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Herniated disk

C.armstrongCC.armstrong Posts: 1
edited 12/03/2014 - 7:21 PM in Lower Back Pain
Went to the doctor yesterday after 2 weeks of terrible pain. I work in construction and the day before the visit I jerked to catch a falling window and popped my lower back multiple times, I'm sure no one could hear it but it felt and sounded like a shotgun going off to me, I've done this 5 or 6 times with my back and as soon as it pops like that the pain almost always goes away. I was diagnosed with a herniated disk and Ddd but no spondylolisthesis. My question is could I be inadvertently popping my back back into place and the X-Ray is just not showing it because of my accidental self healing?
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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,910

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Don't show disks really. I went to the ED for my herniated disk (since I couldn't walk...it seemed appropriate). The doc initially wanted to do X-rays. I asked if it would show the disc problem and he said no it does not show that, and ordered an MRI. I'm not sure why you are feeling better, but I am really glad that you are.
  • X-rays don't show disc problems, you'll need to get an MRI. I remember when I had herniated my discs about a year ago, one doctor took x-rays, looked at them and sent me home with a prescription for Tylenol. If you got hurt at work make sure they take care of whatever medical attention you may need. You were just doing your job. Good Luck!
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