HaxxxoR Posted Feb 1 2007, 02:37 PM
hi guys, I would like to know more about slipped disc, anong klaseng sakit po ba to? eto ba yung dahil sa sobrang weak ng mga muscles mo hirap kang tumayo or gumalaw (leads to muscle pains)?
The vertebral bodies in your spinal column (back bone) have a soft intervertebral disk sandwiched between them. This disk acts like a joint where the bones can move and also as a sort of cushion for shock absorption. Sometimes because of wear and tear or trauma, the disk can burst at its weakest area at the back where it is adjacent to the spinal nerve roots. At this initial phase, the symptoms will be that of severe back pain. Eventually, the gel-like substance that the disk contains may protrude out of the disk and impinge (iipitin) the nerve root. The nerve roots supply sensation to the skin and strength to the muscles. When the impingement occurs, the symptoms will be that of a sharp pain radiating from the lower back or buttocks to the area the impinged nerve supplies thus manifesting more like leg pain rather than back pain. In addition, if the impingement is severe enough, there may be some weakness of the muscles that the affected nerve root supplies and some decrease in sensation on that patch of skin that the affected nerve root supplies - though this does not always happen. Left to itself, after a certain period of time ranging from several weeks to several months and even several years, the disk gel (or nucleus pulposus) will be absorbed by the body and the radiating pain may disappear and convert back to back pain. This pain may even disappear during the course of several years if the patient can tolerate the initial symptoms.
In answer to your question, the pain is not because the muscles are weak - it is because naiiipit yung nerve and because naiiipit yung nerve, the muscles may also exhitbit some degree of weakness.
I got a slip disk when I was young. I fell from the roof. With the lack of money before, I tried to punish myself not talking to my Mom about it to seek medical help. I cannot bend down or run but still I can walk, my back really hurts. For three or four months i dealt with the pain and without noticing it, it just went away.
Any effects that would comeout when I grew old?
It is part of the natural history of back pain that the pain will eventually disappear kung matiis mo yung sakit. There may or may not be any effect on you when you grow up. IT really depends on what exactly the pathology was that you had. If it is really just the slipped disk, then there may not be any consequences. However if there was some amount of instability to the spine caused by the fall, then there may be some long term consequences. Either way, if you are asymptomatic - wala ka namang nararamdaman - at the moment with regards to your back, then probably nothing needs to be done anytime soon. You can probably have an orthopedic surgeon have a look at you if you develop some back pain in the future so he can assess your spine - given your history of previous trauma. Of course if you want a more accurate answer soon for your peace of mind, the only way would be to have x-rays taken of your spine and, if you have any of the work-ups previously done when you fell - bring those with you and have yourself and the x-ray assessed by an orthopedic surgeon particularly one sho specializes in spine.