I may have a herniated disc in my spine. I am currious by what actions the body repairs the disc? Is the ruptured material of the disc reabsorbed into the body? Can a flattened disc grow thicker with rest, does this happen while we sleep? I Have re injured my back 5 or 6 times to varying degrees over 3 or so years. It seems the re injury occurs with little warning other then the bad disc was over used and abused more then average over a period of a week or two. After about two weeks of problems, rest and reducing weight on the spine seem to help. The numbness in my thigh is going away and I can work a little more each day before things get painful. Thank you for any help!