Herniated Disc Symptoms
Your herniated disc pain symptoms will differ depending on the location of the problem disc. Most often, patients report an initial “twinge” in their neck or lower back, and the pain grows worse over time.
Other symptoms associated with herniated disc include:
- A burning or stinging sensation
- Stabbing or shooting pain that radiates into the shoulders, arms, buttocks, or legs
- Tingling or “pins and needles” in the arms or legs
- Numbness or problems with movement in the hands or feet
You may notice that you feel pain no matter what you do, whether you’re sitting, standing, or moving. You may only feel pain-free when lying down, which makes it impossible to work, care for children, and enjoy social activities or hobbies.
If you have difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels after a herniated disc injury, call 9-1-1 immediately. You could have serious damage to your spinal nerves, which requires emergency care.