What does a Herniated Disc Feel Like?
When a disc herniates or ruptures the soft material from the center of the disc pushes through the ring of the disc and toward the spinal canal. The spinal canal nerves are pressed and pain can result. The pain may range from mild to severe and could be aggravated by motion. Patients may also feel numbness and/or weakness in one or both legs. Muscle spasms, tingling, numbness, burning and pain, knowns as sciatica, may also affect the buttocks, leg or foot. Symptoms related to herniated discs in the neck may include mild to sharp pain between the shoulders or in the neck, and tingling, numbness, or pain into the shoulder, arm, hand or fingers.