Medications for Herniated Disc Pain
Quite frequently, the arm pain associated with a herniated cervical disc can be successfully managed with medication and non-surgical treatments.
It is unlikely that the pain in your arm will return in the future if it has started to improve and feel better. If pain in the arm subsides, then it is suitable to carry on with nonsurgical treatments since there is currently little to no literature that champions the hypothesis that surgery for herniated cervical discs aid the speedy recovery of the nerve root.
All therapies for a herniated cervical disc are basically intended to facilitate resolution of the arm pain, and typically the tingling and numbness will discontinue with time.
When you first feel the onset of pain from herniated cervical disc(s), anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen (ie. Motrin, Advil, Nuprin) or COX-2 inhibitors (ie. Celebrex) can aid in the reduction of pain.
The pain that results from a herniated disc results from a mixture of inflammation related to the disc material and nerve root pinching. Thus, by taking NSAIDs when you first begin to feel pain, you will reduce some of the inflammation which reduces that aspect of pain while the pressure aspect (nerve root pinching) concurrently resolves itself.
If you are experiencing extreme pain that is not alleviated with anti-inflammatory medications, you may wish to ask your doctor about short-term oral steroids such as a Medrol Dose Pak or Prednisone which may provide even greater pain relief.
As an alternative to the aforementioned medications, narcotics such as painkillers and opiods may be employed on a provisional basis to ease the discomfort and pain that result from a herniated cervical disc. Moreover, muscle relaxants or some antidepressants may also aid in the reduction of neuropathic pain and work to re-establish a normal sleep routine.