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Disc bulge, why have pain sleeping?

SH-userSSH-user Posts: 11
edited 03/30/2015 - 7:38 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have an L5S1 mild disk bulge.

I used to never have trouble sleeping, I would sleep on my side. But the last week or so I do have pain sleeping on my side.

Same with just laying on the floor on my side resting. I used to be able to spend lots of time on my reading a book lying on my side, but recently I feel a pinching pain/discomfort.

Being on my back isn't any better.

I wanted to ask if this chamge from being able to sleep without pain to sleeping with pain but helped by ibuprofen was normal?

Am I getting worse and that's why it now hurts to rest/sleep on my side?

Is ther a back brace I could wear at night to keep my spine straight and pain free?


P.s. My diagnosis from a mri below....

L5-S1: Degenerative disc desiccation. Mild diffuse disc bulge. Superimposed
small focal shallow posterior central and bilateral paracentral disc
protrusion. Mild facet arthropathy. Resultant mild left and minimal right
neural foraminal narrowing. Minimal effacement of the ventral thecal sac,
without central canal stenosis.


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  • I have had the same issue. Back/Leg pain getting worst when sleeping and it disappears in few mins when I stand up. I guess the reason is discs absorb lots of water when they are in a less pressure position (less pressure to discs when sleeping as oppose to standing up) and that can make the bulge to put slightly more pressure on the nerve. I have had the same issue when I apply heat packs. Apparently it makes the disc and bulge slightly bigger (I guess because of higher blood supply). I have had this issue for several months and eventually disappeared.

    However, that's makes the disc heal. As you know, for adults there is very little blood supply available to discs. So, it's very important to provide fresh nutrients into discs in order to make it heal. That's why it's recommend to have a lot of fluid when you have a disc issue.

    Hope you will get better soon!
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  • SH-userSSH-user Posts: 11
    edited 03/31/2015 - 8:32 PM
    Just as an aside, this chiropractor talks about bulging, herniated discs, MRI's, NSAID's, etc and seemed to have some good points.

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