Common Degenerative Disc Disease Symptoms
Degenerative disc disease often affects people in their 30s and 40s. Most patients are active and healthy — except for ongoing pain. If you have any of these symptoms, you may need to seek degenerative disc disease treatment:.
- Pain that’s worse when you’re sitting down or standing
Sitting places a lot of pressure on spinal discs, and it can cause significant pain for people with damaged spinal discs. Many degenerative disc disease patients report feeling better when walking, running, or lying down as opposed to sitting or standing in one place.
- Intermittent pain that comes, lasts a while, goes away, and then returns
It’s usually tough to tie degenerative disc disease pain to a single cause. Patients may experience nagging discomfort for a few days or severe pain that can last for months.
- Increased pain when bending, twisting, or lifting
Reaching down to pick up an object, twisting to grab something behind you — these every day actions can cause serious pain when you need treatment for degenerative disc disease.
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in other parts of your body
Depending on where damaged discs are located, you may experience symptoms in your buttocks, legs, feet, arms, or hands. These symptoms may range from stabbing pains to “pins and needles” sensations. You may even feel some weakness in your legs and feet.