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
25
Tried for
pain (20) herniated disc (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (22) back pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (17) herniated disc (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17) back pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (9) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (9) back pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (8) herniated disc (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (1)

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 (12 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (20) herniated disc (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (22) back pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness increased appetite 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (17) herniated disc (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision fatigue 6 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (17) back pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness intoxicated feeling 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (9) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (9) back pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 8 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (8) herniated disc (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 6
20s 85
30s 444
40s 876
50s 903
60s 477
70+ 114

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 584
Female 2328

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