


Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

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. Four years ago, you had had the same condition and were treated with cervical steroid injections (three), and the pain disappeared. Now, the pain has reappeared. Hen...  Read Full »

How can I resolve my right lower back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have right lower back pain from the past two years. I have enclosed my MRI reports. I take Nucoxia 60, whenever needed, 3 to 4 days when pain increases. I cannot tolerate anti-inflammatory medicine due to stomach upset. The pain always remains, but it reduces when I lie on my stomach. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would have preferred to see the MRI films myself rather than just the to report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to be describing symptoms of back pain rather than leg pain. This matches with the MRI report that does not show a disc prolapse...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for disc bulge other than surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a disc bulge at L4, L5, and S1. As a result, I have back pain. Physical therapy or painkillers do not work. I read that there are some types of injections, which help with the pain. Some of these injections give permanent relief, and some give temporary relief. Can you please li...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are no permanent injections available. However, there are injections which are temporary and last for a few months to a year. These are a mix of steroid and anesthesia drugs like Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone acetate) and spinal Lignocaine. However, their effica...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have facet arthropathy and other spinal changes in old age?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is having a spine problem. We had done MRI, in that we found few problems in the spine as below: 1) Diffuse disc bulge. 2) Spondylotic change at multiple lumber levels. 3) Bilateral facet arthropathy (L>R). 4) Disc osteophyte complex noted, levels causing indentation ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your mother is 64-year-old, then this is not unusual for her age. However, you have not mentioned any of her symptoms like back pain, stiffness, leg pain, numbness, weakness in legs, etc. There are only two actionable points that I can see without seeing th...  Read Full »

Will a back injury cause scoliosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I sustained a back injury three years ago. I was standing on the staircase of a bar when a large woman lost her balance, she grabbed and twisted my arm while placing her full body weight on my back. I have had recurrent muscle spasms all the way down to my back ever since, and I have t...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your MRI scans (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and find that there is no large disc bulge either in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. The scoliosis is there, but it is not causing any significant nerve compression or condition relating ...  Read Full »

Do migraines cause headaches along with nausea and dizziness?

Query: Hi doctor, I have headaches for the past six days. Initially, it was intense and so I was thinking to consult a doctor. But after taking Tylenol, it got subsided after few hours. I have nausea and dizziness sometimes. I am fine without movements. I am taking Zofran to get subsided. I had an episo...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are not suggestive of migraine as it lasts for more than three days. It can be a cervicogenic headache and you can have dizziness due to a bulging disc. I suggest you start taking Flunarizine or Dimenhydrinate for headaches and dizziness.   Read Full »

What is the short-term management for cervical disc bulge?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past five months, I have been getting increasingly worse neurologically. A month ago, I finally received an MRI with frightening results. At C4-C5, a central posterior disc herniation indenting the ventral thecal sac and elevates the posterior longitudinal ligament. There is a zo...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello. Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your MRI report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and your question, and I suggest that your situation is not an emergency. So, I think it can wait a couple of months until consulting with a spinal surgeon and discussi...  Read Full »

What are the ill effects of a disc bulge in the lower back?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 56-year-old male. I am suffering from low-grade lower back pain for a couple of months already. It is not noticeable in the day but is so uncomfortable when I lie down and cause sleepless nights for me. The lower back pain was present before eight months, and I had it examined. Co...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Good day, I have seen your X-ray image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). From the clinical history and the X-ray, it seems like you have muscle spasms, which itself can be due to chronic nerve compression or irritation, most likely due to a d...  Read Full »

Can I experience pain all over my body due to poor posture?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. My weight is 58 kg, and my height is 174 cm. I am doing yoga, and some basic basketball exercises 2 to 3 times a week. Overall I am doing a sitting job and having a healthy diet, taking vitamins, good progress in yoga, working on my posture, no alcohol, no smokin...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your question and reviewed your X-ray images carefully, and would explain that your symptoms could be related to a wrong posture during childhood. Still, I do not see anything serious in your X-ray studies. For this reason, I would recomme...  Read Full »

Can I dance with a bulging disc?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 38 years old, and I made a bad dance move with my back, and that resulted in a few slipped discs. The tingling, numbness (whole body but mostly left side) went away after about 5-6 days. The weakness in the arms (when raising the elbows, usually when I sit or lie down) went away a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sivasankar Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Because of abnormal posture, this can happen. That weakness and tingling are primarily transient, and no need to worry. If you do an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for the normal individual, also there will be a minimal disc problem. You can prevent this by avoidin...  Read Full »

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