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Disc herniation. Pain in lower back, thigh, calf, ankle. Prescribed painkillers. Treatment?

Hello Doc, My wife is having problem of disc herniation. She is having pain in her lower back, back right thigh,right calf and in the right ankle in her legs. Doctors have only prescribed pain killers for her. What is the right treatment to be taken immediately since i cannot see her suffering from severe pain regards Jayesh
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hello.
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In disc herniation, oral pain killers with muscle relaxants are the first line of treatment. In case the response to medical treatment is poor, then surgical discectomy is considered. This can be decided after evaluation the MRI reports.
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Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query,
I understand her back pain . in disc herniation nerves get compressed by the protruded disc.
There are several treatment modalities with medicines, physiotherapy and with injections in the back called epidural injections and root/facet blocks.
If she dont get better with these treatment , surgery is another option, by which the nerves are decompressed by removing the protruded disc (discectomy), which would significantly improve your symptoms

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Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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