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

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Dr. Vikas Patel
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vikas Patel
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Time

Time is biggest healer for disc herniations -90% get better independent of what treatment given.
Medication can range from over counter types to prescription anti inflammatories or steroids , neurontin/lyrica, elavil, Cymbalta (duloxetine) to some narcotic pain killers or a combination of these. Other treatments include: exercise, activity modification & lifestyle modifications like not smoking & weight loss.

In brief: Time

Time is biggest healer for disc herniations -90% get better independent of what treatment given.
Medication can range from over counter types to prescription anti inflammatories or steroids , neurontin/lyrica, elavil, Cymbalta (duloxetine) to some narcotic pain killers or a combination of these. Other treatments include: exercise, activity modification & lifestyle modifications like not smoking & weight loss.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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