Paresthesia

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Herniated disc

A herniated disc is a medical condition that can cause paresthesia. What is this issue actually about? It occurs when the central part of a spinal disc protrudes through the outer area. This can happen when that outer part is torn.

Symptoms

The symptoms that a patient with a herniated disc experiences are not always alike. On one end of the spectrum, the pain can be severe, affecting the lower area of the back, and spreading out into other parts of the body that are affected due to the irriated nerve root. On the other hand, in some cases only tissue injury occurs, and when this is the case discomfort may be minor, or may not even exist at all.

Aside from pain, paresthesia is one of the the possible symptoms. This may show up as numbness, as well as a sensation of tingling. The patient's reflexes can be impacted by this condition. Weakness of the muscles is also possible, and even paralysis may occur. If a sciatic nerve root is bothered, then sciatica can also become a symptom of this situation.

Causes

It is possible for a herniated disc to be brought on by general wear and tear that happens over a period of time. On the other hand, it is also possible for a traumatic injury to bring about its occurrence. This can especially be the case when lifting is done while bending at the waist, as opposed to keeping the back straight and using the legs for lifting. Genetics can also be involved in cases of herniated discs.


Diagnosis

Talk with a doctor to try to receive a diagnosis of a herniated disc, or perhaps ultimately another situation that may be behind the symptoms being felt. Medical history is one of the things that can be considered. Symptoms may also be regarded during the diagnostic process. The doctor might perform a physical exam. Various tests can be used which might lead to the exclusion of other conditions that could be affecting the patient. Imaging options can be used, including X-ray, MRI, and more.

Treatment

After the doctor has given a diagnosis of a herniated disc, then he may prescribe a particular thing (or multiple items) for treatment. Often, herniated discs resolve over a matter of time, and surgery does not become necessary. In some cases, though, surgery is performed. Aside from that, medication for the relief of pain and physical therapy are some of the treatments that are used at times. Ask a doctor about a particular method for your case, rather than trying to base a decision on what you read here, as this information is not professional in nature and is not tailored to any person's specific situation.

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