If the disks are herniated (bulging is another term) the specific nerves causing your problems ARE being pinched/compressed by the disks - that's what happens when you herniate a disk. The diagnosis you describe is disk herniations between the C3/C4/C5/C6 vertebrae. I've had flattened disks between C5/6/7, with a resulting fusion operation to correct it as well. In my case I had no choice as my left arm was becoming paralyzed. I've also had 2 other major spinal surgeries.
You should already have received some kind of treatment plan, likely Flexeril, and anti-inflammatory and / or a strong painkiller like Percocet or Vicodin. It's important that you DO NOT LIFT anything over a couple of pounds. I'm guessing that this happened as either a whiplash injury or something similar.
If the problem is already causing tingling and numbness in your fingers you need to report that immediately to your doctor. If you're not already seeing a Neurosurgeon, you should be. Orthopedists are useless in spine and disk problems as they understand the bone aspects, but not the neurological complexities. A general doctor just doesn't have the expertise required to treat this.
The reason you need to report it is that if you're having tingling/numbness in your fingers (especially if it's creeping its way from the tips to the knuckles) the disk inflammation isn't getting any better and the pressure is enough that it's starting to cut off the nerve impulses to your hand. Unless you get it looked at and treated, you could wind up with long term nerve damage or worse. I've already faced this and been through it, aside from dealing with these problems myself for over 20 years. In my case, within 2 weeks of the initial pain my left arm was almost paralyzed, and my fingers were numb from the fingertips to the first knuckle. The fusion I had included a bone graft from my right pelvic area as well as a plate. It is not something to take lightly. If your doctor is not treating it as a serious issue, you need to get another one fast. I cannot stress the importance of getting the disk pressure relieved off of the nerve in question, likely the C5/C6 disk.
Also, do not do any activity requiring any lifting, arm strength, etc., and don't drive if you can avoid it. If you're not taking any anti-inflammatory drugs (which I'd be shocked if you weren't) you need to start. Message me and let me know what meds they have you on so far.
I had this category started because this is the one area in my life in which I've dealt with for many years, and I've survived bad doctors, diagnoses, hospital mistakes, pain on scales you can't imagine (even now), and continuing spinal damage and severe pain. Hopefully I can help you and others avoid the bad things that I've been through. if you have specific questions don't hesitate to PM me.
2 sites you need to look at:
American Pain Foundation - http://tinyurl.com/8thkgm
Spine Universe - http://tinyurl.com/ysxy5l
If you eventually require surgery, let me know as there are certain decisions you'll face where the wrong choice can have consequences down the road.
TSD -RAVEN- - Category Supervisor
I hope this helps if someone told you all those disc were bulging you must have had a mri? I just went threw the same thing c5 c6 had a pinch nerve and they did therapy did another mri showed nerve wasnt pinch anymore anyway to make along story short have a Dr do a milogram and catscan this shows all around the disk. Worked for me just had a fushion on c5 c6. Hope this helps.
Absolutly nothing,your case isn't sever enough,so doctors won't do anything.It could spread over a short period of time,and could become sever enough for death.It sounds like you have a slight case of neck disease.If you can't feel your hands,call your doctor immediantly!
Minimal disc bulging means that you are at the beginning stages of a bulging disc. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the neck and back.
There are many different symptoms of bulging discs. Some of the most common are pain, tingling and numbness in the arms, fingers and other parts of the body.
Yes, you will feel pain if you have a herniated or bulging disc in your back. You may feel the pain in your arm, leg, or back. You will also experience numbness and tingling and weakness.
You might have a pinched nerve, or something worse. I suggest going to the doctor.
Blood sugar problems and nerve problems, which often go hand in hand, are just a few things that can cause tingling in your limbs. This is a stretch though based on your problem, but see a doctor anyway. I had tingling and numbness in my little and next toe. It turned out to be some bulging discs in my back. See a Neurosurgon, or Neurologist and get a MRI.
Stared with bulging is when you stare at someone with bulging eyes.
The general symptoms of bulging disc problem are: · Pain, muscle weakness, and numbness around parts of your body. · You may encounter changes in bladder work, fixing around both legs, and expanded reflexes. · Radiating pain in the upper arms, and very deep pain close to the shoulder blades.
I have a bulging disk in my pants.
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Yes, bulging is a real word. As in: He was so fat his belly was bulging over the top of his belt.
It can. I would talk to your doctor. A bulging disc can cause all kinds of symptoms such as back pain, radiating leg pain, hip pain, foot numbness, neck pain, arm pain, etc.. The only way to really be sure is to be seen and hopefully get an MRI or CT Scan to be sure.
Paracentral disc protrusion is a disorder of the spine that causes neck and back pain. An intervertebral disc is swollen or bulging and is putting pressure on the nerve roots when you are diagnosed with this disorder.
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A bulging anulus is not-quite-round ring. "Minimally bulging" means that the ring is nearly round. If that slight bulge is on the left side, then the ring is slightly bulging to the left of center.
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The pain from a bulging disc in your neck can travel to the lower back. The actual bulging disc condition will not move or spread.
I stuffed the parachute into the small box and it was bulging out on all sides.
Veins bulging in the neck can be described as extremely prominent veins in the neck area. Bulging veins in the neck may be indicative of raised intrathoracic pressure.
The process of veins bulging out is a normal physiologic response. To prevent veins from bulging would be as silly as preventing exhalation or blinking. It is meant to happen.
Bulging of exterior walls often results in sagging of the ridge board.
Grave's disease is the most common cause of bulging eyes.
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