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Broad-Based Central Disc Herniation

Hi all,

I'm new to this board and looking for some feedback. I'm a 30 year old active male (working out, cycling, rock climbing, etc.) who has always had some level of back pain. Recently, I got an MRI of my lumbar area, and the results are:

At L5-S1, there is a broad-based posterior central disc herniation measuring 4-5mm.

In the past I've had bulging discs, but this seems to be the first real herniated one I've had. I'm looking for feedback on these results before my Nuero appointment next week. Does a central disc herniation make it more serious?




  • @mark11782 welcome to spine health! i hope you find some much needed advice and support here. 

    while you are waiting for replies please click on the welcome link below as well as the system tutorial.

    welcome to spine health

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    good luck and keep us posted on your appointment!

    Retrolisthesis C4 of C5 and C5 of C6
    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
  • If you exercise on a regular basis and still have lower back pain, you need to focus more on strengthening exercises. You can have professional runners and joggers that jog a lot and 9 out of 10 of them always get some sort of injury with lower back. Once they go on a rehab program they finally realize that there's muscle imbalance or just not enough strengthening of certain muscles to maintain your body to run freely without injuries. The same applies to you since you do so many different activities. But at this point, you cannot do too much but wait for the body to heal and let the bulging disc reabsorb itself. 

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