Bulging Disc Pain

It must be emphasized that a bulging disc is not painful in itself, even when it is diagnosed through a clinical evaluation using physical examination and imaging machines. It is only when it starts to protrude into a spinal nerve or becomes herniated will it evolve into the so-called bulging disc pain.

General symptoms will include severe pain within a specific area with residual pain down the legs, numbness in one arm or leg and worsening of pain due to bending over and coughing. Fortunately, there is hope in considerably alleviating the pain until the body itself breaks down the bulging discs, of which these home therapies are the most prescribed by doctors.

Bed Rest

You must confine your bed rest to 1-2 days at most and only after an episode of severe back pain. This way, you help the body heal itself in addition to having respite from the throbbing bulging disc pain in your lower back.

To make your bed rest more comfortable, you can adopt either of these two positions:

* Lie on your back with one pillow behind your knees while your head and shoulders are elevated
* Lie on your side with your upper knee bent and one pillow positioned between your knees
* An ice pack and/or a heat compress can be applied as you rest in bed.

Low-Impact Back Exercise

After your short bed rest, you can resume your normal activities. However, you must never engage in high-impact activities that involve lifting heavy weights, straining on any body parts and twisting your back. Your bulging disc pain will be considerably lessened by the absence of these activities.

Doctors will also recommend low-impact exercises that will restore the strength and flexibility of the muscles at the back. You will be recommended to take up walking, swimming and low-impact aerobics as well as take up the use of a stationary bike. As much as possible, these activities should be continued to guard against future episodes.

Heat and Cold Therapy

You can apply cold packs or cold compresses to the area where pain is felt the most. You can use either a bag of ice or a bag of frozen peas wrapped inside a towel, which will then be applied to the sore area where the bulging disc pain emanates for a maximum of 20 minutes. Do this for only 2-3 days.

You can then apply heat pads to the area, which will relax your muscles while increasing blood flow to it. Remember to apply the heat pads for brief periods only as exposure to excessive heat will damage the tissues, which will not help your full recovery.

Pain Medications

You doctor may also prescribe pain medications like acetaminophen, aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen. Be very careful about following dosage instructions since these overdoses can be fatal to your general health.

If you do not respond to these NSAIDs, stronger pain medications and muscle relaxants are the next option. However, your doctor must closely monitor intake as these are indeed very addictive.

There is hope to stop the suffering caused by bulging disc pain. You just have to take a bed rest, take it easy on the lifting, and take prescribed medications and you should be as good as new soon enough.

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