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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My doctor recommended losing weight to manage my L4 to L5 disc compression. What do you suggest?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had pain in my lower back for two months, and I finally went to a hospital. The doctor ordered a CT for me, and it turns out I have L4 to L5 central and left paracentral disc bulge compressing the thecal sac and the left nerve root. The doctor said it was not serious enough to h...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, your doctor is right, 1. Avoid lifting heavy weights. 2. Avoid arching your back. Instead, bend your knees to pick up something from the floor. 3. Avoid sitting for long hours. 4. Avoid two-wheeler rides. 5. Improve your posture while sitting. 6. Try...  Read Full »

Will physiotherapy resolve my bulged and desiccated L4 to S1 intervertebral discs?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had diffuse bulges of desiccated L4-L5 and L-S1 intervertebral discs with posteroventral focal disc protrusions and focal annular tear, indenting anterior thecal sac, causing mild to moderate spinal canal compromise, abutting traversing nerve roots, I have this problem for the past...  Read Full »


Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Kindly share your scan reports so that I can assess the severity of the disc bulge and advice you on whether you need to undergo physiotherapy or surgery. Meanwhile, I suggest you to follow the instructions mention...  Read Full »

Please explain the reason for my stiff neck from the MRI.

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up two months ago with a very stiff neck that has not fully gone back to normal. Now, I have a weak right arm, shoulder-neck pain, headache, and cracking neck. MRI of the cervical spine has been done.  Read Full »


Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have disc bulges at C5 to C6 and C6 to C7 which are paracentral, not much nerve compression is going to be there. So, the pain you are referring to can be due to muscle spasm, or it can be du...  Read Full »

Why do I have a bad back pain that is radiating to my right leg?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had bad back pain radiating to my right leg for the last few months. My right leg is weaker than my left. Also, I have numbness and tingling sensation in my right leg. In addition, there is pulling pain from the lumbar region to the leg. I have gone for physiotherapy during the...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will surely help you out. I have reviewed your attachments (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Your symptoms suggest a bulging disc in the vertebral column, causing radicular pain in this region. Your lumbar spine MR...  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

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 ...  Read Full »

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 »

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