Herniated Disc – Bulging Disc

Bulging Disc

Disc herniation is often caused by relative inactivity and then suddenly lifting something heavy.  If you do not stretch and move your body at all, the connective tissue is not lubricated and as flexible as it should be.  Your muscles are too tight and they are also too weak to lift heavy objects.  If your back muscles are weak, more pressure is put in the spine than if you had a strong back.

When the disc herniates, or slips out, the lubrication inside the disc capsule can leak onto the spinal nerves.  The nerves then get irritated, then they cause the muscles to get tight or to spasm.

You can have a disc herniation and not feel pain.  You can also have pain, but no disc herniation.  Many people have disc degeneration and do not even know it.

Bulging Disc

  You can see in this image how the disc has slipped out and is pressing on the yellow nerve.  Slipped discs can be so bad that the normal nerve flow to the limbs is cut off and you have a problem walking.  In my experience, slipped discs can be one of the most painful things you can suffer.

If you have one disc slip, the chances are your other discs are not healthy either.  I usually recommend glucosamine sulfate taken over a few months to help repair the connective tissue in the body.  It is not uncommon for other joints to have problems also, if your connective tissue in your back is not healthy.

Be sure to get glucosamine SULFATE, not HCL.  This is derived from shellfish and is the type that has been well researched.  If you buy a combination formula, I do not suggest including fish oilFish oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory, but it is usually rancid.  Once the oil is rancid, it can damage your body.  Put into a formula with other supplements, it is more likely to go rancid.

Here is a picture of different disc problems:

You can see that if you have one disc with a problem, you can easily have problems with other discs. That is why systemic treatments are so important.

Bulging Disc

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12 responses to “Herniated Disc – Bulging Disc”

  1. Marjorie J. Rodgers Avatar
    Marjorie J. Rodgers

    I had been suffering from a herniated disc for quite some time, and the pain was unbearable. I finally found a fantastic physical therapist who helped me with a personalized exercise plan and proper guidance. Now, I’m almost pain-free and have regained much of my mobility. I’m so grateful for the treatment that allowed me to get back to my normal life

  2. Margarete J. Washington Avatar
    Margarete J. Washington

    When I was diagnosed with a bulging disc, my doctor recommended a conservative approach before considering surgery. With a combination of medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes, I saw significant improvements in my symptoms. I’m so glad I tried this route first, as it has been truly life-altering.

  3. Gwenda D. Adams Avatar
    Gwenda D. Adams

    I struggled with a herniated disc and was looking for alternative treatments to manage my pain. I started practicing gentle yoga under the guidance of a certified instructor who specializes in back pain. The increased flexibility and strength I’ve gained have helped reduce my symptoms significantly. I’m thrilled with the progress and recommend yoga as a complementary therapy.

  4. Ellen R. Bitter Avatar
    Ellen R. Bitter

    I work long hours at a desk, which exacerbated my bulging disc problem. My chiropractor recommended ergonomic adjustments to my workspace, and it made a world of difference! The pain has lessened, and I’m more comfortable throughout the day. It’s amazing how such small changes can have such a significant impact.

  5. Connie I. Tomas Avatar
    Connie I. Tomas

    I was skeptical about acupuncture, but after dealing with a herniated disc, I was willing to try anything. To my surprise, it helped reduce my pain levels and increased my overall sense of well-being. Combined with physical therapy, acupuncture has been a game-changer for me. I’m glad I kept an open mind!

  6. Robert T. Moody Avatar
    Robert T. Moody

    My physical therapist prescribed a set of core-strengthening exercises to help with my bulging disc symptoms. I’ve been consistent in doing them, and the results have been remarkable. The exercises have not only reduced my pain but have also improved my posture and overall strength. I highly recommend working with a professional to find the right exercises for your condition.

  7. Humberto N. Simard Avatar
    Humberto N. Simard

    I had been dealing with a herniated disc for quite some time, and my physiotherapist recommended trying Pilates. I was amazed by how effective it was in alleviating my pain and increasing my core strength. The exercises have truly improved my quality of life, and I highly recommend Pilates to anyone suffering from a herniated or bulging disc.

  8. Danielle G. Oliver Avatar
    Danielle G. Oliver

    After being diagnosed with a bulging disc, I decided to work closely with a pain management specialist and a physical therapist. This collaborative approach not only helped me manage my pain but also allowed me to regain my mobility and strength through targeted exercises. I’m grateful for the progress I’ve made and encourage others to consider this approach.

  9. Kenneth V. Lipman Avatar
    Kenneth V. Lipman

    I was hesitant to try massage therapy for my herniated disc, but after a few sessions, I noticed a significant reduction in pain and muscle tension. The therapist focused on relieving pressure around the affected area, which has made a world of difference. Combined with other treatments, massage therapy has been a great addition to my healing journey.

  10. Jennifer M. Givens Avatar
    Jennifer M. Givens

    I never realized how much my poor posture was contributing to my bulging disc issues. After working with a chiropractor and physical therapist, I made some significant changes in my posture and ergonomics. The improvement in my pain levels and overall comfort has been amazing. Don’t underestimate the power of good posture!

  11. Carmen A. Phillips Avatar
    Carmen A. Phillips

    My doctor recommended swimming as a low-impact exercise to help with my herniated disc pain. Not only has it helped to improve my overall fitness, but the water’s buoyancy also provides relief from the pressure on my spine. I’ve seen a considerable reduction in my symptoms since incorporating swimming into my routine

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