Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

Back Surgery Information

Believe it or not, the symptoms of a herniated disc are your best defense against recurring back pain. This is true in part because being able to spot the warning signs early on can mean the difference between rest as an effective treatment, and having to undergo surgery to address the condition. Unfortunately, many patients disregard the symptoms of herniated disc thinking that they’re just feeling normal back pain that will eventually go away. This is often the reason why many conditions worsen without treatment until it is too late and surgery becomes the only option for treating the problem.

If you do not want to become another statistic in terms of patients that deliberately disregard symptoms of a herniated disc only to see their conditions worsen, you need to be judicious in acquainting yourself with the following herniated disc symptoms.

•Recurring back pain that does not go away with rest - This becomes a particularly glaring symptom if the pain is isolated in one location and does not improve over time. Patients also report that the pain can be noticeably distinguished as being different from ordinary muscle pain giving further indication that the problem is more serious than just the typical muscular stresses associated with a very tiring day at work.

•The location of the pain may also suggest the location of the herniated disc in the back - If the pain is isolated in the lower back portion and extends into the legs, buttocks, and foot, the herniated disc is most likely located in the “lumbar” portion. If the pain is felt in the upper portion of the back extending into the neck and down into the arms, this can be indication of a herniated cervical vertebra which is located in the upper back just opposite the chest area.

•The symptoms of a herniated disc are not just limited to pain - Numbness, paralysis, or a tingling sensation can also indicate a herniated disc. As with the significance of the pain location mentioned in the previous paragraph, the location of the numbness or tingling sensation can also indicate where the herniated disc is located. Numbness or paralysis of the arms point to a cervical herniated disc while paralysis and tingling sensations felt in the buttocks and legs point to a herniated disc in the lumbar portion of the spine.

•Other symptoms of a herniated disc reported by patients include muscle spasms and muscle pain or weakness in the legs or arms - These are not as common as pain or paralysis but are often reported by patients who have a herniated disc that fortunately does not impinge on a specific nerve.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of a herniated disc, see your doctor immediately. A herniated disc is a very serious condition, more so if you are experiencing paralysis or numbness. Prolonged pressing on a nerve can damage it permanently so immediate medical treatment is warranted in order to resolve the recurring back pain, repair the herniated disc, and prevent any long-term damage to the nerves in the back.