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
33
Tried for
pain (28) herniated disc (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (30) back pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (23) herniated disc (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (14) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
depressed mood (15) pain (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (14) back pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (15) herniated disc (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
depressed mood (14) herniated disc (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (13)

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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (28) herniated disc (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
pain (30) back pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation dark colored urine 2 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (23) herniated disc (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 7 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (14) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
depressed mood (15) pain (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (14) back pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 7 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (15) herniated disc (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 16 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (14) herniated disc (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
  • 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 7
20s 83
30s 459
40s 864
50s 827
60s 424
70+ 87
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 84
20-29 years 305
30-39 years 409
40-49 years 270
50-59 years 94
60-69 years 14
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 529
Female 2216

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1660
Not Diagnosed 25

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