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Herniated disc exercises and pain

My husband has been dealing with a herniated disc for a year and a half. We don't have insurance so our doctor has been trying to keep recovery as cheap as possible. He is on Gabapentin which helps a little. Pain killers and muscle relaxers have never had an effect on him so he can't even get relief from that. He does his stretches every day. He will have moderate pain and then he will over work his back and have horrible pain. Some days he can't even walk and has to end up staying home, his vacation days for this year are slowly running out. My main question is when he has pain so bad that he can hardly walk should he still be doing the stretches? If he's not in as much pain but as he does the exercise he starts feeling pain should he push himself with it or do it up until he feels pain? Thanks


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