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Have bulging disc. Constant pain. Inability to stand. Am I okay?

Hi i am 45 and very active i work in a very active environment , i was told after an scan that i have a bulging disc low down my spine and that my spine is crumbling at the neck but yet they did not tell me what i needed to do to ease the constant pain. all they said was do not stoop, are stand for long periods of time. i work with children under five.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

As per the description, you have CERVICAL DISC DISEASE. The initial management of this problem would be as follows -

* Rest: A soft cervical collar is advisable. It should not be used for more than a week or two as it may worsen the condition with prolonged usage.

* Medicines: Analgesic are needed in the acute phase. Muscle relaxants are essential for relieving muscle spasms once the acute pain subsides. Neurotropic vitamins like METHYLCOBALAMINE (activated Vit B12) or PREGABALIN will help in alleviating the neuropathic pain.

* Cervical traction: may enlarge the disc space, permitting the prolapse to subside. Intermittent cervical traction for not more than 30 minutes at a time. Weight upto 8kg can be added.

* Physiotherapy: Once the acute phase of pain has subsided, Isometric strengthening exercises of the paravertebral muscles are started. Moist heat can be useful

You should be able to get a reasonable amount of pain relief with the above measures.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Fri, 2 Aug 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
It seems that there is osteoartheritis changes in your cervical spines.
Go for physiotherapy, cervical traction and short way diathermy.
Avoid keeping pillow under your neck while sleeping.
Take calcium, vitamin A and D supplements.
Ok and take care.
Answered: Fri, 2 Aug 2013
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