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Is Tylenol Good For Herniated Discs
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually no surgery: 90% of disc herniations get better without surgery. Treatment includes: activity modification, medication, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and time. Not all need to be done. In those that do not get better or have significant issues like a muscle weakness or symptom progression or bowel/bladder issues, surgery has a 90% success rate in a nonsmoker. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have RA as well as 2 herniated discs lumbar, 1 cervical herniated disk, spinal stenosis, OA. What is the best medication for pain mgmt w/o tiredness?
Ask your DR: Information and advice for your question is best to come from your DR who has all your medical history and the latest exam findings ...Read more
What is a better drug for pain than hydrocodone/acetaminophen. Acetaminophen cause liver damage. Degenerative disc l3-5 andc3-5?
Is norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and Soma combined a good regimen for managing a herniated cervical disc?
Better options : A herniated disc often requires a surgical solution; more conservative management including medications and or interventional pain procedures may also be effective. The choice of treatment options depends on the size, location , symptoms and type of disc herniation. That said, Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxor ( a poor one at that) which is unlikely to help with your pain. Request a referral to a pain doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MODEST BENEFIT?: The more we learn, acupuncture seems useful for pain control, if done with expertise, but would not modify the anatomy of the pain generator. A bulged disc is unlikely to be the cause of spinal pain, and spinal stenosis may also be mostly asymptomatic initially. Best approach is to acquire a clear diagnosis and treat both cause and symptoms. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is heat or ice better for low back pain? Especially if there is a lumbar disk herniated? What are the symptoms of having a lumbar disk herniated?
Both : Both can help but it may differ from pt to pt sometimes it helps to go back and forth between heat and cold / if you feel one is much more helpful for you then stick with that / use apiece of swim noodle behind the small of your back while sitting as a "lumbar roll" I have found this to help many people including me over the years hope you feel better. ...Read more
Many possibilities: There are many exercises for disc disease. Some include stretching-lying on your back and pulling one knee to the chest and repeat with the other; strengthening-see my back exercise health guide for tips; reverse arch push ups-doing push ups but not with a rigid back instead arching your back backwards. Consult with your doctor or physical therapist for the best exercises for your condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar(l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?
Anti-inflammatories: Generally, the majority of the pain in a herniated disc comes from the inflammatory process and thus anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen work well. If you also have nerve pain, drugs such as Neurontin (gabapentin) can help as well. Finally, muscle relaxers can help if you have a lot of spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have spinal stenosis in both my cervical and lumbar spine, bulging discs, nerve abutment. Do you think surgery is a good option for me?
Not based on this : Female age unknown has age-related spine changes noted on MRI. When MRI first invented "bulging" disks thought to be pain generators. Now, surgeons realize these can be red herrings. Some studies indicate only 10% back pain disorders benefitted by surgery. U.S. leads world in unnecessary back operations. Get second opinion. First try aquatherapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback, & etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Etodolac: Lodine, or etodolac, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and generally does well for degenerative disease in the joints and spine. However, don't forget the importance of strengthening and improving the flexibility of the nearby muscles - this can do even more than medicine to help with degenerative pains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
General anesthesia: If you are having surgery such as lumbar laminectomy, discectomy, and/or fusion, you will recieve general anesthesia. However, a herniated disc does not always require surgery and is dependent on your symptoms and treatments. Physical therapy, epidural steroids, and/or oral pain medications are often sufficient treatment of symptoms of a hernieated disc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Symptom Vs Cause: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg, . ...Read more
Have disc bulge and pich nerve. Chiro recommended a lumbar "posture pump" for traction. Is it safe/does it really work?
Why would you go?: Are you havin pain? Musculoskeletal problems can give you neck pain (strain, joints, arthritis, pinched nerve). A disc bulge can be minor or serious. Why would you go to a chiro ? Best to see an md who can help you isolate the cause and arrive at a solution. In the mean time, stretch, heat, relaxation may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See your Dr.: There are several options that they can discuss with you. Good luck. ...Read more
Is Nucynta (tapentadol) safe to take with Harvoni . I have an F 2, A1/2 fibrosis liver score? I have 2 herniated discs and can't take ASA,Tylenol, or NSAID.
Yes and no: On one hand, nucynta is a narcotic that does not have Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID in it, so that is good in your case. On the other hand, it is metabolized by the liver. And so if you do have issues with your liver it would be best to discuss with your doctor about whether it would be sdvisable in your specific case. ...Read more
Brother has degenerate disk disease n herniated disks takes alot (6 to 10 day) of norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10's for over 2yrs n nerves burned in spine. Worried it's bad.
Yes thats a lot: Taking any short acting med up to 10 per day is inappropriate. I would suggest you speak with your brother about this and maybe he needs to be evaluated by another spine specialist to evaluate his needs. If not better he may need to be evaluated for the need for an opiate medication holiday & wean and restarted on the right medications, like a long acting med alongside a short acting med as well ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have herniated disks and I'm taking methylprednisolone and for the pain I'm taking acetaminophen - code #4 twice a day, can I take it 4 times.
T&C#4: Sure T&C#4 can be used every 6hrs. I would not use it more often than every 6hrs though ...Read more
What to do if i'm currently taking 5mg norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for two herniated disks in my lower back.?
Other therapy?: The real question is whether you are receiving other therapy for what sounds like back pain?Physical therapy which may include heat and massage may tremendously help.A pain specialist may help by adjusting the medications and finding some that are more effective for nerve pain.Also, they may help with epidural steroid injections.Surgery is usually not helpful unless there is nerve root compression. ...Read more
I slipped & fell. can that aggravate my lumbar herniated discs? I was feeling real good but now I have pain. will fall take me step back on rehab?
Herniated disc: A ct scan is an excellent diagnostic tool to look for bulging or herniated discs. The mr is more sensitive in picking up this type of pathology but if the ct is positive and the doctor feels it relates to your disc disease then this should be enough. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I've been on at most 1800mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) a day for 1 yr a half for a herniated disk and severe TMJ, should I be concerned about liver issues I'm 22?
Can taking 1000mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) a day for 2 years for TMJ and herniated disk, cause liver to be sick! Should I do a month cleanse and then return to meds?
Is it ok to take tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 with codeine for my herniated disc pain while battling a stomach virus?
Not all the time: About 20% of adult population will have a disc herniation on a study & not have symptoms. Sometimes symptoms are minor &no testing is done or if more severe, they are better before any evaluation is done. 90% of symptomatic disc herniations get better with just time independent of any specific treatment. Symptoms range from back or neck pain with/without extremity pain or just arm/leg pain. ...Read more
Depends: A lot depends on positions that cause problems (bending forward or back). This has an impact in exercises that help. So if you have pain with sitting or bending forward then do exercises in standing or neutral spine positions (elliptical), if the opposite consider things like recumbent bike. Either way avoid exercises where you have to bear down. ...Read more
Good question: Depends on the amount of herniation. Small contained herniation may change with time/remodel. 1. Conservative treatment include:physical therapy, steroid oral/injection, chiropracters, alternative medical care 2. Open surgery: discectomy, percutaneous discectomy, annuloplasty etc. ...Read more
Herniated discs: Surgery is indicated for a herniated disc when nonoperative measures such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, and pain management have failed to eliminate the pain and there is significant limitations in daily activities. Surgery is also indicated when there is weakness and/or atrophy of the affected muscles. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complicated: Discograms have 1 purpose only, which is to determine which disc is causing back pain. Altho radiologists try to fancy it up by discussing pressure & volume statistics, the only thing that matters is whether injection of fluid in the disc reproduces your spontaneously occurring pain. Sedative drugs should not be given immediately before or during the procedure because they blunt judgement & recall. ...Read more
As always...Depends: Herniated discs are sometimes just an incidental finding and not always the cause of back pain. It is important to have a board-certified physician work you up to determine the cause of your back pain. The most common cause of back pain is musculoskeletal which is treated with heat/ice, rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low back pain: Yes. Acupuncture reduces inflammation through the release of endorphins and increases microcirculation to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle stiffness. Acupuncture stimulates the release of serotonin and noradrenaline too. Eastern medicine may provide another alternative for pain relief. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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