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In some cases someone who has a herniated disc may experience no symptoms.
However, in most cases you will experience some discomfort, depending where in the spine it occurs and if the local nerve tissue has been affected. Usually, the discomfort is experienced in the local spinal muscles as an ache.
Where enough disc tissue has exuded it can touch the spinal nerves nearby, in which case, you may feel a shooting pain. This pain would be distributed in the nerve pattern (dermatome) and often only on one side of your body. This “referred” pain can be accompanied by numbness and tingling in the part of the body that is affected by those nerves.
If you have a herniated disc in your neck, you will most likely feel intense pain in the shoulder and upper arm. If the herniated disc is in your lower back, you are likely to feel pain in your buttocks, leg and sometimes foot. You may also experience weakness as the related muscle becomes affected, affecting your ability to hold items or causing you to stumble.
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