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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Is disc herniation the cause of my symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor,I think that I have a pinched nerve or herniated disc in my back right next to my left shoulder blade. It makes me hard to breathe. Before two days, my face, hands, and feet became numb and my eyes got twitching while driving. When I breathed out, it was wheezy. When I inhaled, I had a cou...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the nerves in the body originate from the brain and it goes to all over the body through the spinal cord. You have mentioned the presence of a herniated disc and pinched nerve in the shoulder. When this happens, nerve pathways below the herniated site get distur...  Read Full »

Why are my legs getting thinner?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding atrophy in my thigh. I have some herniated disks at L3/4, L4/5, and S1 and also spinal stenosis on those disks. The EMG only found problems on my left calf, but not on my thigh. Do you have any idea where this atrophy can result from? My left leg always has...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know some details about your symptoms: 1. Since when your symptoms started? Please tell sequentially. 2. Symptoms started with back pain? Or you noticed thinning of the left leg first? 3. Do you have any weakness in the left leg? If yes, what activ...  Read Full »

What causes L4 and L5 disc problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chronic, worsening migraines with pain, tingling, and numbness all over, including the scalp, back of the neck, mid-back, and all over the lower body. I have migraines with light, sound, and smell sensitivity, insomnia, irregular bowel, and visual muscle rippling. I do have a h...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The pain in your lower back and both legs is from the disc problems, as mentioned in the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the lumbar spine review. The cause for the migraine and sensitivity symptoms is not clearly understandable from the images. It is possible...  Read Full »

Can herniated disc heal on its own?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21-years-old female. I have been having severe back pain, and it gets so unbearable that sometimes I am on the floor and cannot move. I saw a doctor today, and she said it sounds like I am describing a herniated disc and sent me for an x-ray. Then she said nothing came up on the x-r...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding your question about the herniated disc, it will not be shown on the x-ray, but an x-ray can show reduced disc space which is considered circumstantial evidence of disc herniation. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an imaging of choice to detect herniated dis...  Read Full »

How to get rid of constant lower back and neck pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have consistent lower back and neck pain. I have been diagnosed with cervical disc herniation before 20 years and lumbar disc herniation before 12 years. An L2 nerve block procedure was done before 11 years. I did my MRI before three years.   Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can show disc bulges present in both the neck and back. The degree of nerve root compromise will determine the degree of symptoms and taking conservative management helps a lot. I need to see your MRI. As your MRI was taken before three ...  Read Full »

I have lower back pain for more than eight years. Will stem cell therapy help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have lower back pain for more than 8 years and sciatica for the last 6 years. Now, I could not lift my left foot properly. My recent electromyography of left foot revealed signs of a chronic denervation of the muscles on the left foot from the L5 motor root. My recent MRI revealed two...  Read Full »


Dr. Sudheer Ambekar

Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need surgery for the herniated discs since they are significant and you have a neurological deficit (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would advise you go ahead with surgery as soon as possible. You have good chances of recovering the lost function...  Read Full »

How to treat Achilles tendonitis?

Query: Hello doctor, About a week ago, I got off the lounge chair and felt a sharp pain in the back of my left ankle. The pain has not changed during the week. The whole ankle is still swollen.  The pain has not changed, and it radiates from inside the heels up to my Achilles and into the lower back p...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, there is no attachment and hence I could not see the clinical picture. You have mentioned about the pain at the back of your ankle along with swelling over the affected region. The injury as described by you could be Achilles Tendinitis or a partial tear in the ...  Read Full »

What causes sharp back pain on the right while you breathe?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a very fit person and I had three slip disks on my neck c3-c6. Unfortunately, it ended up causing arm numbness at night. I am doing physiotherapy exercises every two weeks. Last week, I had sharp back pain on the back while breathing and today it recurred again and it was very pai...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can have swelling over the slip discs or it can be due to slight dislocation. Due to that, your spine can have compression and because of that, you may have developed these symptoms. You need to do X-rays and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to check the conditi...  Read Full »

How to get rid of severe leg and buttock pain due to disc protrusion?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a disc extrusion in the buttock and severe leg pain on the right side for the past four years. I have lower back pain, pain in the buttock, a tingling sensation down my thigh all the way into my big toe. I cannot stand or sit for long. I have attached images from an MRI and would ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, the clinical symptoms result from a herniated disc at lumbar segments four and five can impinge nerves that run down the legs causing sciatic-like symptoms. This type of herniated disc can cause low back pain w...  Read Full »

Does kidney infection cause back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the ER two days ago due to excruciating pain in my back, which I thought was caused by herniated disc. I have received a steroid injection and pain medication. This morning I noticed the pain has moved upward towards my kidneys. Could this be a kidney infection? Please note ...  Read Full »


Dr. Eriol Braholli

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, General Surgeon, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Such immediate terrible pain might be caused by both herniated disc and urinary tract problems such as kidney stones, urinary tract infection, etc. Have you done any tests or examinations in the ER (emergency room)? I would suggest you a few simple examinations to come cl...  Read Full »

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