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What is the recommended pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

What is the recommended pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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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 do doctors think is the top pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

What do doctors think is the top pain killer for a herniated disk in the spine?

Meds for spinal pain: First line for pain should be nsaid's i'd you tolerate them. Aleve is more convenient as it is twice daily, but Ibuprofen is fine if taken 4x daily. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is also good for pain, but not an anti-inflammatory. Next for sciatic/nerve pain would be lyrica/neurontin--both nonaddictive. Elavil, Cymbalta also good options especially if trouble sleeping. Narcotics only short time for severe/acute pain. ...Read more

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Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Exercises that are safe after lower spine surgery for herniated disk?

Clearance by surgeon: After clearance, a progressive program emphasizing core strengthening, flexibility, good posture, and proper use of lower back mechanics. Don't do those things that aggravate your symptoms. May need work with a physical therapist or trainer. ...Read more

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31 yr old female, L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad

31 yr old female,  L5 herniated disk. What can I do as far as back surgery? The laser spine institute? Hurts so bad

Varies: I would not hesitate to be seen. The vast majority of patients with disc herniation a do respond to nonoperative care, but a small percentage do require surgery, which in general is highly successful for the appropriate candidate. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk buldging disk in my lower spine l4l5 area, and also have abscess I'm mouth need help!!!

I have a herniated disk buldging disk in my lower spine l4l5 area, and also have abscess I'm mouth need help!!!

Urgent care: The abscess in your mouth needs urgent attention. I would recommend seeing a doctor today in an urgent care center or ER. The back problem can be sorted out by your primary care provider. Ask about the need for imaging, or referral to a spine specialist. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What should I do about my back/leg pain? I have a herniated disk in my l5s1 vertabrea, and have had 3 bilateral transformal steroid injections in my spine during the past 3 weeks, today my legs and back have a shooting pain going up and down and i can har

What should I do about my back/leg pain? I have a herniated disk in my l5s1 vertabrea, and have had 3 bilateral transformal steroid injections in my spine during the past 3 weeks, today my legs and back have a shooting pain going up and down and i can har

L5-S1 : L5-s1 disks can cause severe sciatic leg pain. I would recommend consultation with a spine surgeon if you have failed 3 steroid injections. Leg pain secondary to herniated disk usually responds well to surgery. There are many surgical options including traditional and minimally invasive surgery. I would recommend looking for a surgeon who is experienced in endosocpic minimally invasive surgery. Endoscopic treatment is not always an option, but it is worth exploring due to less tissue damage, quicker discharge and recovery and less post operative pain. Please see my health guide on disk herniations and sciatica for more information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk ? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Can nerve damage from siatica heal on its own from herniated disk ? Right foot can stand on heel it drops what kind of doc should I see spine doc?

Be evaluated: You would need to be followed closely. But yes, weakness from a herniated disc can potentially improve as the herniation heals. But you need to be followed closely because if it worsens you might need urgent surgery to avoid a complete and permanent "foot drop." See a spinal surgeon to discuss, even if you don't think you need surgery, you need to be followed by a surgeon just in case. ...Read more

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Does lyrica heal damaged nerve from herniated disc or is it like a pain killer ? Thank you

Does lyrica heal damaged nerve from herniated disc or is it like a pain killer ? Thank you

No and No: Without going in to a large biochemistry or pharmacology lecture, lyrica and other antiepileptics turn down the function of nerves. The idea is to turn down the nerves in pain. Lyrica is not a pain medication as in a narcotic but for some reason, people have tried to abuse it so it is scheduled. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more


Analgesic (Definition)

An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more