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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How to cure my back pain which has been there for more than seven years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old female. I have been dealing with back pain for over seven years now. I have never been in any type of injury and had MRIs done of my brain, cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spine five years ago. They stated I had three bulging discs and an annular tear. My thoracic sp...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have not mentioned what you want to know and what your current problem is. You have degenerative disc disease involving both cervical and dorsal spines; however, there is no significant canal stenosis. I am sure you are not also symptomat...  Read Full »

Why do I have numbness on the right side of my neck and right arm since three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had numbness on the right side of my neck and right arm for three weeks. During sleep, I get a spider-like feeling all over my head and neck that I cannot control. Also, my right arm was numb when I woke up this morning. I have taken the tablet Paracetamol. However, the pain is...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest a bulging disc in the cervical vertebral column causing radicular nerve pain in the arm and shoulder. I suggest you consult a neurologist for a physical examination and to perform a cervical spine X-ray study. A cervic...  Read Full »

I am experiencing severe electric shock-like pain in the right leg when I bend sit. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, How bad is it? What has caused it? What are the best way to treat the severe pain? I am now getting down my left leg.  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and will guide you in your question. Sorry for such acute discomfort you are having. Can you please explain your symptom of pain in the left leg? What is the duration of left leg pain? What caused it? Is there any swelling in the left leg? Any his...  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 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 Abaz 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 Abaz 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 »

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