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    Old 10-26-2003, 06:23 PM   #1
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    Question Treatments for Mild Bulging Disc

    Are there any treatments I can get for a mild bulging disc to speed up the healing or help it heal?

     
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    Old 10-26-2003, 07:01 PM   #2
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    Hello Coolguy,

    Welcome to the Healthboards on Back Problems. I am sorry to hear that you have a bulging disc. Has your doctor suggested that you start physical therapy? Usually that is the first method of treatment before trying other approaches in alleviated in your pain. So much depends on the location of your injured disc and if their is any nerve involvement. I am not sure what your pain levels might be at but you might also be interested in going to pain management if needed. They will also give medications and try other treatments. If you are not experiencing high levels of pain they may just start you on muscle relaxants and anti inflammatory's. Sometimes the combination of those two meds work well together. If your pain levels are making you uncomfortable and unable to function or sleep then they will also prescribe pain medications. I do hope that if your doctor does suggest therapy that it does help you.

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    [b]Cervical[/b] MRI 10/02
    Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
    C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
    C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
    Cervical Epidural 5/19/03

    [b]Lumbar[/b] MRI 10/02
    Lumbar Lordosis
    L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
    L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
    L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
    Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
    Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
    Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
    Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
    Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
    [b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
    Instrumentation = 2 Rods 6 Screws & Disc Spacers
    Lumbar X-Ray 7/24/03
    Lumbar X-Ray 8/27/03
    Still no pain relief....
    Lumbar CT Scan 9/24/03

     
    Old 10-27-2003, 05:08 PM   #3
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    The injury is at L5 and the pain isnt excruicating its just been there for awhile. The doctor says it should heal soon and he says rest wont help and he gave me workouts to do. I am doing them, he said its the same thing as physical therapy. I have a job at a library right now and I SOMETIMES, maybe once a week, push some heavy carts. I can't really tell if this affects my back because it doesn't at the time, but then sometimes pain comes a few days later. Do you think I should quit this job because im trying to be ready for Track & Field in 3-4 months? The doctor says ill probably be fine, but will this occasional pushing make it worse? Thanks for your help.

     
    Old 10-29-2003, 06:07 AM   #4
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    Hello Coolguy,

    It is good that you are doing the exercises that the doctor gave you. This exercises should strengthen your muscles. I am not a doctor so I will not tell you to quit your job. I have seen many other types of employment that are so much more strenuous to the back. I would ask your doctor if he thinks it is a good idea for you to start in Track & Field. I do know that walking is great for the back. I do wish you the best of luck and I am sorry that I cannot answer your question as I don't want to give you incorrect information.

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    Old 10-29-2003, 06:27 AM   #5
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    Ah to be back at the point of a mild anything I remember well. And I think that is where I made my mistake of just laying around and "taking it easy". Keep doing the exercises. Get those abs stronger so they can support the back!!!And tomorrow is right, walking is fantastic. Try not to sit for long periods of time, get up and walk around a bit. The antinflammatories will help, and even on days when it doesn't hurt as much, keep taking them to keep them in your system to guard against it flaring up. Remember to push and lift correctly, even if it means slowing down some to do it. You will be glad in the long run.

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    Back spasm episode requiring a week in hospital-1998
    MRI 1998 showed bulge at L5S1. Doc gives me Oxycondin, Celebrex, Quinine Sulfate, Celexa. Took myself off these, reaction to Celebrex then Relafin, then Vioxx.
    July 1999 Pain Management series of three steroid injections, didn't help.
    Physical therapy and TENS unit, neither helped.
    MRI Jan.2001 referred to specialist
    Discogram March 2001 showed 4 of 5 lumbars bulged, surgeon says fusion out of question. Aquatic therapy seemed to make me feel better overall but did nothing for back.
    Third MRI Dec 2002, in middle of major episode with back that didn't end until March 2003. Traction therapy total failure. Results read of MRI said no change.
    Sept 2003 Neucleoplasty specialist showed me the tears in two of the lumbars and leaking.
    Pain has progressed into hips and down back of legs. Standing has been lowered to 15 minutes from 30.
    Drugs of choice ibuprofen 800mg 3xdaily.
    Vicodin as needed.

     
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