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Can I die from herniated disk if I ignore it?
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
You can die from overdose oft her pain meds fot it.

In brief: No
You can die from overdose oft her pain meds fot it.
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Unlikely, possible
In practice, I have not seen a patient die of a herniated disc that was not treated.
It is possible due to complications that may be associated with the herniation. With cases involving paralysis or bed-ridden conditions, pulmonary and vascular complications can occur including pneumonia or pulmonary embolism. Complications from pain medication usage can also occur.

In brief: Unlikely, possible
In practice, I have not seen a patient die of a herniated disc that was not treated.
It is possible due to complications that may be associated with the herniation. With cases involving paralysis or bed-ridden conditions, pulmonary and vascular complications can occur including pneumonia or pulmonary embolism. Complications from pain medication usage can also occur.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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