Herniated vertebral discs & I

I used to be a powerlifter when I was younger, that was like 15 to 17 years back. What we did in those times were to essentially lift really heavy weights in a competitive environment. The squat, the dead lift & the bench press all adding unto the total weight that you can lift. I think this is when I blew my discs, managed to perhaps keep it under wraps for a while but the thing that blew it all apart I guess and the chickens came home to roost.

A picture of the lower vertebrae and the discs.

Thus and there was how I was now lain low without a bundle of options so to speak. But that being what it is I was soon faced with the rather uncomfortable prospect of surgery for the discs. Technology today has reached great heights I was told and wonders were possible. The discs as you will note in the picture are comprised of something known as the Nucleus Pulposus surrounded by the Annulus Fibrosus and the mess happens when they move out of synch from in between the two vertebrae. The slip out so to say and you have the slipped discs. The problem is when there is an herniation which causes the little protrusions to take a hard shape and press on a nerve and cause more problems that you will want to have. As the spinal disc becomes less elastic, it can rupture. When the disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary–this is called a herniated disc. When a herniated disc bulges out from between the vertebrae, the spinal nerves and spinal cord can become pinched. There is normally a little extra space around the spinal cord and spinal nerves, but if enough of the herniated disc is pushed out of place, then these structures may be compressed.

  • Tingling & Numbness
    Patients often have abnormal sensations such as tingling, numbness, or pins and needles. These symptoms may be experienced in the same region as painful electric shock

    Picture of an herniated disc

    sensations. 

  • Muscle Weakness
    Because of the nerve irritation, signals from the brain may be interrupted causing muscle weakness. Nerve irritation can also be tested by examining reflexes.

     

  • Bowel or Bladder Problems
    These symptoms are important because it may be a sign of cauda equina syndrome, a possible condition resulting from a herniated disc. This is a medical emergency, and your should see your doctor immediately if you have problems urinating, having bowel movements, or if you have numbness around your genitals.
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About Soumya
A technology enthusiast, forever enamored by all that it hath wrought and of course here is an attempt at making sense of it all and perhaps simplifying it!

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