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Suggest treatment for herniated disc

i have 2 herniated discs in L3 - L5 .... for 3 years i have been dealing with this pain. However over the last week i have found i can not bring my right hip to a 90 degree without excruciating pain. i also need help sitting on a toilet latley its easier to stand ... (im female) ... the ER constantly sends me home with a new pain killer ... what do can i do to get some real help ... seeing as the pain meds are not working
Tue, 26 May 2015
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Hi,
Thanks for your query.
It seems you are suffering from degenerative disc disease & it occurs due to repetitive overload or stress to the disc & it increases the risk of disc herniation &spinal canal stenosis.
The main treatment of such pain is bed rest along with pain killers and muscle relaxants. Muscle relaxants can help with your symptoms if used in appropriate dosage in combination with a potent analgesic.
You can get the appropriate drugs prescribed from your Orthopedician after examination.
Meanwhile you can follow these measures:
- If the pain is severe, you need bed rest till the pain resolves.
- Get some analgesics prescribed and apply analgesic spray or ointments.
- While resting, keep a pillow under your knees if it doesn't bother you.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects.
- Back strengthening exercises and stretching exercises daily as advised by a Physiotherapist.
- Avoid exercises in times of pain.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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