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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Pain Movement from Herniated Disc
Can pain travel upwards from a bulging or herniated disc? I was told it could only travel downwards.
That is generally true. Pain follows the nerve root that is usually affected and in the lumbar spine that travels downward. However, occasional patients complain of pain going up the spine; it remains to be determined what is the cause of that phenomenon.
Salim M Hayek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University