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Herniated disc better?

I found out I have a herniated disc L-5. I found out by having a mri in June. I have been on Lyrica for 5 or 6 weeks. I have also have been having physical therapy for about the same amount time. My pain level has decreased from 8 or 9 to a 3 or 4. I don't hurt near as often or as bad. When I first wake up it takes about 1 hour to loosen up and after that I have very little pain for the rest of the day. My question is, I have heard that a herniated disc can heal on its own but how do I find out if it is better. Is there a test the doctors can do? I don't know if the therapy is working or is the reason the lyrica. I work in a cemetery doing labor. I am 57 years old.


  • nkaynnkay Posts: 105
    edited 08/04/2012 - 3:43 AM
    I personally know someone who's disc blew out about the same time mine did. I had to have surgery his got better on it's own. He was seeing a chiro and when he finally got a neuro consult his pain level was a 2. I can get better without surgical intervention.
  • I'm not altogether sure if a herniated disc can get better, but I know from personal experience that Lyrica is very good indeed at relieving the pain.

    Mind you, I gave up on the Lyrica as I was a bit of a zombie when I was taking them and found that I did a lot of sleeping and not a lot of anything else. I was very forgetful when I was taking them too. I am now on BuTrans patches which are much, much better.

    Good luck.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    Disc problems can heal. There have been a number of members here who have had herniated discs and through conservative treatments, the disc situation cleared up enough so that surgery was not required.

    But that also would mean, that the disc problem was mild to moderate. There are different degrees of disc herniation.
    You will probably see the terms: Ruptured, Bulging and Herniated. They almost all mean the same. Take a look at this post from our FAQs Different Terms for Disc Problems
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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