Buldging Discs in lower back

United States
April 28, 2007 9:34pm CST
I have my results on my MRI back, I have a lot of things I can't even begin to understand what is what, but it did say something about a buldging disc. I would like to know what options are available, I have not yet done my follow up appt. yet with my doctor. But I am wanting to hear from people who have first hand knowledge of this and what your experiences have been with this and if you found relief from the pain?
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@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Hi applsofgld I had bulging discs in my upper back in and they herniated. Talk about pain wow it was the worst. I had to have surgery twice and now I hav another bulging disc in the same area. The problem with the bulging discs is when they herniate and will sooner or later. I feel for you. Listen to what the doctor says. And keep us informed.
• United States
29 Apr 07
Thank you for sharing with me Terry. I'm sorry you are still having troubles with it. I know the pain very well, it is excruciating and almost paralyzes me it's so strong. No comfort in any position. Only the meds help keep me functioning at times. I will keep you posted.
• Canada
29 Apr 07
I was hit by a truck 18 months ago and was having the same problem. After many therapys I found a machine called the DRX9000 this is non surgical and its has worked for me I now have mobility in my neck and back and do not have to sleep sitting up this is a gravity machine it works by gently pulling your discs apart after about 3-4 treatments I felt a total difference I hope you can to.
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• United States
29 Apr 07
That's wonderful that you found a non surgical method for relief. Is this a permanant relief, can it come back? Thank you for sharing this with me.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
29 Apr 07
Bulging dics? is that the same as having a herniated disc in the L4-l5 area? I had lower back pain caused by a herniated disc which was diagonised from a MRI late Oct 06. The neurosurgeon advised that I have surgery but I opted not to and decided on physiotherapy instead. I also cut down on a lot of physical activity around the home and rested, flat on my back (preferably a hard surface) with my legs raised up on couch cusions (this helped to leviate the pain especially at night). I took lots of pain relief medication and stuck it out for 3 months. Physiotherapy helped me tremendously and I was back on my feet, walking around comfortably by late Feb 07. I'm about 99% back to normal, with the occasional back pain when I overdo it. I also joined a gym to lose weight as that also contributed to the lower back pain. Just because non surgical methods worked for me, may not work for all. Consult your doctor first and talk it over with a neurosurgeon as your case could be more serious that what I had. However they are quick to suggest surgery as they think prolonging it, will only make it worse. Lots of rest, physio 3 x a week, legs raised, pain relief medication, and a lot of love from the family, helped me recover. I'm happy that I did not opt for surgery. Good luck!
• United States
29 Apr 07
I don't see how non surgical would work for me. I also have some narrowing and degeneration going on. I cannot lay down, pain is worse and excruciating when I raise my legs even for a test at the hospital. My only relief currently is by taking narcotics. Even soaking in very warm tub not helpful, can't get up afterwards. Thank you for sharing, I am glad this method worked for you. Hopefully I will be sent to a good specialist.
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• Canada
29 Apr 07
Not quite sure what options would be open to you, but you'd have to find out from your doctor to be sure. Only he knows what's best for you when he's treating you for this condition. It's not something that can be taken lightly, nor should it be ignored.
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• United States
29 Apr 07
I'm not taking it lightly, I have been actively pursuing treatment for this for quite awhile now. Just did get an MRI finally ordered and done. I knew something was not right in my lower back. Was hoping for some first hand knowledge on here.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
I do not have any firsthand information about options for buldging discs. My mother once had, I think it was called a slipped disc. Something like that. If you don't have to get surgery, I wouldn't.
• United States
30 Apr 07
After taking 2 pain pills from mowing grass, I am up now having had to take another one. The pain is unbelievable at times, so surgery would be welcomed IF it would take care of the problem. But I am not wanting surgery if I don't have too, I have heard that once they operate on your back you always have other problems from the actual surgery. Thank you for sharing about your mother's back troubles, I do hope she was able to find relief from it.
• United States
30 Apr 07
Thank you, my mom is doing pretty good. That is what I have heard about surgery. I take Anaprox for pain and that does work.
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