Hello dear and welcome to the medhelp forum. Intervertebral disc is made up of water about 80% making it spongy to enable shock absorption, its primary function. Loss of water with age causes disc dehydration which appears as dark colored on an MRI spine. Dehydrated disc is more prone to herniated, bulge and degenerate. It can begin to shift and compress the sciatic nerve if in the lumbosacral region of spine. This can be very painful with radiation until the legs. You need to consult a neurologist if you have pain and other neurological symptoms, he may prescribe pain medications, physical therapy, steroid injections into the epidural space and some exercise. Try to increase your fluid intake. Surgical decompression would be required with persisiting symptoms of a bulging disc. Best wishes and take care.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.