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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with herniated disc

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Pain (32) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Pain (35) Back pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Pain (31) herniated disc (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (26) Back pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
Pain (18) Insomnia (13)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Anxious mood (22)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (18) herniated disc (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Pain (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Insomnia (17) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Depressed mood (15) Pain (2)

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Brain fog 12 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Pain (32) Anxious mood (2)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
Pain (35) Back pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (31) herniated disc (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (26) Back pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (18) Insomnia (13)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Calming 2 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (22)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Weight gain 35 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (18) herniated disc (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Chills Cold sweat 10 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Pain (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty waking up Dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Insomnia (17) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anxious mood 16 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (15) Pain (2)
  • 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 4
20s 86
30s 412
40s 746
50s 679
60s 305
70+ 55
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 85
20-29 years 306
30-39 years 409
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 1,532
Not Diagnosed 23

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