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What is the best way to relieve or fix a bulging disc?

My L5-S1 disc is bulging and their is minimal deterioration. I don't have a time table on when it will be better, and the only thing I have been given other than some meds that aren't helping are some stretches to do. please help my leg is in so much pain.

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I had the same thing. If you are having seriously bad pain when you sneeze or cough, you are at the point where you need surgery. I had a microdiscectomy. I waited so long that the tendon in my leg shrunk and it took almost a year to stretch it back out. If PT and stretches don't work, you may need surgery. Meds didn't help me either.

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My back is in pain occasionally when I sneeze but never when I cough
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Do you get a feeling like someone is stabbing you when you sneeze? That was the time when I finally went to the doc and said. Okay, that's it. I can barely move, meds aren't working, limping for months (which is why the tendon shrunk) and couldn't do my job. I'm a nurse. Was missing a lot of work. Couldn't pick up my youngest son either. They referred me to a surgeon and I had surgery that weekend. It took me almost a year to recover like I said because I waited too long. If the bulging disc isn't going back in by itself with stretches, it's not going to go back in. My surgery was outpatient. Incision was only about 2 inches long and was glued shut. Yes, there was a lot of pain for the first 2 weeks, numbness in the leg and foot but after a while it subsided. And it was well worth it in the end. I could barely move when I had the surgery. I hurt my back in may of 2011, had surgery in Oct, 2011 (one yr ago). I still do have to be careful of bending but I know I waited way too long to have the surgery. Some crazy PA wanted to inject my spine with cortisone in a doc's office. Don't ever let them do that. It must be done under fluroscopy! Into the muscle can be done in the office, not into the spine! And it's only a quick fix.
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this will sound weird but try tooth past

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You are right that does sound weird. But where and how?
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You can try massage therapy to ease the pain, but with consultation with the doctor handling your case. Since the meds are not helping, you probably need to get a prescription for stronger painkillers. Be sure to take it easy and go slow since over-working yourself induces the pain.

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loose weight.

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See a specialist, they might be able to do certain injections that could temporarily relieve the pain (possibly 3, 6, or twelve months... Depends on person) Some insurance will require that before surgery. My friend also had a microdiscectomy and it was a long rehab but changed his life for the better. This was two years ago and he said he would do it again in a split second. Wishes he had it done years ago.

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