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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 you have still have an epidural with herniated disks in your spine?

Yes: The short answer is yes. I don't know what context you are asking about this for. There are labor epidurals and those for surgery to render a patient numb and then there are therapeutic epidurals with steroid for herniated discs etc. ...Read more

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What could I do to soothe three herniated disks in my spine, other than surgery or medication?

What could I do to soothe three herniated disks in my spine, other than surgery or medication?

Options: Typically, only one of the discs is the main source of pain even if the MRI shows multiple. The majority get better on their own, but antiinflammatory medications taken for 1-2 weeks at a time can help. I also often recommend traction with a pt or chiropractor or by gravity when using an inversion table. An epidural injection can also help the nerve irritation caused by the herniations. ...Read more

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

Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back pain, numbness and tingling. ...Read more


Analgesic (Definition)

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