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Can I have a herniated disc and not have any symptoms?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful.
We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain.

In brief: Yes
Not only can you, but the vast majority of herniated discs are not painful.
We know this by looking at many mris of patients without back pain where many herniated discs are seen. Getting a herniated disc is like getting a cold or a headache. It is part of life. Some herniated discs can cause pain, however. The art of the evaluator is to discern whether your disc is what is causing your pain.
Dr. Patrick Roth
Dr. Patrick Roth
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
You may have no symptoms with a herniated disc.

In brief: Yes
You may have no symptoms with a herniated disc.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 50%
If you take mris of the general population, a full 50% will show bulges or herniations.
Disk herniations typically cause axial pain. Radicular pain, as described by dr. Lee, is experienced when the disc herniation displaces a nerve root.

In brief: 50%
If you take mris of the general population, a full 50% will show bulges or herniations.
Disk herniations typically cause axial pain. Radicular pain, as described by dr. Lee, is experienced when the disc herniation displaces a nerve root.
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
Dr. Peter Zimmerman
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
A herniated disk is a term often used to describe MRI images and can be present without symptoms.
A herniated disk on MRI must be correlated to a patient's symptoms. Symptomatic herniated disks most often present as shooting nerve pain down the arm or leg on the side of the herniation.

In brief: Yes
A herniated disk is a term often used to describe MRI images and can be present without symptoms.
A herniated disk on MRI must be correlated to a patient's symptoms. Symptomatic herniated disks most often present as shooting nerve pain down the arm or leg on the side of the herniation.
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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