Can herniated disks rupture?

All variations. A disc herniation is when a piece of disc material moves out of its normal position. There are a variety of medical terms that describe some types of herniations but the term "ruptured " is not one but more of a lay person's descriptive term for a disc herniation.
Herniated disc. Bones in your back are cushioned by spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorber. When disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. If the disc is up against the nerve there is pain and is clinically significant. Simply having a bulging disc doesn't necessarily cause pain.

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Herniated disk & ruptured & bulging, have endometriosis even after partial hyster. Had it & have it bad, back pain bad, can endo make back pain worse?

Yes. Endometriosis spills all over, and one of the muscles where it can seed is the psoas. The psoas plays a role in back pain and overall stability of the spine, it can cause compression of the spine and sacroiliac joint when in severe spasm. Try upward dog or cobra positions with deep breathing to see if it helps to alleviate component of your pain that's muscular. Read more...