Lumbar Herniated Disc - Symptoms
herniated disc isn't pressing on a nerve, you may have an ache
in the low back or no symptoms at all.
Only a few people who have
herniated discs have severe or troublesome symptoms.
When the disc does press on a nerve, symptoms may include:
- Pain that travels through the buttock and
down a leg to the ankle or foot because of pressure on the sciatic nerve . Low
back pain may accompany the leg pain.
- Tingling ("pins-and-needles" sensation) or
numbness in one leg that can begin in the buttock or behind the knee and extend
to the thigh, ankle, or foot.
- Weakness in certain
muscles in one or both legs.
- Pain in the front of the
- Severe deep muscle pain and muscle spasms
Cauda equina syndrome
Weakness in both legs and the loss of bladder and/or bowel
control are symptoms of a specific and severe type of nerve root
cauda equina syndrome. This is a rare but serious
problem. A person with these symptoms should see a doctor