Avatar universal

mass effect on my nerve root

In the same x-ray, the radiologist said I have a "bulge asymmetric to the right, with mass effect noted on the right s1 nerve root. Will I need another surgery?
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal


I also have a similar situation. I have a bulging disc in Ll3-L4 with a mass effect on L4 nerve root and I am not able to contract some muscles in my left glut and leg. It has been 2 weeks and still no response from a steroid pack, IBprof, flexeril, and heavy icing. I have absolutely no pain however I still can't contract my muscles. what do you suggest I do? is there a way to release the nerve root with exercise? alternatives?
Helpful - 0
351246 tn?1379682132
A mass effect could be a bone spur (osteophyte) or a bulging disc or a tumor or a hemangioma. It is difficult to say what it is on net. A bulging disc or osteophyte may respond to physiotherapy and pain medications. A tumor needs to be followed up and may be excised. Hemangiomas could also be treated conservatively or with surgery.
So, you need to find out what the mass effect is most likely to be. The treatment will depend on this diagnosis. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Neurology Community

Top Neurology Answerers
620923 tn?1452915648
Allentown, PA
5265383 tn?1669040108
1756321 tn?1547095325
Queensland, Australia
1780921 tn?1499301793
Queen Creek, AZ
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out how beta-blocker eye drops show promising results for acute migraine relief.
In this special Missouri Medicine report, doctors examine advances in diagnosis and treatment of this devastating and costly neurodegenerative disease.
Here are 12 simple – and fun! – ways to boost your brainpower.
Discover some of the causes of dizziness and how to treat it.
Discover the common causes of headaches and how to treat headache pain.
Two of the largest studies on Alzheimer’s have yielded new clues about the disease