So far in this series we have discussed what a Herniated Disc is and what the most common causes of them are. For a quick refresher, here is quick rundown about what we talked about:
- A Herniated Disc occurs when there is a rupture on the outside of the disc, and the nucleus, which is the jelly-like substance inside the disc, leaks out and presses against the nerve there.
- The most common cause of Herniated Discs is as a result of aging, followed by repetitive or excess strain on your back, and trauma.
- There are also several risk factors that can increase your likelihood of getting a Herniated Disc, such as gender and age, genetics, smoking, and excess weight.
For some people suffering with a Herniated Disc, the pain can be extreme. In fact, it can be so severe and debilitating that it impacts their daily life in such a way that it can even keep them from living the life they want. It can actually change their life to the point that there is no longer any joy in it! This is why it is so important to know all about Herniated Discs, because the more you know about your problem the more likely you are to eliminate it!
Next we will be discussing the most common symptoms of Herniated Discs.
- The main symptom of a Herniated Disc is pain on one side of the body
This is by far the most common symptom. It can vary depending on which disc in the spine is herniated and the location of the herniation on the disc. The pain itself is usually due to the herniation putting pressure on (impacting) the nearby nerve. However, it is also possible to feel pain from a Herniated Disc even when the nucleus that is leaking out is not impacting on a nerve. Most people experience the pain as an intense and continuous pain on one side of the body. For instance, with a Herniated Disc in the lumbar spine, the pain is usually either in the hip or some part of the leg.
- A secondary symptom is numbness or tingling
Numbness or tingling in other areas of the body often occurs along with the pain that the Herniated Disc causes. Since a Herniated Disc most commonly results in the nucleus impacting on a nerve, this can lead to the feelings of numbness or tingling in any place that the affected nerve is located.
- Another symptom is muscle weakness
Similar to the numbness and tingling you may feel, it is not unusual to experience muscle weakness related to the nerve being impacted. For instance, the pinching of the nerve in the lower back may make it difficult to put pressure on your leg due to the muscle weakness.
Some other common symptoms of a Herniated Disc are related to when and how the pain may intensify. Some of these situations include:
- At night
- Getting up from a sitting position
- From putting a sudden strain on your back, like from sneezing or coughing
- Standing or walking for an extended amount of time
- Bending backwards
Remember, this is just the third part in our series about Herniated Discs. Part 4 will continue our discussion, including a video about Herniated Discs! If you would like to receive the entire Free Herniated Disc Series in your inbox, just click here and fill out the form on the page!
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