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Do NSAIDs hamper herniated disc resorption?

NSAIDs are routinely prescribed to treat symptoms of a herniated disc (Mayfield Clinic): Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, naproxen (Alleve, Naprosyn), ...
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How does a herniated spinal disk correct itself?

Looking at the picture below, nothing in the herniated disc seems to be able to correct itself over time. Yet, the article I took the picture from says that surgical treatment is used only if the pain ...
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Can Spinal Alignment Cause Fatigue?

This is pure speculation on my part, but I have an old back injury in my left lower back. I have no idea what it is and neither do a ton of doctors that looked at it. I know that stretching my lower ...
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Protrusion or Extrusion?

Here is an MRI picture of someone who suffers from a backache. Does any one know that his problem is disk extrusion or disk protrusion? It does not seems to be a disk extrusion, yes? Thank you in ...
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Sleep issues when sleeping on back

I've always liked to sleep over my tummy. Now i'm 24 and recently noticed whenever i try to sleep properly on my back at night i feel very stressed the next day, partial sleeps, rolling on bed(even ...
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Dealing with a lot of standing

Question When e.g. working in surgery, one has to stand for a very long time. I'm sure everyone has been through a similar experience. After some time, my back usually starts to feel weird and I ...
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What causes acne, and how do I get rid of it?

I'm a 21 year-old male. I've had mild acne since my early teens, and currently it translates to a few raised red spots on my face and many more on my back and shoulders in an average week. The more ...
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STarT Questionnaire Meaning

When referring to the STarT questionnaire. Why is "STarT" capitalised like that? I can't seem to find a definition of it as an acronym. The STarT questionnaire, also know as the STarT Back ...
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Intense heat, muscle spasms during and numbness after back stretch

I'm 30 years old and have spent 10 - 14 hours a day seated for several years now, and recently have started suffering from lower back pain and stiffness. I decided to start stretching, and what I do ...
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How do I know I slipped a disc?

I Have a moderate discomfort in my back and have done for a while. I'm in an office job and am in to physical sports such as MMA which could be related. If I had to describe the symptoms, it feels ...
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long term effects of TB

I contracted and suffered from TB when I was 3 years old and apparently it was an acute case because as my mother said they feared for my life. The disease was cured and I have had no sequels or long ...
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How harmful would it be to the spine if you were sleeping on a soft rug for a prolonged period of time?

If you were sleeping on a soft rug for a prolonged period of time, how detrimental would it prove to your back? I read somewhere that it is not advisable to sleep on a soft rug for a long period of ...
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Why cold on the back hurts more than cold in the front?

I'd rather have appended this to the health group, but I guess the biology se was better for this. The question is, why is it that the cold, on the back, hurts, whereas the cold on the front, arms, ...
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Ongoing mid/upper back pain causes and treatments [closed]

I have had back pain, and related body pain, for the 7-8 years. I have seen a number of doctors and specialists, and have not been able to find any remedy or even treatment that relieves my pain. My ...
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Which type of chair is best to avoid back pain?

I'm aware that such chairs are called ergonomic chairs. But what things does one have to consider while buying these chairs? Height, arm rest, back rest, etc? I'll be thankful if you could post some ...
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Are “Class 2” prescription TENS units any better than OTC TENS units?

I have been prescribed a TENS unit for pain. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. The medical equipment company is planning on selling me a Compass Health (aka Roscoe Medical)...
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How to help cure a disc protrusion

Besides anti-inflammatory medicines and resting, I was wondering what are the best practices to help correct a bulging disc or disc protrusion when walking, sitting, sleeping. I heard about ...
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How to stop needing a back brace?

I have been wearing back brace for the last 10 years and was wondering if anyone has been using one and could then stop using it? What steps were taken to be able to stop relying on it?
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How long will my mild back pain last? [closed]

I've started lifting like a month and a half ago but about a week ago my mid back and sometimes my lower has a mild pain. It usually hurts when i straighten my back in a sitting position. My lower ...
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Is it healthier to lie in the bed/on the sofa or to sit on the chair in front of the desk?

I mostly stand during my job. At home I can either lie down or sit in a chair with a desk in front of me. So, is it healthier to lie in the bed/on the sofa (e.g. with laptop) or to sit on the chair in ...
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Sleeping on stomach - why are people naturally drawn to it if it's bad?

Why are some adults and children naturally drawn to sleeping on their stomachs if it's not a good sleep position (according to many articles)? I understand it's not good for babies because of the ...
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What causes sudden stabbing back pain?

Many of us will have experienced a sudden intense back pain, often caused just by turning sharply or reaching for something rather than anything physically arduous. The pain gradually diminishes over ...
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How can I achieve long term activation of the lower back to improve my posture?

I have back problems and need to work on my posture, one element is the lower ab to 'pull' my lower back into a more upright position (I tend to fall into a hollow back). When I ask about activation, ...
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Is there a link between bed firmness and spine deformations?

When I was a child, I was diagnosed with spine deformations: scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis. The scoliosis is the most pronounced one in my case. The professionals (I don't remember if it was the ...
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What's the best long-term sitting posture?

The received wisdom seems to be that bending forward for prolonged periods of time is bad for the back. Fine. However, the "received wisdom" has been, for a long time now, that sitting bolt upright ...
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Can breaststroke be harmful for the back?

I heard many contradictory things related to the harm breaststroke can do to the back. (All during informal discussions. I have no references to include here, so my question). Some say swimming can ...