A bulging disc differs from a herniated disc.
With a herniated disc, the soft center of the vertebral disc pushes out through a crack in the harder outer shell. However with a bulging disc, the entire disc pushes out compressing and stretching away from the typical form.
Bulging discs are a common sign of aging and are about as likely as growing gray hair.
Luckily, bulging discs are not likely to cause any pain. As long as they don't compress and surrounding nerves, no symptoms will occur. However, when those nerves are compressed, pain could potentially be felt in the corresponding areas of the body that the nerve controls.
Common Symptoms associated with a Bulging Disc
If a misshapen disc causes compression of the spinal cord or a spinal nerve, you may experience pain, numbness, tingling and/or muscle weakness. The exact location of these symptoms will depend on the position of your affected intervertebral disc:
- Cervical spine (neck) – neck, shoulders, upper back, and/or arms
- Thoracic spine (middle back) – middle back, ribs, torso, and/or inner organs
- Lumbar spine (lower back) – lower back, hips, buttocks, and/or legs
Diagnosis and Treatment
Just like with a herniated disc, doctors can check for bulging discs with an MRI or a CT scan.
A bulging disc does not always indicate that you will have to undergo surgery. The medical therapy of a protruding disc depends on your symptoms. Your symptoms can normally be taken care of with conservative therapy.
Since the latest scientific studies have demonstrated that bulging discs are rarely the real cause of any discomfort, and that most people with bulging discs NEVER experience any negative symptoms, painful surgery, dangerous drugs, and spinal manipulation of any kind are often the worst therapies.
These surgeries are often risky and require the removal of the entire disk or part of the vertebrae itself. Studies have shown that surgical procedures are NOT EFFECTIVE 74% of the time.
Modern Breakthrough and More Effective Therapy
Remember this fact before seeking treatment for a bulging disc... 2 of 3 people that have never had pain have bulging discs, herniated discs, protrusions, or extrusions.
This is proven by scientific studies and published by the most trusted medical journals in the world.
So what does this mean for you?
It means that while the MRI may show these structural abnormalities exist – they almost never have anything to do with the cause of your pain. If they did all those millions of people with the same issues wouldn’t be completely free of pain.
That’s why everything you’ve tried so far has only provided some temporary relief. Then the pain and other symptoms come rushing back again and again...
The old-school medical approach treats the symptom – the bulging disc, herniated disc, protrusion, or extrusion. Since that is almost never the cause of pain, the positive results are often only temporary.
The latest neuroscience studies have shown that the cause of pain, and other symptoms based on structure and physiology, actually have a psycho-physical cause associated with stress and tension.
You already know that stress and tension exacerbate your pain. What you’ve never known before right now is that what causes your stress and tension is what actually causes your pain. The same pain that is almost always incorrectly blamed on your disc.
Over 30 years of scientific and neuroscientific research have determined this outcome. The biggest benefit for you is that the real cause of most pain has been determined. You have new options to relieve your pain that were completely unavailable before. This stops the days of ongoing pain management and adds the possibility for millions of people to use a conservative, safe and proven method to permanently eliminate their pain and other symptoms.
One method has a documented 97% success rate with people diagnosed with bulging disc, herniated disc, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, whiplash, sciatica, migraine headaches and other incomplete diagnoses.
Results at some of the most famous and trusted medical centers in the world have verified this.
The simple techniques that you already know about can help you with short term pain relief. Yoga, meditation and other therapies can assist you with lessening stress and tension thereby temporarily lessening your pain.
But only one method has been documented with a 97.4% success rate in permanently eliminating the pain, burning, tingling, numbness and sciatica symptoms blamed on bulging disc, herniated disc, protrusion and extrusion.
That method is Adam Heller’s Zero Pain Now.
The downside is that not everyone can be pain free. The upside is that there is a Pain Test that has been scientifically developed to provide an objective result based on your specific situation. This will provide you exactly what you need to know about whether or not you can permanently end your pain.