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What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

Several things : Time is biggest healer as 90% resolve with no surgery. Lifestyle changes like weight control, not smoking & regular exercise are important- core strengthening, cardiovascular & flexibility. This can be learned through physical therapy. Some people like to use inversion tables for traction or try acupuncture or even chiropractic . Epidural steroid injections an option & if warranted, surgery. ...Read more

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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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What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

What should I do when medication isn't enough for a herniated disc?

PT/Injections/Surger: Epidural injections, physical therapy could be helpful, when these fail with persisting symptoms more than 6-12 weeks, or progressive neurologic deficit, or bowel/bladder dysfunction then surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Will an MRI show a lumbar herniated disc even after anti-inflammatory medications are given?

Will an MRI show a lumbar herniated disc even after anti-inflammatory medications are given?

Herniated Disc: Yes, an MRI should still show a herniated disc even after anti-inflammatories have been used. The drugs should help reduce swelling, but a herniated disc is a physical bulge from the disc pushing into the vertebral canal causing pressure on one or more nerve roots. No drugs can change that, even if they make the perceived pain less. ...Read more

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Why didn't my medicine "percocet" or "ativan" show up in my drug screen? I have a herniated disc in my lower back and panic attacks, i take my medicine daily, just as prescribed, but neither showed up in my drug test... Can you help me?

Why didn't my medicine "percocet" or "ativan" show up in my drug screen? I have a herniated disc in my lower back and panic attacks, i take my medicine daily, just as prescribed, but neither showed up in my drug test... Can you help me?

Percocet : Percocet is a narcotic (opiate class) pain medication made up of a combination of oxycodone and Acetaminophen (tylenol). It would show up in a drug test as oxycodone or as an opiate depending on the test. Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine called Lorazepam used for anxiety and a few other problems. Since Ativan (lorazepam) is the brand name, it usually show up in drug tests under it's generic name Lorazepam or as a benzodiazpine which is it's class of medication. If nothing showed up in your urine drug test and you are taking these medications daily as prescribed, you may want to call your doctor and have it repeated. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk, what medications are best used to treat this until surger. I'm curious. What i'm on makes my heart hurt. I dislike narcotics.?

I have a herniated disk, what medications are best used to treat this until surger. I'm curious. What i'm on makes my heart hurt. I dislike narcotics.?

Various: If you've failed pain injections and are waiting for surgery, you may want to speak to your doctor about non-narcotic medications. These can be pain specific, like tramadol, or nerve specific, like gabapentin. Muscle relaxants may also help, or anesthetic patches, like Lidocaine patches. Talk to your doc about nsaids, but they may need to be stopped before surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to heal herniated disc?

Most do on their own: Most herniated disks heal on their own, but is may take 3 to 6 months. Only 2% or so will go on to surgery. Sometimes injections will reduce symptoms to the point that surgery is not necessary. Try to live as normal as possible, avoiding uncomfortable positions and activities. It is probably best to avoid heavy lifting, bending, twisting for about a month. Otherwise, stay active. ...Read more

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What is a herniated disc ?

Herniated Disk: The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc. ...Read more

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