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Precaution to be taken for disc bulge in L5 region - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi.
User :   hi doc
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   my name is XXXXXXXX and i am 25yrs old
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i got an MRI done for my back
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   lumber region
Doctor :   OKk.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   the report says disc bulge
Doctor :   What were the findings?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   in L5 region
User :   wat does dis mean?
Doctor :   It means that the tissue between the two vertebrae
Doctor :   is bulging out due to compression between the two vertebrae
Doctor :   That bulging tissue is compressing on the nerves that are coming out of the spinal cord.
User :   ya
User :   it says compromise of nerve
Doctor :   That leads to pain, tingling and numbness
User :   no pain or numbness
Doctor :   in the area where the involved nerve is supplying.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   but some kind of discomfort
Doctor :   That depends on the extent of compression of the nerve.
Doctor :   Can vary from mild discomfort to muscle weakness
Doctor :   or paralysis
User :   wat shuld i do now?
User :   i think its muscle weakness
User :   as far as i know
Doctor :   As the symptoms are not very marked its probably
Doctor :   mild compression.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You should take plenty of rest
User :   all this happened 6mths back
Doctor :   so that the compression of the two vertebrae is minimised
User :   how long?
Doctor :   Once the acute pain is decreased, then you should
Doctor :   go for physiotherapy exercises
Doctor :   to strengthen the back muscles
User :   ok
Doctor :   so that there is no excess compression of nerves.
User :   is it a recurring problem or can it be healed fully?
Doctor :   With good physiotherapy the problem can be adequately controlled
User :   fully?
Doctor :   Some precations may have to be taken life long.
User :   like?
Doctor :   Like good posture.
Doctor :   Especially while sitting and sleeping.
User :   while sleeping even now i have a problem
Doctor :   You should always sit in a straight backed chair with good support to lower back
Doctor :   The arm rests should be good.
User :   ok
User :   i am in IT
User :   so sitting in front of PC
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Thats why the chair is important
Doctor :   Also try to sleep on a firm surface
Doctor :   without a pillow
Doctor :   keep a rolled towel under the hollow of the spine.
User :   ok
User :   anything else?
Doctor :   Also try to elevate your legs with a pillow.
Doctor :   While sleeping on the side
Doctor :   keep a pillow in between your legs
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
User :   ok
User :   wat abt sports?
User :   and i also travel a lot.....any effects?
Doctor :   That should be done gradually
User :   its been 6 mths now
Doctor :   after sessions of physiotherapy
Doctor :   are finished
Doctor :   Have you done adequate physiotherapy exercises?
Doctor :   Do you have any pain now?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Have you filled the feedback form which I have sent?
Doctor :   I have to close this window since there is no response from your side, please get back to us if you need further medical advice. We are available from 9AM to 9PM IST everyday.
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