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Is tylenol (acetaminophen) good for herniated disc pain?

Is tylenol (acetaminophen) good for herniated disc pain?

It can help for sure: Not sure how much. Consider some ibuprofen with that Tylenol (acetaminophen). If not helping enough speak with your doctor about other options.

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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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Can I take sinalgen (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) and nimesulide before a herniated disc l5-s1 surgery? . I take this 2 for pain

Can I take sinalgen (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) and nimesulide before a herniated disc l5-s1 surgery? . I take this 2 for pain

Varies: The hydrocodone product is ok to take right up to surgery with the exception that most anesthesiologists prefer a patient not to take anything by mouth approx 6 hours before surgery. The nimesulide is an NSAID which inhibits inflammation, but also inhibits platelet fxn leading to risk of increased bleeding. I usually recommend no NSAID for 7 days preop, but surgeons preferences vary.

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Debil. Migraines, clear MRI, small bulging disk, neck inj with short term + results, scheduled for Botox, muscles hurt always Tylenol (acetaminophen) 4 4x a day Help!

Debil. Migraines, clear MRI, small bulging disk, neck inj with short term + results, scheduled for Botox, muscles hurt always Tylenol (acetaminophen) 4 4x a day Help!

Complex history: RSchaefer ~ it seems you are in good hands having had the MRI and being scheduled for botox. The only Drs capable of dealing with this type of complexity are neurologists, so best advice I can give is check in with a well known Neurologist and then stick with him as best results come from ONE competent doctor assisted by subspecialists. Thanks

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Are anti-inflammatories good for herniated disc pain?

Are anti-inflammatories good for herniated disc pain?

Yes, very good: The following medications are used for the pain of a herniated disc: anti-inflamatories (both steroidal and non-steroidal), analgesics, narcotics, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, and anti-seizure medications. In term of both back pain and extremity pain, the anti-inflamatories work the best. Adding a narcotic for a limited time is appropriate in the acute setting.

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What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

What kind of exercise is good for a herniated disc?

Core muscle strength: You need to do abdominal and low back strengthening and flexibility training. There are certain exercise regimens that are designed to stabilize the core muscles in the trunk to help with herniated disc issues.

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Is yoga good for helping herniated disc pain?

Is yoga good for helping herniated disc pain?

Yes: Relaxation is important when there is symptoms from a herniated disc. Yoga can help relax and this could help release any additional pressure. Important to note that often other measures are needed to relief symotoms from disc herniation. This includes injections and surgery.

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What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

What are good exercises for l4-l5 herniated disc?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning ; repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardio workouts may help except for rowing ; maybe running. If did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control ; not smoking are key. Core exercises like yoga ; pilates.

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What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

What is a good treatment for herniated disc in back?

First, lifestyle: Changes in terms of not being a smoker, staying trim, regular exercise (emphasis on core strength) & regular sleep habits. Most are treated non op with back support, pt, medication & pain management options which could include: epidural steroid injections, 90% are treated without surgery and if surgery is needed 95% success rate when leg pain worse than back pain and a nonsmoker.

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A herniated disc and thinking about surgery at laser spine institute. Disc replacement. Safe? Good institue?

A herniated disc and thinking about surgery at laser spine institute. Disc replacement. Safe? Good institue?

Surgery: All surgeries care a risk. I know little about the laser spine institute. I would always recommend a second opinion

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Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?

Can massage therapy be good for L5 s1 3mm retrolisthesis where I have a herniated disc? Is a tens device better therapy?

Both can help: Massage will help with some of the sore muscles that are aggravated by the irritated nerves and the tens unit is very good for pain control by something called "gate theory", both modalities work in different ways and both can be of benefit. Physical therapy is the best for this though, so keep that up! Strengthening the supporting musculature and core will help stabilize the slip and herniation.

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I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

I have a herniated disc in my neck c4-5. The ortho dr is urging me to have an epidural or at the least trigger point shots. The chiro is saying no. Is physical therapy good for this or adjustments?

Diagnosis first: The injections are to confirm clinically what the pain generator is he is trying to figure out what pain is coming from where, the disc causes refered pain but usually not tenderness confirming the working diagnosis for pain is alwys a good idea.

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Is an endoscopic discectomy a good suggestion for people with a herniated disk?

Is an endoscopic discectomy a good suggestion for people with a herniated disk?

Sometimes: Several surgeons use an endoscope to do the disc removal while many more use a microscope. As long as the surgeon is well trained in the procedure then it is a viable (although less common) option.

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What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

What is a good way to alleviate pain due to a bulging herniated disk that is causing sciatica nerve pain?

Sciatica: If the pain is severe start with a day or so of rest heating pads and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. As the pain starts improving you can gradually increase your activity level and start some gentle exercise and stretching. If the pain lasts more than one or two weeks or is accompanied with muscle weakness, bowel/bladde problems numbness or tingling you should see your doctor sooner

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I don't know much about herbal medicine but don't have good insurance. Are there any plant treatments for herniated disk?

Herbal Rx for HNP: While herbal treatments have not been shown to have any direct effect on herniated discs, time may be your best friend as many disc herniations can resorb and get smaller spontaneously and not need surgery, epidural steroids may be more beneficial for pain control. A short period of rest followed by therapy is always warranted. Surgery is indicated for progressive pain or neurologic deficits.

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Tylenol (acetaminophen) help herniated disc pain?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) help herniated disc pain?

Yes: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a mild non narcotic analgesic, it can help herniated disc pain, but complete depends on the severity of the disc problem and the degree of pain.

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