Patient Comments: Herniated Disc - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with a herniated disc?

Published: November 19

I am a 44 year old woman and I don't know what to do about my pain anymore. I had a spinal fusion in 2010 which included bone grafts and a metal plate and screws at c-4,5,6,7. Now I see ads on TV regarding bone grafts and serious side effects. I also have herniated disks in between T-4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 and 12. I also have issues in the lumbar spine. I have degenerative disc disease and I go to a pain clinic. I currently take Norco as well as Fentanyl patches. I still have pain but I have to work and am the only one supporting three other people, my husband and two kids. I need some advice. I can only imagine my pain status as I get older.

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Comment from: quattro, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I too had a herniated disc in my neck and my doctor dismissed it as pulled muscles. I suffered for 8 months in agony with the pain never less than a score of 7 but often 9 or 10. In the end a friend bullied my doctor into referring me and I had my disc removed and my spine fused within two weeks. The relief was instant and after 3 months it was perfect. I have a slight loss in sideways neck mobility but I can't thank the surgeon enough. Unless you have experienced it you cannot appreciate the relentless pain. I sympathize and you should insist on a MRI scan ASAP, good luck.

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Comment from: annabanananose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

Hang in there! My disc was ruptured and the pain so great all I could do was scream! A trip to the ER, Emergency surgery and I woke up after the IV meds wore off in almost as much pain as I had before. As my surgeon advised me there is no 100% in any surgery, there's always a small failure rate, and I'm it. It is nerve damage, that does not show on X-rays, CTs, or MRIs!!! You have to be persistent and try other doctors, sounds like you should go to a pain management specialist!! (Some of those are quacks too, so be careful). But they can help you deal with nerve damage pain, that cannot be seen or diagnosed except by your word. And you'll probably have some pain, but you can live a better life! Keep trying doctors until you find someone you click with, you may still wake up w a 10 on the pain scale but you'll also wake up a lot of days w a 0 :). Don't give up!! Hope this helps.

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Comment from: Kela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I got into a car accident two years ago. And I injured my lower back, however the pain is still there and it's getting very unbearable. I've used pain medication, topical cream, Ibuprofen 800mg, walking, heat, ice, etc. You name it I've tried it and now I'm at the point where I am always in tears and can't do anything much anymore. I really don't know what to explain to my doctor so that he can refer me to an orthopedic surgeon. And the kicker is my herniated disk is not that bad, on the MRI however I can't understand why so much pain.

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Comment from: Conrad, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

It all started with sharp pain in right buttocks spreading down to outer leg muscles. In two week it was much worse and it was worse on standing and walking. Lying flat on the carpet was a great relief. It is yet to get significantly better to allow any activity that requires standing or walking! Physio helped only nominally and the analgesics only help nominally. Lying flat works. Rest is no good already 6 weeks of daytime TV and exercises. Awaiting surgery.

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Comment from: #1Faith777, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 28

I have two back issues, a pinched nerve, and peripheral neuropathy. I have tried several epidural steroid injections and none of them have helped. Procedures do not help. I believe that opiates are my only option. I've been studying this low quality of life for a few years, including all types of medications.

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Comment from: estherrenee, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I recently had a herniated disc that caused radiculopathy on my right side. I had no clue what was wrong and couldn't figure out why I was in so much pain. My right hip clear down into my foot hurt to the point where I was lying in bed. I was in so much pain they ordered an MRI and discovered the disc. I ended up having surgery four days later. I had to have a laminectomy and a discectomy and when I woke up I was amazed to find that the only pain I had was from the incision. After surgery I realized that this disc problem has been affecting me for close to six months causing me to fall and trip easily. The doctors are amazed that at my age that the problem was as severe as it was and we still have no clue how it happened. I am just so relieved that the pain is gone (even though I had to drop out of college to recover for the next two months).

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