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Disc Herniation

Disc herniation occurs due to displacement of disc beyond the intervertebral disc space. It often occurs due to trauma, connective tissue disorders, and congenital disorders. It occurs commonly in the lumbar spine, followed by the cervical spine. Repetitive mechanical activities like twisting and bending can cause it. A sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, and obesity can also cause it. The symptoms are severe back pain, inability to walk, loss of bladder control, and muscle spasms. It is treated by taking pain-relieving medications (NSAIDs) and physiotherapy. Benzodiazepines are taken in low doses. In severe cases, surgery is required.

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I am suffering from disc herniation and sciatica. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 65-year-old female. My height is five feet and eight inches and I weigh 150 lbs. My MRI result shows a small left central broad-based disc herniation and inferior extrusion. I have pain in the sciatic nerve (hip to the knee). If I sit too long it hurts. I have had this feeling for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to know some details about your symptoms: 1. Since when you started to have this pain? 2. Do you also have lower back pain? 3. The pain which you mentioned from hip to knee is on the front side of the thigh or the back side of the thigh? 4. Apart from s...  Read Full »

Are there any alternatives to surgery for a herniated disc?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing pain in my left leg, buttocks, and lower back for a few weeks now. The pain is sometimes sharp and other times it is accompanied by tingling sensations. When I first consulted a doctor, they advised me to rest and prescribed painkillers or anti-inflammatory med...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the Firstly, I could not find a significant herniated disc in the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) image (attachment removed to protect the patients's identity) you sent me. However, we can still attempt to manage your symptoms with medication. It is possible that y...  Read Full »

I have neck pain after a history of herniated discs. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, May I receive your opinion on my two MRI's? I continue to have neck pain, but my motor control has improved. Should I aggressively pursue ADR? I had a herniated disc around six years back. I experienced extensive motor control losses in the triceps. There is continued improvement in st...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the MRI reports (the attachments have been removed to protect the patient's privacy). I believe the condition has improved as the latest MRI does not report an inferior extension of the disc, and there is some possibility that the disc has become smaller in si...  Read Full »

Kindly share your opinion regarding my MRI reports.

Query: Hi doctor, I visited a doctor recently, and they said I have a herniated disk and a tear. They said the first MRI showed something they were worried about and suggested it could have been a bone tumor. They made me repeat the MRI with contrast yesterday. The doctor I visited will not call me back u...  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I reviewed your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report, and there is a disc protrusion at L5 -S1 (lumbosacral joint) (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). For this, we need to differentiate betwee...  Read Full »

I have been diagnosed with a posterior left paracentral and lateral herniation of the C6-7 disc, which is causing nerve compression. Kindly help

Query: Hello doctor,I have been diagnosed with a posterior left paracentral and lateral herniation of the C6-7 disc. This condition is causing compression on the anterior subarachnoid space and the left C7 nerve root. Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. You need to try reducing the pain with some precautions and medicines. Instructions for neck pain: Avoid lifting heavy weights. Avoid arching your back; instead, bend your knees to pick up something from the floor. Avoid sitting for...  Read Full »

Is it possible to have a herniated disc causing slight numbness for years without any pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a question about a herniated disc in my back (L5 - S1) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed about a year ago. I went to physical therapy, the pain resolved, and I continue to do the exercises for 10 minutes every other day. No more pain though. The thing is even before t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sivakumar Sengottuvelu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Varicolectomy on the left side might have damaged some nerve twigs which may be the reason for this kind of diminished sensation over left scrotum and penis. This will not cause any problem and you need not worry about it.The herniated disc is of small magnitude whic...  Read Full »

I am having low back pain since a month. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am facing low back pain from the last one month. I have attached my magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) report.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) report (attachment removed to protect patient identity) indicates a disc herniation in the lower vertebral column. This could be the cause of your back pain. Coming to this point, I recommend taking Ibuprofen 400 mg three times da...  Read Full »

Can a herniated disc cause testicular pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48 year old male. Ten days back, I noticed that my testicles has moved up and are receding into my groin. I also have a dull pain in the testicles. This pain is not always there, but it happens on and off. I am worried that this may be a serious condition. Could you please let m...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your pain. The most important condition to exclude when a testicle becomes high-riding with associated pain would be testicular torsion (twisting and occlusion of blood supply to testicle). Torsion is however incredibly rare in older males and occurs...  Read Full »

I have reinjured my back and am finding it difficult to work. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male and a former college football player. I retired due to herniated discs (L4, L5, S1) while doing squats. I received a discectomy about two years ago and was given multiple steroid injections, Hydrocodone, Cyclobenzaprine, Advil, and stem cell injections. I recent...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your are experiencing foot numbness and muscle spasm then the first thing that comes to mind with your previous history is a recurrence of a disc prolapse. You need to be examined and assessed to rule this out. You may require a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) too. ...  Read Full »

I have lower back pain and burning sensations on both sides. Kindly evaluate my MRI report.

Query: Hello doctor, My problem is lower back pain and burning in both soles. As per the MRI report:- 1. Median disc protrusion (herniation) at L5-S1 level causing stenosis of bilateral neural foramina compressing the exiting nerve root. 2. Diffuse posterior disc bulge at L4-L5 level causing mild stenosis ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I saw the MRI (magnetic resonance image) report according to it I am suggesting you the following treatment, 1. Avoid lifting heavy weights. 2. Avoid arching your back, instead bend your knees to pick up something from ...  Read Full »

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