Herniated disc

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What is herniated disc?

As the spinal disc becomes less elastic, it can rupture. When the disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary -- this is called a herniated disc. When a herniated disc bulges out from between the vertebrae, the spinal nerves and spinal cord can become pinched.

Common symptoms reported by people with herniated disc

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with herniated disc

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
Pain (28) herniated disc (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Pain (25) back pain (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Pain (28) back pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (18) back pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (17) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
anxious mood (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (16) herniated disc (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
depressed mood (16) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
depressed mood (14) Pain (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15)

Data from patients with herniated disc, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with herniated disc

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (28) herniated disc (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness brain fog 12 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (25) back pain (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
Pain (28) back pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (18) back pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 6 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (17) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 30 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (16) herniated disc (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 16 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
depressed mood (16) Pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (14) Pain (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with herniated disc, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has herniated disc on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 5
20s 84
30s 450
40s 814
50s 774
60s 335
70+ 63
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 84
20-29 years 306
30-39 years 410
40-49 years 270
50-59 years 96
60-69 years 14
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,531
Not Diagnosed 23

These charts show data from herniated disc patients who have completed their condition history
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