If you have a herniated lumbar disc, you may feel pain that radiates from your low back area, down one or both legs, and sometimes into your feet (called sciatica).
Sometimes the pain is accompanied by numbness and tingling in your leg or foot.
You may experience cramping or muscle spasms in your back or leg.
How do I know if I slipped a disc in my back?
Symptoms of a slipped disc include: pain and numbness, most commonly on one side of the body. pain that extends to your arms or legs. pain that worsens at night or with certain movements.
What are the symptoms of a bulging disc in your lower back?
- Arm or leg pain. If your herniated disk is in your lower back, you’ll typically feel the most pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf.
- Numbness or tingling. People who have a herniated disk often have radiating numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves.
What do you do for a slipped disc in your lower back?
Nonsurgical treatment may include:
- Rest. One to 2 days of bed rest will usually help relieve back and leg pain.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). Medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help relieve pain.
- Physical therapy.
- Epidural steroid injection.
Can a herniated disc go back into place?
It is true that herniated disc symptoms can subside over time even without medical intervention. But does that mean the herniated disc has healed on its own? As with so many things, the answer is incomplete. Yes, your symptoms may resolve, but this does not necessarily mean the herniated disc itself has healed.