Let’s look at what a bulging disc is, how it affects your body, and how it’s treated. Abdominal pain can be a sign of other issues, such as gallbladder disease. In the event that you experience stomach pain, it’s best to contact your doctor to rule out these other issues. If you have a pain that won’t let you breathe, you may have pleuritic pain. This type of pain is caused by irritation of the nerve endings within the pleura lining the thoracic cavity and lungs. However, if you’re experiencing pain that’s not caused by your disc, you’re probably suffering from a gallbladder or another condition that doesn’t cause pain. This pain usually starts in the right side under
What is a Bulging Disc?
A bulging disc is the result of pressure exerted on the nearby nerve roots. This can result in pain in the abdomen and other parts of the body. If this happens over an extended period of time, surgery may be necessary to alleviate the symptoms. However, if the disc does not bulge yet, it may not cause pain at all. Hence, the first step is to visit a doctor.
Degenerative disc disease can affect people of any age and gender. It is more common in older people and those who engage in strenuous physical activity. In the absence of a proper medical diagnosis, the condition can worsen. The vertebrae are separated by discs that act as shock absorbers. This means that there is a disc bulge if a disc is pushed out of its natural place.
If a thoracic disc causes pain in the abdomen, the best way to treat it is to find out what the cause is and how it can be treated. In some cases, a patient may be advised to perform exercises to strengthen the back muscles. In severe cases, surgery may be the only option. Fortunately, minimally invasive procedures are becoming more common and can be performed with little or no discomfort.
Can Bulging Disc Cause Stomach Problems?
A thoracic herniated disc can result in chronic abdominal pain, poor bowel and bladder control, bloating, and back pain. Most often, this type of pain will go away after a bowel movement, but it is important to visit your doctor if the pain persists. A doctor can prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug or perform a surgical procedure to relieve the pain and restore your normal function. Herniated discs are common in the upper back or thoracic spine.
A thoracic herniated disc is painful and usually significantly affects your overall health. Thoracic herniations often start as bulging discs and can lead to digestive problems as the disc’s outer wall weakens. However, the long-term effects of this condition are not well known. For most people, conservative treatment is the best approach. Although disc herniation can lead to abdominal problems, it can also lead to other conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome.
How Can a Bulging Disc Cause Abdominal Pain?
In some rare cases, a bulging disc can result in abdominal pain. These herniated discs occur in the upper back, also known as the thoracic spine. A typical treatment for herniated discs will be conservative. While the long-term effects of surgery are unknown, most people find relief from natural treatments. In addition to avoiding the side effects of medications, these methods do not require surgery.
One rare type of abdominal pain is pleuritic pain. This pain is characterized by a sharp sensation that prevents you from breathing. This type of pain is caused by irritation of nerve endings in the pleura, which lines the lungs and thoracic cavity. However, a bulging disc can also cause abdominal pain in some cases. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your doctor may want to consider further tests, including a CT scan, to rule out other causes of abdominal pain.
Inflammation of the disc is also a common symptom of herniated discs. Inflammation of the disc can affect the digestive system. Gas and bloating can occur when the bulging portion presses against a nerve. The jelly-like substance inside can also inflame the nerve and cause pain. Although these symptoms usually resolve after a bowel movement, they should be seen by a doctor if they are persistent or worsen.
How is a Bulging Disc Treated?
Physical therapy for bulging discs is an effective option to treat the pain. Physical therapy aims to strengthen the muscles around the disc, which can help prevent further degeneration of the disc. Your physical therapist will advise you on exercises that will minimize pain and reduce the pressure on the nerve. Gentle physical activities, like walking or yoga, may also be recommended. Lastly, your doctor may recommend protective equipment to help you avoid or manage the pain that is associated with a bulging disc.
When your spinal column is unstable, you may have a bulging disc. This condition results from the breakdown of the gel-like center of the disc. The outer layer of the disc becomes damaged and irritates the nerves. This results in a range of painful symptoms, including chronic pain, nerve compression, weakness, and loss of sensation. In severe cases, you may need surgery to correct this condition. However, non-surgical treatment options may be appropriate for you.
A bulging disc may not cause any pain. In fact, the condition may not be obvious at first. It can also create pressure points on nerves located near the affected area. The bulging disc symptoms will vary from person to person, depending on the severity. However, if the condition is severe enough, it may be accompanied by other painful symptoms. Your doctor will need to carefully assess the exact cause of your pain in order to determine the best course of treatment.
What Part of the Spine Affects the Stomach?
When a disc herniates, it puts pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves running through it. It can cause pain in the abdomen and even numbness in the hands and feet. It can also cause paralysis of the lower limbs, which is why it is important to seek medical attention if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. A bulging disc will likely cause lower back pain and chest area discomfort.
Discs are small round cushions located between the vertebrae in the back of the body. These cushions help protect the spinal cord from injuries. They also act as shock absorbers, allowing the spine to bend. A bulging disc may cause the abdomen to feel bloated or nauseous. Discs also help with digestion by relieving pressure on the digestive system.
A disc can herniate or rupture with just a small amount of force. Thoracic disc herniation happens because the disc’s outer ring begins to break down and lose its fluid content. As the disc ages, it can become brittle, thin, and prone to rupture. This can happen while lifting or bending. A disc may rupture during normal activity, such as sitting or bending and can also be caused by aging.
Can Pinched Nerve Cause Lower Abdominal Pain?
Lateral disc herniation or bulging disc may produce symptoms ranging from numbness to muscle weakness and can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the more common causes include improper lifting, accidents, and aging. As we age, discs become brittle, and the nucleus can rupture through the disc wall. Once inside, a herniated disc can cause pain when it touches a nerve. Some people are more likely to develop herniated discs than others. Smoking and strenuous physical activity are also known risk factors.
In addition to medications to relieve pain, some doctors will recommend other treatments. One such option is an epidural steroid injection, which involves the placement of a catheter through an opening in the abdominal wall. This procedure can reduce or eliminate bowel or bladder incontinence and can also reduce the risk of infection. In the majority of cases, conservative treatment is enough. However, in some cases, an x-ray-guided epidural steroid injection may be necessary. In some cases, doctors may prescribe physical therapy to help the patient recover.
Can Spinal Issues Cause Abdominal Pain?
Spinal problems are often linked to digestive issues. The spinal cord is the central nervous system’s control panel. Consequently, spinal problems can affect the GI tract and interfere with the nerves that send information to other body parts. This can cause abdominal pain. However, a problem with the spinal cord doesn’t always have to occur in the GI tract. In some cases, spinal problems can be caused by other types of pain.
A physical therapist can help alleviate pain caused by spinal lesions by addressing the underlying cause. Physical therapists can help improve flexibility and strength in the back and abdominal muscles, reducing inflammation and pain. In addition to strengthening the back and abdominal muscles, physical therapy can also improve balance, flexibility, and range of motion. Surgical treatment may also be necessary to correct the problem. However, spinal stenosis is usually treatable without invasive surgery.
Many people are concerned about the long-term effects of a herniated disc, but it’s not necessary. Herniated discs can heal without surgery; in most cases, conservative treatments are the best option. Abdominal pain caused by a herniated disc is usually accompanied by bloating or other digestive issues. The pain usually goes away after a bowel movement, but if it persists, it is time to visit a medical professional.
Doctor Osvaldo Pepa, Neurosurgery Service Physician at Hospital San Martin, La Plata, Argentina. I graduated last November 16, 1984 with a Medical Degree at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. The Medical Board of La Plata, District 1, licensed me as a Neurosurgeon in 1990. I hold a Provincial and National License and an active member of the Neurosurgery Society of La Plata, World Ozone Therapy Federation, and Inter American Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery.