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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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

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

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 »

Can you please interpret my MRI of the spine reports?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing pain or discomfort in my left-hand side. Almost from the neck up to the leg. My doctor advised me to take MRI total spine. The conclusion of the results was: 1. Degenerative cervical disc disease. 2. Disc bulge indenting the theca at c4/c5. 3. Disc protrusion ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from pain in the neck that radiates to the left hand and the leg. According to the result of the investigations that are provided here, your MRI of the spine has r...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor, I have lower back pain when I am sitting or lying down in certain positions. When I straighten my back out, and when I try to stretch it, I get pain in my middle or lower back. I am a gamer, and I sit down in pretzel style on my chair with my body leaning forward, most comfortable while ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Wajid

Physiotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may be suffering from a 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 lower back often involves a disc problem, joint problem, and an irritated nerve root. Co...  Read Full »

I have left leg sciatica with a referred pain down the heel. Will surgery help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have left leg sciatica. There is no back pain, but there is a referred pain down to the heel. I have recurring flare ups once in every six to eight months. I am currently taking Advil 3200 mg per day and ice. I feel great once the Advil kicks in. I got a selective nerve block on L5-S1 b...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your symptoms. Before we go ahead and discuss the MRI, I would like to know some more clinical details. You said pain in the left leg. I would like to know here that which aspect of your leg is it. Either is it in the inner part or outer part or front or b...  Read Full »

Is disc problem the cause of my persistent right leg pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I fell from the bed six years back. Since then, I have pain in the right leg (from the buttock region till feet). It is very difficult for me to sit on hard surfaces like chairs. Even in a steady position, there is a pain in the right leg. I am limping ever since. I took bed rest for 25 ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for posting your query along with the images. I have gone through your history and the images attached with it (attachments removed to protect the person's identity). Your MRI report shows mild disc bulge, and your symptoms are attributed to it. MRI images are o...  Read Full »

Why do I have left abdominal pain and tingling in the back and neck?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having left abdominal pain with leg and hand tingling, back and neck pain for some time. I did several ultrasound scans, abdominal CT and CT urogram, colonoscopy, urinalysis, stool, and urine MCS, but all came back normal with no significant findings. Though the gastroente...  Read Full »


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?

Query: Hi doctor,I usually smoke. I have taken all kinds of tests like JAK2 and Erythoprotein. It is confirmed that I have this condition due to smoking. I have reduced the number of smokes for a day and longer intervals before a week. I am going through this feeling on the left side of my chest recently. ...  Read Full »


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?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel like there is an ice pick in my back at my T4 and T5 region. I had cervical disc replacement three months back for the C5 and C6 area. Do you see any canal stenosis in this CT scan? Is there a difference in the thickening of the ligamentum flavum and calcification of the ligamentu...  Read Full »


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 »

What does post-polio syndrome mean?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is a 50 year old woman with a history of polio in childhood and complains of paresthesia since a year. It started suddenly from the toes on both sides and it progressed to upper back (T4) in 20 days. She was hospitalized with post-polio syndrome and treated with IV Ig. She co...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Surgeon

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 »

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