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What type of problems can a bulging disc in your back create?

I got a CT scan the other day and they found a bulging disc.....any other info on this would be appreciated. Can it cause muscle spasms in your calves?

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Hi Alicia... A bulging disk is much more common in every age group and rarely causes any pain... A bulging disk is not as serious as a herniated disk...When you have a bulging disk, it is like a hamburger that is too big for the bun... I do not think you would get muscle spasms in your calfs because bulging disks do not often impinge on any nerves to cause muscle spasms... Everything also depends on which area of your spine is affected, cervical, thoracic or lumbar... I am very familiar and well versed, as I recuperate from a double level anterior cervical decompression fusion so if you have other questions, please don't hesitate to comment and I will reply... I can only give you an opinion though... Medical advice would have to be given to you by your orthopedist or whomever your healthcare provider is...

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Thanks!! I'm going to my orthopedist tomorrow, I'll see what he says.
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Alicia, best wishes... I hope everything is alright and not serious...
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Thank you so much
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Alicia, you popped into my thoughts... I hope your visit went well with your orthopedist... :-)
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Thank you!! It went kind of well, he said that it didn't sound like there was anything wrong with my back but that it sounded like I tore both of my calf muscles...but at least this means no back surgery! :)
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Oh Alicia, are you able to walk? A torn muscle is completely different than a pulled or strained muscle... Wow... Yes, it can be quite strange when you visit with an orthopedist... I hope you heal quickly and completely... Take it easy, and you are correct, at least no surgery... :-)
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No I actually haven't been able to walk for a month since it happened. Yeah I just hope that they don't have to do surgery on my legs though. And thank you!
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