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Bulging discs vs. herniated disks?

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  • Posted By: Vikefantam
  • May 29, 2009
  • 08:15 PM

Hi, everyone! I have a question - when I was having all of my back problems, I had 2 MRIs. Both showed levoscoliosis, degenerative disk disease (mild to moderate) and several disk bulges, one in the thoracic spine and a few in the lumbosacral spine. Admittedly, I probably brought this on all myself (along with the prolapsed uterus 2 years ago) because we did so many military moves and I was lifting stuff that was way too heavy for me. My PCP says there's not much difference between a bulging disk and a herniated disk.

I am a 42 year old female. I am 5' 4", 115 lbs, so I'm not overweight. Is there anything I can do for my spine before it becomes worse? I'd like to be proactive here and not end up with surgery but the doc did say there's a disc without much disk height and I will probably end up with bone rubbing on bone.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


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