Minor disc bulges
I'm a 22 year old female, non diabetic, 56kg in weight, 5'5 in height. I started with severe lower back pain which radiated to my right leg since Feb this year. I got an MRI done and it showed minor disc bulges at L3L4 and L5S1 and mild desiccation without overt nerve impingement. I've been put on Pregabalin 150 and am doing physiotherapy from a month. The pain has recently started radiating to my neck as well. My condition has improved since Feb, but it gets bad again on prolonged sitting or standing. I'd like to know how long would it take for me to heal completely and if the pain would reoccur again in the future?
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Dr. Neeraj Basantani
Neurosurgeon 4 yrs exp Pune
Thanks for an excellent description of your condition. Minor disc bulges are not a problem in the elderly, but young people like u must be careful of their posture, especially while working for long hours on the computer or sleeping with too many pillows. If you sit absolutely straight on a chair and use thin pillows while sleeping combined with isometric muscle strengthening exercises for the neck and lower back, your condition will improve in 2-3 months time. If not then u have to see ur nearest neurosurgeon. The correct timing and combination of exercises along with correct posture is the key to ur problem. Pain can recur again and can be serious if one of the discs pops out into the spinal canal.
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Avoid lifting heavy weights, bending forwards or sudden jerks to ur back or neck
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