A herniated disc occurs when a small bulge, called a bulge, pushes against the soft tissue surrounding the nerve or annulus of one or more vertebrae in the spine. Herniation is excruciating pain in your legs or upper arms, which usually comes on rapidly when using the muscles or walking. This usually is a sign of peripheral arterial disease, where the arteries which supply blood to the extremities are abnormally narrowed, commonly due to atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the artery. Herniation can damage nerves, blood supply, and cause neurological damage, all of which can lead to stroke and heart attack. Herniation is also associated with severe post menopausal syndromes and may be a sign of osteoporosis. Have a look at Peripheral Artery Disease-Pulse Vascular for more info on this.
Smoking and diabetes can both elevate a person’s risk factors for peripheral artery disease. Both smoking and high blood pressure increase a person’s cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of plaque build up around the artery walls. This plaque can harden into plaque, which can narrow the aneurysms, reducing blood flow and the pressure exerted on the disc. Also, both smoking and high blood pressure increase the risk of heart failure, which puts people at high risk for developing peripheral arterial disease. Physical exercise, as well as a low fat, low sodium diet, can help prevent peripheral artery disease. As well, psychological counseling can help patients cope with their symptoms.
Symptoms include persistent leg pain, especially when walking, numbness, pruritus (pain in the hands or arms) in the arms or legs, and swelling of the lower legs. Other symptoms include abdominal heaviness, nausea, and vomiting. Other symptoms that may accompany peripheral artery disease include urinary frequency and incontinence. If the symptoms are present, treatment should be sought as soon as possible. Treatment can include medications, surgery, or both. However, prevention of peripheral artery disease is still the best way to protect against its complications.