There are things worse in life, but those living with a herniated disc will be hard pressed to think of them. A herniated disc (also called ruptured disc or slipped disc) is a very painful condition that affects every aspect of your life. Herniated disc pain affects everyone differently, but if you have symptoms for more than a week, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Some people do get better without medical treatment, but most do not.
ymptoms And Causes
There are two main causes of such incredible pain your vertebrae. The first is a side effect of aging. The spine is not as flexible as before, and the spongy discs in between your vertebrae get drier and cannot absorb normal jolts and bumps. Bones and nerves wind up rubbing against each other. The second cause is from injury anywhere along your spine which can dry up your cushioning discs.
You know you might have a herniated disc if you experience:
About 90% of patients don't need herniated disc surgery for back pain, according to Dean Moyer, author of "Rebuild Your Back" (2002). Surgery is needed in people who cannot walk normally, if conditions do not improve or worsen after six weeks of treatment. The herniated disk is usually removed and replaced with metal implants. Another option is to fuse together the disks above and below the damaged one.
Some people recover without surgery in one to six months. With prompt and persistent herniated disc treatment - and following your doctor's advice -- you can often manage your pain. Some things you can do rather than suffer include:
Most likely, you will be prescribed medications from your doctor to minimize your herniated disc pain. These include:
If you experience herniated disc migraine, then you may get medications that focus on migraine pain, as long as they do not counteract with your other medications.