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Symptoms of Herniated Disk Disease

Delve into the complexities of herniated disk symptoms, ranging from sharp pain and tingling to muscle weakness. Gain knowledge about recognizing and managing arm or leg pain, numbness, and weakness associated with this common spinal condition.

  • 10 Jan 2024
  • 2 min read

Your backbone, consisting of a series of vertebrae, stretches from your skull base to your tailbone. These vertebrae are cushioned by round disks, allowing for ease of movement. However, when these disks tear or leak, a herniated disk occurs, resulting in pain, weakness, and numbness in the neck, back, arms, and legs. Though some individuals may not exhibit symptoms, those who do often see improvement over time. In this article, we’ll explore the various herniated disc symptoms.


What are the Symptoms of Herniated Disk Disease?

A herniated disk, or slipped disk, occurs mostly in the lower back of the spine, but it also can occur in the neck in some people. The main slipped disc symptoms include:

Arm or leg pain 

The herniated disk in your lower back causes sciatic nerve pain and you may feel sharp pain in your lower back, buttocks, thigh and calf. Other spinal disk herniation symptoms when you have pain in the lower back include:

  • Serious back pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs and feet.
  • Muscle weakness and spasms.

When you have pain in your neck due to a herniated disk, then you may feel most pain in your shoulder and arm. This pain can increase in your arms or legs when you cough, sneeze or move into certain positions. 

  • Numbness or tingling 

People may feel a tingling sensation in several parts of the body that are affected by nerves, which is one of the most common herniated disk symptoms.

  • Weakness

People who have herniated disk may tend to feel muscle weakness at the affected nerve areas, and this can weaken your ability to hold heavy objects.

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To avoid injury with a herniated disk, stay active and follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations for back stretching and exercises to avoid muscle stiffness. You can do some gentle exercise coupled with painkillers that help most people feel better in a few weeks.

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